I am sorry for your loss...I didn't realize one of your mice passed on!
I didn't notice you only mentioned Maggie,but never thought anything of it.But I highly doubt Maya passed on from getting rat pee on her...I just never heard of that or anything like that ever
If the mouse doesn't seem too stressed,I wouldn't worry about it.None of my mice appear stressed either and they have been in the same room as my rats (currently seperated rooms though while I am moving things around) for a long time.I always
had rats and mice in the same room.I find that they eventually adapt and are never stressed out.They are used to the ratty smell.If your breeding though,it is true that the smell of rat can stress mothers out and their babies have low birth weights or the litters are small generally.Back in the day when I used to breed mice,I found this always happened.But when the mice were in another room with no rats,there was a huge difference.
Hmmm...does the playpen ever smell like rat? None of my mice are nippy except Sorcha and actually she BITES.But she was like that since I got her.So I don't know why your mouse has gotten nippy.
Mouse toys...well,tubes and tunnels,ladders,branches to climb,bird ropes,cardboard boxes (I save boxes from cereal,oatmeal,cookies...anything really),rocks for climbing...etc,etc.You can find all sorts of things around the house that a mouse (or rat) would love and appreciate.Just make sure it is safe.
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