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Degus are really friendly, intelligent pets that love to play and explore making them very entertaining to watch. Social animals, they are happier and healthier when kept together and it is always better to keep Degu in pairs.

Degus are normally active during the day and night, and with lots of attention they can become very tame.

They are predisposed to becoming diabetic so their diet must account for this.

Company for Degus

Degus are very sociable animals and need a lot of company and attention, so its recommended that you keep at least two, in same sex pairs. A single Degu will need a lot of attention and is likely to become unhappy.

If you want to introduce a new Degu to others, it is advised that you split your cage to prevent them from dominating one another while they get to know each other.


The normal lifespan for a Degu is between six and eight years.


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