Degus and the Heat - Paw Talk - Pet Forums
Degu Discussion Twitching whiskers, curious noses, and all things degu related.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-12-2005, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
Adolescent Pup
 
XTRAWLD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Age: 38
Posts: 105
 
Degus and the Heat

We in Ontario are experiencing quite the heat wave. It is expected to be 35 C all week long, and that's not including the humidity, with that it's well over 40 C. No relief in sight until at least Sunday. We unfortunately don't have A/C in our house. The house temp is anywhere from 24-27 degrees currently, and it can only get higher I think because our evenings are not cool either. That being said, I'm worried about my 2 girls. I have a fan on circulating the air around the cage, but wanted to know - how to they lose heat? I've never seen them pant or sweat so I can only think its through paws or ears. Only once in a while do I see them stretch out and put their belly flat on the ground. Anything I can do to make them more comfortable? and how do they lose heat?

Look Into My Voice
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
XTRAWLD is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-12-2005, 06:14 PM
Paw-Talk Lifer
 
Purplebunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Essex, UK!
Posts: 5,284
  
I have put a ceramic tile in my degus cage, because it tends to keep at a lower temperature and I thought it would be good for them to lay on.. So far all they do is eat their treats on it.. I hope you get some more ideas...

Steph ~ Owned by 4 bunnies and 5 degus..


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

"The love for all living creatures is the most noble
attribute of man." Charles Darwin

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Purplebunny is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2005, 06:12 AM
Paw-Talk Lifer
 
Amethystbelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nottinghamshire, UK
Age: 38
Posts: 4,109
  
Degu's can't sweat so you will see them laying around on their bellies a lot more trying to keep cool as thats their way of keeping the body temperature regulated. In the wild they would be underground in the heat of the day so in captivity anything that replicates that might be a good idea. Try a container of fresh organic compost mixed with chinchilla sand as that normally stays cool when fresh from the bag and they could burrow into that slightly and would cool them down or like Steph mentioned a ceramic tile or a terracotta plant pot are good ideas i have noticed mine laying on theres slightly more since its been warmer over here. Move the cage to a dark corner and keep it at lower level if you keep it off the ground normally as the airs normally cooler at ground level. Also make sure they have plenty of fresh cold water daily

Kirsty


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Visit Degu Rock - Dedicated to Degu Care & Welfare Worldwide
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Amethystbelle is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2005, 07:27 AM
Paw Talk's prodicle son .
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Saaf Norwood, London UK
Age: 40
Posts: 2,405
  
Where exactly in the wild do Degu's live, in deserts ?

If they are in Africa that would mean the WWII Desert rats were in fact Desert Degu's hence my Avatar and Siggy's.

Yes where do Degu's come from ?

= ^ _ ^ =


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


* sings *

He's in the Jailhouse now , he's in the Jailhouse now , well I told him once or twice .

To stop chewing wood and Pooping nice , he's in the jailhouse now.
Toky-Ohki is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2005, 07:36 AM
Paw-Talk Lifer
 
Amethystbelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nottinghamshire, UK
Age: 38
Posts: 4,109
  
They come from the Andes Mountain range in Chile South America where they live in semi arid partially desert like areas where temperatures are high in summer and very cold in winter

Kirsty


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Visit Degu Rock - Dedicated to Degu Care & Welfare Worldwide
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Amethystbelle is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2005, 07:45 AM
Paw Talk's prodicle son .
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Saaf Norwood, London UK
Age: 40
Posts: 2,405
  
He he so they are Chilean desert degus, well you learn something every day I did'nt know where Degu's come from.

Do they live mainly on high ground then, ? you get deserts in the mountains I dont suppose its impossible, its so dry up there I know.

= ^ _ ^ =


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


* sings *

He's in the Jailhouse now , he's in the Jailhouse now , well I told him once or twice .

To stop chewing wood and Pooping nice , he's in the jailhouse now.
Toky-Ohki is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2005, 07:58 AM
Paw-Talk Lifer
 
Amethystbelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nottinghamshire, UK
Age: 38
Posts: 4,109
  
They live pretty high up to about 3500m above sea level although recent research has shown they aren't really adapted to living at such high altitudes which is quite interesting to say they are rock hoppers. The terrain is very rocky and much of it is scrubland which is subjected to droughts in the summertime, the land is filled with around 90% grasses and herbs and the other 10% is given to shrubs and trees. I wouldn't say its a desert but the conditions are desert like with the dry hot summers and cool winters!

I always find its good to learn a new fact everyday as it makes life more interesting

Kirsty


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Visit Degu Rock - Dedicated to Degu Care & Welfare Worldwide
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Amethystbelle is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2005, 02:37 AM
Part of the Pack
 
Sammy H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Liphook, Hampshire, UK
Age: 38
Posts: 331
 
going back to the heat question -

I tried mine with ice cubes last night (like they do for zoo animals and farm animals). They had a quick nibble, but weren't too bothered. jerry had more fun catapulting his across the cage by jumping on the bowl!!! Maybe if it was brocolli flavoured water........

Sammy H is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2005, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
Adolescent Pup
 
XTRAWLD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Age: 38
Posts: 105
 
The dirt in a clay pot didn't go over so well for mine. The just shoved the compost out of the pot and didn't go in after that....Sigh, I have a bigger mess now They sit in their metal wheel though I guess cause that's cool enough for them. If I happen to find a spare ceramic tile though I'll pick it up to put in a corner for them.

Look Into My Voice
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
XTRAWLD is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2005, 05:43 AM
Paw-Talk Lifer
 
Amethystbelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nottinghamshire, UK
Age: 38
Posts: 4,109
  
Quote:
Originally Posted by XTRAWLD
The dirt in a clay pot didn't go over so well for mine. The just shoved the compost out of the pot and didn't go in after that....Sigh, I have a bigger mess now They sit in their metal wheel though I guess cause that's cool enough for them. If I happen to find a spare ceramic tile though I'll pick it up to put in a corner for them.
Whoops maybe i should have also mentioned it has to be high sided as i have had that problem too, Basil had his 2 minutes and it was completly empty and the rest was all over my parents carpet The higher sided the better as they can chuck dirt a long way i have found the same as sand i find that everywhere

The coolness of the wheel might be cooling them off as well, they will find their own ways to cool off its just a case of keeping an eye on them to make sure its not affecting them too much

Kirsty


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Visit Degu Rock - Dedicated to Degu Care & Welfare Worldwide
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Amethystbelle is offline  
Reply

Tags
farm animals


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome