You can buy a pet from a variety of sources including breeders, pet shops and rescue centres.
Cost of keeping a degu
In addition to the initial cost of buying a degu, don't forget about ongoing costs such as food and bedding.
Choosing a degu
Before you buy a degu it’s wise to think long and hard about whether your new pet will suit your personality and lifestyle. Considerations should include:
- Whether you’d like to purchase a male or female?
- Whether you’re able to buy a pair for company?
- Does the degu you’re considering suit your home, family etc?
- Can you make a lifelong commitment to your degu?
- Will your new degu get on with other pets in the household?
- Lastly, whether you can afford to keep a pet.
The secret to choosing a degu is to do lots of research and it’s also advisable to find out more about potential health problems and characteristics.
Hints and tips on new ownership
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to purchase a degu, do a bit of planning so that your pet’s first days in his new home are as easy and pleasurable as possible.
Equipment for your degu should include a cage big enough for him to run around in and food and water bowls or bottles
Buy some pet food for your degu. Complete food provides all the nutrients in the correct amounts and proportions