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Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Subject:Until what age???
Posted by:eternitat.
Time:1:14 pm.
Mood: confused.
Can female mice be fertile and breed?

I had a surprise litter yesterday morning. The dam was one of the two new does I brought home on the 12th of March and introduced to the rest on the 13th of March. Though it is possible that this doe came pregnant already from the store, I also fear that one mouse whom I thought (and people at the shelter I adopted her from, and her previous owner as well) was female may really be a male. The genital distance is large, but I see no dangling testicles (mouse is Texel). I isolated this mouse yesterday just in case.

However, the mouse whose gender is in question was introduced to 3 other females back on the 5th of December of last year. One female was 1.5 years old, the other 2 were around 9-10 months old (not quite a year). One of the 9 month old females died on Christmas day, the other one on March 11. And NEITHER one of those two younger females gave birth to surprise litters. The older one I am giving the benefit of the doubt.

Were the 9-10 month old females too old to breed by then? Or is the questionable mouse not a buck and the new doe came pregnant from the store? There is no way a male wild mouse could have snuck in. The other new mouse was confirmed to be a doe for sure.
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Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Subject:Another litter. Baby pictures included!
Posted by:jesusatemeout.
Time:12:33 pm.
So I've changed the aims of my little breeding project I've had going for a while. Before I was focusing on both chocolate tan & black tan banded merles, but as luck would have it I obtained a fluke-colored doe from a friend who had gotten mice from me and bred them. This doe was PEW colored (though I am unsure of her exact genotype) but carried merle genes. I bred her into my black & chocolate mice and next thing I knew, I had both champagne tan and dove tan merles! Anyways, now I am working on those in both banded and unmarked, and this is my very first litter of entirely pink eyed (PE) mice!

There are 3 does and 1 buck. One doe is champagne tan banded merle, another just champagne tan merle, the other a strange silvery color. I am undecided if she is dove, or silver, or some other random color just now popping up. The buck looks to be a dove tan merle.

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x-posted, sorry if you see it a few times.
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Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Subject:Merry Christmas.
Posted by:jesusatemeout.
Time:11:41 am.
Merry Christmas from my current litter of fat, healthy babies.


Hope everyone's mice have been doing great. No one posts here anymore, come on guys. Post some pictures! Or is there a more active community I need to know about....?
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Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Subject:My Squeak Squad - The new girls =^.^=
Posted by:moxxey.
Time:1:31 am.
Mood: cheerful.
 I went back to the animal shelter to adopt the three sisters to the other baby mice that I got last time. Their names are Ghost, Suspender and Havarti. They were the last mice at the shelter and now they have a good home with me.  =^.^=

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Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Subject:A video of my new pets =^.^=
Posted by:peromyscus.
Time:5:54 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
Meet my new "Squeak Squad", and watch some video footage of my new pets. =^.^=

I adopted the six mice from the Toronto Humane Society, and Alexander is also from there. The baby girl mouse was one that my friend found wandering along the sidewalk out in the cold, either an escaped or unwanted pet. He took her in and then gave her to me. I named her lucky. =^.-=

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Subject:Rest In Peace Moxy :-(
Posted by:peromyscus.
Time:12:41 pm.
Mood: sad.
Early this morning when I went to check on Moxy, my last remaining Spiny mouse, I found him quite cold to the touch, so I took him out to hold him and keep him warm. He was very old for a mouse, being six months old when I got him and nearing three years in my possession. Lately I took all the high tubes down in his cage when I noticed that he couldn't climb as well as he used to. He would still run about his cage, but I could see that he was getting older and a bit skinnier. He'd still eat and drink, when I put out food and water for him, but alas Spiny mice only have a lifespan of three to four years. Moxy chose to pass away as I was holding him :-( It was very sad to see him go, but I'm glad that he didn't die alone in his cage.

It's like the loss of an old friend, no matter if it was just a pet who was very skittish and didn't like to be held. He would still look at me from his cage as I came near to refill his food dish or water bottles. He was one of my pet Spiny mice, named Moxy, whom I got from someone almost three years ago to keep Cheeser company after Max passed away. Moxy never really grew much since I got him, always the runt and he'd only nibble at food from time to time, except when I gave him treats like apple slices, a piece of a cookie or a small piece of chicken, then he'd run out to nom on them. Most of the time he'd either be busy running in his wheel or snuggled up next to Cheeser, whom he was housed with, and then later Speedy after Cheeser and Max Jr. passed on. He was quite vocal, as I often could hear him chirping away as he moved about in his mouse mansion of Habitrail tubes and accessories. Overall I would say that he had a grand life for a mouse, never having to worry about finding food, nor predators and having plenty of playspace in his cage.

