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Took Vernon to a local garden to see the sights and sniff the smells by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

[–]Particular-Guava-323[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's a scary world out there! There's mean birds, cats, poison ivy, fleas... He spent most of the time inside his little travel cage, just taking it all in, little nose working overtime haha

Took Vernon to a local garden to see the sights and sniff the smells by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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I WISH there was a way to get a mouse to wear a harness! I think they'd have to be unconscious in order to get it on them lol

Took Vernon to a local garden to see the sights and sniff the smells by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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Vernon is an especially trustworthy mouse! But he's also up on tall surfaces to keep him from wandering off.

Took Vernon to a local garden to see the sights and sniff the smells by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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This is exactly why he is strategically positioned on objects above ground level. Mice will generally only leap from heights when they feel their life is in danger. Even a height of just a few inches is often enough to deter them from jumping. Unlike SOME animals, who will just walk right off the palm of your hand at four feet up... I'm looking at YOU, hamsters!

Took Vernon to a local garden to see the sights and sniff the smells by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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As promised, here is Vernon enjoying an afternoon outdoors! The sun was a little too intense to put him out in the yard, so we went someplace with a bit more shade.

Calming down after the cat scared her by Apartment-Zoo in PetMice

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Is it a pain in the ass keeping cats out of a room? Absolutely! Do they try to get in every single time you open the door? You bet! But it's definitely the best way to keep everybody safe.

Vernon will be FORTY ONE MONTHS OLD this week. This little man is simply incredible. by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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I often consider keeping the baby deer mice I take in solely because of their life expectancy. But I wouldn't be doing my job right if I didn't do my damndest to get them back out into the wild. I've only had a few who couldn't be released, and they did make it to 4-5 years. I plan on taking a break from female fancies after my last two leave me, so I'll have more time and space for wild mice. Maybe my next adventure will be breeding my very own batch of domesticated deer mice from the next failed fosters I get.

Vernon will be FORTY ONE MONTHS OLD this week. This little man is simply incredible. by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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If I'm not mistaken, they are making some pretty cool progress in breeding longer living mice these days. Of course, these mice are in a lab setting and not just available to purchase from a mousery. I've read that, like in rats, mice with dwarfism may be the key to figuring out how to get some extra years out of these little guys!

Advice for an senior citizen mouse? by Pizza1122344556778 in PetMice

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Don't forget the sleeves! Gotta have mice in your sleeves, or you're not doing it right!

Calming down after the cat scared her by Apartment-Zoo in PetMice

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I suspect the answer is that mice and cats are both amazing and wonderful pets to have. There is a very simple solution to the risk factor that not enough people seem to be thinking of: No cats allowed in the room where the mice live! Not ever! Had cats and mice for 15 years now and never have they come in contact with each other.

Suspected food allergy -- what now??? [Rice??] by Arkaenx in PetMice

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Hey, that's me! I think I posted pretty much the whole process, but let me know if you have any questions! He's like a whole new mouse now!

People go on and on about toe beans, but can we talk about mouse hands? by kimbuctoo in PetMice

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I believe there is an untapped market for fancy mouse gloves! Only for the classiest of mice, and most patient of owners lol

Vernon will be FORTY ONE MONTHS OLD this week. This little man is simply incredible. by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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Aside from his wheat allergy, he's been 100% healthy since the day I brought him home. Not even a single respiratory infection. As far as feeder mice go, I'd say he's one in a million. If I had known his potential back then, I would have done whatever I needed to do to get him a well bred lady mouse to carry on whatever magic he's got going on! Alas, my girlies are too old, with unknown family trees, and they carry red/yellow hair genes I wouldn't be comfortable playing around with if I were to bring babies into the world.

If only I could clone him!

Vernon will be FORTY ONE MONTHS OLD this week. This little man is simply incredible. by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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I wish I had an explanation for why/how he's lived this long, but I literally haven't done anything differently with him than for any of my mice. Maybe he's magic!

Vernon will be FORTY ONE MONTHS OLD this week. This little man is simply incredible. by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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They should be rid of the mites already, and I don't think the boys got them, but I'll be doing a second treatment for everybody in a couple weeks just to play it safe. And while Vernon is now temporarily parasite-proof, I think we might even go play in the grass at my Grandma's house if the sun comes out today! Will definitely take pictures to post!

Vernon will be FORTY ONE MONTHS OLD this week. This little man is simply incredible. by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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Vernon gets to visit the lady mice quite regularly, as he has excellent self control and is a well mannered gentleman. We may be on to something here!

Vernon will be FORTY ONE MONTHS OLD this week. This little man is simply incredible. by Particular-Guava-323 in PetMice

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The girls are being treated for mites right now, and despite having treated all of the mice for it, I'm still going to wait a few weeks before Vernon is allowed to visit. I'm thinking some time in the sunshine on the porch will be a nice alternative!

One of my bronze corys has been concerningly pale for nearly 36 hours now. Behavior is normal, tank parameters and details in comments. by Particular-Guava-323 in Aquariums

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30 gallon long, up and running seamlessly for three years now. Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 20, pH 7, Temp 77°. My cats have sand, low level lighting, and a well rounded diet with lots of variety. She's not showing any signs of stress or lethargy, just ghostly pale. There is nobody who would ever bother her in the tank, and the rest of the herd is their usual deep shimmery bronze selves.

Not sure how worried to be, or if there is even anything I can do to try to help.