How attached are mice to their families? Can they live without each other?


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Jack Buckby Profile
Jack Buckby answered
There are numerous ways in which mice are attached to their families but, once they are old enough to live without their mother's care, they can easily live without one another.

A lot of mice are kept as pets and are taken from their mothers at very early ages to be fed and reared by humans in solitude. This usually means that they aren't directly dependent on other mice to survive.
  • Competition
It is usually better when animals live alone so that they don't have to compete with other animals in their group to eat and survive. If they only have to worry about and depend on themselves, they can ensure that they get the food they need without having to provide for another, or fear survival of the fittest.

Without other mice around, they don't have to worry about their cover being blown by less experienced, younger mice, who may alert predators by accident and get them all killed.
  • Psychology of attachment
Baby mice will learn to associate their mother with food and comfort, meaning that they will carry on looking to them as they get older. This can result in some mice not wanting to leave the nest and clinging on to their mothers. However, due to the vast amount of mice that are reproduced, they have to leave in order to allow room for the new baby mice to grow and be reared.

  • More information
If you are looking for more information on baby mice, you can look in a book or perhaps do a search on an internet search engine like Google, which will provide you with endless scores of information for you to search through and educate yourself with. Go on; have some fun finding out fun facts about baby mice!
Charlotte Stanley Profile
It depends on the type of mouse. Most pet mice can be separated from their family, but do tend to get lonely if kept on their own. If you were thinking about getting a pet mouse, then I recommend getting two, or even three, so they can play with each other when you're not around.

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