Toys and Exercise Guide

Degu Degus need toys to keep them occupied, as tied up in a cage for most their lives there needs to be some entertainment! The most important thing to think about when buying toys is that they are for your pets benefit, not yours, i.e. they may have pretty colours and have fancy bridges and swings, but is your pet actually going to use them, or indeed are they actually usable?

Degus also need plenty of exercise, usually in the form of an exercise wheel or ball to run around a room. This is essential to keep your pets fit and healthy, and usually the bigger the better, to provide plenty of flat running surface for your pets to enjoy. Wheels have to be solid, with no gaps, in order to prevent injury.



Degus love to climb. Aside from a wheel and gnawing blocks, this will provide most of the entertainment in their cage. Degus are natural explorers, so providing areas at different heights to others will give constant entertainment, as well as providing areas for your pets to hide from each other when quarrelling or protecting treats. It can also be used to hide treats for your Degus to find around the cage. My pets like to use them as extra steps as opposed to using the ramp, preferring to jump from one level of the cage to another using the toys in-between. An essential cage must have.

If you look at the picture of my cage on the earlier page, you will see I have replaced most of the metal with items like these, and not only does it look better, but more importantly, my Degus love the it instead of the grated metal on their feet.

Image forCrazy Climber by Supreme Pet

This Ladder with toys hanging off it is perfect for your Degus cage, providing climbing space and bits to hang off and nibble on. More details here

Image forCargo Net by Boredom Breaker

This Pet Supermarket Cargo net provides a lot of climbing and hiding opportunity, and could also become an extra level on your cage.  More details here

Image forSmall Pet Hammock by Savic

This Pet Supermarket hammock provides a comfy place for your pet to climb and rest on. More details here

Suspension bridge

This suspension bridge by ZooPlus is perfect for climbing, nibbling and playing. More details here


This burrow tunnel is cheap, big and perfect for your pet to play in. Degus naturally dig in the wild, so this stimulates that behaviour. In addition, treats could be hid inside for your pet to find. More details here

Hanging Bridge

This hanging platform from ZooPlus is a perfect getaway, fun to climb and swing on, and the hut can be used to hide treats (too small to enter). More details here

Degu Exercise


Exercise Wheel

Silent SpinnerAll Degus should have an exercise wheel in their cage. It will provide the most of your Degus exercise during its life. If your Degus are seen fighting over who gets to use it, buy two. Most are cheap, attach easily to the side of your cage, or use a stand and sit on your cages floor.

The wheel should be solid rather than a metal wired one so your Degus don't hurt there feet or fall through and break their legs, and, if affordable, a silent wheel will pay for itself in the extra sleep at night. It needs to be at least 10" in diameter for your pet to run comfortably.

I use a Giant Silent Spinner in my cage, as it allows my pets to run side by side stopping any arguing, and is quieter than most I have used before. It is easily attached and unattached to the side of the cage using a built in screw device. It is also thick plastic, so after a while my Degus realised biting at it was getting them nowhere and so stopped. It is deep enough for both of them to run on it at the same time without any safety concerns.

This Pet Supermarket silent spinner is perfect for your cage. The picture is of the small size, but you will need the 12" size (white and purple) which attaches securely to the side of the cage and can be removed easily for those sleepless nights. More details here

As an example of the wrong type of wheel, I found this video on YouTube showing Degus in a pet shop on the wrong wheel and so hurting themselves. somehow the sad person recording it found it funny: Video Link


Degu Exercise ballExercise Ball

Exercise balls provide your Degus with a safe way to explore with a reduced risk of escape. Even the most tamed of Degus can make a break for freedom at any time, so keeping them in a large plastic ball, letting them explore without being able to escape into small holes and gaps, is highly favourable. They also provide a lot of exercise, and somewhere for your Degus to go while cleaning out the cage to keep them occupied. Be wary with plastic wheels that your Degu cant bite through the tabs keeping them closed in minutes, so keep a close eye and listen out for any nibbling. Maybe some extra protection like cello tape would be needed to keep the ball's swivel door closed. Unfortunately, until an alternative is created (don't think metal balls would work somehow) this is the best Degu ball there is to offer. In a perfect world your pet should be trained and allowed to explore an open space unrestricted, but exercise balls are the next best option.

This range of roller balls at Pet Supermarket include a Giant 32cm Ball, perfect for your Degu. More details here

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