Getting a new Degu?

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Getting a new Degu?

Check list Settling in your degu We have a great guide to help you make bringing your degu home stress free and smooth with some handy tips for you to help settle your degu in to their new life happily.  Our check list below will ensure that you have everything for your new degus arrival. Check List Degu cage Large nest house Bedding / nesting material (timothy hay) Substrate / flooring material Degu dust bath Dust Degu nuggets Metal feeding bowl Water bottle Degu hygiene products Mineral stone Granite cooling tile Degu Exercise wheel Large tubes and wooden toys Shelving / branches / hammocks Gnawing sticks / treats View our Degu Products section for our range of degu cages, nest houses, bedding, food and toys Visit our Degu Housing section to learn more about degu cages, nesting, bedding, toys and exercise Visit our Degu Feeding section to find out about what foods your degu likes to eat BackTo Top Settling in your degu Once you have brought your degu home its best to leave them alone for a day or so to settle in.  Your degu will be shy at first so they will need this quiet time to adjust to their new surroundings and calm down after travelling. After leaving your degu to settle try feeding them a treat through the bars of their cage.   Before you start to handle your degu let them get used to your voice – they are vocal creatures and will respond to you if you talk to them.  Degus can be taught to recognise their own names and to come when called. Then introduce your hand to the cage so they can become used to your smell.  Your degu may come over and sniff or rub against it.  They may even run up your arm like a climbing frame.   Avoid making any sudden movements. Once your degu has become used to you, pick them up with one hand supporting their bottom and one hand over their back.  Never try to grab your degu from above as they will think you are a predator.  Hold your degu close to your chest.     When you have gained your degus trust they will sit on your lap and even groom you with a gentle nibbling action.  They enjoy being rubbed behind their ears, stroked and cuddled.  Very tame degus will even fall asleep in your hands. Never pick your degu up by the tail, this is extremely painful for your degu and will cause the skin to tear off at the base of their tail. BackTo Top