Today was cleaning day and on cleaning day I like to change the cage setup around a bit to make it a bit more fun and interesting. When my mouse Honey was returned to her cage, she was very excited and "popcorned" a little.
This got me thinking about popcorning in general. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, I'm referring to when mice get excited and do a funny sort of twitch/jump. I think it's also referred to as sparking.
Does anyone know why exactly they do it? Are they just over excited, or over stimulated in that moment? Do rats or hamsters do it as well, or is this just a mouse thing? Just wondered =))
Hamster: ArchieMice: Honey, Violet, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather.
Rainbow Bridge: Daisy, Peach, Ivy, Penelope, Hazel, Ruby, Clover, Peanut, Minnie, Ginger