The degu, with its mouse-like face and tail, miniscule paws, and chubby body, makes an adorable pet. While some little animals sleep during the day, degus remain awake and enjoy interacting with their owners, making tiny noises and looking for treats and attention. As you shop for degu treats and food, remember some vital considerations regarding your pet's constitution and health.
Limit Degu Treats and Snacks
One important fact about degus is their propensity for diabetes. Keep the degu's diet full of fibre and roughage. Limit carbohydrates, and only offer sugary foods rarely. Although you may want to offer fruit as a reward for your degu, avoid snacks such as raisins, berries, or other similar fruits. Instead, try peanuts or sunflower seeds. Degus like whole nuts with the shells on, since it entertains them as they work to get their treat. However, even these snacks are high in fat, so keep them for special occasions.
Include Fresh Hay and Vegetables for the Degu
When you buy food or treats for your degu, remember to purchase some fresh items such as grass hay. Timothy hay is a popular choice for degus, as is alfalfa hay. Invest in a tiny hay rack so that your degu has access to the hay at all times. You can also offer other fresh vegetables like carrots, leafy greens, dandelion leaves, green beans, and cooked peeled sweet potatoes. These foods give the degu the vitamins and nutrients it needs. Although degus can consume hay anytime, they need only small amounts of the other fresh vegetables. If they eat too much of these items, they may get diarrhoea. Eliminate kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage from the degu's diet, since these leafy vegetables tend to cause more digestive issues. The bulk of a degu's diet consists of guinea pig pellets or chinchilla pellets, with the hay as an available snack anytime and the vegetables as an occasional supplement.
Introduce New Degu Treats and Food Gradually
Whenever you purchase a new brand of degu food, try a new treat, or make any dietary changes, start slowly. The degu has a sensitive stomach and may get sick if you introduce the new item too quickly. Begin by mixing in 25 per cent new food with 75 per cent of the regular food. The next day, increase the percentage of new food by a little, and do so every day for 10 days until the degu is consuming 100 per cent new food, with none of the old mixed in.
Facilitate the Degu's Love of Chewing
Degus, like many animals, like to chew on various items. In addition to common chew objects such as willow balls, wooden blocks, cotton rope, and rabbit chew toys, try some mineral blocks or salt blocks. Attach one of these blocks to the degu cage to provide your degu with a delicious and healthy form of amusement.