Toxic foods are poisonous to degus and should be completely avoided.
- Rabbit food (may contain coccidiostat, an ingredient that is toxic to degus)
Unsafe foods are dangerous to degus because they can cause harm or injury to the animal due to their attributes.
- Cabbage (causes bloating)
- Sugar and molasses (they can’t metabolize it)
- Starchy foods (too many carbohydrates)
Unhealthy foods won’t necessarily cause lasting harm to degus but should still be avoided because of the negative impact on their health.
- Nuts and seeds (and other high-fat/high-protein foods)
- Fruit (high in sugar)
- Carrots (high in sugar)
For more information on foods that are safe to feed to your degu, see our article on Feeding Degus, browse our archive of Degu Help & Education, or Find an Accredited Veterinarian.
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