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New mouse owner questions!

Post by Skye14 » Thu, 17 Feb 2000 04:00:00



keeping 2 male mice rarely works...you really should seperate them. territ***
issues will probably result in one of them being killed.

and yes they're big enough for the tubes BUT they'll probably chew out of a
plastic envoirment. Get wire or if you're worried bout kids getting bitten
glass aquarium with a mesh lid

 
 
 

New mouse owner questions!

Post by readd.. » Thu, 17 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> keeping 2 male mice rarely works...you really should seperate them. territ***
> issues will probably result in one of them being killed.

Wrong. Male mice are easily kept together.  Mice are social animals and most
prefer a roomate to a solitary life.  However make sure to give them plenty of
space and plenty of hideouts.  I wouldnt take them to the classroom untill they
are quite used tio being around you.  Suddenly thrust into a noise environment
with 2 dozen huge sets of eyes stairing at you would be quite a shock.  Keep them
at home. spend much time with them. Feeding treats by hand. Dont force the
friendship let the mice have controll over how close and for how long they want to
be to your hand. Try not to pick them up untill they become comfortable with you.
Also dont use softwood shavings for litter (pine and cedar), which are hazardous
to the health of the animals. instead many suggest aspen(hardwood)
Carefresh(preconsumer paper) or some type of post comsumer content
(Yesterdaysnews).  Books are ok for learning about the rodents. but there is no
need to buy any. The internet can provide wuite a bit of litterature on the proper
care of the lil'things.

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> and yes they're big enough for the tubes BUT they'll probably chew out of a
> plastic envoirment. Get wire or if you're worried bout kids getting bitten
> glass aquarium with a mesh lid

I havent witnessed any mouse ever chewing its way out as long as there is plenty
of other chewables.
um i jhave to go to bed now. must work tomorrow. eug
 -k
 
 
 

New mouse owner questions!

Post by Michael Pla » Thu, 17 Feb 2000 04:00:00



Serious clipping here...

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> I keep a cage of seven males together, and another of just two. I find on
> the whole that they get along okay. The two I keep together are kind of a
> special case, though, and if they are separated they go a bit nuts. Can't
> even breed from them -they just beat up the girls. But it is completely
> natural for one mouse to dominate the other. In mice, no matter how many,
> there is always a fairly rigid pecking order (or should that be squeaking
> order?). As your guys are siblings, so long as they weren't separate for to
> long, you should be fine.

Interesting case.  What can we make from these behaviors???

More serious clipping here.

.... What I do is hang a length of rope -just make sure it's not

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> nylon- from the top of it, straight down the tube. I affix it to the top
> using a bent paperclip through one of the ventilation holes. They love to
> scamper up and down the rope....

Why no nylon?  I use nylon because my mice immediately (and gleefully)
destroy cotton string and rope. Maybe I should stop using nylon. BTW, I
just string trapeses and 3D rope roads around the cages.  The mice really
love this.  No enclosed tubes.  No tops on the cages.  They can scamper
around the top edges of their containers too -- and often do.  No one has
jumped out and no one has fallen out.  (The top edges are about 2'6" off
the floor.) The containers are tupperware style translucent storage
plastic bins.

More serious clipping here.

Quote:
> There are a couple of good mouse books, they should be readily available
> from your pet shop or book store:

> "Mice: a complete pet owners manual" by Horst Bielfeld
> -published by Barrons

This is my favorite book because it's informative, creative, and extremely
well illustrated.  (MP)

Quote:
> Some excellent web sites are:
> Mouse at horns:
> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

This is my favorite web site because she's so thorough and readable.  (MP)

Cordially,

Fleet O'Foot Biter Tail Thumper Most Magnificent
Digger The Wild Back Foot Stomper
Leftover N'l'ng'r The Fat
Wombat Butterball
Attila The Hun
Humper The ***
and last, but not least, The Great Benevolent Hand,

good mice all.

--

Brooklyn, USA

 
 
 

New mouse owner questions!

Post by Vanye » Fri, 18 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Re: the two boys -Nozick and Hadron.
***This should be Nozick and RAVEN****
Hadron is their other brother, and perfectly normal!

 
 
 

New mouse owner questions!

Post by Michael Pla » Fri, 18 Feb 2000 04:00:00



Quote:

> Wow -serious clipping!
> I don't use nylon, because mine tend to destroy ropes as well, and if they
> should swallow nylon rope fibres, it can cause a lot of damage in the
> stomach and intestines. I use a fairly thick tight weave rope, and I think
> that they find it to be too much effort to destroy it!

I'm going to make sure they get no more nylon rope.  Thanks.

Quote:

> Re: the two boys -Nozick and Raven. They are half brothers and litter
> mates, and are inseparable. I took Raven out to try and breed him, 'cause
> he's such a sweetie and very pretty. He wasn't interested, and actually
> started attacking the girls. Full on, with wagging tail and much biting. I
> had to take him out because he is quite big, and I was afraid there would be
> some serious injuries done. I wasn't expecting to be able to put him back in
> with Nozick afterwards, because males rarely go back to living together
> after one of them has been with a female. But I popped him back in the cage,
> and I have never seen two mice happier to see each other. Nozick instantly
> bolted across the cage, and shoved himself under Raven, and Raven started
> grooming him. Very sweet, but so odd! They curled up and went to sleep in
> the food bowl, and were very happy.

> Sigh. I'll try Raven again when he's older, with a really experienced
> female. Hopefully we'll have more success. If not -gay mice?

Never heard of a mouse who needed an experienced female to figure it out.
He probably just has peculiar tastes. Marches to a different drummer.
That kind of thing. Recommend short term pschotherapy -- maybe some kind
of behavi***modification.  Psychoanalysis is contra-indicated.

Quote:

> I also use bird perches in my cages -the ones that they swing on. Some

of my guys love it, some fall off. But it is hilarious to see them, paws
wrapped

Quote:
> around the perch, swinging back and forth. Duncan will actually leap off at
> the apex of the swing and grab onto a rope that is*** from the roof in
> front of it. He's quite an athlete.

I'm thinking of getting some of the ladders designed for parrots and
parakeets that they sell in the pet shops.

Cordially,

Mike and Co.

--

Brooklyn, USA

 
 
 

New mouse owner questions!

Post by GYKS » Tue, 22 Feb 2000 04:00:00


I don't know about that. Two weekends ago I brought home a roommate for
Reeko, my male mouse. He mauled him. We have the poor little guy to a
friend. He's just fine now, but my mouse made it more than obvious that
he does not want to share his space. I have no doubts that he would
have killed his new friend if we hadn't intervened immediately. Now
whenever I put my hand up to the vents in his plastic cage (which he
hasn't chewed through), he charges it. He isn't *** with myself or
other humans, but he is towards other mice. I will wait for him to live
out a full mousey life and after he has passed I will get two female
mice.
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New mouse owner questions!

Post by Eric, Ebony, Marble, Damon and Murra » Fri, 25 Feb 2000 04:00:00


[snip]

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> what we need right now is a full frontal ***.

Sorry for going OT, but if you're going to use the same line as your .isg could
you please preceed it with -- followed by a trailing space, makes it easier for
us to figure out that it's a signature and makes our news program realise that
too.

Eric

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