Vintage Degu Love Mug - Gifts for Degu Owners

10 Funny & Cute Degu Gifts for Pet Owners

Degus are adorable pets and they have a way of taking over the lives of their owners. So if you have a friend or a family member who loves degus, you know that gifts related to their favorite animal will really delight them. These degu gifts are perfect to give to owners and animal lovers for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, and any other gift-giving occasion. Check out all the gift ideas.

Cute & Fun Dego Gifts

1. Home is Where my Degu is Tote Bag

Home is Where my Degu is Tote Bag

This cute tote bag sums up how all degu owners feel. The design features the silhouette of a degu with the words “Home is where my degu is.” The perfect way to show your love for your degu when you’re away from home. Great for carrying books, a laptop, or any other essentials.


2. Crocheted Degu Doll

Crocheted Degu Doll

This cute degu gift is completely unique! Curly Moods make these adorably and cuddly crocheted degu dolls. Since each plush is custom made, you can choose between brown, white, and gray to match your favorite degu. Height is 6.29″.

If the degu owner in your life is crafty, you can buy them the pattern to make their own goo doll.




3. Funny Degu T-shirt

This shirt is the perfect gift for the degu owner who likes a funny joke. The cute design features a degu silhouette with the words “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a degu and that’s pretty much the same thing.”

Available in men, women, and youth sizes in 10 different colors.


4. Vintage Degu Love Mug

Vintage Degu Love Mug - Gifts for Degu Owners

Practical? Check. Cool vintage design? Check. Degus? Check.

This is the perfect gift for java addicted, degu loving, vintage fans. This cool 15 oz. mug has a retro design with a degu silhouette and the words “Degu Love.” Include some of your loved one’s favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag they’ll really appreciate.


5. Degu Eating a Slice of Pizza

This is a hilarious t-shirt for any degu owner or animal lover. It features a photo of a degu that is Photoshopped to make it look like it’s eating a tiny slice of pizza. This fun design is great for kids, teens, or adults.

Available in men, women, and youth sizes in black, gray, silver, dark heather, and heather gray.


6. Degu Warning Sign

Funny Attack Degu Warning Sign - Degu Gifts

This funny sign is must have for any degu owner. This sign says: “Warning – This property is protected by a highly trained degu. Not responsible for injury or possible death.”

These signs are made on high-quality aluminum, but come in three different design styles: distressed wood (pictured), aged metal, or new style.

Designed for indoor display. Dimensions: 12″ x 8″.


7. Degu Composition Notebook

If you want practical degu gifts, check this one out. This composition notebook features a pattern of playfully illustrated degus on the front. Perfect for school notes, shopping lists, or writing a story.


8. Degu Art Print

Degu Art Print Owner Gift

This gorgeous piece of art deserves a place on every degu owner’s wall. Sue Edwards Art created this beautiful art print. The realistic goo drawing features a close up of an eating degu. Perfect to frame and hang next to your degu’s cage.


9. Goozilla Apron

Goozilla Degu Apron

Foodies and home chefs will enjoy this gift idea! This apron features a funny illustration of Goozilla! A play on Godzilla, it features a massive degu ravaging a city. Available in 15 color options to match any kitchen decor.


10. Gentle Degu Sticker

Gentle Degu Sticker

This gift is adorable! This vinyl sticker features a gentleman degu, complete with hat, monocle, and mustache with the text “Gentle Degu.” Perfect to personalize a laptop or phone. Comes in three sizes.


Need more gift ideas? Check out our other articles on gifts for animal lovers and exotic pet owners.


Degu Safe Wood

Safe Wood for Degus – Toys, Chews, & Cages

Safe Wood for Degus
Like other rodents, degus are constantly chewing because of their ever-growing teeth. To keep your precious goos from chewing things like furniture or electrical cords, you need to provide them plenty of safe chewing material. The most common chews for most exotic pets are wood. But, you have to make sure the wood you provide will not harm your pet. If you’re searching for safe wood for degus, this article will provide all the info you need on what to avoid and what’s non-toxic. The materials on the safe list are perfect to give to your degu as a chew, or to make toys and other enrichment activities from.

When buying (or gathering) wood for your degu, make sure is it organic, has not been treated by pesticides, and cleaned of dirt (a vegetable brush and water is good for cleaning). The wood should not be chemically treated or painted. Food-based dyes are generally okay. When it comes to caring for your degu, always err on the side of caution. If you don’t know what materials a toy or cage accessory is made of or if you aren’t sure if the wood is safe, don’t give it to your pet.

Safe Wood for Degus

These degu safe woods and materials are perfect for toys, chews, and accessories.

