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Post by JiminBeret on Fri 28 Jun 2019, 12:38 pm

So I have heard that male mice can be more cuddly which I would love as I love cuddling my pets! However, Im worried a lone male would be sad and lonely..
What do people recommend? would people recommend getting 2 female mice and 1 neutered male? 3 neutered males?

Any and all advice is much appreciated. I have no plans so far on getting mice , I am trying to do lots of research first

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Post by Robin~ on Fri 28 Jun 2019, 1:17 pm

I personally would do just a single male. The neutering process on such a small animal is super super risky to the point where vets will refuse to do it. Unless you have a very very experienced vet I wouldn't do it. Just be sure you can spend lots of time with your boy (at least a few hours per day) and give him plenty of things to do (they like their cages packed) and he can still live a very happy life.

As another note, you cannot keep male mice together, even if they are neutered. They still have those fighting instincts, bits or no bits.
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Post by chiroptera on Fri 28 Jun 2019, 8:18 pm

You shouldn't keep males together, as Robin said, they're still prone to fight.

However, a neutered male CAN be happily housed with females! Finding a vet that will do the neutering on such a small animal might be tricky, and sometimes the process is dangerous, so some don't recommend it. Make sure the vet you're going to has experience with small animals!

Though I would suggest that a lone male might bond with you better than one that has other females to bond with, since you'll be the only interaction he has.

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Post by CallaLily on Sat 29 Jun 2019, 12:19 pm

What they said. Neutering can be risky, especially if you don’t have access to a very experienced (with mice) exotic veterinarian. But if you were to decide to go that route, a neutered male mouse should be housed with a group of females. Even neutered males are often extremely territorial with other males, so it is not recommended.

But a lone male can be just fine with a lot of activities and attention from you. This is what most here choose when it comes to housing bucks because the of the risks.

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Post by Moth on Sat 27 Jul 2019, 10:12 pm

I have heard of people housing their males with female ASFs! They keep them company but can’t interbreed Smile one thing to note is that ASF have a longer lifespan than mice, so she’ll probably outlive the male.

My male has always done very well alone. But I do spend lots of time with him.

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