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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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amy - 2011-03-21
I have two mice, have had them for about half a year now. They're both females; one is black with a white tummy (I named her jupiter) and the other is white with beige spots and red eyes (her name is piper). I was so surprised a month or two after getting them as to how different from each other they were! Jupiter is so chill, she loves to be picked up, and likes to climb on the cage. Piper is more shy, and doesn't like to be picked up. They're both so sweet though! :)

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Shira - 2011-03-14
Hey so I'm getting 2 female mice tomorrow. What are some qualities I should look for in a female mouse?

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Vanessa Smith - 2011-03-12
I am very excited as tomorrow I am getting a pet mouse BUT .... how many should I get? I want more than one so they don't get lonely but how many x? And I need some fantastic names for GIRLS (I'm getting girl mice~) so if you have any good sweet names ... coment :D !!!!! Thank you

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Janet Day - 2011-01-26
I purchased my little mouse a year ago from the humane society after some unkind person had dropped him in someones mailbox and left him for dead...he rallied round wonderfully and has given us lots of entertainment...sadly this past two days he has begun to walk with a wobble and finds it hard to walk straight...he seems to be leaning slightly and no longer plays...he tries very hard to eat but cannot take on much..he has lost a bit of weight..and since I have no idea of his age at the time we got him I don't know if this is age related and would appreciate any advice.

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  • Vanessa Smith - 2011-03-12
    I am very sorry to hear x but I'm afraid your mouse is dieing if you say you didn't know the age of your mouse when it came in the mail and you have had it for two years now I'm afraid your mouses life span has run out as mice only live up to 1.5 - 2yrs so your mouse in fact is lucky of to reach his/her life now! I would have it put down x :(
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faye - 2011-02-26
My cats got into my mouse cage and managed to get one of them downstairs. I found her and put her back in the cage, she was moving slowly and seemed kind of okay. She didn't die of shock in the night but today she's really cold and can't really move or eat. I gave her some water and her back made clicking sounds... I presume she's going to die and there isn't a lot I can do but if there is anything that I can do or give her to take the pain away or make her better? :/ the cats are LOCKED OUT!

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  • Vanessa Smith - 2011-03-12
    I'm very sorry to hear that! Your mouse will die unfortunately so you can either put it through less pain and have it put down! But don't blame it on the cat as its a cats nature to try and kill a mouse (small animal) it doesn't realize! xxx
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adrienner - 2011-03-05
I just recently got all my mice a few days ago, I have 6 mice. I have 3 small white baby mice, and 3 adult fancy males. I really love having them because they are so playful and they all have their own traits and personalities. My white and black one, Zebra, is my favorite he crawls onto my hand up my ARM onto my shoulder and back down the other ARM. My gold mouse, Mr. big ears is the big boss mouse. He doesn't like to be held as much, but all the other's boss. Attorius my gray one loves to eat. All he does is eat lol.

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