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Post by River on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 9:47 pm

Okay! One more question - for now - I see a lot of people using plastic kids toys. I see these a lot at goodwill, and I'm wondering if all plastic baby toys are safe for mice, so long as they're completely plastic?

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Post by CanadianExport on Wed 12 Oct 2016, 9:56 pm

I have used them before but I have a few things to look for when i choose them.

1) Make sure they are not electronic. A lot of toys now are supposed to make noise but an easy way to check is look on the bottom to see if they take batteries.

2) Make sure they are completely hard plastic. Some have floppier softer rubber bits and those can be easily chewed and are enticing to mice.

Other than that I just make sure to sterilize them well and make sure they are shaped in a way your mice can actually use and climb. The other thing I have done is that if there are parts that can move I hot glue them in place so that the meecers can not accidentally get tails or feet stuck.

That is what I look for personally.
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Post by MouseLover on Thu 13 Oct 2016, 9:12 am

Good advice from CanadianExport Smile

Perhaps look into getting some mouse-safe string so that you can hang cardboard items from the lid? Sometimes I make a sort of hanging bridge out of toilet paper rolls, my mice love that.

There are tonnes of plastic toys for small animals. Perhaps those puzzle playground things would be good? They're fiddly to put together, but they're a big hit with mice.

Don't forget to look in the bird sections at pet shops - they often sell those pinata type things made of plant leaves and cardboard. And those little plastic bird ladders are great for mice. The reptile section is good too.

As for cardboard... you really need to get back to a time when you were a little kid. Get imaginative!

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Post by River on Thu 13 Oct 2016, 6:17 pm

I've actually been thinking about the puzzle playgrounds! I have a really old set from when my grandmother bred hamsters - I'm sure I can find it somewhere. Another thing I'm interested in is paper mâché - I've found a few houses on YouTube and really like the idea I think the girls will like it too.
I'll try seeing things from a different perspective from now on. Maier + Graham are definitely grateful for your advice. Thanks Smile

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