degu cages for sale
Welcome to the Degu cage guide your comprehensive guide to Degu cages for sale! For your convenience, we have collected a list of some of the best cages on the market today and included their key features, size, and budget range. We will cover all kinds of degu habitat including extra large cages, cheap DIY options and accessories.

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ImageCageMain FeaturesBudget
Ware Manufacturing Level 4 Clean Living CageChew Proof Powder Coated Wires. Secure & Safe Shelves Easy to Assemble Extra large doors for easy access Get it here. 36.5L x 19.5W x 64.5H inches$$$$
Prevue Hendryx 485Very Spacious. 3 Ramps, 3 Platforms and 1 Hammock Included. Space saving shelf can be used to store toys, treats and more. Get it here. 31 x 20 x 54 inches$$
MidWest Critter NationEasy Cleaning with Full Width Double Doors. Wide Expanse Shelf and Full Width Plastic Pan Floor. Happy Feet Ramp Cover Protects Pets Feet. Get it here. 36 x 24 x 63 inches$$
Little Friends Blenheim ExtraBowl, bottle, shelves and ladders all included. 4 Caster Wheels allow easy movment. The bar spacing is 2.5cm. Get it here. 136 x 81 x 8 cm$
Liberta UK Explorer Double Rodent CageVery Strong - Made from Wrought Iron. Sits on casters for easy movement of the cage. Complete with hammocks, ladders and platforms. Get it here. 93 x 63 x 159 cm$$$

cages for degus

Introduction to Degu Cages

You need to set up your Degu cage before you buy or adopt your pets and it also needs much attention to be perfect, as any cardboard or plastic carry case you take them home in will not hold them for long. Below is what you need, along with some suggestions of where you can get them. Your Degus cage is your Degus home. Your cage needs to contain all the vital necessities to keep them happy and healthy, as well as being clean.

As you can see by my cage on this page, a lot is going on to keep my Degus not only entertained but also fit and healthy. This is an optimum set up for Degus, containing a nest box, food and treats bowls, hay cages, plenty of shelves and platforms, an exercise wheel, hanging and fixed toys, branches, and hideaways.

Budget Considerations

When building or purchasing your degus cage for next eight years, you need to consider what budget you have, where you are going to keep it. You will also need to figure out how easy it is going to be for you to maintain compared to how much time you have. Other considerations include, how much stimulus it is going to provide your Degu when you are not available to play with it.

For example, if you are keeping your pet in a bedroom or close to your sleeping area, will you need an exercise wheel which is easily detachable (or a silent spinner) to let you sleep, or will you have one that requires screws to keep it permanently in place? Simple questions that are easily overlooked in favor for the cheapest, easiest to obtain cage furniture.

What Type of Degu Cage?

degu cage Depending on the amount of Degus you intend to keep, we recommend a degu cage with a base of at least 25″ x 15″, with at least two levels to provide plenty of room for the Degus to explore. The base of the cage needs to be solid metal to prevent bumblefoot, with the sides being wire, with the wire leaving no more than a 2cm x 2cm gap to prevent chances of escape for young Degus. Degu

Wood or Plastic?

Cages cannot be plastic or wood as Degus teeth can break through in less than one night and you will never see your pets again.

A glass aquarium style Degu cage is only suitable as a base as there need to be plenty of air circulation and room to climb and explore. The base of the cage should be covered in wood shavings to provide comfort and absorbance. The cage should be placed in a calm area, away from temperature fluctuations like extreme heat and cold, as this will make your Degus ill.

The cage on the right from Pet Supermarket is perfect for your pets (2-3), is similar to mine, cheap and has a solid metal base.

Maintenance – Cleaning and Taking Care of your Degus Cage

degu cleaner

Your degu cage, base, and any metal, glass, wooden, plastic or ceramic surface should be cleaned and disinfected with a pet-safe cleaner, at least once a week. You should immediately remove any broken or badly worn items which make them unsafe, and suitable replacements found. Areas where your Degu excrement and urinates should be spot cleaned regularly to prevent smells and bacteria.

Any pet safe cleaner would be suitable. Some Degus can become allergic to these disinfectants, which if they do, stop using them. The owners of this site have not come across this problem, and as there are many things that can become allergens – do not get scared mongered into being ‘over the top’ safe until you see some allergic reaction.

Shelves / Branches

If your cage consists mainly of mesh floors, it is essential to place shelves inside your cage to provide somewhere for your Degus to stand when their feet are sore. These can be basic pieces of wood (prepared properly and sanded from the safe-wood list, preferably untreated pine around 2 cm thick) screwed to the side of the degu cage or rested on.


Planet Petco Ledge

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Prevue Small Ledge

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Prevue Large Ledge

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Branches for Climbing

Alternatively, you can use branches for your pets, as these will cause more naturalistic and give more exploration for your Degus as well as something for your pets to nibble on. These must be brought from a reputable pet shop to ensure they are Degu safe or picked from our safe wood page.

