Degupdate: A New Sand Bath

We decided to get them a different sand bath on our recent trip to Ikea, because the big round plate was less than ideal. I hoped that a higher rim would prevent “spills” but it merely slightly reduces them. Anyway, the degus really like it. They need sand baths to keep clean and prevent/get rid of parasites and they obviously also quite enjoy them. They also like digging a lot.

I decided to shoot a short video, because it’s just over-cute.

Here’s some more pics. Estelle almost dares to take treats from me, and she is now ok with putting her front paws against my leg. She will come out more quickly, at least as long as the rest of the room is quiet.

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Estelle, being unsure, deciding to wait for Candy to take the treats and bury them. Given that Estelle is the larger of the two, I’m pretty sure she gets her share of treats.

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Estelle, trying the bath

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Candy, stealing all the treats.


  1. kestrel says

    The dusting behavior is really cute. I raise quail, and they love to dust bathe as well -- and they really kick the sand all over the place. It’s just a neat thing to get to watch, I’m really glad you shot the video.

    That’s wonderful how Estelle is coming along!

  2. voyager says

    Oh My!
    That is totally adorable. Their tails are longer than I thought. I’m glad to hear that Estelle is getting more comfortable with you. Some pets take a while to learn to trust, so you must be doing things right. ;)

  3. Jazzlet says

    Awww! And what voyager said about you doing things right for Estelle to be becoming more relaxed arround you.

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