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Mice? - September 1st 2017, 09:05 PM

So I'm getting two mice. Two, because I know that they can get depressed when alone. I am planning on putting them in one of those plastic cages with the tubes running in and out of, but eventually will get an aquarium for them if that's suggested. Should I get an aquarium or keep them in the tubed cage? The cage has two tubes and the bars aren't spaced widely apart so they can't escape, one tube runs to the top in a little outlook place, the other runs into a wheel. I want them to have entertainment so I'm thinking about keeping them in the tubed cage, but I don't know if it'd be big enough for two of them. Also, can you feed them hamster food? I have a hamster currently and I already have hamster food for her, but if not it's no problem, I'll go purchase some. I mean, on the food bag it has a pic of a mouse. ALSO, the pet store I'm getting them from sell them as feeder mice as well as pet mice, they don't distinguish them as anything specific, is this a wise thing to do? I mean, if they're going to be fed to a snake I'd like to save them from that fate.


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Re: Mice? - September 1st 2017, 10:02 PM

Mice are awesome! My brothers had two mice as well and they're such fun pets.
We just kept our mice in a tubed cage like you described and they seemed fine with it. They'll run on the wheel a LOT which helps with being in a smaller cage, so I think it'll probably be alright, just pay attention to how active they seem to be. Also our cage was pretty cheap, so the wheel got super loud and squeaky after awhile. Like, screeching loud.
Also, we let our mice run around in those little hamster balls and they loved that (as far as I can tell ) so I do recommend letting them run around in those or at least getting them out pretty often.

If the bag has a mouse on it I'd think it's most likely fine. They're such similar animals anyway it probably wouldn't harm them one bit. I don't think it would have a mouse on the bag if it could anyway, so yeah. In fact, somewhere on the bag it probably says "For hamsters, mice, and any little creatures" or something like that.

I don't see how it would make a difference whether they're feeder mice or pet mice, if they sell them as both they'll be fine as both. They don't treat the feeder mice differently from the pets as far as I know. But yes, buying them as pet mice would save them from potentially being fed to a snake.

ALSO, if you're buying both of them from the same little pet store cage they're already in, it'll be fine. But I know that we bought our mice at separate times and they fought viciously with each other at first. But if you get their "scent" to be the same, they'll like each other. So we put a dab of cooking vanilla on each of their backs and put them in a box together where they smelled each other, in a neutral environment, and that stopped them from fighting forever. So just in case they do fight, that worked for ours.


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