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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2012, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Very nervous Degu.

I bought 4 degu's a few weeks ago (mum who is 18 months, two 8 weeks old, one 2 week old) and they are all very close.

The two 8 week old are nervous, but particularly one we have called Izzy. She stays on the top floor of her cage most of the time, but interacts very well with the others (but occasionally can hump!).

But when it comes to me or my partner getting her out of the cage, she will do anything to avoid us. She is very quick and will never voluntarily come to us. When she got out the other week I managed to catch her, but she bit me quite badly.

I'm worried for her. The others we put in an exercise ball and they run around regularly to get exercise, and when izzy is in the ball she is fine, but getting her in there is a nightmare.

We tend to sit with her in an enclosed space to let her run around us and get used to us, but then she seems to return to her usual nervus self when she is back in the cage.

My partner works away Monday to Friday and he has more confidence with her because now she makes me nervous after she bit me, but I cant keep her in their for so long its just cruel.

Has anyone had this experience and found a certain routine helps?
Also, any advice for getting over my nerves with her? I really want to bond with her like I have With the others.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2012, 10:16 PM
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Welcome to Paw-Talk .

It sounds like you're rushing things a bit, there's no need to pick her up at this stage. Instead, let her come to you on her own terms. If you need to remove her from the cage, use a container to scoop her up, not your hands.

Remember, too, that exercise balls are not a substitute for out-of-cage time (I personally don't recommend them for degus at all, actually). Make sure you let the degus run around in a degu-proof area like a small bathroom, walk-in closet, hallway, bathtub, etc. As they get tame, they can have more freedom . Sit with them and let them climb on you, that's the easiest way to bond with degus. Mine always loved to climb into hoodies. You can also offer small treats to speed things along.

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i am having the same problem with one of my 8 week old boys. he escaped from us twice yesterday and doesn't like being touched. i put mine and my brothers shirt in the cage and he went straight to my brothers shirt, made a nest, and buried his face in it, when my brother picked him up he did the same to the shirt he was wearing and buuried his face in it, he now loves my brother and loves to snuggle in his cuddly shirts.
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i am having the same problem with one of my 8 week old boys. he escaped from us twice yesterday and doesn't like being touched. i put mine and my brothers shirt in the cage and he went straight to my brothers shirt, made a nest, and buried his face in it, when my brother picked him up he did the same to the shirt he was wearing and buuried his face in it, he now loves my brother and loves to snuggle in his cuddly shirts.
Yeah, they love clothes . I used to walk around with multiple degus in my hoodie, no one even knew they were there .

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That sounds like a brilliant idea! I'll definitely have to try that

She seemed okay the other day, she took a bit of carrot out of my hand (didn't eat it, but I guess the thought was there lol) but today she is having none of it. I have made big, big progress with the others today, they all great me when I open the cage, but she sits on her top shelf alone
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 05:22 PM
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its great that your making progress i am training mine to come when i call their names and it is helping alot, after one of mine starting fighing the other one for food i put seperate dishes in and call their name with a ball of millet and they picked it up in an hour or two they come up to me when i call now and it helps alot with taming.
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