Basic equipment for the Degu

Degus are real group animals and should always be kept together with other dogs of their own kind. In the wild, degus live in large groups. They are active and climb, clamber and dig. Degus are not stuffed animals but can be tamed by hand.

Degus are real group animals and should always be kept together with other dogs of their own kind. In the wild, degus live in large groups. They are active and climb, clamber and dig. Degus are not stuffed animals but can be tamed by hand.

Ground cover

In the wild, degus dig entire tunnels. To give the degus the opportunity to dig, we use Cotton & Cotton as ground cover. The tunnels stay in place nicely in this ground cover. We recommend a layer of at least 20/30 cm deep, but here the more the more fun!


Although degus are group animals, they do like to be able to retreat. We recommend having at least one shelter available for each animal. The Trixie Wooden Bark Tunnel is a nice shelter that the degus can also climb over. As a second shelter, the Rodipet Degoe House Granite 33 cm is a lot of fun! This is a spacious house with two openings and a removable granite roof. The granite roof offers cooling on hot summer days.

Nest material

In nature, degus collect all kinds of things to take with them to their nest. They also need nesting material. The Hemp Nest material is made of hemp fiber, offers protection against drafts and gives a woolly warmth.

Climbing and clambering

Degus love to climb and clamber. The Corner Plateau Blank with Edge can be attached to the bars at various places in the accommodation. The plateau is available in 17, 30 and 40 cm. It's fun to use multiple trays in different sizes. In addition to plateaus, a Wijrank is a lot of fun to climb on. It is important that it is firmly in the accommodation. The XL variant is a beautiful climbing frame for the degus!


Degus need a diet that is specifically adjusted to the nutritional needs of the degu. It is important that the diet is low in fat. In nature, degus eat grasses, seeds and dry plant parts. They are therefore used to scarce food. The Care+ Degoefood from Beaphar consists of an all-in-one chunk. This prevents selective eating behavior. One degu needs about 10-15 grams of food per day.

food bowl

The kibble is best offered in a food bowl. In this way it is clear to the degu where the food is offered and the food does not become contaminated. The Trixie Ceramic Food Bowl 10 cm is available in 4 different colours. It is nice to have its own food bowl in its own color for each degu.


In addition to feeding chunks, hay is extremely important. Degus should have unlimited hay available to them. This is essential for digestion and tooth wear. The fibers from the hay are absolutely necessary for digestion. In addition, grinding the hay ensures that the ever-growing molars can wear off. It is therefore very important that the degus always have access to hay! The Alpine meadow hay from Vitakraft contains a natural content of tasty herbs. This hay is generally eaten very well.

Hay rack

We offer the hay in a hay rack. The hay rack ensures that the stay does not become a mess. The Trixie Metal Hay Rack to hang 20 cm with roof ensures that the degus cannot jump into the hay rack from above. The hay rack is made of gnawing resistant material.

drinking bottle

Of course, fresh drinking water must always be available for the degus. Degus are real rodents and must therefore have a gnawing-resistant flesh. The Trixie Glass Drinking Bottle 500 ML is large enough for several degus and cannot be gnawed.

gnawing material

Degus are real rodents, they really gnaw on everything. They don't just do this, however. They have such a great need to gnaw because the teeth continue to grow throughout their lives. It is therefore very important to offer sufficient gnawing material to prevent dental problems. The Back to Instinct Herbal Gnawing Root from JR Farm is a hard beech root that has been made extra attractive with tasty herbs. In addition, willow branches are very healthy to nibble on.


Degus need a sandbox with chinchilla sand. They use this to clean their fur. The Sandbox Green Chinchilla & Degoe is made of zinc and is gnawing resistant. Due to the high edge, as little sand as possible ends up next to the sandbox. The sandbox can be filled with Chinchilla sand from Witte Molen.

running wheel

A running wheel gives the degus the opportunity to run around. A degu needs a running wheel with a diameter of at least 33 cm. The Aluminum Running Wheel is of very high quality. The running wheel turns smoothly and quietly and is 100% gnawing resistant. Extremely suitable for degus!


Of course we also want to spoil the degus every now and then. Always be very careful when offering snacks. Do not give sugary products and preferably no fruit. You overfeed degus very quickly with the result that the degus become too fat and will have digestive problems. JR Farm's Degoe Snack is a mix of responsible snacks.


Degus are active animals and like to be busy. They like toys to nibble on. The Natural Living Willow Ball from Trixie is made of 100% willow and prevents boredom. The Degus will completely destroy the ball. Fun guaranteed!

With these items you have a good basic furnishing for your degus. Of course you can adjust the layout every so often or add other things. Below you can view the products and easily order what you like. Do you have any questions? Or do you need help furnishing the chinchilla enclosure? We would like to hear it!

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