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Hi Natasha :3
Whisp and Aspen are both really active! Sometimes Whisp will run Aspen off the wheel though, so i usually have to take her out and set her on my spare wheel so Aspen has a chance to run :) Since they've been so active, I was wondering how I could tell if they were drinking their water or not? How long can mice live without water, and even though i've never seen them using their water bottle, is there a way for me to tell if they're still drinking? I've seen them sniffing the bottle and rummaging around it, so I think they know it's there? Thanks again Natasha!

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Dear Rachel,

I always have at least two wheels per cage :)

To make sure they understand the water bottle, put butter on the tip. They will figure it out. Another way is to give them a bowl of water and see whether they drink a ton because they are thirsting, or not really care. As for living without water-- they do great. It is cruel of course, but they can go 5 days. Mice are much more hardy than rats!

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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