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I made the mistake of letting my degu's nest go too long without replacing it (aahh, I couldn't help it, they loved it!) and I think that's contributed to the fact that one of them has some feces built up on his tail.

Now, I know degus skins don't take to baths well and their tails have to be handled properly, so I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips with how to go about cleaning them off without doing any damage.

These are rescued degus too, so they aren't particularly social -- they aren't big on being handled, but they can tolerate it.

Thanks!
 

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That's actually strange, degus are usually very meticulous about keeping clean. Anyway, you could try a damp cloth but don't get the tail too wet.
 

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Arent they like most rodents and sand is the way to go? or just give him a little time to work on it then see if you need to intervene
 

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Arent they like most rodents and sand is the way to go? or just give him a little time to work on it then see if you need to intervene
Sand isn't going to remove feces, though.

Either way, I'd be watching the degu carefully because it's not very degu-like to get dirty like that.
 

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I know I just meant generally keeping them clean. And yeah rodents are excessively clean in fact letting themselves get messy can be a sign of poor health. Of course it could just be a case of something stuck to his tail. But better safe than sorry.
 
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