Animal Stories - Pet Mouse


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   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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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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Kaori - 2011-03-29
I have a problem. My oldest mouse of 1 year has had this strange respiratory problem for a while now. It started out as a short attack once a month on which my friend who has had mice for most of her life, replied that it was probaly just a chatty mouse. The attacks have recurred and now I suspect that she is allergic to dust (she has lived in wood shavings most of her life). They attacks happen more frequently now, and because of her age I am very worried. I tried several dust-free beddings, but they did not help. I made a short clip of the sound she makes (turn up your sound!). She appears to by perfectly healthy and happy before and after the attacks, but when she has them, her eyes half close and she makes this eerie sound and she retches so hard she starts shaking. Can anybody help me?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkJGHCsR4VA

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  • Kiwi - 2011-04-07
    Hi Kaori,
    I have a mouse had the same problem. I saw the video and the "episode" (is what I called it) is almost exactly the same. I took her to vet and was told most likely allergy, but just yesterday my mouse was having almost seizure like symptoms and found out that the all those episodes were most likely result of respiratory infection which now spread into her ear and her central nervous system is affected. She has involuntary convulsion and cannot stand straight. I recommend that you take her to vet ASAP and get an anti-biotic. I hate to see you go through what I am going through in case your mouse has the same condition. My mouse is now rolling constantly like a crocodile death roll. Luckily she eats well and can drink water if I give her in syringe, but she may not even get better or may have long term effect from the nerve issue even if she survive this.
    Please, take her to vet and explain about the possibility above so your mouse can be treated properly.
    Good luck!!
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Sara Garcia - 2011-03-31
My little mouse seems to be loosing the fur on the back of her neck and onto her back. It's very strange. She had a respiratory infection and is currently being treated with antibiotics for the next week and I just cleaned her cage now entirely. Disinfected and everything. Is there any reason that you can think of that would make her lose her fur like that?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-01
    Could you tell me more about the extent of the fur loss. It is spring and mice do shed. Did it start before the antibiotics? Is your friend rubbing the back of its neck/shoulder area against a wheel, toy, partition? Is there any discoloration or spot where it is losing the fur?
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Sara Garcia - 2011-03-17
I have a question regarding mice. I've had numerous mice over the years, including two fancy mice, five egyptian spiny mice and a wild mouse that I raised. With the wild mouse he loved to run, upside down, on the mesh top of his aquarium tank. I recently got a feeder mouse, she's quite young and very playful, but she does the same thing as the wild mouse did. She loves to run on top of her cage-upside down-now I'm just wondering if this could hurt her little feet or not. Occasionally she'll climb up there, hang there and let out a squeak, then climb back down the ladder. I assumed this was because she wants me to play with her because she's ridiculously attached to me. But I don't want that to actually be a sign of pain or something. & yes, I did move both ladders away from the sides of the tank a bit so that she wouldn't be able to easily get to the top of the aquarium but she jumped and managed it anyway. So I moved the ladders back because I didn't want her to be upside down on the top of the cage, fall and possibly harm herself. So I was just wondering if her running on the mesh would hurt her feet.
Thank you!

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-18
    I would say that your mouse is probably fine running along the top of the mesh cage - mice are pretty agile and I wouldn't worry about it too much. Just check her feet on occasion to make sure they are not bleeding - if they are then that would signal a problem. However, if it really bothers her she may stop on her own.
  • Sara Garcia - 2011-03-19
    Thank you very much! I'll keep an eye on her.
    By the way, your site is absolutely fabulous. It's basically the only site I use when I've got a rodent-related question. Thank you for that.
  • Kaori - 2011-03-29
    Yeah, one of the older mice's sons has a complete wired cage and he simply loves to dangle upside down in it! It's hilarious to watch and I can assure you that when they do fall on the bedding, as long as it's not very high, they will usually come out unharmed. They usually don't do anything that could harm themselves ;)
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Sara Garcia - 2011-03-21
Hello again. My little mouse Sadie I've had for about two weeks has been acting really odd for about two days. She's not even fully grown yet but I was wondering if you could help me figure out what's wrong with her. She used to run on the mesh top of her cage at night and when I took her out she'd run up & down my arms and just be really playful but now I take her out and she just sits in my hand-most of the time with her eyes closed like she's sleeping. She looks physically healthy, albeit a little plump. She cleans herself frequently and seems to be eating & drinking regularly.
I had originally kept her in an aquarium with pine shavings as the bedding but I switched her over to the care fresh because she seemed to be scratching a lot and I was concerned that the pine shavings were irritating her. She's in a 15 gallon tank so she has plenty of room to run around in, she's got things to play with but she is all by herself. Though I hold her at least once a day for a half hour.
When I got her she was healthy and playful and she had been kept in a tank with other female mice. There is the possibility that a male could've been in the tank though. So is it possible that she's pregnant and that's why she's acting so strangely? Or is she just sick? I've also noticed that while she's eating in her cage she has her eyes almost all the way closed and occasionally she seems to make these burp/hiccup movements but no sound comes out and she doesn't squeak either.
I just want my little mouse to feel better. Thank you.

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  • Kaori - 2011-03-29
    NEVER USE PINE! All needle trees are poisonous to mice! You must always use normal shavings, cotton (Barn-i-Cotton) or straw. I advise against the dusty beddings, they can cause dust-allergies on later age. Get rid of the bedding, clean the cage thoroughly with warm water and vinegar (bacteria killing and animal friendly) and replace the bedding. That should do the trick. The fact that she eats well and washes herself are the signs that she is usually healthy, but her airways are simply too much bothered to do much more active things.

    Good luck!!

    Kaori, owner of a small Mother mouse of 1 year and her daugheter of 4 months.
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