Small Pets / Degus
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1 | Degu picture and care information provided by Jesse Patrick. "Degus eat a mixture of chinchilla and guinea pig food, alfalfa, and fresh vegetables, but never fruit because the sugar in it can make them become diabetic. They have to drink spring water because they are susceptible to mouth disease. They should also be given something to chew on, such as wooden chew sticks, because their teeth grow at a very fast rate and need to be worn down by chewing." "You will almost definately not be able to find a cage specifically for degus, so here are some guidelines. Degus need more space than most other rodents, and they need to have either a wire or a glass cage because they can chew through plastic. Generally wire cages (if you visit this link do not even look at the hamster cages, they are way too small) are better because they come in larger sizes than glass aquariums and some have multiple levels, or you can add your own levels, but glass is fine as long as it\'s big enough for the degus to run around in. Wire cages cannot have two much space in between the bars because degus are escape artists, and anything they can fit their head through they can fit their body through. The floor on the bottom of the cage should be solid because degus forced to walk on wire all the time can develop a painful condition called bumble foot. Here is a link to a good degu cage page. A wheel is pretty much a necessity for a healthy degu, but it needs to be a large sized wheel. I also have an extra large rodent ball to provide additional exercise for the degus. Wood shavings or any other small animal bedding can be used in the cage, and degus should also be given additional nesting material which can be bought at any pet store or even Wal-Mart. Cardboard tubes are a good investment because degus love to tear them apart and add the shreds to their nests. I give my degus Chubes, which are thick so they last pretty long. Do not give them toilet paper, paper towel, or wrapping paper rolls because the glue that holds them together can be toxic. Degus should also have something in their cage where they can feel sheltered, such a wooden box. I also have two pet hammocks in my cage, which the degus like to climb around in. Degus also love to take sand/dust baths, in special sand that you can buy in pet stores."  
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