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New here. We have two female mice as pets

Post by Yulia_R on Tue 17 Jul 2018, 11:04 pm

Hello,

My daughter and I stopped by a Petco store in the end of May, looking for a hamster and we left with two female fancy mice instead Smile. We named them Peachy (orange color) and Bunny (probably agouti  color). They are much more fun pets than we ever expected mice could be. They live in 40 gal breeder tank (36x18 in).

Today I noticed that Bunny has some major boldness around her nose while the rest of her coat looks nice and shiny (Peachy coat looks healthy as well). I googled it and it looks like it could be an over-grooming issue. Is there anything that can and needs to be done? She looks active otherwise.

Also, do mice require any sun time for vitamin D (now when it is summer outside)?

And finally, what is the difference between fancy and silkie mice? We have another tank (50 gal), and are thinking about rescuing a pair of female mice or a single male mouse from a local reptile feeding store. It says that they are silkie mice and they do look super cute. Here is the picture of these silkie mice www.natureboxpetemporium.com/silkie-mouse (for some reason the link does not open from this site when clicked on, but copy-pasting does work fine). Are they the same mice just with long hair? Can they breed with fancy mice or live with them? Are silkie mice as good of pets as fancy ones?

Sorry I have so many questions. Thanks in advance!

Yulia


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Post by Artistwolf on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 11:31 am

It sounds like you’re taking good care of your girls! They sound adorable.
I can’t answer most of this (don’t have a whole lot of experience, really, only head knowledge), but I’ll wait for someone else to chime in.
I can’t seem to open that link, as my iPad tells me that it’s not sure it’s safe, but from the description, I’d be very surprised if they aren’t just longhaired mice. In that case, they can easily be housed with other fancy mice, can breed with them, and are essentially the same things as fancy mice, just with long hair. Like the difference between a short and longhaired cat, you know Smile We do, however, recommend a three week quarantine period before introducing new mice to each other. This allows time for you to check for illnesses or pregnancies, and to tame up the new guys, because tamer mice are often easier to introduce to other mice.
Hope I helped, at least a little!

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Re: New here. We have two female mice as pets

Post by Yulia_R on Wed 18 Jul 2018, 11:41 am

Hi Artistwolf,

Thank you for your reply. I am not sure why this forum makes the link "unsafe," maybe it does so to all outside links? I wish I could attach a picture, but it does not seem possible, at least not that I could figure out. If you copy/paste the link though, it will work (I just tried it).

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