You could use branches from trees as long as they conform to the details on the safe wood page, including the wood type, being completely natural i.e. contain no pesticides and completely cleaned and baked to kill any wildlife or larvae.

Nesting Box

Degus need a nest box to sleep in, providing warmth, shelter, and shade. We recommend you provide your degus a not-varnished wooden nest box for nesting. For bedding, small animal bedding from your local stores is fine, including wood shavings and hay.

Box Size

The size of the box will depend on how many Degu you intend to keep, although you must remember they grow to around 15cm long plus tail, so imagine the size you would need to accommodate. Typically, A nest box designed for a chinchilla will the most suitable in most pet stores.

If your degu nest does not have a base like the one in the picture, place a shelf underneath, so your pet is not sleeping on wire. I placed a cold tile underneath mine, so my pets stayed cool during the summer months.

These Degu Shelters are perfect to provide a nice, warm, dark place to sleep and snuggle up. 


Kaytee Chinchilla Hut

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Super Pet Woodland Hut

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Kaytee Grassy Roll-A-Nest

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Bedding – What is the Best & Safe Bedding for Degus?

Your pet will need suitable bedding in their nest box to stay warm and cozy during the night. Our Degus favorite and recommendation is the white shredded paper type bedding, as others such as the vegetable fiber & cotton wool type bedding can be suffocating and harmful if swallowed, and the sawdust/wood shavings can cause allergies as it contains dust.

The paper type can be bought in most pet stores, supermarkets and high street stores such as Wilkinsons, as well as online. Timothy Hay is also an excellent bedding for Degus as long as it is brown or yellow and fresh. The hay should smell fresh and sweet. If it is old and green, it can cause bloating if the animal eats it. Find out more about Degu Bedding.


Sleepy Degu Bedding

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Kaytee Timothy Hay

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Water Bottle

We recommend you have one bottle of water with a long metal sipping tube hanging to the outside of your degu cage per level. We do not advise water bowls as they can be easily tipped and are more prone to bacterial infection. Your bottles should be cleaned out and refilled with fresh water preferably once a day, although once a week is not the end of the world. Water bottles should be attached to the front of the Degu Cage.

Dust Bath

As a Degu’s fur and skin are intolerant of water, Degus need dust baths to help remove the grease and other buildups from their fur and skin. Degus love dust baths, which are metal or ceramic containers filled with a 4cm layer of specialized dust bath dust.

Chinchilla Sand

Dust is also known as chinchilla dust, chinchilla sand, and chinchilla clay. Never use normal sand or dust as this would be extremely harmful to your pet left inside the degu’s cage for 30 minutes a day. Any longer and your Degu could bathe too much which can cause the fur to become too dry and brittle.

Sand Bath

Degus will often spin around in the tub and flick the dust about, so prepare for a mess! Instead of the metal baths that are sold by most pet shops, I use a ceramic salt holder which has a flat base, is around 15 cm tall, round and completely contained apart from a large circular opening at the front. This allows my Degus easy access in and out.

The bath on the left is a rectangular version of mine but would need to be supervised when in use as it is made of plastic and would be easily destroyed. An alternative would be a metal one here from Zoo Plus, but it is rather large as its designed for chinchillas.


Supreme Chinchilla Bathing Sand

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Kaytee Chinchilla Sand

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Teeth

Degus teeth are always growing. If they grow too long, they can hurt their gums, mouth, and cut into the skin. This is why Degus need wooden gnawing blocks to bite on, which will help erode away teeth, keeping them at the ideal length, and provide entertainment.

Cage Material

Degus like to bite anything and everything in their cage, regardless of what material it is (metal, wood, plastic and cardboard). This is perfectly natural behavior and is nothing to worry about, apart from the costs of replacing the items! A good Degu cage will be impenetrable for an escape artist.

If you notice excessive bleeding from your Degus teeth, we recommend you take the animal to the vet immediately and remove the offending gnawing item (identified by the blood covered bite marks) from the cage to prevent the same thing happening to your other Degus in the meantime.

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Large Degu Cages for Sale

For your convenience, we have collected a list of some of the best and biggest degu cages on the market today and included their key features, size, and budget range.

$$$ – Premium | $$ – Midrange | $ – Cheap

ImageCageMain FeaturesBudget
Ware Manufacturing Level 4 Clean Living CageChew Proof Powder Coated Wires. Secure & Safe Shelves Easy to Assemble Extra large doors for easy access Get it here. 36.5L x 19.5W x 64.5H inches$$$$
Prevue Hendryx 485Very Spacious. 3 Ramps, 3 Platforms and 1 Hammock Included. Space saving shelf can be used to store toys, treats and more. Get it here. 31 x 20 x 54 inches$$
MidWest Critter NationEasy Cleaning with Full Width Double Doors. Wide Expanse Shelf and Full Width Plastic Pan Floor. Happy Feet Ramp Cover Protects Pets Feet. Get it here. 36 x 24 x 63 inches$$
Little Friends Blenheim ExtraBowl, bottle, shelves and ladders all included. 4 Caster Wheels allow easy movment. The bar spacing is 2.5cm. Get it here. 136 x 81 x 8 cm$
Liberta UK Explorer Double Rodent CageVery Strong - Made from Wrought Iron. Sits on casters for easy movement of the cage. Complete with hammocks, ladders and platforms. Get it here. 93 x 63 x 159 cm$$$

Degu Cage DIY

building a degu cage

Buying a Degu cage from a pet store can be very expensive, and you are limited to the sizes they provide meaning that perfect are you had marked out for your pets may not be right for what’s available.

