Natural Degu Food
Domesticated degus originate from Chile, where many of their wild cousins still live in elaborate burrows, so they prefer cooler, dryer conditions. They’re strictly herbivories, unlike many other rodents who like to snack on the odd worm or insect, and in the wild they feed on grasses, leaves and sometimes seeds. Degus can’t metabolise sugar and are prone to diet-related diabetes, which can very quickly cause cataracts—so it’s vital that their diet is low in carbohydrates, with no added sugars and only very sparing amounts of fruit. Their diet should also be low in fat, and plenty of fibre to aid their digestion and naturally wear their continually growing teeth.