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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2009, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Eddie is okay but David on the other hand is a little skittish.

Okay, I can get my one mouse, Eddie out the cage just fine. But David runs around and clings on to the wheel (wire bar wheel) and climbs the cage and does everything in his power to not get out the cage. Is there anything I can do to calm him down? He was calm on the first day we got him, but now he's just very hyper!!

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Maybe offer him treats?




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Maybe offer him treats?
Tried that, we have these little yogurt things for small animals and I held it up to him, he sniffed it and ran back to the wheel so I put it in his food bowl and eventually he ate it.

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hmm if mice are like rats, try putting a shirt that smells like you (i.e. a shirt you wore all day that you don't really like) and put it in the cage. The mouse will get used to your smell that way!
but it will probably also eat part of the shirt, so make sure you don't plan on wearing it again!
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hmm if mice are like rats, try putting a shirt that smells like you (i.e. a shirt you wore all day that you don't really like) and put it in the cage. The mouse will get used to your smell that way!
but it will probably also eat part of the shirt, so make sure you don't plan on wearing it again!
Haha okay, i'll try that tomorrow. I'm gonna let him sleep now, although he'll be up soon, they always run that wheel ALL night

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I wear an old sweatshirt when I have skittish mice. And I put them in the pocket, that way they feel secure and they get to now your smell. Or you can try the bathtub method. Put them in the bathtub and sit in there with them and just let them explore. On the first day go easy and maybe put a toilet paper tube in there so they have somewhere to go if they get scared.

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Thanks! I'll try that. I recorded a video, i'm not sure how much it'll help, but you can see his skittishness at some points.
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I wear an old sweatshirt when I have skittish mice. And I put them in the pocket, that way they feel secure and they get to now your smell.
I did this exact same thing with my rats, and it worked really well, and fairly quickly! I'd definitely recommend trying it!


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Thanks! I'll try that. I recorded a video, i'm not sure how much it'll help, but you can see his skittishness at some points.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdJgd5HOx3k
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He looks like most new mice do. At a lot of pet stores they don't really get played with, so you will just have to be patient and he will come around


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do you have them in the same cage? males shouldn't be housed together

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do you have them in the same cage? males shouldn't be housed together
They're not.

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Yes,try the bathtub method.That works.
But you should be patient too,some take longer to come around then others.




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He's improving, slowly, but improving He's in my lap at the moment. He's letting me pet him and he'll crawl around and stuff.. he's still very hard to get out his cage but it's getting better. He's only bit me once, but that was kinda my fault

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