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Heather - 2011-06-03
I have a mouse that has a strange, occassional habit of slapping her tail on a glass side of the cage or while entering her wheel. Can you provide any insight of this? Is it something to be worried about?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-03
    I doubt there is anything wrong. Is she eating good? She is obviously enjoying her wheel.
    Any obvious different or unusual odor? If all else is OK then I would think she would be OK. Animals - any animal - frequently gets in some weird habit that seems to amuse them. I had a bird that would click for hours. Drove me nuts as I thought something was wrong. She just clicked. Sounded just like one of those kids clickers that they use. Did the vet rounds etc. I thought she might be having seisures or something. I guess she just liked making the noise. I had a another bird that when it was close to sundown would hide someplace in the house so he didn't have to go to bed. 1/2 the time I couldn't find him but then I would go to bed and he would just climb up into bed with me. Maybe your little guy is just excited to be going on his wheel and flips his tail.
  • Mello - 2011-07-24
    When a mouse slaps its tail it means he or she is irritated, not angry, just irritated. My mouse used to do it if I took a photo of him. He hates the camera. Bright lights flashing could set the mosue off too. Mice don't have the best eye sight so if they dont know it's you when you come to see them they might get annoyed and try to scare you off with thier tail. Other then that the mouse should be healthy c:
  • Imogen - 2011-08-30
    I'm pretty sure it's nothing to be worried about-why worry about it?! One of my mice does that: Every animal does. Just don't worry and if she is active and eating well there is certianly nothing to worry about. I hope the mouse is ok!
Diana - 2011-08-27
My mice continuously bite their cage and try to nibble on my fingers. They never did this before. Now everytime i come to their cage they run straight toward my hand and try to nibble on my hand and lick the air. Is this normal? Again....they never did it before. (They always have food in their cage, so its not that they want food)

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    millie - 2011-07-02
    My mouse often makes chattering or chirping sounds for long periods of time, whether being handled or in the cage. She has recently started vibrating a few times whilst out of the cage also. I've heard some mice do 'talk' more, naturally, but have also heard that a healthy mouse shouldn't make any noise at all. What could this be?

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    • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-07-03
      Some mice do make a lot of noise naturally and this does not necessarily mean there is a problem. I would look at the mouse overall - is she eating well? Is she still as active as she used to be? Does she seem to be breathing hard or all of a sudden not like being picked up? I wouldn't worry so much about the noises she is making and would worry more about other symptoms she is exhibiting to determine if there is something wrong. Vibrating or shaking could mean that she is scared or sick. Keep an eye on her and see if is gets get worse or other symptoms show up. Good luck!
    • Mello - 2011-07-24
      You must take the sweet heart to the vet to get an antibiotic called vibravet. Mice all have a mice asthma, some get it worse then others. If it's not mouse asthma he might be frightened but if he does it alot it could be the sickness. Don't worry though as soon as he gets that medicine the sickness will not spread anymore an keep the cold under control. Also additionaly to biuld up his strength against the sickness you could give the herb echinacea to the mosue to build its immune system. Its none toxic towards there body. Try getting a childrens one without alcohol in it. Also, here's a little more advice, giving your mice green tea could reduce their chance of getting tumors by 70% c:!

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    Katie - 2011-05-17
    My mum owns 2 pet mice and She recently went on holiday. My gran looked after her mice and when she returned one of the mices testicles had disapeared and didnt seem to be as prominent. He has also been very quiet and not as active. What is wrong? :(

