A mouse in the girtannerhouse

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Alternative title(s):

  • "the mouse in the ..."
  • "mice in the ..." (but without rhyme)
  • "girtannerhause" instead of "girtannerhouse"?
  • "animals in the ..."
  • "animals and robots in the ..."
  • "people, animals and robots in the ..."
  • "entities in the ..."

Let mice (and/or rats and/or sufficiently slow robots) roam around in every place of your house in every time in all 3 dimensions and let the mice (and/or rats) decide when and how to interact with you. Ensure for example with ladders that a mouse (and/or rat) or a small robot can also reach all tables of the house. Develop ways of preventing to tramp on them (especially in case of the considerably small mice or small robots, but also in case of the larger rats or robots).

It is likely that a mouse will be able to recognize every member of the household if she has enough opportunities to interact and this would be even more true in case of a rat.

Most dogs are able to appreciate the interaction with a mouse (and/or a rat), especially when both the mouse (the rat) and the dog have been used to each other from birth. The same can be true for cats but the chances that the relationship is problematic is higher and depends mainly on the individual cat and whether it had the opportunity to grow up with mice (and/or rats) from birth.

Rats are another special case and the relationship (interaction?) between mice and rats and the advantages of rats over mice (more intelligent, but larger and more heavy, rat bites are more risky than mouse bites but if they are respected in their autonomy and decide for themselves what they want both species hardly bite and it depends also on the individual) and vice versa.

The interaction between mice (and/or rats) and pigs should also not be a problem at all since pigs are considerably intelligent and sensitive animals with very highly developed smelling abilities and they might appreciate mice (and/or rats) in a similar way like dogs appreciate them.

To which extent donkeys or mules which are also present in the house because they help to move heavy things or assist in the transportation of people appreciate or perceive mice (and/or rats) is not clear, but donkeys or mules are herbivorous and considerate and have a good sense for walking, so they will probably avoid standing on a mouse (and/or rat) but instead occasionally sniff at them with interest.

Give the mice (and/or rats) and their babies a place to sleep with underlying heating and a sufficiently broad temperature gradient so that the mice (and/or rats) can choose their preferred resting and sleeping temperature. As soon as you know their approximate preferred temperature, decrease the temperature difference increasingly between the two poles so that the mouse can adjust its position even better and also gets more spatial choice.

Develop prevention technologies against accidental stepping on a mouse that warns you with a sound if a mouse is near or approaching your feet or shoes, especially when approaching from behind or the sides. (UTSARA)

Mice (and rats even more) are considerably clean animals and if given enough room to roam about (the whole house), they will deposit and accumulate the remains of their food only in a few selected places. With a proper and careful approach, it might even be possible to develop specific mice (and/or rat) toilets that can be put into these corners or places that were chosen by the mouse (and/or rats) so that the mice (and/or rats) are motivated to use them instead of using directly the floor.

The role of bats is unclear since they - unlike the other mammals - move primarily by flying, but bats are mammals too and they have unique properties like a very highly developed and sensitive relationship between the bat mother and her baby and a unique and amazing ultrasound ability that reaches the by far highest frequency of all mammals.

Robots can also profit from these free roaming opportunities in the house. They just have to be slow enough (and not be too heavy) in order to prevent accidents.

And enough human people of all ages and especially other young children of a similar age should also stay in such a house so that the children also have the necessary human contact which is also relevant for UTSARA in order to develop their consciousness for their own species homo sapiens.

A human baby and even more a human toddler and/or a young child can profit from this diversity of people, animals and robots in the house because it always has the choice among (or between?) diverse and interesting interaction partners and it can better develop all its senses and its mobility from birth.

The floor should be made of tiles and slightly fall into one edge where a sink is (in similar way like in a wheelchair-compatible shower room or a zoo) so that the floor can be easily cleaned with normal water (usually normal pressure and maybe sometimes high pressure).

another issue are dogs and cats since they absolutely have to eat meat and where to get the meat from? maybe that might be a reason to keep as few cats and dogs as possible, but it might still be recommendable to at least keep dogs because of their amazing qualities and also willingness to interact with and respect smaller animals like mice and rats (depending on the animal's character).

should birds fly in the house too or is that already too restricted for a flying animal like a bird? (in case of a bat, it might be less a problem since bats are somehow used to fly indoors too since they often sleep in caves.)

another issue is to which extent it would be possible to keep mice and rats together in the same house without separating these two animal species. I have not tested it personally but what I read from the Internet, it is problematic probably even in the best case and would require constant supervision even if the rats seem to respect the mice. The likelihood that the rats will not accept the mice is relatively high and probably higher than for example a cat not accepting a rat or mouse. It is probably a challenge to keep rats and mice together and would probably require a mutual upbringing from a very early age and also special considerations in terms of nutritions of the rats but I am still not sure if it would be possible to keep rats and mice together and let them roam freely in exactly the same location.

another issue is if large animals like adult pigs (and possibly adult cows) can be allowed to roam freely in the house since they are not only considerably heavy (even the smallest pig (sub-)species which might have to be chosen anyway instead of normal sized or large pigs), but might also exhibit a chaotic or quick tempered behavior. Still, because of the amazing sensitivity and smelling abilities of a pig, a pig might be interesting and probably on par with dogs at least as far as sensitivity and smelling ability is concerned. And especially piglets might still be suitable to a certain extent for interaction with other animals and humans, but I have not tested it personally yet, so I am unsure about that.

In case of cautious large animals like mules or donkeys, their size seems less of a problem since they are not chaotic or quick tempered.

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