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How do you know when your mouse has had enough time being handled?

So Octavia is super bold now, and loves being handled, crawling up my arms, trying to get into my pockets, and giving my thumb an investigatory chew (but only my thumb! My other fingers don't need gnawing apparently). I usually pop her back in the cage after a few minutes, as she often starts to scurry up my arms really fast and I worry about dropping her. She usually then tries to come back out for some more play - or plain old won't go back in her cage!

What I'd like to know from people is when do you know your mouse has had enough time out of the cage, and what are their signals for 'please put me back I've had enough of you'? H xx

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  • AnnBAnnB Mouse
    Posts: 936
    My mice (or mouse, as I only have one at the moment) have free range sessions on the bed every morning and evening. I just put some old covers over the bed and then put the cage on the bed so they can come and go as they please. Mice can sense heights so unless they are very nervous, they won't jump off you or off the side of the bed and I tend to find they go back to the cage every 15 minutes or so for a drink but might spend up to an hour in total going in and out of the cage. I sit on the bed with them but am very careful to make sure where they are so I don't squash one. When they go back to the cage for more than a few minutes, I figure they've had enough.
  • SarahnashSarahnash Lemming
    Posts: 317
    My girls will 'give me the nose' when they want something. Hard little nose pushing through my fingers or sometimes giving me a gentle nip. Could be they want food, drink, to get down but mostly they enjoy getting off and getting back on again. Or sometimes I can just tell by their movements if it's excitement or irritation/anxiety. I always give them the choice to get down then they learn it's safe and more fun to stay.
    Lovely to hear they are soon socialising. I have some girls I got last December and they are still wary.
    Mum to rattie boys Charlie and Bosley and wild boy mouse Wills.
    Mice in my heart and mind - Jill, Kate, Eve, Sabrina, Dylan, Kris, Abby, Kelly, Tiffany, Natalie, Alex and house mouse Harry Houdini
  • zany_toonzany_toon Mouse
    Posts: 631
    Mine are more like Sarah's in that they get forceful with their noses when they want put back down. I also have a couple who get "mouthy" and touch their teeth against my skin when they have had enough of being handled.
  • HoyleKingdomHoyleKingdom Lemming
    Posts: 31
    Thanks guys: I've been using the nose-shove as an indicator with Octavia. Ursula is happy on my hand in the cage, and seeks to interact with it. However out of the cage she is still nervy and will pee on me. I reckon weeing on me is probably a sign of nerves: should I keep her out even is she's done this? Am I just prolonging the scary encounter for a worried little mouse, or would keeping her out a little to get her acclimatised be the way to go?
  • SarahnashSarahnash Lemming
    Posts: 317
    I don't know if seeing is a sign of nerves, maybe sometimes they just want to go? On saying that Alex (my most tame little girl) will be up the sleeve, will give me the nose and become agitated. So I put her back, she goes to a corner, lifts her tail, has a wee then comes back up the sleeve! How polite is that?
    But others just wee on me..... Hot and stingy and wet on your belly.... \:D/
    Mum to rattie boys Charlie and Bosley and wild boy mouse Wills.
    Mice in my heart and mind - Jill, Kate, Eve, Sabrina, Dylan, Kris, Abby, Kelly, Tiffany, Natalie, Alex and house mouse Harry Houdini
  • SarahnashSarahnash Lemming
    Posts: 317
    My last post should have read 'weeing'.... :-j
    Mum to rattie boys Charlie and Bosley and wild boy mouse Wills.
    Mice in my heart and mind - Jill, Kate, Eve, Sabrina, Dylan, Kris, Abby, Kelly, Tiffany, Natalie, Alex and house mouse Harry Houdini
  • zany_toonzany_toon Mouse
    Posts: 631
    I wouldn't say that you are necessarily prolonging a scary encounter for her, but if you are concerned about it what you could try to do is hold her for just a few seconds at a time several times a day then build that up. Another thing that can help with a mouse who is nervous is giving them something in their cage that smells of you so that they get used to your smell being around and them not having anything happen (a fleecy slipper or glove is useful as it can be used by them as a bed.) Some mice though do just like to pee on their human unfortunately.
  • HoyleKingdomHoyleKingdom Lemming
    Posts: 31
    Thanks, that's encouraging. It's so funny how Octavia has never weed on me but Ursula: every time!
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