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Post by kmkaeberlein on Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:49 am

Hi all!

I am fairly new to the mouse community. I raised 1 white mouse back when I was maybe 17/18 (now 27 Laughing ) And he was the best mouse. I recently went and bought some mice, 1 male (Prince - got at petsmart, was the only one left) and 2 younger females (my daughters named them Kate and Maple) from a different store (locally owned pet store). I've never had experience with young mice, nor females. Prince is a great mouse. Friendly, lets me pick him up and doesn't jump or run. The lady at the petstore said he was a sweetheart and doesn't bite, but he nipped my finger yesterday and drew blood. He has also been sneezing a little. Could it be the bedding?

Also in regards to the females, I am not sure how young they are but they are definitely very skittish, not very tame and when I try to hold them they definitely like to try to jump out of my hands. What would be the best way to go about handling them and working on taming them? Maple seems like there is something wrong with her eyes, she keeps them closed/squinted and it looked like they were scratched or beat up.

Here's Prince


Maple


Kate (the grey and white)
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Re: New here and fairly new to mice

Post by River on Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:55 pm

Oh they're very cute!

Sneezing in new mice is usually something we call "box shock", where the stress of a new home causes sneezing. It should go away in two weeks, but if it persists or worsens, a vet may be in order. The bedding looks paper to me, in which case, it has few respiratory related risks, though studies show it suppresses less ammonia. Cleaning weekly keeps this in check, though, so he should be fine. I doubt its the bedding.

I tame my mice by herding them into a tube and taking them into the bathtub (cover the floor with a towel and plug the drain), and I hop in and sit with them. This works quick in my experience! My most timid mouse, Garcia, tamed in five days with this, but it varies, and some mice take time. This will be a fun chore for your daughters if they're gentle enough with animals!

As for Maples eye, maybe she was in a fight. It could be infected, but I'd use a saline eyedrop to flush it and see if it improves in a few days.







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Re: New here and fairly new to mice

Post by kmkaeberlein on Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:31 am

@River wrote:
I tame my mice by herding them into a tube and taking them into the bathtub (cover the floor with a towel and plug the drain), and I hop in and sit with them. This works quick in my experience! My most timid mouse, Garcia, tamed in five days with this, but it varies, and some mice take time. This will be a fun chore for your daughters if they're gentle enough with animals!

How long do you recommend sitting in the tub with them for per day? My kids will LOVE doing that!! Thank you for the idea!

@River wrote:As for Maples eye, maybe she was in a fight. It could be infected, but I'd use a saline eyedrop to flush it and see if it improves in a few days.

Any kind of saline eyedrop? Or do they have actual special drops for mice at the pet store? I feel like when I had my one mouse when I was younger, or hamster I can't remember which, I had special drops for the eyes. But it was so long ago I can't remember! Laughing
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Post by River on Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:36 am

Anywhere from 15-30 minutes is what I've done so far!

I've hard any saline drop for humans would work fine, but I couldn't find any here so I use drops for dogs/horses. Laughing

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