Even with the new mice that I adopted from the local animal shelter, and my two pet rats (one of which my friend found left out in the cold on the sidewalk as a baby by someone a couple weeks ago), the place seems empty without Moxy, and I'm going to miss walking by his cage and watching him curiously look back at me cautiously checking up on who's approaching. Rest In Peace little mouse, you were a great friend, no matter if you nipped my hand from time to time when I held you, that's just your nature.

RIP Moxy (six months old when I got him on) Feb 2007 to Jan 2010


Here is some video footage of him with my other Spiny mice



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Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Subject:Rest In Peace Speedy :-(
Posted by:peromyscus.
Time:10:26 pm.
Mood: sad.
Sad news, tonight my little speed demon pet mouse named Speedy passed away. I went to check on the mice after playing video games, and found that only one dashed off this time, as normally they both run and hide, the timid little things that they are. I opened the cage door and went to pick up Speedy, and found that he was dead They were both fine an hour before and Speedy was running around and climbing in the tubes along the cage, so I was shocked to find him dead.

I named him Speedy, since he was twice as fast as my other spiny mice, always running in his wheel at lightning speed. I bought him about two and a half years ago at a pet shop in downtown Toronto called The Menagerie. He was in a cage by himself in a noisy bird room with parrots and parakeets. I had to get him outta there, as that must have been hell on his ears! He had already had bitemarks in his ears, I was told, which was due to his three sisters constantly nipping him at the pet store before they were sold.

At first I bought a new cage, since they told me that he was a girl, so I couldn't house him with my other mice, but Speedy was actually a boy, and it turns out that I didn't need the other cage. I housed him with my other mouse Max Jr., whom he lived together with for a couple of years, and then when Max Jr. passed away, I housed him with Moxy, who is now my only surviving pet mouse. So now I have one pet mouse named Moxy and one pet rat named Alexander left. I don't think that I'm going to adopt anymore for some time, since I've had 15 pet rats, 5 pet spiny mice and 1 fancy mouse in the last five years, with all but 6 adopted from animal shelters.

I shall now miss hearing the sound of the wheel going in the middle of the night as Speedy would run in it

RIP Speedy from May 2007-Nov2009 I don't know his full age but he was probably close to four years old, which is usually the max age for Spiny mice.

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Subject:Very sad news, Max Jr. passed away this morning :-(
Posted by:peromyscus.
Time:12:20 pm.
Mood: sad.
My "baby" mouse, died this morning. :-( That's what I call him because when I bought him he still was very small and had his baby gray fur with no quills yet. I had come home early this morning and went to check on my pets as usual, and I saw Max Jr. huddled up in one of the Habitrail tubes, so I scooped him out, and found that he wasn't moving much, and his body was cold. I quickly held him in my hands to keep him warm, and then put on a heater nearby in the room. He started to move more, and I held a water bottle near him, so he started drinking like he was really thirsty. Unfortunately about an hour and a half later when I put him back in his cage wrapped loosely in a tea towel, with the heater nearby to keep him warm, he decided to go to sleep once and for all. :-( Speedy, the other mouse who I had him paired up with in his cage, spent the next little while morning him, sitting beside him, knowing that his friend who he had lived with for the past two and a half years was gone. :-(

I remember rescuing Max Jr. from the PJ's pet center at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto, when I saw him in a large fish tank all alone. I thought that's no life for him, so I bought him back in April of 2007. Max Jr. used to love to run in his exercise dish, and then wheel later on when he became too big for that. After a few weeks of owning him, I found another spiny mouse named Speedy, and introduced the two together, then housed them in the same cage, thankfully they bonded as friends. So I had Cheeser and Moxy (after the original Max died) in one cage, and then Max Jr. and Speedy in the other. Today I only have Speedy and Moxy left, Cheeser passed away about a year ago, but I don't think I can house the two together because Moxy has always been a runt since I got him (Moxy never wants to eat too much and he's always stayed small like a baby mouse), and Speedy is allot larger than him.

I'm wondering if Max Jr. had diabetes, because that's a common ailment to spiny mice and it would explain why their water bottle needed refilling very often, since Spinies are desert mice and usually get all their water needs from seeds and grains. I'm just thankful that I gave him a very good home for the two and a half years that I had him, and let me tell you, his cage was like a mouse mansion, with all the Habitrail tubes and attachments I had for him (and the others).

RIP Max Jr. from April 2007 - September (2009) - I'm gonna miss you my "baby" mouse. :-(

Two pics of Max Jr. as a baby and in the pic of the three, he's the mouse in the middle.

