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Post by EverythingAnimal on Wed May 04, 2016 8:04 pm

I first noticed this when taming, but have not really thought about it untill now. Ofentimes, If my hand is in the tank for whatever reason, each of my mice will start to pick up bedding one by one and place it in my hand, or sometimes digging up the bedding around it. I've never heard of mice buying a hand before, so I was wondering if anyone else has experianced this and why they might be doing it. I thought it might be something about my hand not smelling like them, so it is an alternitive to marking? but I don't know. Opinions? Thanks in advance.
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Post by scaredymouse on Wed May 04, 2016 8:09 pm

My critters do that sometimes. I can't say for certain what it means... but I know that critters tend to bury things that they want to hide and save for later. So..... I like to think that they are affectionately saving me for later.

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Post by CinnamonPearl on Thu May 05, 2016 5:43 am

Mabel does that to me as her way of telling me to get lost. Laughing

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Post by Windmilla on Thu May 05, 2016 7:15 am

@scaredymouse wrote:My critters do that sometimes.  I can't say for certain what it means... but I know that critters tend to bury things that they want to hide and save for later.  So..... I like to think that they are affectionately saving me for later.

I like this theory Laughing
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Post by MouseLover on Thu May 05, 2016 8:43 am

Are these new mice? When I first got Honey, I put my hand on the floor of her cage so that she could give me a sniff. She came over, sniffed me, and buried my entire hand in the litter Laughing I feel like she didn't know quite what to make of me.

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Post by Soren on Thu May 05, 2016 9:26 am

@scaredymouse wrote:My critters do that sometimes.  I can't say for certain what it means... but I know that critters tend to bury things that they want to hide and save for later.  So..... I like to think that they are affectionately saving me for later.

scaredymouse, That's the cutest thing I've ever heard!

EverythingAnimal,
My mice have never given me bedding, and I'm not sure what that means.
Maybe they are trying to make a mouse bed in your hands. Or like scaredymouse said, they want to bury you and save you for later (affectionately).
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Post by EverythingAnimal on Thu May 05, 2016 8:12 pm

All good thoughts! I like to think that it is an affectionite thing too, scaredy. They are not realitively new, I got them around last Thanksgiving, and thay are hand-tame and all and have done this since I got them, perticularly Astra, but Ellie does it often too. My third mouse, Suzie, Has only done it once or twice if at all (I can't remember) and she is the newiest, and not completley tame yet.

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Post by goldfishfanforever on Mon May 30, 2016 5:37 pm

@scaredymouse wrote:My critters do that sometimes.  I can't say for certain what it means... but I know that critters tend to bury things that they want to hide and save for later.  So..... I like to think that they are affectionately saving me for later.
I wanted to laugh at this because a- it sounded adorable and b- it has to be true! Bouncy
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