cross-species rodent cohabitation?
November 8, 2007 6:53 AM Subscribe
Can a young male multi-mammate mouse live safely with a young male house mouse?
posted by dlugoczaj to Pets & Animals (13 answers total)
A few weeks ago, we found a baby house mouse on our doorstep, completely drenched and squealing loudly. We could not locate a nest, so we took him in and have cared for him since then. His eyes were open (seemingly only just) but he was not yet weaned, as the only thing he would accept for the first week or so was kitten-milk replacer. He has been very tame, seems to enjoy being handled and has never tried to bite. He is now weaned and is thriving. I estimate him to be about four weeks old.
My husband went out to get a larger cage for him and came back with a larger cage--and another critter. This new guy is a multi-mammate mouse. The pet store said he was a "baby," although he is already twice the size of our house mouse; I don't know his exact age. He also seems quite tame and allows us to pick him up without biting.
My husband's original intention was to have our two guys live together. We put them in the same cage for a while last night and they seemed to have no problems, although they didn't interact with each other very much. We did separate them before we went to bed, because I didn't want to leave them together without monitoring.
I'm wondering if anyone has tried cross-species cohabitation like this and if it works. From what I understand, both species are social and don't live as happily on their own, even with lots of human attention. However, I don't want our little guy to be bullied or harmed, and I'm a little more concerned because they are both males and I know males can be aggressive with their own species as cage-mates. However, since they're both young I thought it might still be a possibility. I read something this morning on multi-mammate mice and it said that they are "surprisingly tolerant of other species," so I'm hoping it may work out for the best. Any comments?