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Post by aestheticpink Sun 24 Nov 2019, 2:32 am

Hi! I’m new to this forum and I’m getting a pet mouse soon Smile I have everything ordered and know where I am getting my mouse (I’m adopting!!) I’m super excited but the issue is my local shelter only has three female mice. I was considering getting a trio or duo of female mice but I’ve heard male mice are super sweet and like attention. My only issue is i’ve heard male mice REEK. Is it possible to control the smell? What substrate do you guys use? Should I just go with girls instead? I love the idea of having a male mouse but the stench is the only issue.

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Post by Robin~ Sun 24 Nov 2019, 11:06 am

In all honestly, your room will stink either way. You’re just going to have to get used to a mousey smell Smile If you want a relatively scentless rodent hamsters are probably going to be a better option.

As for odor control, the best thing to do is to stay on top of cleaning (leaving a few items unwashed each time so he doesn’t feel the need to over-scent-mark), especially with the wheel if you use one. Some will say things like adding baking soda to the bedding or vanilla to the water can help, but these do much more harm than good.

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Post by aestheticpink Sun 24 Nov 2019, 6:52 pm

@Robin~ wrote:In all honestly, your room will stink either way. You’re just going to have to get used to a mousey smell Smile If you want a relatively scentless rodent hamsters are probably going to be a better option.

As for odor control, the best thing to do is to stay on top of cleaning (leaving a few items unwashed each time so he doesn’t feel the need to over-scent-mark), especially with the wheel if you use one. Some will say things like adding baking soda to the bedding or vanilla to the water can help, but these do much more harm than good.
Ok, thank you! I have been looking into ways to keep the stench down and I’m formulating some sort of plan to keep at least bearable. I’ve had guinea pigs (he smelled a bit) and a hamster (who didn’t stink at all). Worst comes to worst, I’ll end up getting a pair or trio of girls instead. When I go to the shelter I’ll see if the boy stench is just too much for me and my family. I’m thinking if I can air out my room occasionally and try some odor control bedding and maybe even littertrain him, I think i’ll be good. Do you have recommendations for bedding or cleaning supplies?

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Post by Robin~ Sun 24 Nov 2019, 11:29 pm

Airing out the room is also a good odor option, but a bit difficult at this time of year (at least for me)! Another suggestion would be to use a barred cage—this helps in dispersing out the odor instead of it staying trapped in, say, a tank.

With odor control bedding, be cautious that it’s not scented nor has baking soda as these are both harmful for mice.

For me, I’m just in the process of finding a bedding that doesn’t make my girls sneezy, let alone keep odors down (half of my girls are super sensitive)! Currently I’m using Boxo (I’ve only been able to find it in bulk at my local pet store), but mixing some kind of paper bedding with wood stove pellets or non clumping, unscented, wooden cat litter could help with odor. Orchard grass can also help to mask the smell with a fresher, hay smell that some enjoy.

White vinegar works wonders for getting urine out of toys; I wouldn’t use any branded pet cleaners just because vinegar is so much cheaper (it’s like $10 for a bottle of pet cleaner vs $2 for the same amount of vinegar solution). I also suggest unscented baby wipes for smaller, quicker messes like wiping down the wheel.

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Post by aestheticpink Mon 25 Nov 2019, 1:27 am

Ahh I love the hay smell! Probably some sort of Stockholm syndrome from my guinea pig😂 Ill definitely be trying that!

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