Taming an animal is always a moment of humility in the life of a human being. Far from being able to impose his will, the person who seeks to stroke his mouse must show patience and gentleness to achieve his ends. You have to prove your good will and know how to seduce the animal which will eventually agree to let itself be manipulated. Here are our tips for acquiring the right gestures.
The character of the mouse
The mouse is a sociable and gregarious animal. In the wild, mice live in groups where males and females live together. A mouse in captivity therefore appreciates the company of its fellows but, if you wish to welcome several in your home, it is strongly recommended to separate the males from the females because the males do not live well together in captivity. Those who get along are often brothers and have never known separation. Males will enjoy a more peaceful life alone, provided you take good care of them to compensate for the absence of comrades.
The mouse has a fearful nature that allows it to survive. But, it is also an intelligent animal that will be able to quickly understand the security that life in captivity brings to it. In order for her to lower her guard, you must therefore do everything to make her feel comfortable in her surroundings. The other great quality of the mouse is its curiosity. It is by stirring it up that you will have the best chance of establishing contact with your mouse (s).
To facilitate contact and give your mouse confidence, there are some dos and don’ts.
The things not to do first concern the composition of its sound environment. A mouse needs calm. You will take care not to shout if you are near her, to limit the volume of music in her presence, not to install the cage near a television or radio.
For the mouse to feel confident, it is also essential to never move its cage when it is there.
When your mouse is hiding in its nest, you absolutely have to leave it alone. That’s what she’s looking for. If you disturb her rest or sleep, she will no longer identify a safe place, which may lead her to develop unbalanced behaviors due to constant fear or stress.
Some steps to follow before handling your mouse
When you welcome a mouse into your home, there is only one thing you can do to give it confidence and that is to leave it alone. You bought everything you need before its arrival: feeder, bottle, nest, wheel, etc. All you have to do is let her explore her new environment for a few days, so that she can take her marks. Calmness, a correct room temperature and the absence of drafts are essential to choose the location of his cage that will not be moved, except in an emergency.
Once she is used to her new home, that is to say after about 3 days, you will be able to assert your presence. Until then, you were rather quiet. Now you will be able to approach the cage and speak to it by calling it by name. After two to three more days, you will be able to place your hand on the cage so that it knows your scent. These small mammals have a much better sense of smell than ours.
The next step is to tickle their curiosity and gluttony. You will be able to put your hand in its cage, a gourd seed type treat placed on the palm. After a while, she will not be able to resist the temptation to approach or even take away the seed. It is imperative to do not move so as not to frighten her, even if she came to nibble you out of clumsiness. In confidence, soon it will linger in your hand to enjoy the treat.
Each mouse has its own character, especially inherited from its first months of life, your mouse may be more fearful than average. Maybe you despair of being able to cuddle her one day? Try the following trick: place a piece of unwashed cloth in its cage, impregnated with your scent, which will become an integral part of its environment. This will help him let his guard down around you.
Handle your mouse well
Once the mouse is used to placing itself in your hand, you will be able to gently close your fingers over it. Do not force her to stay if she tries to escape. If it stays, you are in the right timing. Well done ! You have reached the end of your quest. You will be able to stroke her. Make sure you have confidence yourself and not shake – the mouse will feel it and the experience will be counterproductive.
If your mouse has a cuddly temperament, it will appreciate your surges of tenderness. However, although it is less common, not all mice enjoy being petted. And while she likes it, it’s important not to over-strain your mouse. She really needs moments of peace for her life balance.
Placed in the palm of one of your hands, you can stroke it cheeks, head and between the ears the other. Do not stroke its neck or back because these are the parts that predators grab. You would only wake up an instinctive fear, which could panic the mouse and cause it to fall from your hand, which would be fatal.
Of course, you should not squeeze your fingers too tightly. The mouse is a very brittle. Closing your fingers over it should just form a protective tunnel that keeps it from falling. Even when you are more comfortable, it is important not to be too self-confident and always keep in mind that she is fragile. Never grab your mouse by the tail, neck or ears.
The tail of the mouse
Essential to its life, the tail of the mouse is fragile. Suspending it in a vacuum holding it by the tail can cause spinal movements and therefore seriously injure the mouse. Any alteration of the tail must be treated without delay.
The tail of the mouse is an organ with multiple functions. Its absence is a real handicap for mice who lose their tails during their life.
It is used to regulate its temperature through the many blood vessels that circulate there.
It serves as a balance to find balance in difficult situations. She can even grab a fixed point with her tail to stabilize herself. But it can’t hang on it upside down like possums do.
The tail is covered with scales, which are hardened keratin, and many sensitive hairs which are also useful for it to explore its environment.
If you love your pet, you won’t just stroke it. No doubt you will seek to better understand who your little companion is!