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Keep degus appropriate: set up a cage for the rodents


If you want to keep Degus appropriate to the species, you should definitely buy several Degus, because the social animals alone lonely. The species-appropriate Degu enclosure is particularly important. Find out what is important for the rodent cage and the equipment here. Degus are extremely social animals and, in addition to a versatile enclosure, also need the companions of their own kind - Shutterstock / Ziolkowski Dariusz

So that your degus is doing well, both the size of the enclosure and the interior must be right. The fur noses from Chile need the necessary items of basic equipment as well as many play and retreat options.

How big does a degu enclosure have to be?

In order to be able to keep Degus in a species-appropriate manner, you have to provide a suitable enclosure before you buy it. This should be big enough - as a rule of thumb: plan at least two square meters of space for a smaller group (2-4 animals), whereby this is really only the minimum size. There is no "too big". At best, the enclosure has several floors that are connected by ladders and bridges. As for the cage type, you can think about a large cage with metal struts or a glass aquarium.

Remember that degus are extremely gnawing and can nibble both wood and plastic - a robust frame is just as important as a stable floor pan. Normal plastic tubs do not usually prevent the smart Chileans from breaking out. If your degu cage has metal struts, make sure they are tight enough. If a degu comes through between two bars, the distance between the bars is too large. Tip: Get good advice from specialist retailers.

Keeping degus appropriate to the species - basic equipment of the degu cage

The basic equipment of the Degu home has the most important items in terms of nutrition, withdrawal, hygiene and employment. This includes:

• Stable food bowl
• Potions
• sand bath (for grooming)
• Small animal litter
• Hay rack
• Dormitory or dormitories made of stable material such as stone
• Creative furnishings and game elements

As far as the last point is concerned, you can let your imagination run free as long as you observe certain safety aspects. Furnishings and play elements such as tubes, ceramic caves, corridors, impellers (please big enough!) And climbing possibilities should definitely come into play if you want to keep and keep your degus appropriate.

Degus as pets: special features of rodents

Degus only became established as pets in this country in the eighties. The cute rodents ...

At best, do without plastic completely, as the gnawing animals can nibble on it quickly and swallow sharp or pointed small parts. You will probably need to replace wooden equipment after some time, as this will also expose you to regular nibbling attacks. Pointed objects such as nails or sharp edges have lost nothing in the enclosure. In the video you will find more tips and ideas on the subject of Degu enclosure and keeping:

The right location for the Degu enclosure

In addition to size and equipment, the location is also crucial for the well-being of your rodents. Please do not place the enclosure near electrical devices such as music systems or televisions - the noise would massively disturb the sensitive eavesdroppers of the Degus. A special feature of the animals is that, unlike most other rodents, they are diurnal. Therefore, they need sufficient daylight - it is ideal if the enclosure is in a location that has both light and shaded corners. Important: In summer you have to make sure that the enclosure doesn't heat up too much. If the location is exposed to too much direct sunlight, the animals are at risk of heat stroke. Oh yes, and please don't smoke in the room where your degus are.