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Can female mice live alone?

Post by jubilee on Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:18 am

So a couple weeks have gone by since I got Jam. Jam is growing into a very pretty little girl. Her fur is no longer rough and spiky and has become pure white and very smooth and shiny. However, she and Phoebe are still living in separate cages. Phoebe has shown nothing but aggression towards poor little Jam. I have been spending way more time with Phoebe lately. Living on her own, she has become much more friendly, active, and less aggressive. I am beginning to wonder if she would be happier living alone. Jam on the other hand does need a friend. Can female mice live alone? I want to get another mouse for Jam but maybe Phoebe is ok by herself. What do ya'll think?

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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by River on Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:21 am

Female mice can only live alone if the situation is absolutely necessary -- as in they've rejected every female they've lived with. I know Phoebe had a friend before, so is it possible you introduced wrong? Introducing similar sized mice might make it a whole lot easier on you, how small was Jam when she was introduced?

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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by jubilee on Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:15 pm

Jam is about as big as Sam was now, and Phoebe still tried to rip her back up last night. I am introducing them the same way I was told to on this forum. Phoebe was ok with Sam but far less active and friendly. She did fight Sam at night, but Sam would fight back so everything was fine. Jam won't fight back at all. Phoebe will mount and urinate on her and Jam will just sit their squeaking. Ugh!

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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by CallaLily on Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:41 pm

It's rare but sometimes there can be the oddball girl that just doesn't accept any friends. If you've tried a few different buddies for Phoebe and she just rips into them all (drawing blood) even though you're following all the intro advice, she might be best left alone and treated like you would a lone male. Lots of attention/out of cage time, switch things up for her to keep things interesting, and lots and lots of stuff to do.  But if you've only ever tried her with Jam, please do consider trying a different friend (preferably two) if possible.

And for sure try to find some new buddies for Jam.  Smile

EDIT to add that mounting and squeaking are completely normal in just introduced does. The only time you should really intervene is if blood has been drawn and/or if a mouse is being so severely ousted from the group that the others won't let her have enough access to food or water.

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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by CinnamonPearl on Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:43 pm

I would get two more mice to live with Jam, but then try introducing the new girls to Phoebe, one at a time. See if she'll take either of them. If not, the two new girls can live happily with Jam, and Phoebe will just have to suck it up. if it comes to that, I would try introducing them back together once they're all old ladies. Girls chill out a lot once they're old, and she might not have the energy to fight everyone anymore.

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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by jubilee on Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:08 am

Thank you! My only problem is that my parents don't seen to keen on the idea of more mice.. I honestly think that Phoebe is happier alone! I will keep trying to introduce them. So I only remove them once one of them starts bleeding, correct? Yikes!

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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by CinnamonPearl on Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:55 pm

If one makes the other bleed, separate permanently. It means they no longer have any intention of getting along. As I said, you'd probably have to wait a long time before it would be worth trying to reintroduce.

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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by River on Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:01 pm

I'd actually disagree and say that a false intro that makes other mice bleed is worth another shot with a proper, slower introduction. If it doesn't work out then, though, it never will.
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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by Colors on Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:51 pm

I just got my two females and they just started to chase each other and squeak. I'm very upset about it, I thought they'd at least get along for a few months before fighting. All the female mice I've had have fought sometime with each other and had to be separated. At the moment both females are living alone and have play dates whenever I let them play on my bed. :|
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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by Peachy on Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:12 pm

@colors - Chasing and squeaking can be normal behavior, especially in mice that are still settling in to a new environment. You shouldn't interfere unless someone draws blood.

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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by scaredymouse on Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:34 pm

Also, mice either need to be together or kept apart. Playdates are not recommended.

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Re: Can female mice live alone?

Post by Colors on Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:45 am

Okay, I'll try to keep them together again Smile
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