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Q: Stinky Mouse

August 21, 2009 | By Anonymous | 2 answers | Expired: 1823 days ago

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My male mouse has a very strong odor that is making my room smell really bad. Others in my household have complained and I would really like to be able to get rid or lower the level of smell. I realize that male mice leave scent trails, but is there something that makes the odor less noticeable? The bedding I use is Carefresh, and it definitley does a better job at controlling the odor then wood shavings but it still stinks!

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Kavykeeper
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Aug 21, 2009

I would use an absorbent bedding like Carefresh and change it frequently. Line with newpaper and spray down the cage with 50/50 vinegar and water with each cage cleaning. You can also use unscented baby wipes to wipe his back end if he's what's smelly.

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Jillian
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Aug 21, 2009

he is probably marking his territory. an intact male will feel the need to dominate his territory much more than a neutered mouse, and it prolongs their life. if you don't want to have your mouse fixed, there are ways to control the odor.
first make sure you are cleaning the cage once or twice a week. use a paper bedding to absorb the odor or you can use a product called carefresh. each time you clean his cage, don't just change the bedding - actually wash out the cage w/a detergent. this can make a male mark even more b/c you've just washed his scent from his home. to combat his extra efforts, every few days remove and replace the bedding in the corners of the cage. these areas are the places getting marked the most.

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