Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Columbia, Maryland
So I finally saw some degus in person the other day! I was at the Columbia mall with my boyfriend getting his gerbils and, low and behold, they actually had degus. I've never seen any there before, but I'm also not up there very often. They were as cute as I always thought (though they were charging an arm and a leg: $59.99!!) While I wasn't looking to buy any that day, I did want to try and get some contact with them. This leads to a question for anyone with degus. When one of the store workers opened up the cage, he warned me that their nails were really sharp. I didn't take him as seriously as I should have though.
Wow...those nails were like little daggers! One of 'em ran across my hand and gave me a nice slice across my pinkie. So my question is, do all degus have that sharp of nails? I would assume these weren't some exceptional case. So is there something you do to keep them dulled down some? I can't imagine trying to hold on of them still long enough to trim their nails.
Courtney - Animal Tamer of "The Wild Kingdom": 7 ferrets (Ezra, Vin, Starkes, Pacce, Bucky, Spin, and Marty), 3 Puppies (Reece, Pith, and Parker), 3 Kittens (Loki, Dante, and Elly), 1 Rabbit (Benny), 7 Gerbils (Nathan=Mom, Josiah=Dad, Lightning, Thunder, Hail, Rain, & Sleet), and 1 Hedgehog (Goo)