Males & Spraying/Oder
I have 2 males, and then 3 females.
These are the first males I have ever met, everyone I had known who owned Degus before me always had females. My one girlfriend who bred Degus for a bit said she didn't care for males as they sprayed alot more. When I asked about it before (online) people disagreed with me, but now that I own these boys and then also girls I can say my friend was absolutly right.
Do your males spray?
In my boys cage everything is covered in spray, it's not really stinky, but trying to whipe it all down sure is a PITB, and everythign feels icky if you touch it.
Also I can pick up my boys and play with them, my hands then smell like Degu spray, while when i pick up the girls they don't.
The smell really dosn't bother me, unless of course I'm heading out somewhere forgot to wash my hands and put my stinky hand up to my face! eeewww....
The 3 girls are in a 50g aquarium, which i find stays so much cleaner, even all their toys. The boys are in a tall cage where i put cardboard covered in tinfoil around 3 sides of it to keep the mess from being on my other animals cages.
Do you think if they were also in a large aquarium they would be alot cleaner?
Now do we think mine spray more then the average because there are females on the other side of the room?
I would think that the females would act the same way trying to mark to find a date too. But they don't.
How do your males act?