Stressed/Sick Mouse? Anti-Social Mouse??
So, I have recently adopted 3 mice to add to my current 3. I regarded all quarantine/introduction procedures, blah-de-blah, but still am having a couple issues that I could use some help with...
Here are my mice, by name and variety.
Pumpkin Head - P.E.W. (albino)
Angel Face - Agouti
Sweetie Pie - Black
Perignon - Satin Champagne
Rot Mama - Show Type Black Tan
Dairy Queen - Broken Black Tan (cow-colored)
1. Ever since we adopted the current mice 3 months ago, Angel Face has made odd sounds; snuffling, puffing. We took her to the vet within the week, and ended up getting her some Baytril. To this day, she still makes the same sounds. She only makes these noises when she is handled against her will (in which case she would also develop short-term diharrea), or when she is obsessively hoarding her toys. I am convinced they were stress noises. Had she been sick, she would have been dead a long time ago... The current problem is that ever since the new cage-mates moved in, Sweetie Pie has started making these sounds also. I gave her Baytril for about 6 days roughly, the noises still have not stopped. They subside when she is sleeping, in solitary confinement, or, sometimes, when we hold her. She had a couple of scuffles with Dairy Queen, and seemed shaken by them. Sweetie Pie, and Angel Face, for that matter, show no other signs of respritory infection (no lethargy, no gooey eyes, nothing). The other mice are not making these noises either. I am inclined to think these are stress noises, the same kind that Angel Face makes. But I could be wrong. Does she have an allergy perhaps? From what I've been told, it's going to be a rough Springtime for those with allergies! Perhaps the new mice brought some sort of allergen in with them? All the new mice are pretty much starting smell like my current ones now, so I'm not sure... Speaking of Springtime, it's that "time of the season"; is she maybe sexually frustrated? Is it just stress from her new cage-mates? She is an older mouse... is it maybe just "her time"?
2. Dairy Queen is not getting along well with any of the other mice, even the ones that were her original cage-mates. She was only slightly bullied by Pumpkin Head and Angel Face over trivial things, such as the wheel and napping spots, but these tiffs were no more than some "noseing", chasing, and squeaking (there has never been any blood). I beleive this made Dairy Queen defensive and anti-social. She started bullying and instigating fights with the mice. As I said, she had a couple unprovoked tumbles with poor old Sweetie Pie. We ended up getting Dairy Queen her own cage. She seems happier living by herself, but I can't conclude that based on observation alone. During the day (when hyper-activity is at a low for mice) I let Rot Mama have monitered visits with Dairy Queen. Rot Mama is much larger in size and is older, she doesn't take any bullying from Dairy Queen. In fact, I saw Rot Mama mounting Dairy Queen once. That was funny. A sight to behold. It seems to have had no ill effects; it was a good happenstance if anything. Perhaps it taught her a lesson?
By the way, Rot Mama is certainly female. All 12 of her nipples are clearly visable, and her genitalia has female characteristics. Were she male, all the other mice would have been dead by now due to territorial fights. Most bucks live alone for that very reason. Females will sometimes hump other mice for dominance, just as males do.
Back to the issue at hand, I do not want Dairy Queen to feel afraid or angry. And I certainy don't want her to be humped by Rot Mama against her will for the rest of her life. I would like her to get along with all 5 of her cage-mates. I have a couple ideas in mind. I am considering placing her into the main cage, now that it is covered in other scents. Maybe if she realizes she is the outsider, she will not provoke the mice. At the same time, I can see how this could be dangerous, so I may not end up doing it... I plan to try and re-introduce them, in neutral territory and vanilla on their bums, each time I clean the cages. Some mice just prefer (or need) to live alone. But I don't want to give up on little Dairy Queen. She is a sweet mouse, and loves her human. There's always goodness in a mouse. Is there anything else I could try doing to socialize her?
Thank you in advance, everyone.
Last edited by Mus Musculus; 05-15-2011 at 10:29 PM.