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New mouse owner

Post by Beth » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00



Hi everyone.  I'm 35 and just got my first mice.  I love watching them.  My
mother would never let me have rodent pets as a child so I'm making up for
it now.  We have had a hamster (who died after 2 years), a russian dwarf
hamster that (sadly) the cat ate before I thought to put a top on the
aquarium, and a pair of gerbil brothers, one of whom just recently died of
leukemia.  My son and I went to the pet store to see about getting a
replacement for the gerbil but all they had was females.  Since my survivor
is a male, I chose not to start a gerbil farm.  We decided instead to branch
out into mice.  I have always loved watching them play.

So now, we have a new S.A.M. Habitat with four little girls it in. (Okay, so
I couldn't decide).  One of the four is less scared that the others, but
none of them will let me anywhere near them.  I have read y'all's posts
about how to socialize them and I will begin that immediately.

I do have a couple of questions.
1.    Since all my mice were all in a feeder bin, how long will it be before
I know if one of them happens to be pregnant?  I hope they're not, but given
the circumstances, I'm fully aware that it might be a possibility I have to
deal with.

2.    Everyone seems to know how old their mice are.  Are in the world do
you know that?  I determined male from female easily enough (I was once a
Siamese cat breeder and mice look a lot like baby kittens -- from that end)
but I haven't a clue if I've got adolescents or old codgers.

Any tips are always appreciated.  I'm really a newbie at this, but I love
rodents and I look forward to a long happy relationship with these girls.

BTW, they have no names yet.  We just got them last night.

 
 
 

New mouse owner

Post by Ivys Li » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00


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>So now, we have a new S.A.M. Habitat with four little girls it in.

If at all possible, try to move them into another cage. Those SAM things offer
practically no ventilation, and are a pain in the you-know-what to clean.

Quote:
>how long will it be before
>I know if one of them happens to be pregnant?

 At the latest, 21 days.  It all depends on thwen they were mated. If they even
show at all, it will only be in the last 5 days.

Quote:
> Are in the world do
>you know that?

For the mice I didn't breed myself, I just take a wild guess. Mice in feeder
bins usually aren't there for very long.

Quote:
>Any tips are always appreciated.

Best tip- no cedar or pine bedding.

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New mouse owner

Post by Deborah L M » Fri, 19 Mar 1999 04:00:00


: Hi everyone.  I'm 35 and just got my first mice.

I can just tell that you are going to be a wonderful mousekeeper!  

Enjoy the S.A.M. cage for now!  The drawbacks will become apparent soon
enough, and heaven knows you probably paid too much for it. And they ARE
cute scurrying about in there.

Let us know when they have names and what the names are, ok?

 
 
 

New mouse owner

Post by KaNgAr0o » Sun, 21 Mar 1999 04:00:00


I think the S.A.M. cages are great for mice. The only thing it to remove the
bottom metal thing, even though it is *** coated the mice will knaw it and
it will corrode. Otherwise, S.A.M. has been my favorite choice for five years!
In the stores they are expensive, but I get them half price at sale or my mom
buys them at thrift shops. If you buy them used, remember to clean them with
bleach.

You made the right choice. Mice rock!!!
Uh, rats do too!!! Yeah!

Keno

 
 
 

New mouse owner

Post by Ivys Li » Mon, 22 Mar 1999 04:00:00


the reason SAM cages aren't a good idea is because they offer little to no
ventilation, depending on the model. This can create a big problem, because
mice would be constantly breathing in the fumes from their own urine. This can
cause respriatory problems, which mice are especially prone to. Wire cages with
covered floors and ramps are your best bet (the reason i say covered ramps as
well as floors is because I've had 2 mice get caught on the ramps, break a leg
and die).
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