On 12/17 my husband and I took my nine year old out to the pet store to find a Hedgehog. Well once we got to the store my daughter (and us) fell head over heels for the Degu's. I had first thought I'd buy two but the pet store lady told me not to that they wouldn't like people if they had Degu friends. She also talked me out of the big tall cage I first set my eyes on. As we had never heard of Degu before I took this lady's word.
So we bought one Degu, a small cage (think two level gerbil cage), a bag of Chin food (mixed) and some hay. So we got Alex home and I got right online searching out as much info on our new little charge as I could. The next thing I did was order a bigger cage, 32x32x61h inches, Degu food, a dust bath, and lots of toys. All the new stuff should be here in 3 days I feel so sorry for Alex until the new cage is here but at least I'm getting him what he needs to be happy.
I have a couple questions first off should we go back and get him a Degu buddy? I wouldn't mind him having a friend I'd hate to have him get depressed being alone since he used to have 3 friends with him. Next if I do get him a Degu buddy and it's one from the same group he was with will it be really hard to introduce them?
Also Alex nibbles on me when I "play" with him is this normal? Right now we are still in the stage where one of us will put a hand up to the door of the cage and he smells it (then nibbles it enough to leave a mark but not break the skin) after he does that he will climb halfway onto the hand he loves to have time with us and gets so mad when I close up the cage door.
We are very glad we got him and are just really amazed at him, each time we "play" with him he gets a bit more trusting of us. He really loves my daughter she just walks up to the cage whispers "Alex" and he's right up at the door waiting to nibbler her then climb out a little bit.
Any suggestions from you seasoned veterans in Degu care?