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Post by Renaud Mon 31 May 2021, 3:55 pm

Hi!

Some of you may know that my companion and I have saved an orphan baby "wild" mouse (wild in the sense that it was found inside a kitchen basement in a bakery).

The veterinary in Paris helped us save the mouse because he (MystiGriff, "griffe" means "claw" in french) was refusing to eat during his weaning.

Well, anyway: the vet gave us papers with information on how to take care of the mouse.
One of these papers was explaining the requirements for temperature and RH:
- Between 19.5 and 20.5°C for temperature
- Around 55% RH (like 50 to 60%)

These conditions were costly but somewhat obtainable before summer (heating + humidifier).
But with summer coming, I fear a lot! We already have 22 to 23°C in the appartment right now.

Because, even with an A/C turned on all the time, all I could achieve in the previous years was between 23 and 26°C, as it was clearly too hot outside to be able to bring the temperature lower.

Do you think the paper is right, and that the temperature/RH values need to be perfectly met...

... Or do you think there can be some degree of tolerance (and which one)?

Thank you for your insight! Smile

Best,

MystiGriff, Ophelia, and Renaud
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Post by Peachy Wed 02 Jun 2021, 9:57 pm

Hello! So happy to hear MystiGriff came home well!!

Mice should be fine at your temperatures, and generally do well up to 80F. Humidity should be between 30% and 70%.

A thermometer that you can keep near the cage may be a good investment. If MystiGriff seems stressed or heated (sleeping in strange places or positions, breathing heavy, etc.) you can offer cool places for him to rest. Some easy ideas are ceramic hides out of the freezer, small floor tile samples, a frozen water bottle placed against the glass, etc.
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Post by Renaud Thu 03 Jun 2021, 5:34 am

Hi Peachy!

Yes he is doing fine thank you Temperature and RH (relative humidity) 1f60d
He runs a lot! We will try to find a better wheel that the one that came with the Rody (because it moves too much when he runs inside it)

We saw him only once sleeping in a "weird" position: his head and front legs outside of his nest (and the rest inside), whereas usually he curls himself inside his nest into toilet paper (that we provide him, and he organizes his bedroom by himself, soooo cute  Temperature and RH (relative humidity) 1f60d ).
But nothing too alarming as far as we know.

Thank you for the advice and reassuring words! 26.7°C seems a lot, though.
We already have a "meteo station": a small device that displays RH and temp. (sorry for the explanation, not sure I used the proper english word for that)

We bought (and have yet to receive it) a "freshener" (you know, a fan with a small water tank in which you pour water + ice cubes), a small one, hoping it will blow gentle cool air towards his cage (which is mostly "opaque" except for two small grids at the front, and small holes in the tunnels).
We don't think it would cause draught/breeze (which seems to be bad for mice) if we put it on low speed.

But we will definitely try the cooled ceramic tile, great idea! Thank you  Temperature and RH (relative humidity) 1f44d

At the vet, we heard about a somewhat thick disc that you put inside the fridge (or freezer maybe) that keeps cool (or hot if you heat it) for hours.

Also, we are thinking about saving a rat (named "Tatouille") at the SPA (like "animal protection society" or something, a very well known nonprofit in France that saves animals), but he will of course have his own cage/house if we do, be assured that we will never put a rat with Mysti, or even a mouse for that matter, seems way too risky from what we read. But it doesn't matter, Mysti seems very happy to climb in our hands and that we pet him afterwards.

My prayers to all the mice here that are not in perfect health  Temperature and RH (relative humidity) 1f64f

And thank you again Peachy for the kind words and advice!  Temperature and RH (relative humidity) 1f600

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