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can mice be held by there tails I don't do it but does it hurt them plz in detail

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Dear Ashley,

Very good question. There are a number of reasons:

1. The tail can break off.
2. The fur and skin can be pulled off, called degloving. This is horribly painful.
3. It is very scary to dangle in the air. It is like being picked up by a hawk.


Sometimes it is very hard to catch a mouse. The best way to do it is to guide the mouse into a toilet paper roll and put both hands on both ends. But if that simply doesn't work, and you can't gently corner the mouse with both hands, there is one way to use the tail.  You would very gently but firmly grab the very base of the tail by its rump;  and before its front legs are even off of the ground, put your other hand under the mouse and pick it up.

I'm glad you asked. If you ever see someone doing it, you can give them the facts.

Squeaks n giggles,

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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