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.
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.
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.
The right brand of kitty litter can be fine. I've been using it for years and it really did cut the odor compared with baking soda alone. You can use it in addition to (not instead of) any other dry bedding material.