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-18
      Mice can retract their testicles into their body so they don't look totally obvious. The mouse will not be able to hold them there for long. A simple way is to give the mouse a high sided food bowl to eat from and watch it perch on the side
    • rachel - 2011-07-15
      His testicles disappered?? OK that's not supposed to happen. I would take him to a vet if I was your mom
    Tamara - 2011-07-14
    I got a pet mouse about two weeks ago. It&'s a male and his name is Booth but yesterday when my brother picked him up he noticed that his bum was quite big. So when I picked him up today I could see that it had gotten bigger overnight... what is wrong?? Can someone help me..? I'm starting to get really worried... He's my first mouse and my little baby and I want to know what is wrong with him... Please someone help me.....!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-14
      I know it looks really weird and if I think it is what it is - then I was shcoked too the first time I saw it. The males testicles have fallen down. It is normal and they look like that and it can shake a person up. He just got a little older and matured. Looks strange though.
    zl - 2011-07-10
    Mice can also develop allergies as humans do. Try new bedding. Is your mouse scratching more than usual? When mice become allergic to something they begin to scratch and sometimes develop ocd.. I hope your mouse is ok.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
      Many don't realize that mice or any animals can suffer through the same things us humans do We just don't think at times. Thank you.
    glaiza - 2011-05-15
    I'm a white mice breeder. My pets where attacked by rats. Their wounds got infected and soon the ones without wounds started having infections too. What should I do?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-15
      I would take them to a vet. Must be contagious. I am pretty sure you need some antibiotics. Put a heating pad wrapped in a towel under 1/2 the cage set on low so they can get warmer if they need to. Switch to pedilyte (from baby dept in grocery store) to rehydrate and get some antibiotics. You will probably want to treat for a fungal infection as well. Hope it is OK.
    tes - 2011-05-13
    I just moved to a new house and my mouse, only just over a year, seems to have taken a turn for the worse. He has laboured breathing and is losing some hair around his head. I haven't changed his diet or bedding and yet whereas once he was a super social exploring mouse, now he just sits in one place for hours at a time. I have no vet around who will see mice...any suggestions? I've raised this little guy since a week before he was born and I would be quite devastated if I lost him now.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-13
      First, let's make sure he is warm enough. Place a towel wrapped heating pad under 1/2 the cage and that way he can get warmer or cooler as needed. Second, let's make sure he is hydrated. Give him room termperature pedialyte (bought at the grocery store in baby departement) instead of water to restore electrlyte balance in case he has become dehydrated. There should be some sort of antibiotics at the pet store and you can ask what can be done. Clean the cage and bedding just in case allergies or asthma. Sounds like respiratory infection (possibly pneumonia) with the labored breathing. Now, I am sorry but a little mouse - their life expectancy isn't real long, usually 1 - 3 years. I am sorry and I hope that getting him warm and hydrated (preferably with some antibiotics) helps. I do. I am hoping it is just asthma. There is additional information in the Animal World article attached on various symtoms you should read also.
    Tec - 2011-04-28
    I just got a little mouse from the pet store yesterday. He (I think) is small and an albino, but he won't eat or drink anything. I'm really worried because he is just so sweet and I don't want anything to happen to him. If you could also reply with fresh veggies they like and other pointers like how to pick them up I would really apreciate it! What can I do?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-28
      First things first and let's make sure he is warm. Put a heating pad wrapped in a towel with the setting on low under 1/2 the cage. Now let's get him hydrated. Give him room temperature Pedialyte - it is in the baby food department at the grocery store. We don't want him to get dehydrated and we do want to restore enzymes if he has gotten dehydrated. Now third, let's see if we can tempt him to eat. Spinach, cheerios, banana, apple, mashed sweet potatoe, are starters. Pick them up - just pick them up. Chances are if you put your hand down, he might walk right into it. If not, just gently wrap your hand around his entire body (don't squeeze hard) and pick him up. Hold him close to your chest and let him get the scent of you and get used to you. Just pet him gently on the top of his head and sides of his face. Good luck and let us know. OK?
    • Anonymous - 2011-05-12
      Hi, try give him sweet corn.
    bastai - 2011-05-02
    I just bought a lab mouse and I am experiencing some difficulties that are making me worried. First I noticed that his poop is brownier almost red and it is kind of wet. Yesterday I thought to hear him sneeze a few times and today I cought him eating his toilet sand. Isn't this weird? I am afraid he is getting really sick and then I won't be able to treat him. Or maybe all of this is normal, I just have him for three days.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
      Article attached for you on a pet mouse. At the bottom of the article, there are descriptions of different diseases a little mouse could have. Basic questions first, OK? Is he eating? Now you have only had him for 3 days so the food has probably changed which might cause diarrhea. Too many fruits and vegatables can cause that. Did you feed him anything red - like rasberries or strawberries, melon etc? That could cause that. So let's make sure he has plenty of water and let's take away some fruit. Mice also chew a lot because they wear down their teeth (or something like that) so does he have something else to chew on? Sand is like stone if you need to chew. Animals will frequently eat strange stuff (like grass with a dog) if their stomach is upset. So let's remove the fruit and bare minimum on vegatables.
      Let's give him plenty of water. Let's make sure he isn't cold to the touch and if so put a heating pad on low wrapped in a towel under 1/2 the cage or a lightbulb over 1/2 the cage.
      Now if he is really sneezing, coughing, cold, lethargic, let me know and you'll probably have to get him some antibiotics. Also, do you know how old he is? Read the article from Animal World for additional information and symptoms. Let me know if you have other questions or concerns. OK?