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Monday, August 10th, 2009

Subject:Mouse Lovers, a new comm
Posted by:cest_lui.
Time:10:12 pm.
Hey guys just promoting the new Mouse Lovers community, which is just getting up off the ground.

Hope you're well!

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Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Posted by:diello.
Time:5:57 pm.

"Run, Scientists, Run!"

My favourite Tshirt site, THREADLESS is having a sale on ALL their shirts... Get this one before I do ;)
(I wear this shirt to human research facilities and the doctors always get a kick out of it). I'm thinking about getting another to make a little backdrop for my mice cage :)
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Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Subject:Sad news :-( Tyco passed away this morning
Posted by:peromyscus.
Time:5:55 am.
Mood: sad.
This morning when I went to check on Tyco after cleaning the other mice cages, I saw that he wasn't in his usual sleeping place and was curled up next to his wheel. I picked him up to check on him and found that he was cold and quite weak. I then noticed two tumors on him, one on his left eye and another on his right leg. These tumors came out of nowhere as a couple of days ago he didn't have any! o.o I was upset and knew he wouldn't make it beyond this weekend, so I held him for quite awhile, put him back in his cage in some tissues, which he moved around inside the cage a bit. Later I went to check on him again, held him some more and this time he passed away as I was holding him :-(((

Originally I was asked to adopt Tyco by Emila, one of my bosses at work at the time, saying that he was an old mouse and only had a couple months to live. It turns out that she was wrong and he was quite young still. At work whenever anybody would come near the cage he'd run around wildly. If someone put their fingers near the cage bars he'd grab at them with his paws and try to pull them closer to his mouth so he could bite. I remember getting bitten while transporting him home on the streetcar. When he was brought to the shelter he had a brother, but he had to be separated due to the two fighting, Tyco would always try to bite his brother, so Tyco had to be housed alone!

After I got him home, I set up his cage and gave him food and water. After a few days he calmed down a bit and eventually he got to the point where he wouldn't try to bite anymore when picked up, although he was still nervous. He was named Tyco after the Tyco RC cars, as he was always on the go, running in his wheel non stop and very fast! I bought Tyco a Habitrail Mini cage with a better wheel and those attachment tubes and boxes. He got lots of treats and would run to the food dish everytime I put more food in his cage. Over time Tyco became more and more friendly and wasn't so jittery when held. I shall miss him :-(

R.I.P. Tyco from Feb 2007 - Feb 2009

Here's a video of Tyco running in his wheel =^.^=
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Subject:do mice get cataracts?
Posted by:eternitat.
Time:12:32 pm.
Mood: worried.
Rowena has a white cloud on top of her left eye. It looks like cataracts look like on humans and dogs. Does this happen on mice? What should I do? Rowena is getting old- she is showing signs of aging such as weight loss and hair separation- but this had not happened to any of my other mice.
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Subject:An illness?
Posted by:atigerinthecity.
Time:9:00 pm.
Mood: worried.
Alright...I just lost 2 of my hamsters from old age...yesterday and today actually.  So I might be goin nuts...

I have two mice, purchased together over 2 weeks ago.  Their names are Emma and Scarlett.  Emma has ALWAYS been the active one.  And tonight I've discovered her sleeping...when I went ot pick her up, she didn't open her eyes much.  Nor did she initially fight to get away from me.  In about a minute or so, she did, but not much.  I put her on her wheel.  She sat there...still squinting and then returned to the igloo.

There is no excess poop, she's not cold...no sneezing, wheezing.

They are kept in carefresh, in a draft free area.

Any ideas?

Should I separate Scarlett?

The vet can't see her until Monday...I fear it'll be too late then.

Please help.

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Monday, August 18th, 2008

Subject:Very sad news today :-( Cheeser died
Posted by:peromyscus.
Time:2:52 pm.
Mood: sad.
This is very hard to write as one of my original spiny mice named Cheeser died today. He was very old over three years and I remember rescuing him and his brother Max at a pet store when they were eight months old. Nobody wanted the spiny mice, so I purchased them and gave them a good home. Cheeser was the friendliest of my Spiny mice, which don't really like to be held and they do bite! Now the last of the original two and eldest of my pet mice died and he will be buried next to his brother Max who passed away last year. His cage mate Moxy has been put with Speedy and Max Jr. in the double cage.

*Edit I put Moxy back in his own cage as the other two got jealous and started biting his tail, so I can't house him with them! I stayed home just in case they might not get along and kept checking up on them to see how they were doing.

