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Selecting a cage for a new pet or upgrading from an existing pet can be costly and quite confusing. We have selected only the best degu cages on the market to make your decision easier.  All our cages are suitable for Rats & Chinchillas. Remember all rodents need time outside of their cage.

Read our guides to understand the importance of correct bar spacing, suitable cage materials and space required to give your pet a fulfilling and happy life. 

 

Our website and store is Inspired by our first Degu, Diego. We got Diego from the rescue section at Pets at Home. With a few scars (including half an ear!) he had spent a long time going from store to store looking for re-homing. We brought him home and for the first time in his life, he had the right environment to live in, away from the glass tank at the pet shop

You might expect that his turbulent past had left him fearful, but to the contrary he was a very socialable and friendly degu who loved to be fussed (see out videos)

Diego sadly passed away a few years ago, but we now have two more Degus, Peanut and Hazel, who at nearly five years old are loving life.

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Q & A

What is the best cage for degus?

Degus need a large metal cage with bars no more than 2cm apart. Large cage doors will make for easy cleaning. The bars should be metal because they will chew them. Avoid plastic and painted coatings.

 

What does a degu need in the cage?

 
One of the fun things about degu cages is adding all the things your degu needs to be happy and healthy. 
Here we list the cage accessories you will need
1.       Shelves and levels
 
Degus like to run and jump, so lots of levels are needed in the cage. These should be made of solid metal  or wood and should be solid, not wire.  Degus that have wire inside their cage may develop bumblefoot. Some cages come supplied with suitable shelves, however don’t be put off buying a cage with plastic or wire shelves as these can be easily replaced and sometimes covered inexpensively. Depending on the distance between perches and levels, you may also need to add some ladders. Degus can jump, but don’t expect them to fly!
2.       Shelter
 
Degus like somewhere to chill out in peace, and somewhere, often the same place to sleep. My degus like to construct their own little ‘shanty hut’ under one of the low shelves with bits of paper and hay which they sometimes retreat to in the daytime, then at night they sleep in one of the homemade fleece hammocks (see the tutorial on our videos page on how to make these)
They like to keep warm, so a temperature of around 20 degrees is ideal in the room. If it gets chilly we use microwave heat pads for the degus to sit on, which they like very much. There is a review of the heat pads on our reviews page.
 
All degus are different, so it may take a few attempts to see what their preferred sleeping arrangements are. When we first got our degus we bought them a little wooden house, but they only sat on it, and never went inside! The little reed huts were also popular but were destroyed in a matter of weeks. Small cardboard boxes are also good for degus to sleep and hide in. Stick to natural cardboard, i.e. something which isn’t heavily printed. They will shred it at some point, but at least it hasn’t cost anything.
 
3.       Floor
 
Again, no wire floors, keep them solid. Out Little Zoo flight cage has a wire floor insert which we covered with ceramic tiles. You then need to add some wood shavings to the base of the cage. They will really keep the moisture level down in the cage and its also a good budget option.  This is alsowhy you should try and get a cage with a deep base, otherwise you will have a lot of poo and sawdust on the floor all the time
We love the new Little Zoo Venturer for this reason, with its very deep bottom tray, it will keep things inside a lot better than other cages. 
 
4.       Toys
 
Degus like to chew, so don’t ever give them plastic toys. Wooden sticks are a great addition, as they also help to keep the degus teeth down. You can buy bundles of suitable sticks, or if you have fruit trees in the garden, then these are also ideal. In the summer I give our degus apple, plum, cherry and hazelnut tree branches with the leaves still on. Make sure they are free of pesticides and from a disease free tree.
Degus like tubes too. Cardboard tubes and hay tubes are ideal, but don’t spend a fortune on them as they will get chewed up. Most degus won’t generally eat cardboard, they just shred it.
 
5. Bottle
 
Fresh clean water should be constantly available, and a glass water bottle held in place with a metal clip is best. Living world bottle are great quality and well priced.
 
6.       Feeding bowl
A small metal bowl for you degus food is a good addition. We also like to scatter and hide some food to help with enrichment. When we add fresh hay to the cage, we always sprinkle it with a few seeds so the degus can forage naturally for it.
 
7.       Sand bath
 
Your degu will need to have a sand bath a few times a week to keep their coat healthy. Use chinchilla bathing sand for this, and use a large metal tub. You can see one of degus taking a bath in a large metal trough on our videos page.
8.       Degu Wheel
 
Again, no spokes or bars, the wheel must be solid. We use British made Tic Tac wheel which are big enough and silent for our degus. See our review page for these.
 
Do degus smell
 
No. The cage should be cleaned out at least once a week to avoid odours, but degus are clean and not smelly animals at all. Their poop is firm and pretty much odourless, but their urine will smell if you allow it to build up, i.e. if you don’t keep the cage clean. They might not smell, but they are quite messy. If you don’t have a cage with a deep base, expect to spend a lot of time hoovering up wood shavings and poop that will fly out when they dig and run.
 
Are degus noisy
 
Degus make lots of noises, around 20 different sounds. They don’t constantly talk, and some will make more noise than others. We’ve  got one rescue degu that hardly makes a noise.
What do degus eat
A degu’s diet does not have to complicated. You can buy pellet food specifically for degus. This can be supplemented with some fresh vegetables too. What you have to watch out for is the sugar content as degus can get diabetes quite easily. Unlike many other rodents you can’t give them anything sweet, even apples and carrots should be fed in very small amounts to avoid diabetes.
The fat content of the diet also needs to be controlled, and this is why nuts can only be given once a month.
 
How long do degus live
 
The degu lifespan is six to eight years as a pet
 
Do degus live together or alone
 
Ideally degus should live together, so if buying for the first time, always buy in pairs or more. These should be existing groups as degus can’t just be introduced to each other. Introducing degus to each other is a long and not always successful process. However there are many situation where you may end up with a single degu, and this is not the end of the world. You will just need to ensure you give them lots of fuss, exercise and time out of the cage. We have a single rescue degu who just doesn’t get on with any of the other degus, and he has adapted to his single life well. He now knows he can bury his food and no one will dig it up!
 
Are degus tame
 
There is no guarantee you will be able to pick your degu up.  Some are very tame and sit on your shoulder, and others just don’t want to know.  However, don’t give up as it can take time for them to trust you. Feed treats fromm you hand, just hold your arm in the cage and wait till them come and feed off your hand. Oats are good for this because they take long to eat, and they are too small for them to run off with. Degus are very curious animals and they just can’t resist coming to look at what you have. Keep talking to them too, they will get used to your voice.
Once they seem relaxed, try and give them a little tickle on the side of the neck, on their forehead or behind the ears. Don’t try and stroke them straight away, as they don’t generally like being touched on their back or tail.

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