Originally Posted by Amethystbelle
I wouldn't worry too much about that kind of fighting my boys do it all the time. Its like young boys play fighting and its all about establishing who is in charge mainly and its mainly just playing and a lot of noise. It sounds worse than it is
Alright, thanks for clearing that up - I wasn't sure if they were hurting each other or not, because, as you said, it sounds pretty violent.
The cage is ok for a pair for now. They do prefer height in as cage so they can have lots of different levels as they are naturally rock hoppers so by giving them height you can create a environment where they can have some sense of a natural environment. I use leap ledges in my cage instead of full shelves so they can leap around and they amaze you at their agility. If you are worried about the size of the cage you could also try letting them out (if you can and it is safe to do so) once a day as they will love this and gives them an environment outside their own home
The levels in the cage aren't full shelves so they do have room to jump around and what not. I have been able to take them out by just putting my hand in the cage and letting them crawl out onto my arm, though one does it more than the other. I take Newo out more often because he seems to have a better ability at judging distance to the floor, and I can let him roam around my desk or bed without having to worry about him taking a leap of faith. Lemon, on the other hand, has jumped to the floor a couple times, and though he didn;t show any signs of being hurt and he kept moving just fine, I wouldn't want to risk him breaking anything. When I am able to take him out, I let him roam around on the floor and he goes exploring my room.
Also, to anyone who also has a dog: does your dog pay much attention to the degus or does he or she not really care much. I have a tiny cockapoo terrier (coker spaniel + poodle + terrier) who seems to think that she is the degus' mother
. I had Newo in my hand once and she just looked at him and then licked his coat (it was pretty cute). I don't want her hurting them though, and they also might be scared of her, so I don't generally let them see each other. However, when she's in my room she just stares at the cage (it's on my dresser above her eye level) and if I look down at her she starts whining at me like she wants to see them. It's really strange, so I was wondering if it's ever happened to anyone else with a dog and their degus (or even hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, etc.)
Thanks again for all your help guys, I'm really enjoying the degus so far. They're a blast.