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Old 04-05-2018, 12:22 AM
 
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I can't stand the things, yet without talking to me my husband when he was out with our daughter got a mouse and everything needed to take care of it. My husband and our 12 year old daughter went out and stopped at a pet shop and came home with a mouse! Our daughter is really excited but I am not at all as I am sure you can tell.

Call me sexist but I wouldn't have a problem with her being stereotypically adverse to it. When I talked to my husband and he just says it really didn't cost much and our daughter wanted one.

It's setup in her room but just having it in the house bothers me!
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Old 04-05-2018, 03:53 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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A single mouse isn't going to be a huge problem. The cage is in her room, so you shouldn't smell it in the rest of the house. 12 is old enough to clean the cage. A pet mouse has a lifespan of 1 to 2 years. You can handle having the mouse in the house for that long.

Your husband should have talked to you first, but a mouse isn't as much work as a puppy, isn't as expensive to take care of as a guinea pig or rabbit, isn't noisy like a bird (or a guinea pig), etc. It could be much worse.
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Old 04-05-2018, 05:00 AM
 
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I hate mice too and my ex-husband would do similar dumb things. One time he brought home a hamster or two (can't remember how many). Another time when we were divorced and he no longer lived with us he gave our son two hermit crabs.
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Old 04-05-2018, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Rats actually make better pets IMO.
I had boys so "uh, mom, I cant find my snake" wasn't an uncommon thing to hear. Try laying in bed at night wondering, where is that snake. We have had a lot of different critters. Quite a few mice. Our first rat was intended to feed a snake but the rat killed the snake (small blessings), hamsters, flying squirrels, raccoons, ferret, rabbits, birds, turkey, duck and the usual cats, dogs, pot belly pig, horses, goats, donkey.
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Old 04-05-2018, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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It's a shame they didn't tell you.

Don't worry ... it'll probably escape and get lost soon enough.
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:59 AM
 
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Take heart--they don't live very long. The biggest problem with having rodents as pets is that you have to clean the cage often. It's a fair amount of work and expensive to replace the bedding. Hope your husband and daughter will stay on top of it or it's going to stink.
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:45 AM
 
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Meh. If this is your biggest problem with your 12 year old, be thankful.
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:32 AM
 
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Go one better and get her a kitten.
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:49 AM
 
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Pet mice aren't that big of a deal. Rats are more intelligent though and make better pets. As long as she's good on keeping the cage clean, no different than a hamster. I actually find pet mice rather cute.


Wild mice in my house different story. I wage war on those, but I wouldn't be opposed to a bred-as-a-pet mouse
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:50 AM
 
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Lol! I found an injured puppy and brought him home. We still have him and he is awesome!

I would make sure the responsibility belongs to your daughter first and your husband second. They brought it home. They take care of it. If they can't do that, the mouse and all supplies get rehomed. I don't actually think it will be that big of a deal if they take care of it properly. If mice only live a couple of years, you won't have that big of a commitment.
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