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Post by annanda on Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:37 am

Hello there!
My name is Anna. I always had a lot of pets at home since I was a baby Smile
My favourite were mice (I had mus musculus chinensis). Back then, here in Italy, there was little to no knowledge about them.
Really you don't want to know how the shop owner told me to house or feed them.
Anyway, fast forward 25 years and here I am, a little bit more skilled (I had a couple of rats two years ago) and presented with three mice some days ago.
I am trying to learn as much as possible and to bond with them.
Also, I need names! I have some options but they don't seem to really fit my girls.
One of them is really brave and she jumped up and down my hand yesterday, another one keeps biting me randomly in a strange way (not like she's scared, but still a little bit harder than I would expect if she is playing. Looks like she's tring to learn if I am some yummy food Very Happy). The other one hardly leaves her nest when I'm around.
They are white with lovely grey marks and the mousery owner told me they are "satin" and two of them should grow their fur longer when they're adults.

*sorry for my English, please forgive my mistakes*

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Re: Hi from Italy

Post by CallaLily on Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:51 am

Welcome!  

I looked up Mus musculus chinensis and from what I'm seeing (with help of Google translate), these are mice from the line that produces "waltzing mice?" But being from a wiki page, I'm not sure if that's accurate.  Are the mice you have now also waltzing mice?  

In case you haven't found them yet, there are some links to mouse care pages here: http://petmousefanciers.forumotion.com/t1230-mouse-sticky-index.

Your English is very good. Smile


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Re: Hi from Italy

Post by scaredymouse on Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:58 am

Welcome to the group!  Your English is great!

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Re: Hi from Italy

Post by Peachy on Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:50 am

Welcome! Mouse Wave My daughter's name is Anna, too!

We'd love to see pictures of your girls if you have any to share. Smile

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Re: Hi from Italy

Post by Mice Are Cute on Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:55 pm

Welcome! When it comes to the mouse that bites, my mouse Biggy used to do the same thing. With just a little more effort in taming, he got over it. But, it did take over a month... Just stay patient and she'll turn out to be very sweet! Wink

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Re: Hi from Italy

Post by Rodents rock! on Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:14 pm

Welcome! Can't wait to see photos of your girls. They sound lovely. My great grandparents on my father's side were from Italy. My last name is Cascio Very Happy
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Re: Hi from Italy

Post by annanda on Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:38 am

Thanks, all of you!
In the last week I bought a big new cage for them and found names, too!
Please meet Topica and TopSecret Laughing ("topo" means mouse in Italian)
Topazia is not in the photo because in the last four days she is always alone in the other hiding spot and almost never come out. She was the one who used to be friendly with me and jump on my hand and she went around with the others in the first days. When I moved them all in the new cage, after like 24 hours she suddenly turned into an introvert wild mouse. At first I thought the other two girls didn't want her to sleep with them; but I think it's her who doesn't want to stay with her sisters (or me). She is almost always into her little home and won't come out even for food during the day. At 7pm Topica and TopSecret always start their little mess with the wheel, tubes, my hand, food, etc. Topazia is inside. I saw her the day before yesterday for a split second during the night (I got up after I went to bed) but she run inside.
I was concerned that she may be sick, so I picked up the hiding spot (it is bottomless, a coconut cut in half and with a hole in the front) and looked inside a couple of times, but she seems fine to me (she reacted looking at me kinda like "ehy, what are you doing in here?!?"). Also sometimes when i put my hand in the cage she looks out of the coconut curiously, but that's all.
I didn't scared her before. I have no idea of the reason why she is so shy now. Maybe she's pregnant (even if I can't tell, really)?
Oh, I forgot, she wants to stay alone but never fights with the other two, and if they sometimes run into the coconut she doesn't seem to complain about it.

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Re: Hi from Italy

Post by annanda on Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:46 am

@CallaLily wrote:Welcome!  

I looked up Mus musculus chinensis and from what I'm seeing (with help of Google translate), these are mice from the line that produces "waltzing mice?"  But being from a wiki page, I'm not sure if that's accurate.  Are the mice you have now also waltzing mice?  

In case you haven't found them yet, there are some links to mouse care pages here: http://petmousefanciers.forumotion.com/t1230-mouse-sticky-index.

Your English is very good. Smile
CallaLily, they are not waltzing mice! The one I had in my childhood were, though, and they used to circle round and round on the spot like crazy, they even scared my cat once. lol!. I read that it was a problem with balancing (something wrong in their ears) and it seems like breeders are trying not to breed that kind of mice anymore (good for them, poor things!). Thamks for the link!

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Re: Hi from Italy

Post by CallaLily on Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:59 pm

I'm glad to hear they're healthy mice. Smile They're very cute too. I have a mouse with a similar story as your Topazia. She seemed like the boldest, friendliest girl at the start but then suddenly was the most afraid in the group. I don't know what the cause for her sudden change. She was and is still very healthy and gets along with the other girls, but like Topazia she spends a lot of her time hiding. Even still after all these months with me. She will approach me at playtime and sniff my hand but that's it. Hopefully your girl will come around and not stay such a scaredy mouse as my Eulyn.

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Re: Hi from Italy

Post by Rodents rock! on Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:55 pm

Topazia may just be a little insecure due to being in a bigger cage. I would add lots of fun stuff to the cage, the more stuff in the cage the better. Mice, being prey animals, sometimes don't feel secure in large open spaces, especially when being new. I think she will eventually come around. Love the photo, your girls are beautiful. Very Happy
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