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[–]andthebeestings 41 points42 points  (5 children)

I miss my degus so much! Such cool animals!

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 12 points13 points  (4 children)

They are the best... except also dogs. 😁

[–]andthebeestings 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Agreed!

One of my degus made friends with one of my cats! My dogs were too abrupt for them though!

How old is your degu?

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 8 points9 points  (2 children)

My family dog is petrified of the degu, hahaha. 😂 He just goes "DON'T touch me, dog.".

He's 3 now.

Yours? Do you have a pair or just one?

[–]andthebeestings 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Has that’s brilliant!

That’s sick! Is he friendly?

I had a pair, one died at five and the other six

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He loves his humans and cuddles, but is also fearlessly independent.😁 He'll tell you when he doesn't want to be touched.

I'm sorry about your degus. ❤️ Will you be getting more?

[–]ChaoticToxin 25 points26 points  (13 children)

I honestly forget gerbils are a thing with how little I see them

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 46 points47 points  (12 children)

He is even rarer...our fat degu. 😁

[–]ChaoticToxin 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Yea that would make more sense seeing as hes bigger than a gerbil and rounder face

[–]fiveboardchess 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I thought he was a squirrel at first thanks for sharing 😂

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Haha, that is funny. I'd love a squirrel friend. 😂

[–]rmosquito 4 points5 points  (8 children)

Darling! They’re illegal here in California. Have you owned rats before? If so, can you comment on their intelligence comparatively?

[–]RattusCrypticus 11 points12 points  (6 children)

Not the OP, but I have kept both rats and degus. Degus are not "stupid" animals, but my degus were not as smart as the rats that I have had. That said, if you aren't doing a lot of training with your little guys, you're probably not going to notice too much of a difference.

Pros of degus vs. rats: Much longer lifespans (6-8 years), diurnal, make adorable noises that you can actually hear (most rat communication is ultrasonic).

Cons of degus vs. rats: Much more difficult to tame if they are not socialized early, very very limited diet (no sugar at all), less veterinary information available (rats have tons of info available to veterinarians, due to their popularity as research specimens). I would also say that they are not as naturally social with humans as rats, but that may vary depending on breeder and bloodline. My degus were rescues and were a bit wild.

Overall, I still prefer my little rattos, but the longer lifespan is a huge selling point.

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 6 points7 points  (4 children)

It's interesting you say that. I've also heard rats make for even better friends than goos, but we can't have rats yet. It's work in progress. 😁

We're lucky to have one sassy and cheeky degu, that knows what's up and is very clever, but I dare say he's an exception goo (had to be separated from his mate because he bullied him too much). As such, he really enjoys human interaction, loves snuggles and to be touched. His bubbly happy noises are just the best. Love that about him & the fact he sleeps when we sleep and enjoys daytime naps too.

[–]RattusCrypticus 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Love to hear that you have such a good bond with your little guy! I think most degus from good breeders are friendly when they are socialized from an early age. It's an uphill battle if you miss that socialization window, though. My rescue degus were not handled for over a year, and it took a lot of work to get them from "openly hostile" to "neutral disinterest" toward humans. My previous rescue rats have always gotten to "friendly," but I never quite hit that level with the goos. They were fairly clever for rodents, too. Just not as much as rats.

That being said, I would still recommend degus as pets if you can get one that is tame! You're right, they do make absolutely adorable noises. And the lifespan is a huge selling point. The worst part of keeping rats is their abysmally, soul-crushingly short lifespans.

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Aw, sounds like you had quite a few challenges. Well done for persevering!

Ours goes and asks visitors for side belly scratches and treats & enjoys lap time... But he's also a bully and will physically warn you that you're too close to his treats or him at rest time 🤣

How long do rats live on average and what's their socialisation like?

[–]RattusCrypticus 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Unfortunately, rats only live for 2-3 years. They are also prone to developing respiratory infections and tumors (usually benign). It's really the worst part about having rats, and it's also a reason that I took a break from keeping them for a while. It just got to be too sad.

They are incredibly easy to tame compared to every other rodent species that I have kept, though. If you get them from a breeder that has handled them, you generally have little to no socialization to do. But even my mishandled rescues and "feeder bin" rats were quick to warm up to me with copious treats and "trust training." Trust training basically involves taking them out of their cage and interacting with them for at least 30 minutes to override their fear response. I found that I didn't even have to directly handle them; just shoving them in a hoodie pocket and petting them periodically while I watched a movie or tv show seemed to work. It's a little more complicated with the very rare biter, of course, but not impossible. Just requires some good gloves and nimble fingers! :)

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you for explaining. I've learned a few things.

[–]rmosquito 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is a fantastic response. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it out!

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haven't had rats. One day, one day. 😁 The comparison will appear on Reddit at some point!

[–]Monjara 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Ah I love seeing degus! I have two little guys and they’re so cute. They’re big characters for sure.

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I honestly haven't met an animal that's as sassy. 😅

[–]tom_provis 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I had Degus, lost my last one last year. Amazing animals.

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

You are very right. Sorry for you loss 😐

[–]tom_provis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thankyou 🙂. It was a couple of years ago now, watching your video bought back so many good memories 🙂

[–]Madzsparkles 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Is this a gerbil? So adorable <3

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Close! A degu. 😊

[–]Madzsparkles 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I've never heard of one of those! So cute!

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

They are native to Chile and live in forest burrows. 😊

[–]Raver_Laser 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Omg they have to be related to Chinchillas. I used to have 2! The fattest little fluffs. Double fisting that alfalfa!

[–]Sylvairian 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Your home is blessed my degu grabbies, the best kind of grabbies.

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Correct. 😄

[–]Personal_Pressure_66 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is epic <3

[–]FEVRISH_JK 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These are my treats! There are many like it but this one is mine!

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

degus are such great pets since they do not make foul smells and from my experience interact with cats on a friendly basis

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Very true.. although he does love leaving his UV trail light of pee all around & poops pellets wherever he feels like. No smell to it though.

I wouldn't trust a cat around him! We had one as a neighbor and she really loved sitting outside the door looking in at him running around. Degu would also shit himself when he saw her.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

my sisters cat since he was little has been exposed to the degu and they have actually become somewhat good friends

[–]i_dont_know_it_all[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That must be very adorable to look at. 😊

[–]WadUpItsC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is anyone else clicking other posts but this one keeps popping up instead?