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Hello,

     I have been in love with fascinating little creatures since childhood. Now at age 24, the feeling has never wavered.
    Of course I want to make sure this is the right thing for me, for the animals sake. I worry about the heat in summer and I don't exactly have decent AC. Eighty degrees at maximin if I am not mistaken. But if the heat was to exceed that, I worry.
     My question is, would a frozen ice pack or marble cooling tiles be a sufficient back up incase the heat was to exceed their safety temp.? I ask this first because I worry very much of their well being and just want to do the right thing.
    Thank you so much for your time. I appreciate it very much.

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Dear Cassidy,

It is extremely rare that I tell someone not to get a mouse- this is only the third time in 3,000 questions. :( but 80 degrees is much too hot. My mice will tell you that even 75 degrees is too much; they lie around on the cage floor looking like they have melted. One summer when the power went out in NYC where I lived, I was out of electricity for 2 days with them (after that I was able to get them to a friend). Luckily I had a lot of ice in my freezer; I filled a mug with ice (later on I have used a glass bottle with a gel ice pack in it) and changed it every hour. They draped themselves around it unhappily. I don't know how much longer they would have been able to take it. Mice can die of heatstroke easily.

Another big problem with an ice pack is that they would chew through it.

I am sorry. I hope that you can get an AC soon and get mice. They are very rewarding.

Idea: Gerbils are desert animals. Try researching their temperature needs.

Squeaks,

Natasha

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I can answer questions about raising mice and caring for them as pets, with knowledge from my 38 years of having fancy mice as pets. I have NO MEDICAL TRAINING and you should take a sick mouse to the vet; but if you simply can't, I will try to help you. I LOVE PHOTOS!!! I ALSO LOVE UPDATES! Let me know how the little tyke is doing later on, for better or worse, especially orphans. It also helps me to help the next person. Please first search first: use 'Natasha Mice Mouse' with whatever else your question includes. Or check out these links: **** YOUR FIRST MOUSE (my video; rough draft): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share **** TEN VIDEOS ON RAISING ORPHANS: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising **** SEXING MICE: http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/sexing.cfm **** And some GREAT MOUSE INFO SITES: http://thefunmouse.com/info/index.cfm http://www.rmca.org/Resources/mousefaq.htm

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I have had mice for 40 years (since I was 5!). I raised them when I was a child but now I keep all females, and never fewer than three so that if one dies the others are not devastated, because they have each other.

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I run Rats and Mice are Awesome on Facebook. The official name is Rats are Awesome.

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B.A., M.A., M.A. in Linguistics: Yale University and University of Connecticut

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