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Old 09-24-2012, 01:02 PM   #1 
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Mice!! <3

My fiance has acquired 3 small fancy mouse (mice?) females and they are cute as can be! (will post pics later if you like)

Any advice on care or training? (we're newbies when it comes to this kind of thing)

Also, we managed to sort of teach them last night that we weren't going to hurt them and our most timid (an albino named Salt) got so comfortable with us that she will willingly climb up on our hands to run around on our fingers. She's such a sweetie!!

Anyway, we have them set up right now in a 10 gal aquarium with recycled newspaper bedding, a water bottle, a little hut for them to hide in and some birdseed :/ We're a little at a loss on what to feed them. The lady at the store said they can eat anything we can... but that's hardly healthy for them I think.... so they also have a piece of bread to munch on

I'll be going to the petstore tomorrow, so I'd like to know if there's anything I should pick up for the little ones
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:21 PM   #2 
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If I remember cedar is bad. Mice are adorible.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:30 AM   #3 
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If your going to keep them in a 10 gal tank be ready to clean your tank often since Ammonia builds up really fast due to little to no ventilation in tanks.

As for the food they were right they will eat anything which means you can buy them any type of food that has like gerbil,hamster in-front of it. You can give them An accasional treat once in a while say like your eating a Cookie you can break off tiny bite size peice for them,It's ok to give them something nice once in a while but not often.

As for your litter As chocolatebetta said Cedar is a No No it will cause respiratory Problems so try and find Aspen litter.

Also try and pick up a Wheel for them Unlike rats which sometimes don't use their wheels mice love to run on them its good excersise for them

For training I'd just look on youtube , but anything you want them to learn or do will require treats that I know for sure. Potty training and such should be fairly easy

This is all i can think of since I mostly deal with rats,But due to taking care of mice for a friend I picked up somewhat of what they need. Hope this helps you

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:43 PM   #4 
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yeah, the litter we're using is paper, (recycled, kid of wadded up into little ball like things, we bought it from the same store because it was what they recommended)

And the 10 gal doesn't have a lid and is kept in a well ventilated area (though we still clean the tank of course)
EDIT: I should add that the mice are TINY, our full grown one's body is only about 2 1/2 inches long max

We plan on getting a wheel for them soon, thanks for all your help :)
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:37 PM   #5 
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Oh no the lid isn't what I meant I meant the glass vs a cages bars that's what i meant that it isn't very ventilated so when they pee,poop etc The smell will build up much faster. Tanks aren't bad they just build up ammonia faster so they require much more frequent cleaning each week.

Oh and your using bedding not litter from what you describes :P
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:09 PM   #6 
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Aw miceys :) I miss having mine around. Give them a toilet paper roll (with half-full roll of paper still on it) they can shred it for a their nest. Food can be seed majority but they LOVE treats. Fruit and veggies are better treats, and in small amounts. I fed mine a lot of cookies and things I ate.
They're fun little guys to have around :) Best of luck.
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Thanks, they're getting used to us and crawl all over our hands and play xD it's so cute <3
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:49 PM   #8 
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I rescued a male REW fancy mouse from the clutches of my neighbor's cat. She was playing with it and I couldn't bear to see what might happen next.

Anyways, I named him Algernon and he lived in a Habitrial Ovo (didn't really have anything else for him to live in) in the garage because he was smelly as I'll get out. I would clean his cage and the next day it would smell terrible again. The male mouse musk scent is nauseating to me.

He eventually got a tumor on his spine, about a year and a half after rescuing him, and died from mass paralysis of his back end, and of course, the tumor. I will never get another male mouse as long as I live.
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TheFunMouseForum is the ultimate place to learn about mouse care. Make sure the food you get has a protein count between 12$ and 14%. Block food is better than seed mix because with seed mix mice pick out the fatty stuff and don't eat the vitamins. Try to avoid seed mixes with sunflower seeds as these should ONLY ever be given as treats and avoid peanuts. Petshop mice have a nasty habit of having a food allergy to them and it can be deadly. If you have any questions feel free to PM me, I have kept mice for years with long lives and have studied them to become a breeder in my 50's (got a LONG way to go).
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:55 PM   #10 
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Okay, thanks :D
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