Friday, May 31, 2013

Thinking of getting degus

We're thinking of getting a pair of degus.

They're rodents that look something like rats with furry tails.

Kelly saw some in a pet shop in Hastings and fell in love with them. He's talked of nothing else since he saw them on Wednesday, LOL!

So, we looked up information about them, and both like the idea.

We've been reading stuff all over the internet, but mostly on www.degutopia.co.uk, which is a site I found while looking up their dietry requirements.

There are a lot of rules for their care, but they're not that difficult to deal with as long as you make sure they get plenty of exercise and stay away from fatty and sugary foods as a rule (some can be given as treats from time to time though). They essentially need high fibre vegan diets, with the least fatty nutts (like hazelnuts) and least sugary fruits (like apples) being OK as treats from time to time, but only as rare treats (like once a month or something). It'll be nice to have someone else in the house not eating meat, LOL! They have to have their weight monitored closer than mine though.

They're very social creatures who love getting attention.

They need sand baths a couple of times a week to keep their fur in good condition, and must NEVER be grabbed by the tail, because their tails will fall off, hurting them a lot in the process (it's a defence thing from in the wild).

2 comments:

Intense Guy said...

Interesting little critters. I don't think I've ever seen one.

Toriz said...

Iggy:
They're interesting alright... And full of personality and attitude, LOL!