  • apple
  • arbutus
  • ash
  • bamboo cane
  • blackberrry
  • blackcurrant
  • cholla
  • coconut shell
  • cottonwood
  • crabapple
  • dogwood
  • filbert
  • grapevine
  • hawthorn
  • hazelnut
  • hornbeam
  • kiwi
  • linden
  • manzanita
  • mulberry
  • pear
  • pecan
  • pine (kiln-dried white pine only)
  • poplar
  • pumice stones
  • quince
  • rose hip
  • sisal
  • sycamore
  • water hyacinth reeds

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Toxic Wood and Materials for Degus

These are woods and other materials that are known to be toxic to degus. Just because you do not see a particular wood on this list does not mean it is automatically safe for degus. If it doesn’t appear on the degu safe wood list, do not give it to your goo.
Degu Toxic Wood - Pinecones

  • abale/esia
  • alder
  • almond
  • apricot
  • aspen
  • balsam fir
  • beech
  • birch
  • black locust
  • blackwood
  • bog wood
  • boxwood
  • buddleia
  • cashew
  • cedar
  • cherry
  • citrus (all types including lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc.)
  • cocobolo
  • cypress/bald cypress
  • dahoma
  • damson
  • dogwood
  • ebony
  • elang/mukulungu
  • elder/elderberry
  • elm
  • eucalyptus
  • fig/cape fig
  • fir
  • forsynthia
  • goncalo alves
  • greenheart
  • hemlock
  • horse chestnut
  • iroko
  • juniper
  • kapok
  • laurel
  • magnolia
  • mahogany
  • mansonia
  • maple
  • mimosa
  • mopane/mopani
  • myrtle
  • nectarine
  • oak/cork
  • obeche/abachi
  • okuhaba/yungu
  • oleander
  • olive
  • opepe/kussia
  • paduak
  • pau ferro
  • peach
  • peroba rosa
  • pine (fresh pine & pinecones)
  • plum
  • plywood
  • prune
  • purpleheart
  • quebracho
  • red maple
  • redwood
  • rosewood
  • sassafras
  • satinwood
  • sequoia
  • snakewood
  • spruce
  • teak
  • walnut
  • wenge
  • willow
  • yew
  • yunnan
  • zebrawood

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Female Names for Degus

300+ Names for Degus – Boys, Girls & Pairs

One of the most exciting parts of getting a new degu or two is picking the perfect name. It can be challenging to come up with name ideas for new pets, but we’ve put together a great list of names for Degus. We have names for girls, boys, and even degu pairs. Check out our suggestions, or read the section at the end of the article with ideas on how to brainstorm your own names.

Female Names for Degus

If you have a new girl degu (or two), check out this list of names. From cute to traditional, there’s plenty of ideas to choose from.
Female Names for Degus

  • Abby
  • Amber
  • Angel
  • Annie
  • Ashley
  • Audrey
  • Baby
  • Bailey
  • Beebee
  • Belle
  • Billie
  • Blossom
  • Bubbles
  • Bumble Bee
  • Bunny
  • Buttercup
  • Candy
  • Chloe
  • Cleo/Cleopatra
  • Clover
  • Cookie
  • Daisy
  • Dizzy
  • Dolly
  • Doris
  • Dorothy
  • Dot
  • Eve
  • Fluffy
  • Girlie
  • Gracie
  • Hannah
  • Honey
  • Hope
  • Jade
  • Jasmine
  • Jewel
  • Jill
  • Joy
  • Kate
  • Kendra
  • Lady
  • Lemon
  • Lily
  • Lola
  • Maple
  • Marigold
  • Marley
  • Marmalade
  • Missy
  • Misty
  • Molly
  • Muffin
  • Nadia
  • Nellie/Nelly
  • Nessie
  • Nikki
  • Norma
  • Nutmeg
  • Ocean
  • Olive
  • Pansy
  • Patty
  • Peaches
  • Pearl
  • Pebbles
  • Penny
  • Petal
  • Princess
  • Pumkin
  • Rain
  • Raisin
  • Raven
  • Reba
  • Robyn
  • Rosa
  • Rose
  • Rosie
  • Roxanne
  • Sable
  • Sabrina
  • Sadie
  • Sadie
  • Saffron
  • Sally
  • Sandy
  • Saphire
  • Serenity
  • Seven
  • Shelby
  • Sherri
  • Sienna
  • Sissy
  • Skittles
  • Sky
  • Snowflake
  • Sprinkles
  • Starburst
  • Starry
  • Sunflower
  • Tabbie
  • Taffy
  • Tinkerbell
  • Tootsie
  • Trixie
  • Ursula
  • Velvet
  • Violet
  • Zelda
  • Zoey



Male Degu Names

If you’re looking for boy names for degus, you’ll find one on this list. These are cute, funny, and traditional names for degus.

