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Post by goldfishfanforever Mon 17 Oct 2016, 11:45 am

@scaredymouse wrote: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
Ah I wasn't sure whether mice needed more protein or less but I will make a ratio of food that I use for the hamsters and find one that works out at 12-14% protein. I will also take out the blocks Smile
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Post by goldfishfanforever Mon 17 Oct 2016, 11:46 am

@CanadianExport wrote: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!
I wanted females however due to the fact I already have many pets I was only allowed one so I got a male Smile
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Post by CanadianExport Mon 17 Oct 2016, 12:31 pm

I am sure he will be wonderful!
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Post by CinnamonPearl Tue 18 Oct 2016, 5:52 am

Congrats! How exciting for you. Hugo sounds like a great name.

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Post by goldfishfanforever Tue 18 Oct 2016, 11:09 am

@CinnamonPearl wrote:Congrats! How exciting for you. Hugo sounds like a great name.
Thank you Smile
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Post by Bandit Cat Thu 20 Oct 2016, 9:42 pm

So exciting!!! Very Happy Congrats on your new mouse! I'm sure he will love his new life! Smile

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Post by goldfishfanforever Fri 21 Oct 2016, 12:45 am

@Bandit Cat wrote:So exciting!!! Very Happy Congrats on your new mouse! I'm sure he will love his new life! Smile
Thank you Smile. Last night he was already sniffing my band and wanting to climb on my hand Very Happy he has also taken a treat from my fingers Smile
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Post by goldfishfanforever Mon 24 Oct 2016, 6:43 pm

I'm trying to tame Hugo but he has nipped me once and now every time he comes close to my fingers I flinch which scares him Sad
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Post by CinnamonPearl Mon 24 Oct 2016, 6:45 pm

Wear garden gloves when you handle Hugo until he learns not to nip! Make sure that whenever he nips, you blow on him gently to discourage the behavior. I've had a nipper as well, but gloves combined with blowing straightened him out a lot. But mainly, the solution to nipping is that he has to learn to trust you, that you're not there to hurt him. That's the real key.

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Post by CallaLily Mon 24 Oct 2016, 7:21 pm

And don't hand treat, at least until you get him tamed and the nipping under control. Sometimes that encourages biting.

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Post by goldfishfanforever Mon 24 Oct 2016, 7:28 pm

@CinnamonPearl wrote:Wear garden gloves when you handle Hugo until he learns not to nip! Make sure that whenever he nips, you blow on him gently to discourage the behavior. I've had a nipper as well, but gloves combined with blowing straightened him out a lot. But mainly, the solution to nipping is that he has to learn to trust you, that you're not there to hurt him. That's the real key.
Okay thank I will look to see if we have a pair if not I will buy a pair Smile
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Post by CinnamonPearl Mon 24 Oct 2016, 7:29 pm

Best of luck! I know firsthand how intimidating nippy mice can be, but it's best to remember that he's only a mouse. The most he can do to you is draw a little blood. And he'll warm up, don't you worry.

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Post by goldfishfanforever Mon 24 Oct 2016, 7:30 pm

@CallaLily wrote:And don't hand treat, at least until you get him tamed and the nipping under control.  Sometimes that encourages biting.
I have just been feeding him some of his food by hand (before I saw your comment) and he doesn't go for my fingers but rather sniffs my fingers then goes for the item in my fingers hwoever I will stop feeding him this way until he is tame Smile
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Post by goldfishfanforever Mon 24 Oct 2016, 7:32 pm

@CinnamonPearl wrote:Best of luck! I know firsthand how intimidating nippy mice can be, but it's best to remember that he's only a mouse. The most he can do to you is draw a little blood. And he'll warm up, don't you worry.
Yeah I know it is kind of silly but the only time any rodent has drawn blood was one of my Syrian's who got confused and nipped and drew one drop of blood but my, my, my it hurt like a motherfudger!
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Post by MouseLover Wed 26 Oct 2016, 7:04 am

I've never had a mouse draw blood from me, but I've been nipped a few times. Mice are generally a bit gentler than hamsters. I think it's very unlikely that Hugo will properly bite you. Nips are usually either warning signs to back off, or he's not that sure what your fingers are and he's trying to find out.

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