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Post by River on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 9:41 am

I heard someone out and about, and upon going over to see who it was, Graham started rattling her tail against the tank. Maier was sleeping, so it wasn't at her. I wouldn't of thought she'd rattle at me, as she doesn't tend to act frightened of me when I'm messing with the tank; she'll sometimes put a paw on me and nibble, which of course, I'm trying to discourage. She does occasionally squint when she's approaching me, though, so I reckon it could be her rattling at me.
If the rattling was directed at me, what should I do in terms of training her? I've just been doing the 'leave your hand in the cage' method, and I'm not sure where else to go with it.

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Post by AnonONIagent on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 10:50 am

Lucy would do this. I'm not sure what it meant, though.

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Post by River on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 11:14 am

Usually tail rattling means they feel threatened. I've heard some people say even their very tame mice do it sometimes, provided they're in a bad mood or something. I wonder.

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Post by scaredymouse on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 12:07 pm

When my husband sneaks up on me, I scream. Because I'm startled. And then I usually say some bad words. I think tail rattling from a tame mouse is akin to that sort of thing. And yes, every now and then, I startle my very tame mice and they will give me little rattle, too.

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Post by Ealexander on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 12:36 pm

Yeah, it might have been at you, or more likely at your shadow moving because she just didn't realize it was you and was scared or nervous.
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Post by MouseLover on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1:07 pm

Tail rattling is a mouse's first defense - it's a way of trying to scare something off before having to actually bite/attack. I agree with scaredy - I think she's heard something or seen movement, and it made her feel spooked, so she's going "Oi, whatever's there, back off" just in case it's something to be scared of.

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Post by River on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1:23 pm

Ah, I see. Thanks,

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