Do hairless mice groom?

Go down

Do hairless mice groom?

Post by EverythingAnimal on Sun 11 Sep 2016, 9:51 pm

No reason I need to know, I'm just curious. Do hairless mice preform any sort of grooming behaviors to themselves or other (haired) mice?

_________________
No mice at the moment- but 3 birds!
Rainbow Bridge:Merci, Astra, Ellie, Suzie (Suzers), Millie, Cece and Terri.
avatar
EverythingAnimal
Sr Member
Sr Member

Join date : 2016-04-02
Posts : 292
Likes : 54

Spaced

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Do hairless mice groom?

Post by River on Mon 12 Sep 2016, 10:25 am

Yep! They do still need to clean themselves, and like to show affection and/or dominance by grooming others. Or at least, that's how it works in hairless rats, so I imagine its the same for mice.

_________________
Mouse26
Hearts
Remembering Maier, Graham & Garcia
avatar
River
Hero Member
Hero Member

Join date : 2016-06-19
Posts : 1154
Likes : 253

Pisces Spaced

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Do hairless mice groom?

Post by MouseLover on Mon 12 Sep 2016, 10:32 am

I've never had a hairless mouse, but I'm almost 100% certain that the answer would be yes. Grooming behaviours in mice are really instinctive behaviours, and the absence of fur wouldn't change that. It's such a strong instinct in mice to groom, that's why they can be vulnerable to OCD-like excessive grooming and scratching.

_________________
Current Mice: Honey, Violet, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather.
Rainbow Bridge: Daisy, Peach, Ivy, Penelope, Hazel, Ruby, Clover, Peanut, Minnie, Ginger.
avatar
MouseLover
Hero Member
Hero Member

Join date : 2016-04-12
Posts : 1362
Likes : 218

Scorpio Sleepy

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Do hairless mice groom?

Post by EverythingAnimal on Mon 12 Sep 2016, 3:06 pm

Interesting! That makes sense. The more you know, I guess.

_________________
No mice at the moment- but 3 birds!
Rainbow Bridge:Merci, Astra, Ellie, Suzie (Suzers), Millie, Cece and Terri.
avatar
EverythingAnimal
Sr Member
Sr Member

Join date : 2016-04-02
Posts : 292
Likes : 54

Spaced

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Do hairless mice groom?

Post by DVirginiana on Tue 13 Sep 2016, 5:01 am

I imagine they do. I have a hairless rat and she grooms just like my others do. One problem is that the other rats will do social grooming a bit more roughly than she does, and end up scratching her because she has no hair to protect her skin. I imagine that problem would happen when hairless mice are in with ones that have hair as well. It can cause issues because she reacts to the pain by freaking out, which causes the 'alpha' lady rat to get angry (because a member of the colony is acting insane about normal social grooming and she has no idea why) and can start fights.
avatar
DVirginiana
Full Member
Full Member

Join date : 2016-05-17
Posts : 67
Likes : 9


View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Do hairless mice groom?

Post by MesaMouse on Wed 14 Sep 2016, 6:08 pm

@DVirginiana wrote:I imagine they do.  I have a hairless rat and she grooms just like my others do.  One problem is that the other rats will do social grooming a bit more roughly than she does, and end up scratching her because she has no hair to protect her skin.  I imagine that problem would happen when hairless mice are in with ones that have hair as well.  It can cause issues because she reacts to the pain by freaking out, which causes the 'alpha' lady rat to get angry (because a member of the colony is acting insane about normal social grooming and she has no idea why) and can start fights.

Gee, I'd never thought about that but can certainly see how her pained reactions could cause resentment and anger in her colony-mates.

_________________
Mouseless but now Hamster-powered
Over the Rainbow Bridge: Chablis, Merlot, Bombay, Frascatti, Mimi, Musetta, Lucia, Carmen, Tosca, Tara, Buffy, Willow, Anya, Cordelia and Imogene the Syrian Hamster
Also Mom to Clare Bear cat and Hermit Crabs Big Enzo, Charles Paris and Mr Pinch
avatar
MesaMouse
Hero Member
Hero Member

Join date : 2016-04-24
Posts : 702
Likes : 130

Libra Amused

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Do hairless mice groom?

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum