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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-27-2006, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Spraying

We upgraded the girl's cage from a single rat cage to a double rat cage for Xmas. They really love all the space and ledges to jump on.
They seem to have a problem though with spraying outside the cage onto the floor and onto their food containers.

Is there any way to stop them from doing this or is it just one of the perks of degu ownership?

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i don't think my girls have ever sprayed.....

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I have to whipe my males cage down every week (I could do it every day if i wasn't lazy), anyways they are big sprayers everything inside and outside the cage is covered in spray.

My remidy of stopping my other animal cages from getting marked was to make cardbord sides and back for around the cage, then cover the cardbord in tinfoil, this way it's easy to whipe off.
I attached it with pipe cleaners and so far it's worked very well.

I havn't taken any new pictures of the whole thing, but i will try later on.

George in his shiney cage.
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It's more like they're urinating and its getting outside of the cage on the walls, the carpet, and their food containers. I think they're just marking it as their own, but it sure is annoying and stinky!

Thanks for the idea about the tinfoil, I'll have to try it to see if it helps with our girls!
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Its a wonderful side to degu ownership, the only thing i have found that works is to protect the area they are in or to fit something around the cage to stop them, my boys all vary some are worse then others, just depending on where they urinate. Its the way degus are designed as to why they do it

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how does your new upgraded cage look like? show some pics


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I took a picture of my cage with the tin foil around the outside ....

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-08-2007, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks It looks very effective.

They seem to urine from the upper levels and it drips outside the cage into the floors and the walls. They used to urinate in their chips in their old cage. I don't know why they have started doing this..maybe they're just too lazy to travel downstairs.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-08-2007, 01:16 PM
 
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Well I have found it a 'bit' cleaner sicne I moved their wheel to the bottom level. It's their favorite toy, so they use it alot.
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We have a running saucer and I think it might be contributing to the spraying as they are urinating on the saucer and then running.

It's quite stinky where their cage is
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-08-2007, 02:45 PM
 
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Ya I have to whipe mine down every cleaning (and inbetween if i can) I have found now that I've gone to plastic shelving inside their cage it is alot easier to clean and whipe off then the metal grates I had before.
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