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Post by Bex_John Sat 24 Feb 2018, 12:47 pm

I have, in the past, kept Hamsters and recently I went to the pet store with the intentions of getting a new Hammy and was convinced to get two mice. I didn't know until after I got them that I should not keep two male mice together and that is what they sold me, will be cleaning my other old hamster cage and housing them separately or returning one unfortunately. I wish I could upload their pictures because they are adorable and I names them Remus and Lupin. Remus is sandy colored with red eyes and Lupin looks like a cow.

Any ways, apart from keeping them apart, I don't know the first thing about keeping mice, but I really want to learn and I find them so cute.

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Post by Bex_John Sat 24 Feb 2018, 12:56 pm

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Post by River Sat 24 Feb 2018, 3:22 pm

They're cute! This is a good place to learn, so you'll be on the right path soon. Mice and hamster care are similar, though different in some ways, so you're close already. Do you have any questions?

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Post by Bex_John Sun 25 Feb 2018, 9:43 pm

Well, I ended up bringing Remus back this morning because he was being too aggressive towards Lupin. I moved him to a new cage and he got out and it turned to this big thing.

Tangent, sorry. I have a friend who has rats and she was telling me that male rats and female rats cannot have the same things for treats. I was wondering if that’s true for mice? I gave Lu a little bit of banana today and he went nuts over it!

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Post by River Sun 25 Feb 2018, 11:25 pm

I actually...don't think that's even true for rats. The only difference is that males urine smells more and that can be affected by diet with some foods. Definitely not true for mice.

I'm glad Lupin's safe now, at least. May Remus find a good home! I love their names, by the way. He was my favorite character growing up.

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Post by Bex_John Mon 26 Feb 2018, 6:17 am

Thank you! I mostly call him Lu. I’m happy he’s safe now too and seems to be really thriving on his own, the change I saw in just the one day was amazing. Lupin was also one of my favorite characters as well Smile

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Post by Bex_John Mon 26 Feb 2018, 8:59 am

Also, does any one know or know where I can look. I’ve been seeing things about sand baths. Is that something that would be harmful to him? Or is that something I should consider to keep his nails trimmed?

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Post by River Mon 26 Feb 2018, 10:39 am

Sand baths aren't harmful but they aren't really necessary and I've heard most mice dont use them. Children's playsand is pretty good, just avoid dust! Maybe he'd enjoy it in a digging box. Gives me ideas.
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Post by Rodents rock! Mon 26 Feb 2018, 8:38 pm

Welcome! Both mice are adorable! Sorry you decided to return one of them. I've had both male and female rats in the past and they always ate the same things with no problem. Same with mice. Can you send photos of your set up so we can see. That way we could possibly make some suggestions if necessary Smile Feel free to ask as many questions as you like. We are all happy to assist in any way we can Dance6
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