Male Names for Degus

  • Ace
  • Alex
  • Andy
  • Arthur
  • Atlas
  • Badger
  • Bandit
  • Bear
  • Bob/Bobby
  • Bolt
  • Boots
  • Buddy
  • Burrito
  • Casper
  • Charlie
  • Chip
  • Chopsticks
  • Colby
  • Devil
  • Diego
  • Dill
  • Domino
  • Duke
  • Duster
  • Dustin
  • Felix
  • Fred
  • George
  • Gizmo
  • Harry
  • Henry
  • Hercules
  • Jasper
  • Junior
  • Lancelot
  • Mark
  • Martin
  • Max
  • Merlin
  • Micro
  • Milo
  • Misfit
  • Moe
  • Moose
  • Mortimer
  • Mud
  • Nacho
  • Napoleon
  • Nate
  • Nelson
  • Nemo
  • Neo
  • Neptune
  • Nestor
  • Nickel
  • Ninja
  • Norman
  • Oliver
  • Oscar
  • Panther
  • Paul
  • Peanut
  • Pepperoni
  • Pewter
  • Pierre
  • Pikachu
  • Pringle
  • Radar
  • Rascal
  • Ray
  • Rex
  • Robbie
  • Robin
  • Rocket
  • Rodeo
  • Roo
  • Runt
  • Rusty
  • Rusty
  • Safari
  • Salem
  • Sausage
  • Scar
  • Scooby Doo
  • Scrappy
  • Scratch
  • Shredder
  • Smudge
  • Sneakers
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Snickers
  • Spoke
  • Squeaker
  • Taco
  • Tarzan
  • Taz
  • Teddy
  • Thor
  • Thumper
  • Tiger
  • Titan
  • Tom
  • Tony
  • Vader
  • Valentine
  • Vince
  • Zach
  • Zombie
  • Zoomer
  • Zorro
Degu Gifts

Unisex Names for Degus

These names work great for male or female degus.

Best Degu Names

  • Basil
  • Boo
  • Brownie
  • Button
  • Cheddar
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnabon
  • Cinnamon
  • Clouds
  • Cocoa
  • Cuddles
  • Cumin
  • Curly
  • Ducky
  • Dusty
  • Feisty
  • Fizzy
  • Fudge
  • Happy
  • Hopper
  • Lucky
  • Mint
  • Mocha
  • Nebula
  • Needle
  • Nibbles
  • Nipper
  • Noodle
  • Nosy
  • Nugget
  • Oatmeal
  • Oreo
  • Pancake
  • Panda
  • Parsley
  • Patches
  • Pepper
  • Pickle
  • Piper
  • Raisin
  • Rebel
  • Ribbon
  • Rumi
  • Silver
  • Spaghetti
  • Squeak/Squeakers
  • Squirt
  • Tango
  • Tequila
  • Twinkie
  • Twinkles
  • Twister
  • Yoga
  • Zipper
Degu First Aid Kit for Emergency Care

Degu Names for Pairs

Degus do best in groups or pairs, so it makes sense that you would get a pair of goos at the same time. Check out these names for degu pairs.

Degu Names

  • Beavis & Butthead
  • Bert & Ernie
  • Bonnie & Clyde
  • Bread & Butter
  • Chip & Dale
  • Coco & Pops
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
  • Itchy & Scratchy
  • Jack & Coke
  • Jack & Jill
  • Kanga & Roo
  • Luke & Leia
  • Micky & Minnie
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Ping & Pong
  • Rice & Beans
  • Riff & Raff
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Super & Nova
  • Thelma & Louise
  • Tom & Jerry
  • Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  • Ying & Yang
  • Zig & Zag
  • Zip & Zap

How to Pick a Name for Your Degu

If you want to find the perfect name for your new degu (or goos), there are plenty of ways to do it.

Get together everyone in your family who is going to help pick out a name for your new pet. Give everyone a piece of paper and have them list all of their name ideas.

Use the following exercises to generate degu name ideas:

  • Appearance – Look at your degu and think of names based on their appearance. “Cinnamon” or “fudge” are fun names, as are “Dusty” or “Sandy.”
  • Personality – Once you’ve spent a little time with your new goo, you’ll get a sense of their personality. That may inspire a few name ideas. Any energetic degu could be called “Zippy” or “Flash.” If your goo seems to have an attitude you can call them “Sassy.” A shy degu may have a demure name like “Daisy” or “Shadow.”
  • Favorite Characters – Think of your favorite characters from movies, tv shows, video games, or books. Add those names to your lists.

Once everyone has their lists, make everyone narrow them down to one or two name possibilities. If the whole family is picking the name, hold a vote and pick the most popular name for your new degu. Otherwise, just pick the one you like best.


Getting your home ready for your new pet? Don’t forget to put together a degu first aid kit.


