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Help getting a mouse!

Post by ellieteddy207 on Sun 07 Jan 2018, 9:34 pm

Hi everyone! I’m not quite sure what category this post should be in so ignore me if I’m in the wrong spot. I have been trying to convince my parents to allow me to get a mouse for a little while now. I have come up with solutions to all their problems and concerns and I have been doing more chores and being very responsible. My only issue now is to get mom to like them. My mom finds rodents gross and I can’t seem to persuade her otherwise. I have shown her cute pictures. I have told her all the fantastic qualities of mice but I can’t seem to get her on the right path. Any tips or tricks would help. Thanks you!

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Post by CucumberMouse on Sun 07 Jan 2018, 10:07 pm

I know that a lot of member's parents were worried about them getting a mouse, but once they got a mouse, their parents were in love with it. There was a pretty similar conversation on this forum to this one from a few weeks ago that I'll go ahead and link that here:

https://www.petmousefanciers.com/t2511-i-would-love-to-own-a-mouse?highlight=i+would+love+to+own+a+mouse

If your mom find rodents gross because they're "dirty" then explaining to her (if you haven't already) that they're actually very clean animals might help. Most mice have gotten a bad rep. because their non domesticated counterparts were not the cleanest of creatures by any means, and could've spread some diseases, though now that mice are domesticated, they aren't exposed to as many things that could make them un-hygienic, and are just as clean (if not cleaner) than a cat or dog in most cases. I'm not sure if all this would help, but most people's concerns for rodents being kept as pets come from the fact that they have been thought to be dirty, but some people just don't like rodents, and don't even have a reason for not liking them. Undecided

here are a few links that talk a bit about mice and their cleanliness:

http://www.2ndchance.info/miceaspets.htm
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?articleid=794

(not all of the info in these links are correct, but the discussions about mice and hygiene in them are pretty good)

Some parents just take a long time to cave. It could take months or maybe even years before you get a mouse. Just stay dedicated with it, and ask your mom what it would take in order for you to get a mouse, and complete it as best as possible. Continue trying to persuade her, and hopefully eventually she'll agree to let you have mice.
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Post by Chinchillasxoxo on Thu 11 Jan 2018, 1:48 pm

I was in exactly the same position as you for 3 years! But finally I have convinced them.

First off, make a presentation. I know that everyone says this but if you really impress her then that could be the start of the convincing process.
Make sure to include everything in the presentation from costs to genetics. Really impress them.

Something I found really helpful was finding a way to keep the mice as far away as possible from my parents. In another room or something like that. My parents have a real problem with rodents and let me have chinchillas before mice.

My parents associated mice with smell. I tried to convince them otherwise but it wasn't happening. So I did the opposite of what everyone says and said yes they smell but here is how I can solve this...

Pay for all of the costs.

Make sure she understands that she does not need to have anything to do with them and that the responsibilities won't fall to her. My parents were worried that they would end up having to take care of them.

And remember what ever you do don't act up. Just stay calm every time they say no. After a year I started to get a little frustrated which was probably the reason I had to wait for three. Most parents agree a lot earlier. If they really can't be convinced maybe try for another pet you might like?

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Re: Help getting a mouse!

Post by sweetlings on Fri 12 Jan 2018, 1:44 am

I was in the same position as you as a kid and teenager - I know how it feels for sure!

My mum is really freaked out by mice and thinks they're 'yucky and scary'. I tried convincing her for about 2 years and finally got a pet mouse when I was around 8. She disliked the mouse so much she returned him to the store before I turned 9 - Broke my heart.

From the short time I owned the little guy, I can tell you this: living in a house with a pet that your parents hate is no fun. Its stressful and sucks the joy out of the experience (for me anyway!). In hindsight, I should have compromised on a pet that would have made us all happy.

I'm an adult now, and I have my own place and my own mice just like I always wanted. I know this might not be the response you're hoping for, but if your parents don't want a mouse under their roof, you might just have to respect that. Do all your research, save your money, and then as an adult, it will be the most satisfying reward for all your patience.

Bonus: My mum actually requests photos of the mice now. Go figure Rolling Eyes
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Post by River on Fri 12 Jan 2018, 11:32 am

If you'll be shouldering the cleaning and feeding and handling I'm not sure why a mouses alleged nastiness would be of any worry to her anyways. My mom started out more neutral about mice but she loves mine now! She even handles them sometimes to give them scratches or treats.

That said, she never really hated or disliked them. She grew up with hamsters so mice werent a huge change. I have had some bad experiences as a child with living with someone who disliked my pets. If they have authority over you, they might force your animal into a harmful or neglectful situation. Living with my mother has been great, as she loves animals, but some people aren't quite so good. So for the animals well being...I would agree with sweetlings. A bit of dislike is okay but full on disgust or hatred isn't safe.

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Post by CucumberMouse on Fri 12 Jan 2018, 8:11 pm

I totally agree with Sweetlings and River. Even if you can raise all the money and care for the mouse yourself, your parents might reach a point where they need to give some of their own time to care for the mouse- like if you leave on vacation and need someone to care for the mouse, or if you need to get a ride to the vet because your mouse is sick. If your parent refuses to do these things then you're left to let your mouse suffer. Definitely try to make sure that your parents at least don't hate the mice, and see them as a pest. They don't have to like mice, but they can't assume that a new living creature can be brought into the household without affecting them in any way.
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