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   Mice continue to be one of the most popular "pocket pets", a term used with small pets that will fit into your pocket! 
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Anonymous - 2012-01-18
I want to get a pet mouse but i dont know what store i should get it from

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  • Imogen - 2012-01-19
    There are many places where you can get mice from. A garden centre might sell them in the pet store (that's where I got mine from) or check with your local pet shop. You should also get more than one mouse-two or three. They get really lonely, ill and depressed on their own and they don't live long on their own. Mice are very sociable and need company. They make great pets-enjoy your mice!
Anonymous - 2011-12-30
I have two mice: Milly and Poppy. Milly is fine with other mice but Poppy fights with them every time. Poppy is a young mouse: only a month and a bit where as Milly is elderly (about 18 months.) I'm worried because when Milly dies, Poppy will be left on her own. And I won't be able to get more mice after that because I've tried twice introducing other mice to her and it doesn't work, she attacks them. I'm wondering what to do??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-30
    We don't know if Poppy is agressive or in some way thinking she is protecting Milly. Yes, Milly is getting older and Poppy may be left behind but there is no reason you can't go out and get two other mice and put them in a separate cage/area from Poppy. Poppy can then introduce himself nicely and play nicely with the other two or be by himself.
  • Anonymous - 2011-12-31
    Yes, I might get two more and keep them in another cage away from her if it doesn't work again. I hadn't thought of that. I think maybe she is just protecting Milly. Or she might be an aggressive mouse. Thank you for all your help and advice, I really appriciate it and I think I know what to do now. Thank you again
Anonymous - 2011-12-26
I have two mice at the moment. I got one a few weeks ago and one of the ones I have now attacked it and really fought with it so I had to separate them and take it back the next day. I'm going to try again now that I have a bigger cage to fit 4 mice in. I just wondered-is it best to get two mice at once or one at a time?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-12-28
    Thank you for all the advice guys! Unfortauntly one of them attacked the other two mice I got today so I'm taking them back this afternoon and I've seperated them. I appriciate all your advice though and will use the advice another time. Very nice of you and good advice.
  • Anonymous - 2011-12-27
    Thank you! I agree
  • Milly - 2011-12-27
    It's best to get two at a time I think. Then they can get used to each other and be friends. And it's nicer because you'll be getting two from the same litter-sisters. If you don't the one might be scared and more likely to fight. I learned that about my mice! Good luck-I hope they don't fight this time! Fingers crossed.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-26
    It's easier to get two at the same time cuz then you can see how those two get along before you purchase them. If you are going to have multiples, then I would strongly suggest to have just one male plus whatever number of females you want. Guys always seem to have to argue over who is dominant.
Anonymous - 2011-12-24
How can you introduce mice to one another outside the cage? I know you put them in a neutral territory for them to get used to each other; but I wondered is there any possible way of actually getting them not to fight?
Thank you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-24
    You can't get them not to fight. Someone has to be determine the RULER and until that is accomplished they will fight. Put two of anything in a room and they will have to determine the LEADER. Outside the cage is just an easier way to let them determine who is boss. More room and gives them a chance to know each other and come to a calmer resolution.
  • Anonymous - 2011-12-26
    Ok-this is very good advice. Thank you!
Nathan Stein - 2011-12-01
My mouse has two large pieces of skin missing. I have two and they fight frequently but I separated them when the victim mouse began to appear injured. They have been separated for a while now, which is why the severity of his injury is so shocking. As far as I can remember the skin was not missing when I left in the morning, but when I returned home later that night I noticed it. I am curious if mice have been known to inflict such harm on themselves or if he has a skin disease?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-02
    Could be any of the above. The one mouse could have hurt the second and the wound was there and irritated the second mouse and then she self inflicted more damage. It also could be a skin disease - have no idea based on your description. You would have to take it to a vet. You can try and clean the wound throughly with a peroxide/water solution and see if you can tell what is happening.
  • Imogen - 2011-12-02
    From what it sounds I think it could be a skin disease-my mouse I had before the ones I have now got a skin disease which was basically a red patch. Is your mouse eating and is active? How old is your mouse now? Try washing the wound with water or powder you can get from pet shops for specific wounds. Hopefully this will help it to recover. If it doesn't keep an eye on it and if it doesn't look well still, take it to the vet. It could just be a wound though. It could pass or it could get worse. I'm not sure. I hope this advice helps you and I hope your mouse will get better. I wish you all the best of luck.
  • Anonymous - 2011-12-16
    I'm very sorry to hear this. Ask your vet. There might be special mouse sprays to cure this. It sounds like a skin disease. This does sound shocking! These things just happen: Don't worry about it too much. If she's active and everything it's probably not hurting her however keep a close eye on here then if she looks unhappy and ill take her to the vet. I hope this helps and I hope your poor little mouse gets well soon!
Imogen - 2011-11-12
I got my mouse Poppy on Friday. She's very tame and she walks right in your hand when you put your hand in the cage. I just wondered, how do you train them to take food out of your hand? I want her to trust me to be able to do this and I need some advice. Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-13
    It sounds like you already have a good start with getting your mouse to trust you! If she is willing to come out on your hand, it should be relatively easy to get her to take food off of your hand as well! I would start by simply putting some food in your hand and holding it out to her. Do this every time you go to handle her and/or let her come onto your hand. Eventually, she will most likely start taking it from you when offered (assuming she is hungry!). Also, try giving her treats in your hand - things that she doesn't get on an everyday basis such as fresh vegetables, fruits, sunflower seeds or even a little bit of jam.
  • Imogen - 2011-11-14
    Yes, I agree. I'll try to and hopefully she'll start to soon! Thank you very much for the good and helpful advice
  • jess - 2011-12-02
    Keep trying to get her to do it by holding food in your hand and eventually she will! ;)
  • Imogen - 2011-12-02
    Ok-thank you for all the advice guys! I will x
Izzy - 2011-11-19
Mice are so cute! If you want mice it's best to go for females because they smell less and are more tame than males.

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  • Imogen - 2011-11-19
    That's right! I agree. Thank you for the share-what good advice!
Nadean Hopper - 2011-11-16
Hi I have a mouse loose in my house can I make it a pet mouse do I have to buy it at a pet store?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-16
    I wouldn't make a wild mouse a pet - they are very difficult to tame, as well as the possibility that they could have a disease. If you want a pet mouse I would suggest getting one at a pet store.
  • Imogen - 2011-11-17
    If you have a mouse loose in your house, they can be hard to train unlike pet mice and they're more scared and they'll be harder to train. Also, you don't know anything about it (eg how old it is, what diseases if any it will carry etc.) If you want mice I would suggest getting them from a pet store rather than keep a wild one as a pet. You could take the wild one loose to an animal sanctuary where they'll look after it. Buying a mouse from a pet shop will be better and I advise it. I hope this helps
Imogen - 2011-11-08
I have one mouse-the other mouse died a couple of weeks ago. She is eating and is really active still, although she might be a bit lonely missing her sister. Mice should never be on their own so I'm wondering what the best thing to do is-get two more mice now as friends for her or wait until the mouse on her own dies then get three more. I'd like some advice and what the best thing to do is because I'm not sure. Thank you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-08
    Gee, I don't know if there is a better or right or anything way with this. What I'd do is get the two new mice now and let them meet on neutral territory a few times. I'd let the mouse make the decision as to whether she wants to be freinds with the two new ones. It is her cage and safe place and she will rule so I'd leave it up to her. I would think she would like the company.
  • Imogen - 2011-11-09
    That sounds good-yes, I think she would like the company of two new friends for her if I introduce them to each other. Thank you very much for your comment-it's been really appreciated and helpful.
  • Imogen - 2011-11-11
    Got another mouse today. She's black and white and tiny and cute and tame. Poppy. Bless! :)
  • jess - 2011-11-12
    Awww, she sounds very cute! I love mice they're adorable.
  • Imogen - 2011-11-12
    Same! Yes they are.
  • lizzie - 2011-11-16
    I think they are too! And I'm very sorry to hear about the death of your mouse. How sad :( But I'm glad you got a new one that's great! Give her and the other one lots of attention and keep them happy. Try to play with them everyday: this will make them have a good, long and happy life. It's so good to see a comment from you on animal world! I love animal world and I love mice. I have two of my own: Squeaks and Nibbles. They're adorable and I love them so much! From the awesome Lizzie x
  • Imogen - 2011-11-16
    Thank you! I will. Aww they sound cute. I will give mine a good long and happy life. Thank you for your comment: It has also been very helpful. I'll take note of it and I really appreciate it. I love my mice too :)
  • lizzie - 2011-11-16
    You're welcome. And good :)
  • Imogen - 2011-11-16
    Mice are very cute animals.
  • lizzie - 2011-11-16
    Agreed! :D
  • Imogen - 2011-11-16
    My favourite animals. They're tiny and cute. Adorable! ;D
Anonymous - 2011-10-25
Are mice scared of fireworks? My mice are quite near a window in their cage, and there is going to be loads of fireworks soon because of Bonfire Night. I just wondered if they minded them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-25
    Mice would react just like dogs/cats/humans etc to big bang noises. They will be fine but just like a dog or cat might hide under the bed or a human might jump - it could scare them. I would move them away from the window just temporarily and turn up the TV or music a little to soften the commotion. Give them a noise they are used to. Us birds, get scared of stuff too.
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-25
    Yes, I thought they might be scared of them. I was worried. I'll do that-thank you so much for your advice, it's really appriciated
  • jess - 2011-11-06
    Move the mice to a quieter place until they stop. Mice are scared of fireworks just like cats and dogs and don't like big bang noises.
  • Geoff - 2011-11-05
    Mice should never ever be kept in or near a window.
    They like a dim lit area that is warm with no drafts.