Degu First Aid Kit for Emergency Care

Degu First Aid Kit for Emergency Care

Degu First Aid Kit for Emergency CareIf you’ve recently added a degu (or a few!) to your home, you know there are tons of supplies and accessories you need to take of them. Most people know you need to buy a cage, food, toys, and other essentials. But a lot of new pet owners overlook one of the most important supplies you need to take care of a pet–and that’s medical supplies. Just like how you have band-aids and other supplies ready for the humans in your home, you should have similar health items for your degus. The best way to be prepared for sickness or injury is to put together a degu first aid kit.

DIY Degu First Aid Kit

Every Degu owner should have basic medical supplies on hand to handle minor injuries and sicknesses. Some of the recommended items are easily available at your local pharmacy, others you may need to buy from your vet or online. We’ve included Amazon links to the less common items. Some of the medication and other perishable items will have expiration dates, so make sure you’re replacing those items as needed.

Before you assemble the items you need for your degu first aid kit, you will need some kind of container to keep them in. This is so you can easily find the supplies you need since they’ll be in one place and also so you can grab the kit and go in the case of an emergency or sudden evacuation of your home. We recommend a hard plastic case that will protect your degu emergency kit from moisture. You can easily find something around the house, at most stores that sell organization items, or buy a specialty first aid box like the one pictured.

Once you have the storage box, gather these items:

First Aid Kit Checklist

  • Veterinary Contact Info – Include a business card or a piece of paper with the contact info of your exotics vet on it. If there is an emergency exotics vet in your area,
    include that information as well.
  • Gauze Pads
  • Cotton Balls
  • Q Tips
  • Vetrap Bandaging Tape (Buy on Amazon) – A self adgesive bandage often used by vets. It does not stick to fur or skin, just to itself. Perfect for holding gauze on a wound.
  • Tweezers
  • Bandage Scissors (Buy on Amazon) – to cut bandages and tape. Rounded tip helps prevent unintended injury to a squirmy degu.
  • Styptic Powder (Check Price at Petco | Buy on Amazon) – To help stop bleeding for minor cuts. This is the best stuff for if your degu accidentally rips out a nail or you accidentally clip it too close. Dip the toe in the powder and it will help stop the bleeding.
  • Saline Solution – For rinsing wounds or debris from the eyes.
  • Oral Syringes – Get a variety of sizes. Small syringes are great for administering medications and small amounts of fluids. Large syringes are good for feeding Critical Care and baby food.
  • Ice Pack or Marble Tile (Buy on Amazon) – Use these to cool down an overheated degu or provide relief during hot summer months. Keep the tile in the fridge so it’s cool when you need it. If you’re using an ice pack, try to use one that you put ice in and not the ones with gel inside as they are toxic if your degu chews through it. Wrap the ice pack in a towel or blanket.

Keep all these items together along with a carrier for your degus. If there is ever an emergency, you want everything to be easy to find. This is especially helpful if you live in a place where evacuations for natural disasters like hurricanes or wildfires are common. You may want to keep food, and treats packaged in small quantities in your degu First Aid Kit as a kind of “go bag” for your pet.



How to Find a Vet for your Degu

How to Find a Vet for your DeguWhen many people add a new young pet to their home they aren’t thinking about veterinary care. Usually, the pets are healthy and since exotic pets don’t require regular shots like cats and dogs, owners don’t think finding a vet is a high priority. The real truth is you need to find and establish a relationship with an exotics vet as soon as you add degus to your family. The last thing you want is to find yourself in an emergency situation and have no idea where to go to get treatment for your pet. The extra time spent looking for a vet could mean life or death for your pet.

Because degus are one of the rarer exotic pets, it can be difficult to find a vet in your area who specializes in degus. Start with an internet search for exotic veterinarians in your area. Generally, a vet who has experience with animals other than cats and dogs will be more willing to invest extra time into research beyond their current knowledge. Make sure to ask questions about their experience with degus and what they do if they don’t know how to handle a new situation. If the vet doesn’t have experience with degus, you should make sure you feel comfortable with their communication and the level of interest they have in your pet.

If your vet has limited hours, it is also worthwhile to research emergency vets and animal hospitals in your area that are open 24 hours and treat exotics. This information will be very valuable to have on hand because the worst emergencies always seem to happen after hours.

How Often Should a Degu go to the Vet?

It’s generally recommended to take your degu to a vet annually for routine examinations. However, since it can be difficult to find a good degu vet, some owners find that it’s best to reserve vet visits for when the degu is ill.

As soon as your degu display any signs of illness, you should make an appointment for them to see the vet. Watch out for changes in behavior, lethargy, teeth chattering, limping, or change in eating or drinking. Any signs of blood, discoloration of urine, or strange smells should also be evaluated by a vet.

Make sure you have a secure carrier available (like this small pet carrier from Living World) and ready to transport your degus whenever they need to go to the vet.

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