Feed and diabetes in degus
It is advised not to feed degus any food that contains sugar, fruit, or fruit sugar. Feed with high levels of fat or starch should also be avoided.
Sunflower seeds, peanuts and corn contain too many fats and are bad for the liver of the degu. The basic feed should contain pellets (half guinea pig bits and half chinchilla pellets). Good quality hay (to eat and make nests) and fresh water should always be available.
Besides the basic feed, suitable additions are: dandelion or small pieces of vegetable (except for any kind of cabbage).