Are Degus Noisy At Night?

Degus can be great to keep as pets but they can sometimes also be a little noisy throughout the day.

So because they can be loud during the day time, does that also mean that degus are noisy at night?

Degus can be noisy at night usually when they are trying to communicate with the other degus that are in their cage or when they’re playing around with each other.

So if you were planning on keeping them in or near the room where you sleep then this is something to consider.

Degus Being Noisy At Night

When it comes to degus they can sometimes be very noisy at night with all of the different activities that they like to do and sounds that they make.

They won’t always sleep throughout the whole night and they can sometimes even be very active.

So while it’s night time what you’ll notice is that they’ll usually be awake at certain times and they will sleep for a while too.

In some cases, they can even make noises while they’re sleeping but they’ll make most of their sounds while they’re awake.

During the night time, they can be a little loud depending on the situation, so if you hear them make some noises at night it’s usually not them trying to make random sounds.

They’re making sounds for one reason or another and it’s usually so that they can try to communicate what they’re feeling or doing at that moment with the other degus in their cage.

However, the fact that they can be a little noisy at night shouldn’t deter you from getting a degu as a pet.

They are great pets to have and all of the sounds that they make are normal and necessary. Plus sometimes they’ll even stop being so noisy as time goes on.

Reasons Why Degus Make Noises At Night

If you plan on adopting a degu or you already have one, then you’ll want to know what might cause them to be loud at night.

One reason why a degu can be loud at night is if they’re new to their environment.

So if they’re not yet familiar with their surroundings then they can be a little noisy while they’re trying to figure out where they are, where everything in their cage is, and what’s around them.

Another reason why they can be so noisy at night is if something in the room has scared them.

For example, degus can start squeaking out of fear at night if they see any sudden movements or hear random loud noises, and even when a larger pet is in the room with them.

Degus will also start sounding off at night if they’re on high alert for some reason.

A lot of things can startle them, so if something does then what you’ll usually notice is that one degu will wake up the other degus that are in their cage with alert noises when they’re scared.

Some degus will even start squeaking throughout the night while they are sleeping too.

Even though this hasn’t been fully proven, some owners think that this can possibly be from a nightmare that they may be having.

Either way, some of the noises that you’ll hear them make at night can definitely come from a sleeping degu.

While a degu is in their adolescent or mating phase then they can also make a lot of different noises as well.

This can happen during the day time and the night time, so if your degus are still young then you can expect to hear some of their noises as they go through this phase.

So if your degu keeps squeaking, then knowing the reasons that can make them become noisy at night will definitely help.

Why Can Degus Be So Loud At Night?

The main reason why degus can be so loud at night is usually that they’re trying to communicate something to the other degus that are around them.

So if they see or hear something that has scared them, then what they’ll want to do is tell their cagemates that some form of danger might be close to them.

Safety is something that always comes first for a degu. This is mainly because they are prey animals and they are usually listening and watching out for anything that might be a potential threat or predator.

So because of this, they can get scared easily and they’ll make a lot of alert noises out of fear that way they can warn the other degus that are in their enclosure.

However, another reason why a degu can be so noisy at night is if they’re more active around that time.

If that’s the case, then the noises can just come from them playing around with each other throughout the night.

While they’re playing around what you’re usually here is them squeaking a little bit.

These little squeaks are normal and it can mean that they’re happy, so if they are mainly active at night and they’re happy then you’ll hear it often.

So degus can be loud when they’re scared and even when they’re happy, but there are some things that you can try to get them to not be so noisy at night.

Getting Your Degu To Become Quieter At Night

When it comes to getting your degus to be quieter at night there are a few things that you can try to accomplish this.

If they’re squeaking and being loud during the night time because they’re scared of something, then what you can do is remove anything that’s near them that might surprise or startle them.

For example, removing things like blinking lights and certain sounds that might scare them and cause them to make a lot of noise can really help.

Also, if you keep other small pets or bigger ones like dogs and cats in the same room as your degus during the night time, then you may have to remove them as well.

Those other pets can sometimes make your degus nervous and that can cause them to become loud at night.

Degus also have a lot of energy while they are young. So all of that extra energy can sometimes mean that they’ll do more activities throughout the night.

However, as time goes on and they become older they’ll also become quieter during the day and at night.

As they become used to their surroundings they’ll even become quieter as well.

So if your degu is noisy, then once they’ve gotten familiar with their environment, become older, or you have removed the things that can scare them, then they might just become quieter at night.


Hi, I'm Mason, I've kept small animals as pets since I was 8 years old. I love to learn and talk about them basically every day. Over the years I've adopted small pets like hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs.

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