And am thrilled to find a group of people who have them, know what they are and have experience
I am new to the board adn only discovered it as I was searching for cages suitable for Scatawampus the Chimichanga.
She (I now know! Thank you again) is a degu who came to me via the way everything comes to me. Somebody else didn't want it. I teach science and a parent delivered it to the classroom thinking I love critters and would somehow help it.
This lovely, scratchable, whistling critter has been with me since June (when I put it in the hot car to bring it home from school
). I've learned a lot about her by paying close attention but know that I have so much more to learn (and it may be a him).
The Chimichanga (I knew it looked sort of like a cross between a rat, squirrel and chinchilla but no one knew what it was) came in a foot-square cage. Problem number one. I bought her what appeared to be a Taj Mahal complete with lots of chew toys, wood blocks and nesting balls. It did have a plastic bottom however and while she/he loved it for several weeks she began chewing holes the day I found this site (hence the desperate cage search).
Scatawampus the Chimichanga is temporarily back in her mini-prison and I am hoping some of you will have advice about where to find suitable cages.
Also, I read that they can be housed with rabbits? Is this true? I have an amazingly docile blind bunny but she's ENOURMOUS and am a bit trepidatious to put her heft with Scat though I don't think she'd be vicious.
Okay.....there is my ramble......I apologize for my ignorance as I seek knowledge about this new member to my family. I am in awe of how endearing she is.....and aghast as I scratch behind her ears and she rolls over and lifts a front leg to get the full underbelly scratch. Even more aghast when, as I laughed and scratched, I heard myself say the words "Nothin' says lovin' like a Chimichanga".
Thanks so much for listening and any advice/resources/sites/supply stores would make both of us very grateful!
Lynne and Scatawampus the Chimichanga