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Post by Morrish Sun 20 Dec 2020, 7:07 am

I have had my mice for 1 week.
My mice are afraid and I can't touch them yet. I need to clean their cage ,but in the day of course they are sleeping in their hide out, so how do I go about transferring them into a container. Their home is connected to a tunnel via a platform which clips on to the wire cage so all has to come out in one piece. I don't want to spook them

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Post by Robin~ Sun 20 Dec 2020, 7:10 am

Are you able to just spot clean until they warm up to you? Or maybe do the clean later in the evening? Smile

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Post by disastervibe Mon 21 Dec 2020, 4:56 am

What I did was wait until night time when they were already awake, and the first week I only cleaned out half the bedding so I wouldn't have to move them into a temp cage that week. The next week I stepped up to a larger clean out and used a toilet paper roll to get one of them into the temp cage and... well... the other one managed to stay completely hidden the entire time within the bedding that I was leaving in there (she'd move somewhere else every time I'd pick up a part of the bedding). Couldn't catch her 'til the third week when she was less afraid of me. Either way, if you leave some bedding in the cage, you may not need to catch and remove them anyway. As long as your spot cleaning during the week you shouldn't have to worry about odor build up.

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Post by disastervibe Mon 21 Dec 2020, 5:01 am

I should add that at some point you will need to remove them so you can be more thorough, but the first couple of weeks should be okay as long as you're doing your spot cleaning throughout the week and have plenty of bedding and a large enclosure. Personally, I didn't feel like in those first two weeks that it was worth chasing them down and scaring the **** out of them.

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