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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-06-2005, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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:confused: any ideas?

Hi everyone, i have a strange problem today, well not really a problem (i hope) but a situation. I have 2 degus Charles and Oliver, and last night when i put new sand/dust in to the cage Charlie started to lick at it and (maybe) eat a little. I have never know or seen them doing this before and its strange. As any one else seen this happen? Any one know why?
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My chinchillas will taste new dust bath.

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but why?, i'm sure it can'nt be because it tastes good can it lol
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I havent seen mine do that, but then again when they are rolling in it, it goes all over their food, and they eat that..

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thats very true.
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yeap, i've seen mine eat it when attached to brocolli!!
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i can understand that but for him to sit there and eat it stright from the dust bath. any ideas why?
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I think its something to do with their digestive systems as to why they eat sand but i'm not 100% sure on that but i think i have read something about that before

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I think its something to do with their digestive systems as to why they eat sand but i'm not 100% sure on that but i think i have read something about that before
oh right you wouldnt be able to find out where would you that would be great. thanks
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It's sort of the same thing as why dogs eat grass I think. They can feel something wrong with their tummies and eat grass to try to correct it. I guess degus do the same with dust. I have "gravel" that is espeically made to help soak up urine smell, etc. which is perfectly safe for them to eat, so it says, but sometimes they eat lots of it - but I think they are fine

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It's sort of the same thing as why dogs eat grass I think. They can feel something wrong with their tummies and eat grass to try to correct it. I guess degus do the same with dust. I have "gravel" that is espeically made to help soak up urine smell, etc. which is perfectly safe for them to eat, so it says, but sometimes they eat lots of it - but I think they are fine
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