I breed them, though we call them Multi-mammate mice.
If you get a weaned baby (about 3 weeks old) and handle it on a regular basis they can become just as playful and loving as any rat! theres videos on youtube to prove this!
However miss those vital first few weeks even days of handling and it can cause immediate problems, they aren't nervous animals at all, and i've found that even though none of my breeding adults get handled unless neccessary they still tolorate strokes and some even seem to enjoy it!, they are very social towards other animals and enjoy mutual grooming.
I have personally never been bitten by one that broken the skin, my boyfriend handles them sometimes when cleaning out and hes never been bitten, the babies nip when nervous but never anything serious.
Two young multi's that we homed once (seperate homes along with 4-5 others) did bite once, but haven't since according to the owners.
They aren't sit and cuddle pets no, they don't like to be smooched and tickled like rats do, but they do enjoy company and as strange as it sounds they like to be thrown about, not literally thrown but dropped or gently thrown onto a soft surface, some multi's really take to it and come running for more and more, theres a vid on youtube i'll try and find to show what i mean, but it shows the playful side of them that most people don't see!
Last edited by Velvet_Meece; 03-23-2009 at 07:08 AM.