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kelly - 2011-09-20
My mouse Jerry, is only young. I've had her about a month and a half now. A while ago she got a hard lump on her arm that keeps growing, I took her to the vet, he said it COULD be cancer but wasn't certain. He said you can either put her to sleep or get an operation done to remove the lump but it is 50 50 chance she survives because of the anesthetic. Please help me, I really can't stand losing her, and it looks such a struggle to walk with it. I worry everyday about her now, but I'm worried if I get it removed that she will die before she wakes up... is there much chance of her dying from it...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    I don't believe there is anything you can do. Chances are the surgery would cause his death and if it is cancer you can't just correct normally via surgery anyway. If he is eating and pooping and active, then although the leg is hard to move, he is probably not in a lot of pain. If he is not eating, and not active, he is in pain and you can have him put to sleep or just keep him warm and comfortable. Because a little fella has a lifespan of x years doesn't mean they will. Some go younger and some are older. I am sorry and know that this is hard for you but surgery seems an expensive option and I doub it would work even if the little one survives.
  • Imogen - 2011-09-24
    I'm so sorry. I think she probably won't survive if you give her the operation. Is she active and still eating and pooping? Or isn't she active and not eating and drinking? I've had a mouse been put to sleep before. I know how you'll feel if you have to. It's very upsetting: but if your mouse is in loads of pain and suffering, it'd be the best thing to do. I know it's very hard for you. I have a mouse with a tumour at the moment and I'm very worried about her too. I wish you and your mouse all the best of luck.
Emma hopkins - 2011-09-07
I got a mouse around 3 weeks ago(whiskie), not every old either. Then I got another one about a week ago (scotch). Whiskie died in his sleep and I don't know what from , now scotch is really sick. There are like little nits on him. He is very weak and he has a hunch on his back. I don't think he will make it though tonight. But if he does what can you do?
I love them sooooo much, it kill me.

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  • Emma hopkins - 2011-09-07
    It's okay. Thanks. :(
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-13
    I'm very sorry but I think your mouse will die soon. If it's in a lot of pain and suffering, you might want to consider putting it to sleep. It's hard, but maybe the best thing for your mouse if it's not active and eating anymore. I hope you won't have to though, and I wish you and your mouse the best of luck. I had one mouse put to sleep before because of a skin condition :(
Aditya - 2011-09-12
I have a pet mouse his name is Stuart but he is very fond of eating and mess up the whole thing. I don't know why but he is loosing his hairs do you have any solution??????????????????????????????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-12
    Is he shedding or losing all his fur? Allergies?
Elaine Bakunas - 2011-06-04
My mouse has lice or mites. I've sprayed lice/mite spray for birds on her 3 different times now but she still seems to have them. Shouldn't the spray kill them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-04
    Mites are species secific. In other words, mice would have mouse mites, dogs would have dog mites etc. Possibly a bird mite spray would not harm or kill a mouse mite. I would look for something that is for mice mites.
  • Claire - 2011-08-30
    I would take care of that as soon as possible - get a specific mice louse killing spray. I had four mice die of these lice, so I advise getting them taken care of quickly. (If you bought these mice as pets from a large company pet store, such as Petco, you may want to consult the shop keepers.) I had bought my mice there as pets, but was not told they were feeder mice. (Something I find rather disgusting - to feed live.) These mice are usually not well taken care of and can commonly have lice. It's a very inhumane living environment there, and I advise you complain immediately. If you did not purchase your mice from such a store, once again you should get a specific mice louse killer. These pests can be dangerous, and quite shocking when they get onto your skin. (They won't hurt you, but it's quite gross.)
    Good luck!
  • Imogen - 2011-08-30
    You might want to consider taking your mouse to the vet, or getting advice from them. Do you definately know it's mites or lice? It could be another thing. I'm not sure though. I hope she's ok
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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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-27
    I am not sure as I can't SEE what it is. Normally the nibbling on the fingers - if it is just nibbling - not biting is supposedly a sign of affection. Hamsters do it. Bunnies do it etc. If it is biting - then a big "NO" is called for. Biting on the cage - hey they might want to just be out. That's just a thought as no way to know for sure - Of course if they aren't biting on the bars when you let them out - it would be a fairly good assumption. They are saying hey I want out of here and they know there is a human to play with.
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.