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Do pet mice hibernate?

Post by stephlisa on Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:22 pm

Ok, so this might sound a little odd...but we've noticed Colin has started being much more interested in his food recently...but only since the weather turned autumnal here in the south of England.

So we were wondering if pet mice knew that it was autumn and that if they were wild they'd be eating everything they could ready for hibernation?  Obviously I'm not expecting him to hibernate or anything like that, but we thought it was an interesting question for you guys...so...over to you...discuss!

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Re: Do pet mice hibernate?

Post by MouseLover on Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:56 pm

Wild meecers don't hibernate. In fact, the only times I've had wild mice in the house has been in winter time, as they're looking for somewhere warmer to go - by spring time they've disappeared.

But that doesn't necessarily mean they wouldn't try to eat more and put on a bit of weight in case things are scarce over winter... I dunno... interesting question!

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Re: Do pet mice hibernate?

Post by Peachy on Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:07 pm

It's started getting darker earlier and staying cooler at night, but I havent noticed any differences... at least not yet. I think someone mentioned on TFM that mice might slow down to cobserve energy, too. Interesting topic! Smile
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Re: Do pet mice hibernate?

Post by stephlisa on Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:17 pm

Ah, for some reason I had it in my head that wild mice hibernate (don't know why :S).
To me it seems odd that a pet mouse who, no matter what, is always given enough food and water would go into a winter mode. Maybe its an instinct thing or maybe its just coincidence that we've noticed it now!

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