Animal Stories - Pet Mouse


Animal-World Information about: Pet Mouse

   Mice continue to be one of the most popular "pocket pets", a term used with small pets that will fit into your pocket! 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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riley - 2011-04-26
I just got my first two mice about 2 weeks ago. They are both females and I've never seen them not get along. Molly is bigger then Red but I went to change there water today and I noticed that Molly has gotten skinnier and is moving very slow and will stop and stare at nothing for a long time like she can barely move. I'm not sure what is wrong with her, please help?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-26
    Sounds like Molly is pretty sick. Guess is it is a bacteria and treatable but I have no idea. It could be a defect in Molly she was born with or how old is she? First though, you need to make sure Molly is warm so place a heating pad in a towel on low under 1/4 the cage so Molly can go there if she is cold. There are instuctions and described symptoms in the article on the Pet Mouse. Click on the article and it will provide further instructions.
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Melissa - 2011-04-23
My daughter's mouse has been shivering and her coat doesn't look right. It looks kind of dry. She is not as active as she usually is. I would appreciate any help or suggestions. Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-23
    Let's get the little fella warm first. Put a heating pad on low and wrap it in a towel and put it under just 1/2 of the cage. The fella than can go toward that end or even curl up at that end. How old is the mouse as life expectancy is about 2 years on these little creatures - not long. Sounds like you have some sort of bacteria going on there. You can click on the link attached for the mouse and see what appropriate treatment would be. You can also try a little pedialyte (from the grocery store) to rehydrate him cuz I think he is dry.
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kk - 2011-04-19
I dont have a pet mouse yet. My parents say I might be able to have one but during the year I am in flordia with my mom. I was going to try to pay my friends to watch my future mouse and see how that works. Is it a good idea?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    Your mouse will get used to you and it will become attached to you. If you are going to be gone for 3 months out of the year, that is quite a bit of time. Why don't you wait just a little while?
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kk - 2011-04-19
I dont have a pet mouse yet. My parents say I might be able to have one but during the year I'm in flordia with my mom. I was going to try to pay my friends to watch my future mouse and see how that works. is it a good idea?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    Your mouse is going to be attached to you and you will be gone a good part of the year. Their life expectancy is about 2 years. It would seem to be a good idea to wait. Could you possibly take the mouse with you? The mouse will be attached to you and get pretty lonesome without you around. Why don't you wait just a little while untill you can work out the sitting arrangements for sure. What would happen if your friend wanted to go away on vacation?
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pia - 2011-04-12
I have two white mice around 7 months old. One of them has a very short tail,less than half the normal length. They have been pretty healthy and active till about 3 days back. I noticed that the one with the short tail has been losing weight. They both were the same size a week ago,and suddenly he's become really light and small. Also today I noticed he's bleeding from the nose! I'm panicking..there isnt a vet nearby where i can take him to at night. He appears active enough though and he's eating and drinking fine..what could be the problem?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    Sounds like it might be respiratory infection. Loss of weight and bleeding from the nose - unless a lot of blood. When there is congrestion, the nasal membranes get dry and then if sneeze, might bleed. Just like a human blowing their nose. Lot of blood then I have no idea. Sounds like you need an antibiotic. Animal World has some articles on pet mice and possible diseases/cures. Look at them. Shorter tail??? Always like that?
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Matt - 2009-12-03
I love this site. It is really helping me with my science fair project with my mouse, Bear. I put an odometer on his running wheel to measure his activity during day and night, then record it. This site is very informational on mouse history and facts in general. Bear and I just love it! Thanks for the info.

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  • Meena Fech - 2010-02-20
    I use my mice to help me in science fairs too. Last time I got an A+!
  • zoe - 2011-04-12
    Hi Matt, I read your letter regarding your mouse named Bear. I too have one named Jenny. I too tried to use it for my science project and it was of great help to me and I scored good marks. But, I must tell you that I took help from this site. I wish you and bear good luck!
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