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Post by FurBabies@732 on Wed 02 Oct 2019, 5:50 pm

I love all animals. My first mouse (cannot be housed with other females) Zoey is jealous of these 2 sweet mice I had brought home from work. The boy is just grungy looking and the female only has 3 legs. They came in as feeder mice but I was told because they are "cosmetically challenged " (ugly) that they would be put on clearance and anyone come in for a feeder, these 2 needed to be the first to go. I could not let that happen. I took both of them home. Sadly, the cages I have them in are small and temporary. I hadn't planned on taking in anymore mice so I had to buy the cheapest cages I could get right now. My mouse, Zoey, is feeling territorial. Even though all 3 mice are in different cages and the cages aren't close to each other, she definitely knows there are 2 more mice in the room. Does anyone know of any rescue I can give them to? I google searched small animal rescues but there aren't any in my county.

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Post by MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop on Wed 02 Oct 2019, 7:43 pm

Gee, they sound like just my kind of little mousekins! But the house is in such disorder right now (and so am I) as we try to sort out our parents's "estate", that I'm afraid it just wouldn't be a good environment for the little ones -- especially since I have less than zero minutes anymore to spend on sleep, let alone on quality bonding time with deserving mousies.

Sorry I'm no help to you, but remind everybody of your general location. Maybe somebody will check in and turn out to be the solution to your dilemma.

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Post by FurBabies@732 on Sun 06 Oct 2019, 2:28 pm

Thank you so much! I am from Tennessee (I stupidly forgot to put my location). Anyway, I am keeping the male mouse. Like Zoey, he is already familiar with me. He is a cuddler who likes to nessel on my neck. Zoey doesn't seem grossed out buy him(Note: She is a self hating mouse who thinks she us a dog). In fact she is extremely curious about him. Sadly, as much as I want to keep the 3 legged female, Zoey absolutely hates her. Zoey wants so bad t o kill her so I don't think 3 legs feels safe. She hides and is not curious about anything. She has even rejected treats. I haven't held her since I got her because im wanting her to get used to her new home. I talk to her everyday in hopes she will get used to hearing my voice. Nit sure what I can do for her. I adore little ms 3 legs but I fel so bad that she doesn't feel comfortable in her own home. Any advice on what to do?

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Post by CallaLily on Sun 06 Oct 2019, 6:03 pm

What is Zoey doing that has you concerned? She may settle in time and get used to hearing and smelling other nearby mice. Washing your hands in between handling each mouse is a good idea, especially if she seems overly stressed and territorial (and save you from possibly getting bit).

For the new girl. It takes some mice longer than others to settle in, especially if they’ve had a traumatic experience like your new girl may have (or was she born with only 3 legs?). Talking to her often is good but at some point you’ll need to try and work with her more. I find moving the mouse to a safe neutral play space to tame works better than in-cage interaction. Since she’s extra nervous it’ll probably be best to start out gently coaxing her into a tube or box to move her back and forth to/from the play space. Once there just lay your hand inside and let her come to you in her own time. Go at her pace and be patient. Start out with just a few minutes at a time and work your way up to longer play times as she gets more comfortable. Save treats for her to find upon returning to her cage. A lot of mice aren’t comfortable with eating outside of their safe space and hand feeding can encourage nipping.

Other things to consider...

Does her cage have a lot of cover and hiding places? Mice typically do much better with a space packed with a lot of toys and hides than with open spaces.

Think about getting her some friends if you have the means. Most female mice do best with a (female) friend or two. I realize the other girl you have is an exception, but this new girl likely would appreciate some cage-mates. Of course Quarantine and proper introductions are necessary. Or if you’re still rehoming her, look for someone who has a friend or two already or make sure to pass on the information.

Good luck. Smile

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Post by FurBabies@732 on Wed 09 Oct 2019, 6:08 pm

Thank you for your help. The 2 new mice are in a temporary wire cage. Friday I will get them something better. The 3 legged girl LOVES to dive in her bedding and hide in an empty toilet paper roll. She is so cute. She is just so scared. Zoey has been trying to intimidate her. Zoey gets as close to the other mouse's cage as possible and flicks her tail and starts acting in an aggressive way

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