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Hi,
A few weeks I had to euthanize one of my pet mice. She had a large abdominal tumor and couldn't function any longer. Well now my other mouse nibbler is sad and all alone. I cannot get her another friend and wonder if I could possibly give her a toy mouse or tiny stuffed animal to nest with when she sleeps. She just looks so sad and lonely sleeping all alone with no one to snuggle with. When she's active she's fine. She's got a wheel, a tunnel, a spiral staircase to climb up and down so she stays pretty occupied but I can't stand to see her sleep alone. What suggestions would you have for my sweet nibbler?
Thank you for any advice you can give.

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Dear Alison,

I don't see why not :) it is what people do for rats. You can just make one yourself - with rats people make it out of a sock but mice are too small for that. Just sew together a little mouse shaped blob of fleece and fill it with some of the bedding you take out of her cage when you clean. I made the mistake of making one with entirely new material, for a dwarf rat, and the second I put him in the cage, he went over to the nest, grabbed it, and threw it over the ledge.

Beat of luck to her :) and give her a ton of attention. Keep her in your sleeve or on your shoulder as you do other things,

I am sorry about the loss of your other mouse :(

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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