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Post by The Wickedest Witch Wed 17 Aug 2016, 1:58 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm very interested in getting a pet mouse! I've been doing my research on them and know that I want a single male. I've made a list of the supplies I know I will need for him and just wanted to see if their was anything I'm missing for the little guy?

10 gallon tank
Locking Lid
Substrate (Carefresh or Kaytee)
Food Dish
Water Bottle
Wheel (Flying Saucer)
Hide House (Igloo)
Food (Vita Kraft Vita Smart Parakeet)
Toy (Puzzle Playground)
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Post by Rodents rock! Wed 17 Aug 2016, 3:37 pm

Hello and welcome Mouse Wave mice also love Millett, found in the bird food section. Also, maybe add a ladder (found in the bird toys section) or something he can climb, my Mickey loves climbing. Other then that, your list looks pretty complete to me Smile

You can also make things for him to climb on out of popsicle sticks and a hot glue gun.  The possibilities are limitless with those! And they are nice because they are "throw away" toys - so when it get's too dirty, just toss it and make him something new to keep his tank interesting and fun for him.  I learned here that they are called MES, which is Mouse Entertainment Systems!  Dance
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Post by Bthny Wed 17 Aug 2016, 9:29 pm

I have one girl who goes nuts over climbing, so I agree that a ladder or other toys your mouse will be able to climb on will be fun for him.

You'll also want to get him some chew toys. Two of my girls love popsicle sticks for that, but I also give them wooden, mineral, and toy chews (like bridges or hide-aways) for variety. They also like to chew on hay.

I'd also suggest getting two water bottles to keep in his tank. That way, you have a backup in case one stops working. I haven't had an issue with it yet, but it can be really serious if a mouse gets dehydrated.
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Post by scaredymouse Thu 18 Aug 2016, 2:35 am

looks good!

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Post by CinnamonPearl Thu 18 Aug 2016, 9:08 am

Don't forget a hot glue gun and Popsicle sticks! Mice love having homemade MESs to play with. I always consider them a necessity.

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Post by CallaLily Thu 18 Aug 2016, 9:54 am

Great start. I agree on adding chews. Mine love willow or Apple sticks, but they'll also chew on simple things like cardboard. The more toys you give him, the better. As others have said, you can build toys to climb and hide in out of popsicle sticks. You can also use cardboard boxes, paper towel/tp tubes, cardboard egg cartons. Fleece and felt are great and safe materials to make hammocks out of. Sisal, hemp, or jute twine are safe materials as well. Check out the diy section for ideas.


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Post by MesaMouse Thu 18 Aug 2016, 11:02 am

An always-on-hand item that all mice love is a simple toilet-tissue tube. They run though it, hide in it to eat a treat, shred it and just thoroughly enjoy it. TP tubes are great to combine with popsicle sticks to create hides, castles, you name it!

This had been one of my girls' favorites since I introduced it a few years ago...and it's still going strong!
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This one was very popular as it served as a climbing structure and a hide.
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Post by The Wickedest Witch Thu 18 Aug 2016, 9:51 pm

I got my mouse today! He is an albino and was going to be a feeder mouse but not anymore! I've named him Pip. I will try and get some pics of him tomorrow to show y'all. I've gotten just about everything that I had on my list except for the puzzle playground. I got a comfort wheel instead of the saucer but even though it's small he can't seem to spin it so will be replacing it. He's loving the parakeet food! I put in a toilet paper roll and he has been running through that. I'm also going to be trying the MES's. Thanks for all of your help! Very Happy
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Post by Rodents rock! Thu 18 Aug 2016, 10:04 pm

@The Wickedest Witch wrote:I got my mouse today! He is an albino and was going to be a feeder mouse but not anymore! I've named him Pip. I will try and get some pics of him tomorrow to show y'all. I've gotten just about everything that I had on my list except for the puzzle playground. I got a comfort wheel instead of the saucer but even though it's small he can't seem to spin it so will be replacing it. He's loving the parakeet food! I put in a toilet paper roll and he has been running through that. I'm also going to be trying the MES's. Thanks for all of your help! Very Happy
Awwww, can't wait to see photos!!! Very exciting! I love the name, one of my gerbil's names is Pip!
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Post by CinnamonPearl Fri 19 Aug 2016, 8:48 am

Congrats!

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Post by CallaLily Fri 19 Aug 2016, 9:48 am

Congrats on your new mouse. What size is the wheel? He may just need some time to get the hang of it. I hope you can share pics of Pip. My first mice (as an adult) were PEW, so there's a special place in my heart for them. Heart

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Post by Peachy Fri 19 Aug 2016, 9:58 am

Ooh, congrats on your new boy! I once tried to name some twins Pippy and Poppy but I got so confused. Razz I can't wait to see pictures, PEWs (pink eyed whites) are always so lovely.
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Post by MesaMouse Fri 19 Aug 2016, 10:12 am

So glad you've gotten him! And yes, we all want pictures!!!

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Post by The Wickedest Witch Fri 19 Aug 2016, 11:20 pm

@Rodents rock! wrote: Awwww, can't wait to see photos!!! Very exciting! I love the name, one of my gerbil's names is Pip!
Thanks! Aww, cute!

@CinnamonPearl wrote:Congrats!
Thanks!

@CallaLily wrote:Congrats on your new mouse. What size is the wheel? He may just need some time to get the hang of it. I hope you can share pics of Pip. My first mice (as an adult) were PEW, so there's a special place in my heart for them.  Heart
Thanks! It was the smallest one they had. I believe it's the 4.5" one. Here's the link to it: http://www.petsmart.com/small-pet/toys-habitat-accessories/kaytee-silent-spinner-wheel-zid36-14401/cat-36-catid-600014?var_id=36-14401&_t=pfm%3Dsearch Aww, nice!

abeona wrote:Ooh, congrats on your new boy! I once tried to name some twins Pippy and Poppy but I got so confused. Razz I can't wait to see pictures, PEWs (pink eyed whites) are always so lovely.
Thanks! Those are cute names for twins!

@MesaMouse wrote:So glad you've gotten him! And yes, we all want pictures!!!
Thanks!

I know I said I'd try to have the pics now but I had to work today and it has gotten pretty late on me. I'm off tomorrow and will for sure have some pics of Pip for y'all then. I have thought of a food question though. Should I be giving him a certain daily amount or just fill his bowl daily?
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Post by Rodents rock! Sat 20 Aug 2016, 9:06 am

I keep Mickey's food bowl filled at all times and the I give him treats a few times a week. In addition to that, I always have millet in his tank.
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