HATE petstores that sell mice too young
I've always bought my mice form petstores, usually because I can't bear the idea of what that mouse's life will be like otherwise. What absolutely disgusts me though, is when they sell mice too young. I usually try to buy adults, or adoloescents for that reason. One day, however, I wanted to add a couple of females to my home, and all the older females were pregnant, because they weren't separated from the males (which means major inbreeding) I had been waiting forever to get a few more, always checking in at my local petstore (I don't know WHY, but I always get feeders, I always feel bad for them). I hadn't been there in about 3 weeks though, and SUDDELY they had about 4 litters, all in one cage. I SPECIFICALLY asked the girl working there if she was SURE they were old enough, and she SWORE they were and that they were just a little small because of the large litters. THEN I specifically asked her to check and MAKE SURE the ones I'd chosen WERE infact female, as I hadn't handled them and couldn't tell, seeing as i hadn't had babies in a WHILE. She said they WERE, so I took them home, even though one of them looked to be about 2 weeks to be exact. I hoped for the best, but sadly button did NOT make it past a week. I don't CARE if they're running a business. I firmly believe that baby mice should be with their mothers for at LEAST 4 weeks, and I'd keep the girls with mom for as long as possible. ARE there laws for basically ripping pups away from their mothers too young? Isn't that neglect? I mean, EVERY petstore I've been to that sells mice has sold them too young. Why isn't this being corrected? I DO have to say, however that even though my other mosue from that particular petstore WAS sexed wrong, he's WONDERFUL and PERFECTLY healthy. Glossiest coat I've ever seen from a feeder. It's also the same stoer I got my other mice from, and they were all very well socialized. I understand why people buy from breeders, but I always get suckered into getting feeders out of pity, and I really DON'T see a difference in temperment.