The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

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What kinds of rodents do you own?

Chinchilla/s
93
5%
Degu/s
36
2%
Gerbil/s
118
6%
Guinea Pig/s
315
16%
Hamster/s
343
18%
Mouse/mice
156
8%
Rat/s
381
20%
None :c
382
20%
None, but I'm getting some soon!
112
6%
 
Total votes : 1936

Re: The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

Postby Zelda The Ferret » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:19 pm

My dwarf hamster Buddy had his first Christmas :D! He got 5 things that I personally begged my parents for. 2 kinds of treats, a GIANT cage, a hamster ball, and a lazy lookout compartment!
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Re: The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

Postby meerkat boi. » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:19 pm

Zelda The Ferret wrote:My dwarf hamster Buddy had his first Christmas :D! He got 5 things that I personally begged my parents for. 2 kinds of treats, a GIANT cage, a hamster ball, and a lazy lookout compartment!


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Re: The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

Postby meerkat boi. » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:03 pm

d. frost wrote:
MoonfallTheFox wrote:
d. frost wrote:
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    sooo ive posted about this ages ago about seeing mice and.. they reproduced.

    have you guys ever had any experience with keeping house mice as pets?
    these are only babies not adults so are they more tameable?

They will always be very wild. Even though they're so closely related to our domestics they can interbreed, genetically, they are predisposed to a very wild temperament and will never be able to be tame. If you were to try and keep one you would only be able to look at it.

The better choice is to use a humane live trap to relocate them. Take them at least 2 miles from your home somewhere there is food and water like a creekbed, and let them go. They are very good at coming back if you do not take them far enough so the farther the better.

I once rescued a litter of them at only a day old (they were found in a structure and going to be killed, so I took em. Soft heart.) and I used a domestic female mouse who was lactating at the time to foster raise the pups. Most of them lived. I treated them all for parasites (they were totally infested). They were WILD to their very cores. It didn't matter that they were even raised in a human home. They were wild animals and they didn't belong in a cage.

I let them go. I did a soft release on my own property and provided nest material, bedding, and food for the first month of life for them. Gradually decreasing feeding frequency so they learned to forage all on their own. They did great. They wouldn't have needed as much support if they were raised by a wild mouse momma but my doe didn't have the wild skills to teach them so they had a learning curve out there. I also didn't raise them on pellet food alone I provided a lot of "wild" foods for them so they knew what was edible and what wasn't.


What container would you keep them in.
I don't have a cage.
And I'd be scared it they got out through gaps. (I know they can squeeze through tiny spaces)
I have a tank.. But a fish is inhabiting it.
I don't have a wheel.. But I have food and toilet rolls.
Does toilet paper work as a layer for the ground?
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Re: The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

Postby Kisiel » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:10 pm

You really shouldn't keep them in any container, they're wild animals and should be kept as such. Trapping them to keep as "pets" is unethical and inhumane, as they will most likely suffer in captivity.

If you want a pet mouse, get a proper set up and a fancy mouse instead.
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Re: The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

Postby meerkat boi. » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:30 pm

Kisiel wrote:You really shouldn't keep them in any container, they're wild animals and should be kept as such. Trapping them to keep as "pets" is unethical and inhumane, as they will most likely suffer in captivity.

If you want a pet mouse, get a proper set up and a fancy mouse instead.


My local pet stores don't have mice.
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Re: The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

Postby Keriae » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:44 pm

d. frost wrote:
Kisiel wrote:You really shouldn't keep them in any container, they're wild animals and should be kept as such. Trapping them to keep as "pets" is unethical and inhumane, as they will most likely suffer in captivity.

If you want a pet mouse, get a proper set up and a fancy mouse instead.


My local pet stores don't have mice.

    Then look around at rescues and/or breeders. Catching and keeping wild animals is, as said, unethical and inhumane. They are not tame or bred for tameness, and they will become stressed and likely display stereotypies. Trapping mice just because you want them is not fair.
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Re: The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

Postby MoonfallTheFox » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:35 am

The Fancy Mouse Breeders Association keeps some breeder records. They also run facebook groups that can be used to find breeders nearby if you are having trouble finding pet domestic mice. Please don't subject a wild animal to captivity, wild mice don't belong here. A fancy mouse will be a much more pleasant and enjoyable pet for YOU, too.
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Re: The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

Postby WalkingContradiction » Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:31 am

So far my rats aren't using their Christmas presents...

They've got a new hammock a tunnel and a tunnel hammock as well as various chew toys

They just sleep in their old igloo

When I take them out however they are active and jump around

Do you guys got any idea what's the problem?
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Re: The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

Postby Kat » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:23 am

I was given a Petco gift card for Christmas. I spent some of it already on some mouse stuff (grass hiding house and a tiny hammock). Thomas loves both. He looks so cute in the hammock. I wan't sure if he would actually use it, but he does! ^^

I'm really worried about my rats, though. I posted on here a while back about my two baby ratties, who are quite grown now, but still sneezing. I took them to the vet's about a month ago and was prescribed drops to put into their noses (gentsmicin sulfate), but it hasn't seemed to help. It kind of helped for a few weeks, but today they are sneezing terribly. I think that I'm going to have to take them in again, because I don't know what is causing their sneezing and I'm quite upset. ;;
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Re: The BRODENTS! Rodent Enthusiast Thread!

Postby meerkat boi. » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:32 am

Kat wrote:I was given a Petco gift card for Christmas. I spent some of it already on some mouse stuff (grass hiding house and a tiny hammock). Thomas loves both. He looks so cute in the hammock. I wan't sure if he would actually use it, but he does! ^^

I'm really worried about my rats, though. I posted on here a while back about my two baby ratties, who are quite grown now, but still sneezing. I took them to the vet's about a month ago and was prescribed drops to put into their noses (gentsmicin sulfate), but it hasn't seemed to help. It kind of helped for a few weeks, but today they are sneezing terribly. I think that I'm going to have to take them in again, because I don't know what is causing their sneezing and I'm quite upset. ;;


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