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Post by roguecinnamonroll on Fri 20 Oct 2017, 12:07 am

I have this cage for my two girls, and someone brought up bumblefoot when it came to the little platforms their houses are on.
I know hamsters are prone to bumblefoot due to how they walk/distribute pressure, but I don't know about mice, seeing as these two are my first mousies ever.

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Post by CallaLily on Fri 20 Oct 2017, 5:35 am

From what I've read, when mice get bumblefoot it's usually because they live soley on wired flooring and poor conditions. I don't think two small levels would be a problem, but you could always cover them in some way. Fleece covers is one idea. Or maybe tile?

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Post by Rodents rock! on Fri 20 Oct 2017, 6:56 pm

CallaLily had two great suggestions, fleece or tile.
I would definitely cover them with something just so they have a solid surface to walk on.
Even if it doesn't lead to bumble foot, it looks uncomfortable.
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Post by Peachy on Fri 20 Oct 2017, 9:46 pm

My cage has a level like that. The girls never had any foot problems from it, but it seemed uncomfortable to walk on so I covered it right away. A piece of cardboard works perfectly and is easy to replace when it gets yucky. Some fleece glued on will make it look nice, too.
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Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Fri 20 Oct 2017, 10:06 pm

My dad and I made a plexiglass platform for one of my tanks, and I basically get a shallow box, glue it on to the platform, then fill it with bedding. That way they've got bedding even on the second story. Then I just take the whole box, throw it away, and replace it each week. The bedding keeps it nice and clean up there.

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Post by roguecinnamonroll on Sat 21 Oct 2017, 11:12 pm

Thank you all for the suggestions!!!

My only question is... is something like cloth okay? Like a cut up old shirt, or like a cut up washcloth?
I want the girls to be safe and comfortable until I can get some fleece, so any info is appreciated!!

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Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Sat 21 Oct 2017, 11:41 pm

Fleece and felt are the only known safe fabrics, I wouldn't risk putting another fabric in. Maybe just cut a piece of cardboard to fit until you can get fleece? Smile

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Post by roguecinnamonroll on Sat 21 Oct 2017, 11:49 pm

Thank you for letting me know! I didn't know that about the materials. I hope they'll be okay for now until I can find a good cardboard box or some fleece!! Thank you so much, again!! Jump Hearts

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