Degus are social animals native to Chile that can be tamed with regular handling. Similar to most rodents, degus love to chew everything! As such they should be provided with lots of chewing enrichment. Degus live in colonies in nature, and should always be housed in same-sex pairs or groups.
We recommend a large solid floored, multi-level cage similar to those made for ferrets or chinchillas. Paper bedding or other appropriate nesting material (wood shaving are NOT appropriate) should be provided to allow the degus to dig, stockpile food and nest. The cage must include a solid (no rungs) exercise wheel and tubes (or PVC pipes) to allow the degus to meet their natural needs. Degus like chinchillas bathe using a dust bath and should be provided a shallow bowl of dust several times a week. Cages should always be well ventilated but kept away from direct sunlight, and drafts. Timothy hay is an important piece of a degu’s diet and must always be available.
The needs of each degu are unique and if you have questions about the right type of enclosure for the degu you are interested in, please let us know in your inquiry! We are happy to provide guidance and advice.
* We are currently closed to the general public d but are scheduling appointments for adoption. If you would like to schedule a browsing appointment to meet degus available for adoption, please click on the blue “Inquire” link above to get started.
*If you are not ready to adopt, but are in a position to donate, please visit www.mspca.org/nevinsgift .