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Post by elisew on Sun 11 Dec 2016, 10:25 pm

Ok- so after my 1 yr old mouses cage mate died, I decided to get her 2 new friends. They are currently living separate from her but today I decided to do a quick introduction. Well my old mouse started like getting very jumpy "pop Corning" like her heart was going a 1000 beats a minute. It seemed like she was super happy, could this be the case? When I put her back in her own cage she started itching a lot but only for a minute. I repeated everything and she was jumpy and itchy again. Any ideas? The new mice have the same bedding, huts, food, etc so it can be any of that.

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Post by CinnamonPearl on Mon 12 Dec 2016, 5:44 am

That popcorning is called sparking, and it means extreme happiness in a mouse! So I would go ahead and put her in with her new friends permanently. No need to put them together and separate again- it'll only cause problems. As for the itching, did you treat these new mice for mites? Any mouse that doesn't come from a breeder had them, so most likely they were transferred to your older mouse.

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Post by elisew on Mon 12 Dec 2016, 9:29 am

Awesome yay! Thank you! As for the mites they are not treated- I put them in a separate cage to monitor if they had illness. If they had mites do you think it would transfer to my old mouse that quickly? She was with them for barely a minute

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Post by CinnamonPearl on Mon 12 Dec 2016, 9:30 am

It could. But don't worry, mites are easily treatable and nothing big to worry about. You can find the article on this forum for mites treatment in the General Health section.

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