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Folivor/herbivore = collective name for herbivorous animals, which are specialized in herbs and leaves.

In nature, degus eat grasses, herbs, bark, leaves, shrubs and wood. Degus require a plant-based diet that is rich in crude fiber and low in energy. In addition to good quality hay, the basic food for degus must also be available without restriction. A degu can also be fed fresh herbs, fresh grass or fresh vegetables of good quality. However, this is not a basic need. Degus are predisposed to diabetes. That is why it is better not to feed fruit and sugar-rich vegetables. If degus are fed too much sugar and starch, the animals can develop diabetes. The nutritional needs of degus are somewhat similar to those of rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas. They also need high levels of crude fiber. Different lengths of the fiber particles are important for the correct wear of the teeth, the loosening of the gastrointestinal filling, good intestinal peristalsis and for the fermentation process in the appendix. For the degu kept as a pet, this means that the basic food for degus consists of high-quality hay and a low-energy, balanced, complete kibble. The chunk must contain all the required nutrients, minerals, trace elements and vitamins. Both the hay and the chunks must be offered without restriction.

A degu's gastrointestinal tract is not that muscular. To keep the digestive system going, food has to be replenished again and again. To prevent digestive disturbances, it is important that the animals can eat at any time. To prevent the animals from becoming too fat, it is important to choose a food that is adapted to the specific animal species.

Unfortunately, degus are predisposed to forming urinary stones. When a degu permanently takes in more calcium than he needs, there is a danger of developing bladder stones. This can make the animals very sick. Once bladder stones have formed, they can no longer be dissolved through food. Treatment is only possible through surgery. However, a lack of calcium is also dangerous. This can lead to dental and skeletal problems. It is therefore very important that the calcium content in the diet is specifically adapted for a degu. To prevent a calcium surplus, it is important to ensure a limited supply of calcium through the diet and to ensure an adequate supply of drinking water. Products with a high calcium concentration include parsley, dandelion and alfalfa. Since vitamin D3 is directly involved in calcium metabolism, this must also be precisely coordinated in the diet. The calcium-phosphorus ratio must also be exactly right. It must be CA:P = 1.5:1 to 2:1.

Nutrition guide degu

Degus are herbivores. They naturally eat grasses, seeds, and dry plant parts. Degus need unlimited hay. This is important to get enough fiber. In addition, chewing hay contributes to good tooth wear. In addition to hay, degus need a low-energy chunk that contains all the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals. In addition, they need gnawing wood to wear down their teeth. Degus are naturally accustomed to a scarce diet. If they get too much sugar, they quickly become too fat. Fruit is therefore not suitable for degus, as it contains too many natural sugars. In addition to hay, gnawing wood and degu chunks, degus also need vegetables and herbs. It is important that a new vegetable is introduced carefully. Always start with a very small piece, which you can gradually build up. Also note that not all vegetables are safe for degus. Typical features of the herbivorous digestive system of the degu are the lifelong growing teeth, the weakly muscled gastrointestinal tract and the cecum fermentation with the consumption of the cecum droppings. In nature, degus are busy absorbing food for a large part of the day. Eating breaks can cause digestive problems.

Degu food & Fat

Degu food should not be too greasy. Degus do not digest fat well. Food with sunflower seeds or, for example, peanuts is not suitable for degus because it contains too much fat.

Degu nutrition & Calcium

Degu foods should not contain too much calcium. Excess calcium is excreted through the urinary tract. Too much calcium can cause bladder or kidney stones. Once a degu has bladder or kidney stones, this can no longer be solved with food. The animal will have to be operated on by a veterinarian. So it is very important to avoid this. However, a lack of calcium is also not good. A degu does need calcium for teeth and bones. Adult degus require a calcium content of 0.6%. For degus in growth this is 0.9%. The calcium-phosphorus ratio should be between 1.5:1 and 2:1.

Degu food & Fiber

The fiber content in degu food should be around 20%. Degus also get a lot of fiber from the hay. Structure-rich fibers from hay ensure that the degu has to chew for a long time. This chewing wears down the molars. This is very important because the molars continue to grow for a lifetime. Too long molars cause pain and can cause the degu to eat less hay, for example, with all the consequences for the digestive system. In addition, prolonged chewing ensures that enzymes in the saliva already start digestion. Fiber is also crucial for the fermentation process in the caecum.

Degu food & Protein

The degu's appendix is rich in protein. This is then eaten again after which the proteins can be digested. Too high a protein content in the diet can prevent the degu from eating the appendix. This can have negative effects on health and digestion.

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