||Six years old|
||St. Catarines, Ontario, Canada|
and Noodles are six years old. They started out brown but now
Noodles is white and Meatball is spotted. They are extremely friendly
and tame. They have a gigantic cage in my brother's room above his bunk
bed. Before we had built their cage, we used to put up cardboard walls in
an effort to try to keep them in their cage. The cardboard was no
problem for Noodle's sharp teeth to get through and she got out of her
cage regularly. Meatball was not so adventurous. Eventually Noodles
decided to chew through a wire while we were out and Meatball came with
her. When we came back we noticed that Noodles had no whiskers and
Meatball was missing them on one side. A few weeks later we noticed
white patches around Noodle's eyes. As the weeks progressed she turned
completely white and Meatball is now brown with white spots. We believe
she may be one of the only white degus in the world. We have talked to
several vets about this and she seems healthy otherwise.
They love sweet things but can only have a little at a time or else they
will get diabetic (chocolate is one of the treats they enjoyed on their
little adventures). They love dried apple and get some once a day for a
treat. When it is treat time they will let you know by squeaking until
they get their treat. If they want to listen to music (favorites are
Great Big Sea, Queen, and classical music in general) they will squeak
and the same thing goes for lights out for nap time. They both love
their wheel and exercise ball. They sleep in a hammock with their toys
and stuffed animals.
Meatball loves to cuddle and is a lovely degu who hardly ever squeaks
and just wants to get along with everyone. She drags things all around
the cage and is surprisingly strong for her size. She has allergies in
the spring and sneezes and gets bald patches. She enjoys crawling into a
big pocket and will sit there quite happily. She loves to nest with
tissues and soft fabric scraps.
Noodles on the other hand has an attitude. She tries to take charge
around the cage. She squeaks Meatball off the food but she always gets
some. When they want something she will do the squeaking for both of
them. We have several pet mice which Noodles thinks are baby degus so
she will try to pick them up with her teeth, but the mice don't really
enjoy it. She is extremely energetic and leads the way when they are in
their exercise balls.
They make great pets and we have had a lot of fun with them. I'd
recommend degus as a pet to anyone.
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