Looking after your Degu


Degus are extremely active and need a large, multi-level wire mesh cage with a solid base or a large gerbilarium. Avoid plastic or wood as these can be chewed. Keep them indoors somewhere cool away from direct sunlight and draughts. They will also need a dust bath, use good quality chinchilla sand.

Degus are social animals and should not be kept on their own. Choose a single-sex pair or group that have already become friends.


The majority of their diet should be good quality hay or grass to provide fibre. This can be supplemented with small amounts of a suitable feed. Make sure the first feed has been finished before topping it up and keep a supply of fresh drinking water available.


Degus are most suited to older children and adults. Make sure your pet is awake and approach slowly from the front. If your degu is confident it may climb on to an open palm, if not gently scoop it into your hand. Never pick it up by its tail. Degus are very active and will wriggle so be careful. Handle daily.

Toys & treats

Degus will often play together but wooden chinchilla or parrot toys will provide entertainment and keep their teeth trim. Degus should not have a high sugar diet so choose a suitable treat or give small amounts of fresh fruit or green vegetables such as broccoli stalks.


The most common illness for degus is diabetes so make sure you are feeding them correctly. Other health issues to look out for are sore feet, eye, dental or respiratory problems and skin conditions.

If you have any cause for concern for the health of your pet, seek veterinary advice.

You will need…

  • Suitable housing/cage
  • Soft bedding for small animals
  • Dust free wood shavings
  • Water bottle and bottle brush
  • Metal or ceramic food bowl
  • Suitable pet food
  • Gnaw block
  • Toys and treats
  • Vitamin supplements
  • Pet safe disinfectant
  • Pet care book


Owning and caring for a pet is a very rewarding experience. Your pet will offer you friendship, interest and enjoyment, but keeping pets brings with it responsibilities. These responsibilities differ from one species to the next. Please ask a member of the pet department for help in choosing the right pet for you.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the contents of this web page are correct, Squire’s cannot be held responsible for results of action taken without the advice of a professional veterinarian.