Posted Oct 13, 2014
I took over care of an adult male degu from a teenage who was moving away and his mother didn't want him to take it with him. I was told he was 4-5 years old, but I think he may have been older than was originally told.
This animal liked to be picked up and would crawl in your shirt or sit on your shoulder. He wasn't nervous around my other pets, including the cats, and would let my children handle him frequently.
This pet requires a medium-sized enclosure, good quality shavings, degu food, and seemed to enjoy a place to hide to sleep and would often drag some nesting materials inside to pad his bed. He was easy to maintain and his enclosure was not prone to being stinky. An occasional bath in the sink was all that was required to keep him looking shiny coated and clean. He really enjoyed running around the house in his large exercise ball and would try to run the cats over if they were sleeping in a sunny patch. He often would socialize with my chinchillas, which were housed in their enclosure next to his, although we never attempted a real encounter.
Unfortunately, I only had this pet for a little over a year as he died of natural causes, which leads me to believe he was older than the age I was told when I acquired him.
I would recommend this pet to someone who had children old enough to understand gentle holding and petting. Being a smaller animal, I would not advise this pet be handled by toddlers in case they dropped or held him too hard.