Hi and thank you for reading this,
As I said I am a proud new rodent owner……but……
I will start from the beginning. I currently live in Beijing, China (I am European) and about a month ago I did what no pet lover should do, I woke up and just decided that today I will go and get me a pet. Worst yet I took my girlfriend along with me.
Let me describe the most popular local pet stores before I go on: picture a 6 lane busy street, next to it a 30 floor gigantic glass office building, and next to it a small square big enough to park about 20 cars. However instead of cars you have quite a few people on bicycles, and said bicycles have about 30 small cages each filled with cats, dogs, mice, etc more or less anything you can think of, tied on them. Well, that’s were I went to get my new pet.
Guess what, 3 hours later I was on my way home with 2 cats and 2 mice.
Don’t ask why, how could I, couldn’t I wait, etc. I was there they looked at me, I looked at them, then I looked at the guy selling them and they had to be mine. I couldn’t leave them there. My girlfriend didn’t really help in discouraging me, if you know what I mean. For the cats I will go to the cat people, but I need some help with my rodents, Pinki and Brain.
When I go them a month ago they were about half their size now (about 10 cm). They have a grey back, with three black stripes running head to tail (1 on the backbone and 1 either side). They gave a white grey stomach. They have a small stump for a tail (.5 cm about) but it could have been cut. The Chinese call them something along the lines of black-white mouse but don’t know the real name. I am really curious to know what these rodents really are. Could anyone tell me from the description what they are? Or at least narrow down what I should look for to find what they are?
They live in a fish tank about 50 x 25 cm. So far they seem to be doing fine but I don’t know if I am doing the right things for them. In one corner they have pebbles, in the other a running wheel. They have a small terrace to which they get to by little stairs, there they have their water and food. Under the terrace they have a tree root thing (originally for a fish tank) under which they seem to sleep quite nicely. I give them torn pieces of toilet paper to make their beds.
I wash out the tank with water about every 2nd day. I give them new bits of food, bread, fruits, some seeds, etc every day. What they leave I throw away the next day. I normally play with them before feeding time for about 10 min.
Can anyone tell me how to tell them apart, or how to find out if they are male or female? When I got them they couldn’t tell me. When I had them home I thought one was a pregnant female. One of them seems to sleep more and take care of the nest more. It did not help that that one was growing bigger than the other one. Now though they seem to be the same size.
I think that is about it for now. As you might understand I am still a bit nervous about them and I am not sure how I am doing so if you can pls drop me a line, whether it be to give me some comment or advice or just to say I am doing fine (or not) I, we, would appreciate it a lot.
Thank you very much again for reading and thank you even more if you intend on drop us a line.
ps. I 4got to ask, is it normal that from time to time they fight for food or a toy.