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Post by Almai on Mon 13 Jan 2020, 4:51 am

Hello, I am new to the group and have some questions. I have never had mice before but now I do. About 2 months ago my cat ran up to me with a mouse in his mouth. I felt horrible and didn’t want to see it suffer so I made the cat drop it after I chased him around for a half an hour and I quickly put the mouse in a container . The mouse looked exhausted and I wasn’t sure he was going to pull through, but I put a small dish of water and a piece of apple in as well as cotton from an old pillow and a tp tube. I went to bed and checked him throughout the night and he was fine. I fed him every day and he got stronger and curious, so I bought him an aquarium with a grated top, water bottle, cabin, toys, wheel etc... I bought mouse food a seed mixture, I named him Wilbur. He loves exploring and seems happy mostly , but I felt bad that he is alone so I would talk to him every day and after two months, he actually seems to know when I come in the room and talk.. it’s strange and he wiggles his head back and forth as if he’s listening. He or she appears to be a regular house mouse tan brown with a white belly . Well..... a few days ago guess who
I found with another mouse??? Anyhow, I got it away and I know that everything that I read is totally against this but I really had to protect this one as well and I put it directly in the cage. There was absolutely no issues at all and they went right to each other and cuddled as if they knew each other, it is bizarre to watch them interact. They look like totally different breeds of mouse , they are different colors. But they do everything together...Eat, sleep, take turns drinking, play and even go on the wheel.. When they hear my voice it’s as if they are showing off for me ..lolI named her Charlotte. Anyhow, I am wondering if this is common or unheard of. I would appreciate any tips . Wilbur hasn’t gotten any bigger in two months so maybe he’ll stay that size. Charlotte is a little smaller. I am assuming that they are both Females as they get along so well.

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Post by Robin~ on Mon 13 Jan 2020, 10:45 am

Hello!

Please keep in mind it is illegal to keep a wild animal as a pet. It would be in your best interest to give your mice to a local wildlife rehab center or release them.
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Post by Almai on Mon 13 Jan 2020, 1:01 pm

Hello Robin.. Thanks for your response. I am aware of any danger regarding a wild mouse. I take every precaution to make sure that I am taking care of their needs safely. I glove and mask and dispose of materials accordingly. They are just regular house mouses and have probably been in here for a while because they actually seem domesticated. They are friendly and not crazy or afraid. Or skittish. I actually planned on other options but and taking care because it is winter right now.

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Post by Robin~ on Mon 13 Jan 2020, 1:42 pm

@Almai wrote:Hello Robin.. Thanks for your response. I am aware of any danger regarding a wild mouse. I take every precaution to make sure that I am taking care of their needs safely. I glove and mask and dispose of materials accordingly. They are just regular house mouses and have probably been in here for a while because they actually seem domesticated. They are friendly and not crazy or afraid. Or skittish. I  actually planned on other options but and taking care because it is winter right now.  

This isn’t really for your safety (well, i mean, it is, but not the main reason) rather than the cruelty of keeping a wild animal in its cage against its will and that, purely and simply, it’s just illegal. Mice have complex hierarchy systems and live in large groups, which can’t be replicated by just keeping a male and a female together.

I guess you could do something where you leave the cage open so they may come and go as they please, but please do not force these mice into captivity.

This article goes into more detail:
https://www.chintiminiwildlife.org/living-wild-animals-not-pets.htm
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