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Post by SweetieViaPony on Wed 29 Mar 2017, 5:52 pm

I'm down to just one mouse at the moment. She's a female, about a year and a half to two years. All her cagemates have passed away, so she's alone in there now. I understand mice are social animals though, but she's also pretty up there in age. Would you recommend I get some young mine to put in and keep her company or would she be happier if a new litter wasn't introduced at this age?

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Post by CallaLily on Wed 29 Mar 2017, 8:23 pm

If you're wanting to continue keeping female mice, I say go for it. Most old gals appreciate the company. Don't forget to quarantine first though, and follow proper introductions after. Though of course there is always a slight chance they won't get along. That's always a risk.

But if you're not looking to continue keeping female mice, you could just give her a lot of extra attention and enrichment, just like you would a lone male.

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Post by Bthny on Wed 29 Mar 2017, 9:58 pm

I had the same problem last summer with one of my girls. I got two new girls (1-2 months old) to keep with my lady who was the same age as yours. She was happy to have the company, but the biggest issue was that my newer girls were babies full of energy. They'd tend to steal her treats and were much more active and "rough" than my older girl wanted. In my experience, there's certainly some things to watch out for, but I think she was happier with new sisters to snuggle with. It also might be worth checking with animal shelters, or other places online (like craigslist or pet facebook groups) for mice that need to be rehomed. You'll potentially be able to find older mice, and that could help you avoid some of your concerns.

I also fully agree that, if you're not sure you want to keep more mice, she'll be alright alone.
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