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Post by pattgal on Mon 21 May 2018, 1:39 pm

Hi, I'm just wondering how everyone spoils their mice? Do you give them forbidden treats, extra attention, or toys? Do you let them roam around?
I personally am penchant to treats and just introducing new toys and changing the toys around. I like to add climbing props and tunnels Smile
What does everyone else do? I need ideas
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Re: How do you spoil your mice?

Post by Rodents rock! on Mon 21 May 2018, 8:28 pm

I believe making their habitat as interesting and fun as possible for them is a great way to spoil them. And change it up a bit at every cage clean. They love exploring new things! Bliss
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Post by pattgal on Tue 22 May 2018, 6:44 am

I like to put odd shaped branches in from my crab apple tree cuttings and make cool tunnels out of paper rolls. They seen to like the egg cartons too
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Post by Peachy on Tue 22 May 2018, 8:47 am

I bought my mice a large mouse-specific cage. Was just over $150 but soooo worth it. They love climbing the walls, it's super easy to add in toys and hammocks, and the door is so large. When I come to see them, my little Vera hangs onto the door while I open it so she's the first out. Swoon2
Have you seen the housing pictures or MES threads? Tons of ideas!! I'm off to make a popsicle stick thing right after I walk the dog. (Last walk she pooped out and I had to call my husband for a ride. Fingers crossed she cooperates today. Laughing)

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Re: How do you spoil your mice?

Post by pattgal on Tue 22 May 2018, 1:20 pm

What about dried peas? Its supposed to be good for them right? Even better if they were dried
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Post by Rodents rock! on Tue 22 May 2018, 10:22 pm

I used to give my mouse dried peas and he liked them.
Funny thing, neither of my hamsters liked the dried peas.
But my one hamster likes dried bananas, and the other one can take them or leave them.
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Post by pattgal on Wed 23 May 2018, 6:38 am

Do you buy them prepared from the pet store or do you dry them from grocery cans? Probably not the sweet peas either right?
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Re: How do you spoil your mice?

Post by pattgal on Wed 23 May 2018, 7:39 am

I got mine some mealworms yesterday Sick I didn't realize they were live till I got home. Anyway archies cage was a mess this morning so I know he had a grand time digging them up, Lol. At least they liked it
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Re: How do you spoil your mice?

Post by Blessed on Wed 23 May 2018, 1:15 pm

Hi there! For the most part, anything I do with my mice I don't consider 'spoiling' them, but when I think about it, I guess in a way they are a bit spoiled; they get lots of treats. . . Well, to be honest, they don't get all that many anymore. And, although I rarely do this now, sometimes I would take them out and let them run around on my bed, or put them on the floor and make a maze for them (the last time I did that, they all failed that challenge) or bring them outside. When I leisurely brought my African soft furred rat outside for the first time, she seemed very interested! A few days ago I took her and Irene, my other mouse, outside in the evening, and I held onto my ASF rat's tail as I let her walk around a little on the ground, like it was a leash (I had to, otherwise I'm positive she would've run off). Giddy

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Re: How do you spoil your mice?

Post by Rodents rock! on Thu 24 May 2018, 1:15 am

@pattgal wrote:Do you buy them prepared from the pet store or do you dry them from grocery cans? Probably not the sweet peas either right?

I actually got the freeze-dried peas from Natural Grocers. I think the package was green and it was called something like 'Just Peas'. I've also gotten the 'Just Bananas' too.
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Post by Rodents rock! on Thu 24 May 2018, 1:18 am

@pattgal wrote:I got mine some mealworms yesterday Sick I didn't realize they were live till I got home. Anyway archies cage was a mess this morning so I know he had a grand time digging them up, Lol. At least they liked it

Glad he had a good time!!!
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Post by MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop on Thu 24 May 2018, 6:46 am

I never thought of anything I did as "spoiling" April -- just some things we did were less common or more special than others. I would say she seemed more eagerly happy about receiving special EDIBLE things, and not so much about special PLAYABLE things.

One thing in particular that she always had an all-out blast with was when I would find a dandelion stem with a complete puffy seed top on it, growing in an area I felt confident was safe from any chemical treatments, and I would break it off with a good length of stem and carefully transport it back to her. I would give her the seed top with a short length of stem attached. A wild time would ensue, during which clouds of those seeds would accumulate in drifts around the mousehouse, with April hopping and popping about. Finally, when April retired for a nap, there would be nothing left but a field of those little fluff ends off the seeds -- all the seeds themselves, as well as all of the stem, having been converted to mousie num-nums.

Would it be considered "spoiling" that we celebrated April's birthday every month? Mousies get so few YEAR birthdays, so on the 16th of each month I would give her a little piece of a stroopwafel and sing "Happy Birthday To You" while the birthday girl enjoyed her sweet treat. (And I ate the rest of the stroopwafel!)

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Re: How do you spoil your mice?

Post by pattgal on Fri 25 May 2018, 10:01 am

@MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop wrote:I never thought of anything I did as "spoiling" April -- just some things we did were less common or more special than others.  I would say she seemed more eagerly happy about receiving special EDIBLE things, and not so much about special PLAYABLE things.

One thing in particular that she always had an all-out blast with was when I would find a dandelion stem with a complete puffy seed top on it, growing in an area I felt confident was safe from any chemical treatments, and I would break it off with a good length of stem and carefully transport it back to her.  I would give her the seed top with a short length of stem attached.  A wild time would ensue, during which clouds of those seeds would accumulate in drifts around the mousehouse, with April hopping and popping about.  Finally, when April retired for a nap, there would be nothing left but a field of those little fluff ends off the seeds -- all the seeds themselves, as well as all of the stem, having been converted to mousie num-nums.

Would it be considered "spoiling" that we celebrated April's birthday every month?  Mousies get so few YEAR birthdays, so on the 16th of each month I would give her a little piece of a stroopwafel and sing "Happy Birthday To You" while the birthday girl enjoyed her sweet treat.  (And I ate the rest of the stroopwafel!)


Uhhh, Yeah I would deff call that spoiling hahaha Tail Flip that sounds like a lot of fun, I wish I wasn't allergic to pollen
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Post by MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop on Fri 25 May 2018, 10:29 am

Not to worry! A dandelion gone to seed is long past its pollen stage. And your mousies would probably love them.

P.S. I sympathize. I have monster allergies too, spring and fall, some years better and some years worse. We used to think I just got sick for a month every year at the start of school and the end of school. I was even forbidden to swim on vacation one mid-June because I seemed to have just suddenly come down with something approximating pneumonia. It was likely just the usual spring allergies, but gone crazy-psychedelic because we were somewhere else in unfamiliar pollen territory.

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Re: How do you spoil your mice?

Post by pattgal on Fri 25 May 2018, 10:39 am

@MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop wrote:Not to worry!  A dandelion gone to seed is long past its pollen stage.  And your mousies would probably love them.

P.S.  I sympathize.  I have monster allergies too, spring and fall, some years better and some years worse.  We used to think I just got sick for a month every year at the start of school and the end of school.  I was even forbidden to swim on vacation one mid-June because I seemed to have just suddenly come down with something approximating pneumonia.  It was likely just the usual spring allergies, but gone crazy-psychedelic because we were somewhere else in unfamiliar pollen territory.

Sorry the allergies have been tested and every stage of grass bothers me. At times sitting in my lawn mowed or not makes my skin itchy. I'll still mow my lawn and keep my cats. But I try to minimize what comes in the house and floats in the air
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