I just got two new mice as pets. Yes, they are both male, but the smell that is coming from their cage is awful..much more awful then anyone ever told me. I wonder if the fact that they smell kind of shrimpy (or fishy) could mean they are sickly?
If you have any suggestions or answers to my questions, please help me as soon as possible.. I used to have rats and never had any problems with this.
That smell is normal i have owned my own pet store for years and unfortunately that is a normal smell for two male mice. Because one marks a object then the other marks over that then the first one marks it again and over and over again till you clean it. Females are alot cleaner or one male by themselves. Which usually happens anyways because one becomes overly dominate.
Let me know if you have any other Questions I can answer.
I would suggest finding a clay based kitty litter with no aditives and using that on the bottom of you mouse cage. If you change it every week it will really cut down on the odor.
Your mice are marking eachother. That is so Gross.. But what it is! If you seperate them (out of sight of eachother) the problem will be less obvious.
If you replace one of them with a cat... the whole problem will go away for good... though you might have to remove the leftover tail from your cage
Male mice have a horrific odor to their urine, as it's used for territory marking. Male mice just smell bad. Try adding some baking soda to the bedding. It'll help soak up the odor. Also, when cleaning, use distilled or a white vinegar and peroxide mixed together, as this will help get rid of the smell as well as clean the cage; granted it will stink up the room if you clean in the house, as the vinegar can be quite strong.
I have two male mice, as well, but luckily mine don't smell at all. I've had many mice, rats, and other pet rodents in the past. Males always smell worse than females. It's the territory and possession marking.
I did the vinegar thing to clean out the cage, and spent about an hour cleaning each individual part, but just 2 hours later the smell was back. I think it's a specific mouse that smells the worst.
what are you feeding the little dears? try feeding them vegetables?
Vegetables will cause diarrhea if fed in an excess amount. Stick with a good quality rat/mouse block. No seed mixes, as they're fatty. Vegetables are fine on occasion but not a lot all the time.
that's true - fresh vegies could cause diarrhea - but I had in mind these little dry veggie pellets - I don't know if they still make them.
no matter how much you clean it, it will keep coming back because they keep marking it. Just use the bakin soda, not the cat litter becausethey can eat it and do damage also they can't burrow in it like they do naturally.
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