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Old 12-31-2009, 04:15 PM
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Mouse Survivor Question


So here's a question I've been mulling over.

When cagemates pass away, rats frequently mourn the loss of their buddy- Sometimes to the point where they pine away and die.

Is it common for mice to do the same?

I had two elderly mice, one of whom was six months older than the other. The eldest was clearly reaching the end, losing weight and mobility for about a month. The other was still very plump and healthy looking. The elder passed away one afternoon. Three days later the younger one died too. She looked like she suddenly lost a lot of weight in that time.

Grief? Or more likely an illness shared between the two?
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:02 PM
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I have owned many mice and never have any die after the loss of a cagemate. Although each mouse is different and that is possible. Most likely they shared a disease.

When Maya was a young, she lost Lucy (well we both did ) but it took me a little bit to find her a new friend because I didn't want the rest of her life to be lonely. I'm sure she was depressed, but she didn't lose weight or anything.

My friend had 4 mice -1 mother and 3 daughters- and all 3 daughters are just fine even though the mother passed away.

I hope it helps.
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Thanks for your insight CR. I was inclined to think the same thing. I've had many mice, and none of them grieved over their buddies when any passed away.

These two seemed to be very close to each other though, always hanging out together. I just couldn't figure out why the younger went downhill so fast.

The ways of mice and men, eh?
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:12 PM
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Haha!
Right now I have Maya and her friend for about a year now Maggie. I got Maggie as an adult so I really don't know how old she is, but I think Maya is older. These two are pretty close and I am scared to lose them
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:22 PM
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Mice are such ickle cuties. It's easy to fall in love with them. My favorite of my mice, Shadow, used to sit on my shoulder and hide in my shirt pocket or my bonding pouch all day long.
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Aww thats so cute! I could talk about mice forever Its so weird because I love them so much, so I can't even imagine why some people are so scared of them!
Sorry I have gotten this very far off topic.
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There was a topic?

Nah, we we are definitely on topic. It's mice after all. I loved my little girls. They were so much fun. Even my neurotic obsessive compulsive biter, Scooter.
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I think it is very possible.

I had two male mice several years ago,brothers...who lives together and NEVER fought (very rare with males).They were very close.Smiley and Raven were their names.Well Raven died and Smiley was obviously depressed.He would not leave his bed and within a week or so,he also died.

I have also had mice that buried a dead one under the litter (I would find the body buried) and others who acted very depressed after losing another mouse.But I only had one mouse (Smiley) literally pine away.

But it is possible for mice to pine away,I just don't think it is as common as rats.
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Then it could be possible that's what happened to her. My last mouse Crash was never very tamable. She hated the Hand of God to the end of her days. She was also the terror of my colony, esp. after our alpha female Slide passed on. She had three she liked, and the rest, she'd henpeck constantly. Mostly just a domineering personality.

The one who died second to last, Chewy, was one of the ones she preferred. Chewy was a doll of a mouse. She liked everyone. People, mice, and even my dogs. She was HUGE. She always weighed twice as much as the other girls in her prime, and was uncontested beta of the cage. I think she was too laid back to be very bossy, otherwise she'd have been alpha easily.

When I'd clean cage or take them out, Crash refused to calm down unless she was glued to Chewy's side.
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