New Degus and new here
I'm so glad I found this forum. We just adopted 2 degus last week. We have a male and a female, who seems to be pregnant. The humane society was not familiar with degus, but they were fortunate enough to find a vet student who was willing to foster them. We adopted them last week and are working on socialization. It is going very well and they are warming up to us quickly, but we know it will take time for us to gain their trust. The only thing we know about their background is that they were rescued by a caring sole who did not want to see them used as snake food and brought them to our local shelter. They are very sweet and are very attached to each other. No one is sure when the female is due, if she is in fact pregnant, but she is extremely rolly polly. She has also been taking hay up to their hammock. Thinking I should move the hammock lower to the ground just in case. They also like their new cage. I do have a question about it...we had a rat previously that lived in this cage so it is fortified with wire mesh around the outside (1cm sq openings) so that she could not escape. The bars of the cage are 2.5 cms apart...would it be ok to take the outer mesh off, or should I leave it on? I know my female cannot get out of the 2.5 as he face is wider than that, but my male I'm not so sure about yet. If she is preggo, then we'll have to have our male neutered as I don't want to separate them due to their attachment. Any suggestions, opinions, or tips would be greatly appreciated, as these are my first degus. I have had rabbits, squirrels, hampsters, gerbils, mice, and rats in the past, so I know about small animals and socialization, but am learning and reading as much as I can get my hands on for these precious creatures. Sorry so long, thanks for reading.