I just bought my second mouse today (Scabber's littermate). I am not entirely sure of the genders, but I do know they are both the same gender (by comparing their genitals). Of course, if they are both male, and begin to fight, I will separate them. I got them from a local pet store, which breeds their own mice, and most of their other animals. The trouble is, the day I got Scabbers, the roads were horrible, and unbeknownst to me the woman who specializes in breeding mice could not get there. Another employee sold me Scabbers, and when I brought him back to the store today because I was unsure of his(?) gender, the mouse breeder was there. She was not happy about Scabbers, who is apparently only about 3 weeks old, being sold to me. However, since I'm already attached to the little cutie, and I wanted a littermate, she sold me the second mouse and instructed me on how to use milk replacement and other aspects of mouse care. I had orginally intended to get a hamster, but I decided to get a mouse for a new experience. I am kicking myself for not doing the research (I always do before I get an animal), but I love them and have since read a LOT about caring for them. They are so cute together - they are grooming each other right now.
Sorry about writing a novel here, but I thought the background would help. Now to my questions:
-For people who have raised mice who were away from their mother too soon, any tips for making sure they are as health as possible? I am using a q-tip dipped in kitten replacement milk.
-They are also taking quite nicely to solid food - how much of this should they get a day?
-Anyone who knows anything about mouse genetics, I am little confused. Obviously you can't know for sure from pictures, but what can you tell me about the genetics of these two mice?:
And his littermate:
-I would also like to know if this mouse habitat looks like it has a good set-up.