Yes, the little one I picked up so long ago (I can’t believe it’s been almost four weeks!) is a baby mouse. Was a baby mouse? Is still a baby mouse? I have no idea when she’ll be considered a grown up.
But she’s almost fully weaned now, meaning no more milk from the medicine dropper, drinking from a water bottle, and eating mouse food.
We’ve named her Squee, because that was the reaction to her adorableness! Awwww so SQUEE!!!
At this point, Squee is almost 5 weeks old. Fluffy, sweet, giant puffy whiskers that I love. She still loves to be held, runs around you to explore. This morning even she was super calm as I held her, and the other day she napped in my hands as I sang Ayumi Hamasaki’s song BRILLANTE to her.
Rodents are very social creatures, that’s why they tend to live in groups rather than alone anyway. I noticed that Squee was acting rather depressed, sleeping a lot and hiding away in her Spider-man sock. 🙁 Poor Squee…
So… after getting her a cage this last Sunday, which is adorable, pink, and huge by the way… >.> I went and got her a little friend too. Well, not super little, because Petco didn’t have any mice around her age for sale. They had fuzzies (which is what Squee was when I got her) or adults.
So I tried to get the smallest adult, and she ended up being a jumper. Jumped, hit the floor, ran and hid… she didn’t move much after the worker pulled her out from her hiding spot by her tail. Not even to poop or pee. 🙁 How sad…
So I went with the next ‘smallest’ one. This one became Pikachu as well because the Petco wanted to quarantine the original Pikachu (aka the small one that jumped and then seemed like she was going to die of a heart attack! D:). I felt awful, and Var hardly understood why we couldn’t get her.
At first Squee seemed nervous around Pika, and then decided that she really needed to groom her. NOW! Lots and lots of grooming. Pika seemed really unfazed by it, it seemed as she was thinking ‘yeah yeah get it over with’ as she sat there taking it.
Now, I’ve read some places that wild mice aren’t good to keep with domesticated mice. Because they’re super territorial and will fight badly with them… I’m not seeing that with Squee. She’s not trying to keep Pika from the food dish, in fact they will actually perch on it together and eat! They don’t fight, but they do both groom each other now <3, and they also play together in the house on the 3rd floor of the cage. Crawling on top of it, inside of it, out the door, in and out the window. They’ll even nap in it sometimes.
And lastly? They sleep together! All snuggled up. Sometimes one snuggling on top of the other, side by side, or curled up like yin and yang.
They really seem to favor this corner when sleeping, right behind the purple wheel I got them the day Var and I picked up Pikachu (also known as Pipi, Pika, and Baby-chu).
What I came upstairs to this morning melted my heart entirely…
As you can see, they pulled a portion of their bedding aspen wood into the corner, and are nestled together in a little nesty spot! I held them both this morning, added in some more food to their dish and after they ate and played a little they ended up back snuggling at their nest. <3
Hmm.. with all these pets (okay two cats and two mice isn’t that bad…) I feel like I should update my header banner to have them on it too. >.>
Oh goodness. I just realized, I have four human children (3 girls 1 boy) and four pet children (3 girls and 1 boy!)!! Poor boys, they’re still out numbered even animal wise! XD
I’m trying to find things to lift my spirits right now, so I’ll apologize for this rather fluffy post despite everything else lately. But the kids and the animals bring me happiness and fill me with love right now… and I need that.