Towards the end of July I'm going to be going to visit realitives in El Paso and will be gone for three weeks...I've never left my pets for this long
. My best friend is taking the house rabbits and I have a neighbor who will be taking care of the dogs but my problem is the degus. My uncle (who recently moved in with us) agreed to take care of them but I'm pretty nervous since degus aren't the easiest animals to handle
. I'm afraid they'll escape. Therefore I'm thinking it might be best if they stay in the cage...at least until he's more used to them. I know it's not the best thing but I can't think of anything else
. My degus don't let random strangers handle them...especially guys. And even for me they can be hard to catch sometimes. Do you think they'll be ok? I'll be buying a ton of new toys right before leaving and telling my uncle to give them a new toy every couple of days so they stay busy.
That's not the only problem, though. How is he going to clean the cage? In the past I was never gone this long so I could just clean it really well before leaving and it'd be fine. But three weeks is waaay too long for a cage to stay un-cleaned and now I have three degus instead of two. Cleaning the cage would involve taking the degus out and getting them into a carrier. That's not even the hard part. The hard part is getting them back in the cage...as soon as he opens the carrier door I know they'll all jump out at once...probably in different directions
. I was thinking of littertraining them so that he doesn't have to actually take them out. Think I can do it in a few weeks? I've read that they will often use the dustbath as a litterbox...will that work? Any tips?
He'll still be able to give them attention...just from inside the cage.
Thanks in advance....I'm pretty stressed out about this.