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Post by goldfishfanforever Sun 16 Oct 2016, 10:35 am

I finally persuaded my parents to let me get a mouse and I got him today! He is mainly black with a few white hairs here and there and I have him in a temporary cage until I can sit out my homemade bin cage and topper. At the minute I have him on a mix of harry hamster, pets at home hamster muesli and also the nuggets by pets at home, burgess dwarf mix and nature's touch hamster food and I have added extra mealworms and sunflowers to get the overall protein content higher for him. Im going to stop rambling now and will try and get pictures of him later Smile.
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Post by Peachy Sun 16 Oct 2016, 10:49 am

Congrats! I can't wait to see him! Does he have a name yet? Smile
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Post by goldfishfanforever Sun 16 Oct 2016, 10:50 am

abeona wrote:Congrats! I can't wait to see him! Does he have a name yet? Smile
We are thinking Hugo but any name suggestions are welcome as well Smile
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Post by Peachy Sun 16 Oct 2016, 11:01 am

Ooh, I think Hugo is a great name! Thumbs Up
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Post by goldfishfanforever Sun 16 Oct 2016, 11:45 am

abeona wrote:Ooh, I think Hugo is a great name! Thumbs Up

I think the name suits him pretty well so I think I will be sticking with it. I have had him less than 2 hours and his cage stinks so bad and I know males smell but it smells worse than my three hamsters overdue for cage cleanings...
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Post by MooMouse Sun 16 Oct 2016, 11:50 am

Congratulations! I think that Hugo is a cute name Very Happy Can't wait to see pics!

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Post by CallaLily Sun 16 Oct 2016, 12:20 pm

He may be extra stinky for a little while due to previous poor diet and/or stress. It's usually referred to as "pet shop funk." Though as a male mouse he will always have a stronger odor but once he settles in and with a better diet, it'll probably die down some. I hear using filtered water can help too.

Congrats! I hope you'll share pics soon.

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Post by goldfishfanforever Sun 16 Oct 2016, 12:31 pm

@MooMouse wrote:Congratulations! I think that Hugo is a cute name Very Happy Can't wait to see pics!
thanks and I will try and get some pics asap
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Post by goldfishfanforever Sun 16 Oct 2016, 12:33 pm

@CallaLily wrote:He may be extra stinky for a little while due to previous poor diet and/or stress.  It's usually referred to as "pet shop funk."  Though as a male mouse he will always have a stronger odor but once he settles in and with a better diet, it'll probably die down some. I hear using filtered water can help too.

Congrats!  I hope you'll share pics soon.
Okay thank you for the information as I feel like he could have been on a bad diet and also he will definitely be stressed so im hoping then the change of food will be good for him and I will let him settle in. I may try filtered water but only if he continues to smell extremely bad Smile
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Post by MesaMouse Sun 16 Oct 2016, 2:20 pm

Hugo is a great mouse name! Almost every animal I've ever owned has had a human name so I'm probably a bit biased Laughing .

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Post by goldfishfanforever Sun 16 Oct 2016, 2:24 pm

@MesaMouse wrote:Hugo is a great mouse name! Almost every animal I've ever owned has had a human name so I'm probably a bit biased Laughing .
My animals have a mixture of food and human names xD
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Post by MouseLover Sun 16 Oct 2016, 4:05 pm

Yaaay congrats! Hugo is such an adorable name, I love it! Can't wait to see him!

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Post by goldfishfanforever Sun 16 Oct 2016, 4:07 pm

@MouseLover wrote:Yaaay congrats! Hugo is such an adorable name, I love it! Can't wait to see him!
I would take photos but he keeps moving when I try and take them Very Happy he has just had his first veggies and omg he is much cuter when he eats them than my Syrian hamsters, roborovskii hamster and guinea pigs Smile
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Post by scaredymouse Sun 16 Oct 2016, 6:16 pm

Hamsters require higher protein than mice. So often thimes, their food has a much higher crude protein content that is suitable for mice. I'm sure, he doesn't need the lab block. Check your bags of food, if you can, and look for something called crude protein. For mice, it should be between 12-14%.

He sounds adorable. Just

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Post by CanadianExport Sun 16 Oct 2016, 6:18 pm

My pet store mice had a horrible funk due to how dirty the cages were. Granted all mine are female but the smell started to go away after being in a clean cage and on better food. Hugo is an adorable name!
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