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Old 08-04-2006, 09:03 PM
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So I know male mice cannot live together withought fighting. I have a young male, who I think gets lonely . I still take him out quite a bit; normally every other day at least, though I feel bad for him. I heard that male rabbits (bucks) cannot be kept together, and Guinea pigs make great companians for them. Is there anything I can get to keep Sebastian (mouse) company that is relatively inexpensive, and small?

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Old 08-04-2006, 10:13 PM
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Male mice can be kept together.. it may take time and sometimes they will never get along but mice are very social creatures and thrive on company..
I would never suggest keeping any other kind of pet with the mouse unsupervised ever..
And male rabbits can certainly be kept together.. I have 2 neutered boys and they cuddle all the time!
Here's a link you might want to check out..
http://www.rmca.org/Resources/mousefaq.htm
Theres a section that tell you the best way to into a mouse to another mouse
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Old 08-04-2006, 11:04 PM
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Male mice shouldn't be kept together, they are much happier on their own and are extremely territorial, like syrian hamsters.

male rabbits can be kept together providing they are neutered and properly bonded (It takes time), and guinea pigs and rabbits make very bad companions for one another. They do not speak the same language, have different nutritional requirements, not to mention the life threatening diseases a rabbit can easily pass onto a guinea pig (Like pasturella), antibiotics are very dangerous for guinea pigs also, so if the guinea pig gets pasturella chance of recovery are slim.

Rabbits are very dangerous to guinea pigs, and it is the exception that they don't harm each other, not the rule.

Cats and dogs are the only house pet that should be allowed to be kept together.

Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats they need to stay with their own species.
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Old 08-07-2006, 01:33 AM
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The people working at the shelter I volounteer at told me that rabbits and guinea pigs make great companions.
Sorry .

I have been researching a lot, and from the information I have gathered, mice DO prefer to live with each other. People make great companions, but cannot take the place of a companion of the same species.
That is what I have have found from researching.
Out of curiosity Kay, do you keep or have kept mice?

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I think they can be together too. I have had tons of mice and rats over the years. I keep one cage with boys and one with girls and never once had a problem. Males were always fine together. I also let my ferret play and sleep and hang out with the cats. Ferrets and cats usually get along well together and rabbits and cats. I know people who let their guinea pigs and cats mingle but I could totally see my cats freaking out over a guinea pig. I only ever owned one guinea pig and he was a dirty filthy thing thing that I fould on the side of the road. He was cool though and had that really lond hair that I had to brush.
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:07 AM
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The people working at the shelter I volounteer at told me that rabbits and guinea pigs make great companions.
Sorry .

I have been researching a lot, and from the information I have gathered, mice DO prefer to live with each other. People make great companions, but cannot take the place of a companion of the same species.
That is what I have have found from researching.
Out of curiosity Kay, do you keep or have kept mice?

~Tucker
oh horrors someone needs to set them straight. My first loppy was one of two babies that were put in with the guinea pigs at the pet store. Only the fur on their faces remained, the rest had been ripped out and they had bite marks all over their bodies. The little bunnies had put their faces together i imagine to protect the only way they could. You can tell em that for me tooooooooo. the other baby died
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:08 AM
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Tucker&Me no need to be sorry, many people don't know the risks.

Shelters generally don't have much knowledge when it comes to small animals, unless it is a shelter/rescue specific to small animals.

Male mice are a huge risk to keep together, it is one's own choice to make that risk however they are generally happier on their own, from what I've been told by other people who have alot of experience in the matter, I have never owned a male mouse, only female. (Although I've learned if the male mice are together before 5-6 weeks old, they *can* be fine together for life)

Anotehr thing, cats are predators, rabbits are prey. Unless the cat has proven for a good long time not to care about the rabbit, they shouldn't be together, I know a cat who, while only playing, pounced on the rabbit, bit it once, the rabbit was put into shock, rushed into emergency, died the next day (Yes from one bite to the back of the neck, more than likely died from the shock though)
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Old 08-07-2006, 09:30 PM
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My mouse is almost 6 weeks, and I would like to try him with a companion. He is in a very roomy 'mansion', so space wouldn't be an issue. I have researched introduction methods. If they really didn't get along, I have 3 other cages .
Thanks for the info Kay .
Ya, the guy who said it deals mainly with dogs, so I can understand that being wrong .

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I think it also depends on the mouse and how you went about getting them together, or any small animal. If you just plop full grown adults together and throw some food and water in and ignore them til tomorrow (possibly in a shelter environment or ignorant people) then there will probably be some issues. Also the number that are living together can make a huge difference. Two male mice being the only small animal in the house and getting a ton of socialization and love from you may be fine but 10 males living in the same cage where you cannot possible give them each the amount of attention could be very different in their behavior towards each other.

I think it all depends on the situation. I don't think anyone can say a definate yes or no on mixing them. Just do it the right way, introduce them slowly like any other animal, monitor them together, socalize them etc... and they should be fine, not always but they should be.

Just be smart about it.
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From my experience, and with rats and mice that was in the shipments in the thousands, male mice and rats will fight to the death. Please never ever put two adult male mice together in a living situation like that.Maybe not at first but once they develop the need for territory, fights will break out. No amount of socialization will deter the instincts and harmones that drive them to be so darn successful at what they do. That goes for hamsters too. I have had seen many a gimpy and blinded hamster because during shipping and caging afterwards, it happend.
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