So in twelve days time it is mine (and Zoey’s) birthdays.
For my birthday my partner was going to get me a flight cage of finches, but after lots of conflicting information and then stumbling across two Degus in need of a home, we thought we’d adopt these little guys instead!
Degus look like rat-sized gerbils, although apparently they are closely related to Guinea Pigs and Chinchillas.
They make good pets and can enjoy handling, especially if socialised well whilst young. They are on the larger end of pet rodents, they’re very inquisitive, love to explore, and have a long lifespan for small rodents.
Mice live around a year, hamsters live a few and rats live somewhere in between. Degus, on the other hand, live around 6 – 9 years!
Similar to gerbils, degus LOVE to chew everything, and must be provided with plenty of things to gnaw on. They are such amazing chewers that keeping them in a ‘normal’ cage (ie. plastic base and barred top) can be a terrible idea as they will chew out!!
These two boys, called Mario and Luigi, seem to have had a really good life so far. They are two years old, and although they are skittish their previous owner tried to do absolutely everything right. Lucky boys 🙂
Unfortunately the owner also had four cats, one of which was a young kitten, and they were constantly bothering the Degu boys. So we’ve adopted them!
They came with this cage which costs £90 new (yay Pets At Home, with their incredibly expensive products and their terrible advice…) It’s a good size and bloody amazing considering we paid £25 for everything, but we’re hoping to upgrade them…just don’t know how.
The boys also came with wood shavings, hay, food, sand, a nest box, a coconut chew toy, the football hanging chew toy, a food bowl, a mineral block and a gigantic wheel – WOW! *And* the owner gave us a lift home so the taxi wouldn’t have to wait out front whilst we captured the Degus!
We added a few levels made from woven placemats, rocks, a box full of hay and tied up all the toys they came with.
We also have five shelves of varying sizes, a massive natural branch, a few grass hammocks and extra chew toys on the way.
The boys are utterly adorable, although we don’t know whether to keep their names…we’re thinking about changing them to Toshi and Takka 🙂
Re-released into the cage
They’re incredibly hard to tell apart, but so far I’ve noticed one has a slightly light band around their ears, and the other doesn’t…really hard to tell unless they’re close to the front and next to each other though XD
One is braver than the other, whereas one is much more reserved and shy. Here’s our little shy guy
And Mr Brave Pants!
They’re still very ‘aagh new place, aaagh!’ which is to be expected. Hopefully they’ll feel a little more confident in a few days, and will start exploring and having fun.
Also, this arrived for Zoey’s birthday today, and OMB IT’S MASSIVE!!!
Seriously, here it is next to a normal drinks bottle, and the XL Nylabone :O
She is gonna love this sooo much XD