Please HELP I think my mice are fighting!

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Kelsey

Salem, NH

#1 Aug 9, 2011
I've had one female mouse as a pet for a couple months, and then I learned that it would be better for her to have a friend to play with. So yesterday I went and bought another female. They were okay at first but then the older one started biting or nipping the little one and chasing her, and the little one starts squeaking loudly. I'm not sure if the bigger one is actually hurting the little one or not, but she's never drawn blood and it doesn't usually go on for more than 10 seconds at a time. They do eat together but they don't sleep together. I'm also not sure if the big one won't let the little one sleep in the nest or she doesn't want to.

Are these just little arguments? Is it a dominance thing? Or should I definitely separate them?

I also have the opportunity to get another female that's the same age as the younger one and almost the same size as the older one? Should I introduce this one in hopes of stopping the behavior of my mice? Or would that just add to the tension?

This is my first time owning mice so any advice would be MUCH appreciated!!!
mouse22lover

White Hall, AR

#2 Oct 5, 2011
I don't think I can help you but maby you should just give it some time. I had some mice and just got a new one and the new mouse got picked on but it took a few days before they were nice to each other.
love anmimals girl

Auckland, New Zealand

#3 Feb 29, 2012
AHHHH the same thing happend to me i had a female mouse and have hade her for a few months, i thought she needed a friend so i got a half growen mouse younger than her. and now the younger one is attacking my old mouse, its tail is half eaten and the end of it is falling off her ear has been nibbled on and her nose her tail is so coverd in scars and bites, what is going on
im thinking of getting a new cage.
Geoff

One Hundred Mile House, Canada

#4 Mar 18, 2012
As long as there is no blood or missing fur everything is OK. If you see bites or blood open sore then you have to put one of them in a cage of her own. Normally females get along OK together.
liam

Auckland, New Zealand

#5 Oct 16, 2012
mouse22lover wrote:
I don't think I can help you but maby you should just give it some time. I had some mice and just got a new one and the new mouse got picked on but it took a few days before they were nice to each other.
yes just let them sort out how is the boss ther are bound to be more fights just let them sort it out
Cherl

Brighton East, Australia

#6 Jan 19, 2013
as long as they don't bite eachother and blood is drawn they will be just fine. they are probably playing or something, otherwise seperate them permenantly.
yoda

Santa Barbara, CA

#7 Jun 25, 2014
definitely separate them and introduce them on neutral territory, if the older one keeps biting it you have to separate them indefinitely. adding another will just stress the old one out more

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