Building your own can be cheaper, better suited to your pet and be your design and dimensions, fitting into your home perfectly. This guide goes into some detail on how to build a degu cage, what you need and how to design it.

Design and Building the Cage Structure

Your degu cage should be designed to give the most space you practically can while being optimally shaped to fit where you want it to in your home. For this guide, I shall be placing the cage in a gap between a wall and an old disused fireplace outcrop. The gap is 72 cm/ 28.5 inches wide so to fit my cage comfortably will be 27 inches wide, 17 inches deep.

Now, the height of the cage will depend on what you want to include; you could have any of the following:

  • A basic, multi-tier cage for your degus, sitting onto of another item
  • A multi-tier cage including an extra basement level for digging, recreating the natural environment, sitting on top of another item.
  • A cage and basement level, as well as the stand and shelves for placing your Degu food, etc. on.

I will be making the last one, but any of them would be worthwhile builds, especially if you already have a set of drawers of something similar for your cage to sit on.

Building Materials & Air Circulation

Before finalizing the design, we need to consider what materials we are going use. There will be two main materials needed, one to make the structure of the cage, the base, sides and back, and then the front of the cage that needs to be transparent (otherwise you might as well keep your pet in the box!). For the roof, I will be using wire mesh to allow the maximum amount of air circulation and light into the cage.

Main Body

For the main degu cage body, I would always recommend wood. It is easy to work with, strong, easy to clean. The best type to use would be Pine, last 1/inch thick. It needs to be smooth, free from splinters or defects, unpainted/unvarnished and solid. Avoid using a ‘man-made’ wood like chipboard or plywood. Using these woods would easily damage your Degus health due to the glue used to create them.

Wood Warning

Now some of you may be getting confused as Degus can chew through wood quite easily, but for them to do that, there needs to be a place for them to get their teeth around. Degus can not chew a flat surface, and so as long as the cage is built correctly, nibbling should not be a problem. I know many owners and breeders who have built wooden degu cages and not had any escapes due to nibbling through the walls.

For the front of the cage, the options available to you include, but or not limited to, wire mesh, glass or plexiglass.

Wire MeshGlassPlexi-Glass

Ventilation Lots None None Opacity Bars can be obtrusive Clear until Scratched Clear until Scratched Cleanliness Slight build up of residue Become Dirty Easily Become Scratched and Dirty Easily Price Cheap Moderate Expensive Weight Light Heavy Moderate

Wire Mesh

I recommend wire mesh, it provides interaction with your pets without having to open the cage, plenty of air circulation and ventilation, and is cheap. However, the other two can also be perfectly fine substitutes. When buying your wire mesh, ensure it is galvanized, without any paint or coating. This is to ensure your pets do not nibble off bits of plastic and upset their system.

So, for the cage I am building, I will need:

  • Pinewood for the walls, base, and frame
  • Wire mesh for the doors and roof
  • locks to keep the doors shut
  • hinges for the doors
  • extra wood for the shelves
  • nails/screws and glue to build the cage

Following my plan, I came up with the following design based upon what I wanted. If you are D.I.Y. literate, constructing the cage should be a doddle. If not, try to get someone to help to hold pieces in place while gluing and nailing into place. On the base of every level of your cage should be some sawdust to absorb any mess.

Populating the Cage

  • Food/ Treat Bowls – Place these as and where you like. Trying not to put them under ledges to stop sawdust falling in.
  • Water Bottles – They can be attached to the cage door
  • Shelves – Use nails to rest shelves on in corners and across the back. A few taps with a hammer and you can easily move the position of the shelves.
  • Wheel – Use the base which comes with most wheels to stand your wheel in the cage
  • Hanging Toys – Screw eyelets into the wood to hang toys off or use the top mesh vent
  • Branches – Position to provide a ladder from one level to another

Overall the wood gives a range of possibilities to position items in your pet’s cage.

Try to have as many flat areas as possible for your pets to climb. The more space used, the more room for your pets.

I hope this guide has given you some ideas on how to design and build your cage. Fitting it for your purpose will allow you to create a stunning looking cage.

Conclusion

We hope this article has empowered you with the knowledge to choose the perfect degu cage for your furry friends! Before making a final purchase, it is important to check out the dimensions to make sure it will fit in your home. Please leave comments and suggestions below.

Resources

  1. http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-a-Degu
  2. http://www.erodent.co.uk/degucages.htm