A degu (pronounced "day-goo") is a small rodent which comes from Chile. They are friendly, curious creatures from the Octodon family, and may very well be the right pet for you!
As with all pets, make sure that degus are right for you.
Degus will cost a fair amount of money initially, and through their lifespan, which is around 5 to 8 years. A lot of items will need replacing (wheel, nest box, even their entire cage) because of wear and tear, and they don't often come cheap. But, given the right conditions and attention, degus can be very amusing and loving pets. They require owners who have enough time on their hands to spend with them.
Look for a breeder to buy your degus from.
Always avoid buying your degus from a pet store. More often then not, degus from stores will have been kept in cages too small for them and their siblings, have been living in dirty conditions for some time, and have escaped from their cage at least once. Most breeders are experienced owners who know how to look after their pets properly.
Expect to pay around $40 for an individual degu.
Degus must be brought in, at the least, same-sex pairs. Degus thrive on company. They can live in groups of two to six. If they are alone, they become lonely very quickly, and can cause them to become aggressive, or even shorten their lives. The gender of the degus doesn't matter; as long as they are the same gender, and siblings, both male and female degus are great pets.
Buying the necessities:
Degus need a large cage to live in.
An ideal cage would be made almost entirely of wire, aside from the base, which would be metal, maybe with a wood lining. Degus can chew through plastic, so never buy a cage with a plastic base.
Additionally, inside, the cage may have several wooden shelves of varying height, but these can be added later if not.
Get a very large cage.
Get some chew toys and a nesting box for them to sleep in.
Get wood shavings and straw and fill the cage up to 1 cm.
Also buy some sand and a metal box and full the box up 7 cm.
Now you are allowed to get your 2 degus!
Make sure you get a boy and a boy or a girl and a girl.
Remember to let your degus out at lest twice a week.
Notify your vet if ANYTHING changes; even personality could be a symptom
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