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Post by GabbiLuvsMice on Sun 24 Feb 2019, 9:42 pm

Dixie passed a few weeks ago and I was wondering if I should get Fauna a new friend. The only problem is that I am sort of backing out of the hobby and I don't want Fauna to die and end up with the same situation. Fauna is almost 2 and is definitely slowing down, but I would hate for her to be lonely. We moved to her to a 5.5 gal and she is doing just fine. Running on her wheel and probably more friendly than she has ever been. What should I do?

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Post by Peachy on Sun 24 Feb 2019, 10:50 pm

It’s true that females can get really lonely without a mouse friend, but if you don’t want more mice, don’t get more mice. You could try to find someone with an existing colony who might want to add Fauna to their family.

Either way, give her as much attention as you can and get her back into an appropriate sized cage. A 10 gallon tank at a MINIMUM so that she can have lots of toy options to keep her occupied when you or your family aren’t around to keep her company.

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Post by MouseLover on Tue 26 Feb 2019, 5:01 am

If you don't want more mice, you'll basically have to do what owners of male mice do, which is spoil the heck out of them. Change their toys around quite regularly, lots of handling time with you, lots of activities for her to do. The aim is to keep her as distracted as possible, so that she doesn't feel too lonely. I'm not sure why she was moved to a 5.5 gallon? 10 gallons is the minimum for a single male or female. They still need as many toys as 2 or 3 mice, and I doubt you can keep a 5.5 gal tank with a set up that is varied and interesting enough to keep her fully entertained.

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Post by GabbiLuvsMice on Tue 26 Feb 2019, 3:39 pm

I am trying to convince my grandma to put her back in a 10 gal but she lives at my grandma's house for anyone that remembers and I live out of state. I have been taking her out of her cage for personal play time several times a day but I don't know if my grandma will do that once I leave. I have the cage full of toys for her to play with.

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