Naked Dog Mom
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: north of Atlanta
Who here has ever had baby degus?
We're wondering if our little Sage is pregnant. We've been bad lately and haven't gotten Sage and Basil out to play in several days (we've both been sick with a nasty upper respiratory infection), but I got them out today so that I could clean their cage and let them have a dust bath and some socialization time. She feels heavier than she used to, and her stomach is a little bigger. She feels "wider" than she did the last time we held her (we both think so). She's not as round looking as the pregnant degu in the book we have, and her teets aren't showing, which the book said is a sign of a pregnant degu. So I don't know if she's pregnant, just not *that* far along yet, or if she just decided to be a pig and get fat, lol.
If she *is* pregnant and has babies soon, is there anything special that we need to do for her or for the babies? I put a little house in her cage that she can use a nest, and I put an extra layer of towel at the bottom of the cage so that it would be more comfortable for the babies. (Unfortunately, the only cage we could find that was big enough for them that was not plastic has a wire mesh bottom. It doesn't bother Sage and Basil, but that may be because their cage at the shop had it, too. Yes, I know it's bad, but having a cage that they can chew out of and escape from is worse, kwim? We always keep 1/2 of the bottom of the cage covered so that they have a place to go with a "solid" bottom. Right now, the entire bottom layer is covered with a towel, so that if she has babies, it will be more comfortable for them.)
Is there anything else that I should do if she has babies?
Momma to three pups:
Ein, Pembroke Welsh Corgi (black headed tri) born 7/12/2004
Tucker, golden colored lab mix, rescue - est dob fall 2004
Colleen rough collie (sable and white), rescue - est dob: 2003-2004