Rest In Peace Cheeser (June 2005 - August 2008) I will miss you! :-(
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Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Posted by:rabbit_heart.
Time:7:12 am.

Hello there, I'm kind of a lurker. I thought I'd post a few recent photos of my babies.
I have had Fuu and Rin since last May, but they were born the December prior. They were a trio, but Yuki passed away in October after a rough bout of a respiratory infection (she was kind of a runt). They were all from a breeder in Maryland.
Fuu - as in Fuu dogs. She's the biggest.
Rin - the word for the sound a bell makes. She makes a lot of racket when she's angry.
Yuki - snow. She was an ivory satin.

Yesterday we went to Petco planning on just looking if we saw nothing really special. We wound up taking home three little girls: Kuro, Tenka, and Futeki.
Kuro - black (she has a white streak on her back).
Futeki - it means wreckless or fearless. And she's the biggest and looks somewhat like Fuu. And Teki alone means rival.
Tenka - she has a white tail tip. This reminds us of a fuse. And it apparently means ignition.

Okay. First thing to note, no I don't actually know Japanese. I just like Japan. So if these words are wrong or something, I don't necessarily care. I thought they sounded like good names and I like them. I used an online English -> Japanese dictionary and then double checked to see alternate meanings of the Japanese word that came up.

Second. I don't know if it's clear in the following photos, because Fuu and Rin were in the terrarium before the new mice, but now they're in a different set of tanks (the type that have tubes connecting, two of those connected). So no I'm not putting new mice in with older mice. I'm waiting for the recommended three week quarantine. After that we may not even introduce them just because of the huuuge size difference.

Third. I so much prefer a breeder, but it just wasn't feasible this year.

There is an unfortunate possibility that I feel with petstore mice of a boy getting to any of the girls. And unlike Petsmart, Petco keeps boys AND girls. But no Petsmart I have been to in the last year has mice anymore. I read that the gestation time is three weeks, so I suppose if anything happened like that, it will be apparent during the quarantine and we'll have a little talk with Petco. Haha.

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Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Posted by:diello.
Time:3:18 pm.
Threadless. is having a huge sale on their rad tshirts. Here are a couple of the designs that are appropriate to post in this community (but if it's not appropriate enough, mods, feel free to delete this)...

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Subject:Mouse agility training
Posted by:madamealexis.
Time:1:58 pm.
Mice can be easy to train for or to agility because they naturally run along a wall and run the same way/path each time. If you set your agility course up along a wall or make a short wall (books or wood or even using a sheet of paper to guide the mouse along the course) will help in training.

The equipment needs to be mouse size, not too big and not too small. It needs to be stable enough and safe enough for your mouse to run on and it not tip over or collapse on or with the mouse. Make sure there are no sharp edges on any of the equipment. Decorate to add a touch of fun and train away.

The agility equipment needs to be built well enough to support a mouse's weight, remember many, if not all mice, will climb the piece rather then just jump it.

If you build your items make sure you use items that are safe and have no sharp edges. Make sure it will support the weight of the tiny animal in a safe manner. Use safe paints. Painting or sealing the surface your equipment is important so that you can keep it clean (think urine) and safe for your small pets.

If you are teaching your mouse to run an agility course do not let them have the same type items in their cage to play on or sleep in. For example, you will have a hard time teaching a mouse to run through a tunnel on a course if they sleep in one in their cage.

Learn more at: http://www.gerbilagility.com/?id=167
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Friday, May 30th, 2008

Subject:Mouse agility
Posted by:madamealexis.
Time:10:03 am.
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Monday, April 14th, 2008

Subject:An awesome rodent video, that I made from work ^.^/\/
Posted by:peromyscus.
Time:5:39 am.
Mood: accomplished.
Check out my latest video on youtube >^.^< It's a video of the rats and mice at my work, at the local animal shelter, that I help look after. This video took many weeks to put together, and I think that it's my best works yet! Please check it out >^.-<

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Subject:Sorry if this is innappropriate....
Posted by:belladonnaerror.
Time:6:36 am.
Mood: crushed.
If this is a post that is "not allowed" in this community, I'm sorry, but I felt it was a VERY important subject to post.  Please, simply delete it, and let me know - if it isn't acceptable.  Thank you for reading/watching.


http://www.marscandykills.com/experiments.asp   --- PETA

go watch/read this - you'll be shocked.  i was.  it is about Mars candy company...  testing animals for their products.  go to the site, and please help boycott the company.  it's very important.  the animals aren't able to defend themselves - they need us to help!!

there is a link, on that website, that you can send an email to mars through.  please, help.  ;(



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