Degus are active creatures and need plenty of space in a degu cage (or habitat). There are many conventional cages available online from places such as Petco, Amazon & Pets At Home. Degus and Chinchillas are similarly sized creatures, and as such, some cages marketed towards chinchillas can be useful for housing degus.
DIY Degu Cages
Many people opt for a DIY solution by constructing their Degu Cages from wood and mesh. The DIY solution is cheaper but requires excellent woodwork skills, time & effort.
Degus need more space than other rodents like hamsters and rats, and they need climbing apparatus and toys to keep them occupied. It is often said that wire cages are better than glass because they are lighter to move around and provide better ventilation. Glass enclosures do have their uses especially if you value a fantastic unobstructed view of your pet degus. There are many degu cages for sale that are unsuitable, so be warned. As long as the cage or degu habitat is big enough, it does not matter what materials it is constructed from. The most important aspect of a degu cage is safety. There should be no hazards or potential dangers to your pets.
Degu Cage Accessories
Attention needs to be given to the space between the bars because degus can escape through surprisingly narrow gaps.
The floor of the degu cage should be solid to prevent injury to a degus feet. Being forced to walk on a wire surface can cause a condition called “bumblefoot” that is very painful for rodents. It is vital that you provide your degu with a large wheel that is at least 11inches in diameter. Degus are very active animals, and a running wheel is well appreciated. You can also provide a large ball that is similar to a hamster ball but designed for Degus or Chinchillas.
Once you have set up your Degu cage, toys and accessories should be provided to make life more interesting for your beloved pets. Cardboard tubes always go down well with degus because they love to chew and gnaw on them which is also good for their teeth. Do not give your Degus anything that is constructed with toxic glue because it might poison them if ingested.
Degus should have a nest box in their cage to use as a place they can feel safe and sheltered. Degus will use.
Where to Put your Degu Cage
You should place your degu habitat somewhere quiet and out of direct sunlight.