Lately I have been having mouse withdrawals. I try to cure it by holding my rats but my rats are my rats not my mice nor will they ever be my mice. Though I love them to bits for being my rats. My last two amazing girls past away just before I moved at the ripe old age of 3, about 120 about in human years xD. My other two girls I gave to my cousin because I couldn't move them to Texas, the trip would be too stressful and they are going to be around 1 in December so they are getting in age and might not spring back from illness as well. The risk was too great.
But now I am mouseless in Texas. I have my two rats, I have my betta, my cat is well cared for back in MN but I have a very very empty lonely 20gal mouse cage here that once housed my mighty mouse colony. I am struggling, looking at it just reminds me of my beloved Ophelia who was honestly the est pet I have ever owned and it makes me very sad and heartbroken. I have been thinking about turning it into a betta tank for a sorority of girls but then I have also been toying with getting about five girl mice and having another colony like the good days when all my mice were youngins and would run my house. I really do miss them so much and I miss their little whiskered mousey faces.
Which would you go for if you were me? I have been keeping mice for about 3 years now and have been researching as a breeder for four years but won't be breeding until my 40's when I can afford it and have the spare time to pursue mouse breeding and showing. Yet I am a breeder at heart and a keeper for sure. I also really love betta's and kept them as a child and currently have Aquarius right now. However every time I go to a petstore and look at mice I want nothing MORE than to hold them and snuggle them and pet them like I did with my girls and I really do miss those faces too much. those bright eyes and tiny fat bodies and round little noses with massive ears. there was just something so charming about my mice girls.