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I have a question about my pet mouse. She is almost two and is suffering. Very recently she started having breathing problems, she has a weird squeak more like she is having trouble breathing so she makes this noise. The thing is at night she still runs on her wheel and she rolls very actively in her ball. But I noticed her tail seems to have a rotted spot. In fact a bit of it fell off. I didn't squeeze or damage the tail, so I can only think it got hurt when on the wheel or it's just part of her recent problems. I clean the cage each week and was feeding her about every two days. Only now she won't eat anything, but sunflower seeds all the rest of the mouse meal goes to waste. I know mice only live around 2 years and after reading the info on this site it doesn't sound like she has a cold and her cage is always clean I wash it out if it smells or every two weeks and make sure it's dry before putting her back. She doesn't have sniffles and I have moved her to the warmest room in the house since the breathing issue. For a while it looked like she was getting better, but these last two days I've realized she is actually getting worse. Her breathing is worse, her eating is way cut down, and it seems like she's loosing weight. If anyone has a suggestion please reply. I purchased her in Feb. 2009, so I am thinking it is old age and that she's just dying, but maybe there would be something I could do to make her more comfortable?
My mouse seems to always hide. Well yes because I forgot to buy a house for it. It lives under its wheel, Yea I know it's sad. He's also lonely because he was the only one left. I named him Oscar. He seems to be scared of me....? Anything I can do to help it like me? Yes I took all the food out. But what else?
Two years and two months ago I had received two white mice (who were sisters) Missy and Minnie. Missy was very active, as where Minnie was more mellow and did not use the wheel as much. They ate the same food and same snacks. Minnie just passed today. They were same size, but a few days ago she dropped weight. She was breathing really heavy in my hand and passed before I could take her anywhere:(. Missy and Minnie have never been apart and I worry about Missy. I was debating on introducing a mouse to Missy so she doesn't live the rest of her time alone..Is this a good idea? Do mice adapt to other mice without problems?
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Awww, I'm sorry to hear....I just bought a fancy mouse that I named Oscar.
He was the only one left and seems very lonely.
We bought a pet mouse for our son and the smell is too much to handle is there anything that can help with the smell?
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When you clean the habitat. Leave at least one item in the cage uncleaned. This way the mouse will not feel as though it has to mark it's territory all over again.
Put a room spray.
Mice tend to pee in the same spot. Normally the corners of the cages. One trick is to put a plastic or glass jar in the cage; for some reason mice like to pee 1. on their wheel, and 2. on a plastic/glass surface. You can rinse out the jar daily and preserve the bedding. This takes daily upkeep but unfortunately mice create a lot of waste. I prefer to just periodically remove the wet bedding in the corners of the cage to keep the smell down.
Pet mice are usually quite clean, it's only males that smell stronger and the smell shouldn't be that bad, all I can think of is to clean the cage more and if the smell gets any worse either get the mouse checked out or buy a female instead, we have 9 mice at the moment a male, a female and 7 babies.. but the smell isn't that bad as the cage is cleaned often even though we can't clean the nest.
My mouse, Skitz, is sick. I picked him up today and he was so cold I thought he was dead. He started moving though, but I noticed he was shaking a lot. I held him for a while and tried to cover him up with my hands and breathe hot air on him for a while. He started moving some more, so I put him back into his cage so he could eat. At first he didn't seem to want it and he was walking oddly. He was sort of wobbling and hopping, but the hopping is normal, that's how he got his name. Eventually he started eating and now I have the heater blowing in his direction. Does anyone know what might be wrong with him? I read the sickness' above and the only thing I can come up with is maybe a respiratory infection. I'm really worried about him.
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Hi, how old is your mouse he may die i no it isnt very nice saying it but if he is wobbly and cold i am affraid he might they only live for 1 to 3 years and they tend to get abit wobbly and abit dazed when they are old and get cold just try and keep him as warm and cmfortable aspossible if you would like any more advice then please email me i hope he will be ok
My sweetie Pie, fancy mouse, Delilah had this same thing. It may of been just a small cold, but all I did was put a dry washcloth in the microwave for about 20 seconds, then made sure it was not too hot, and wrapped her in it and gently rubbed her for a while. This will work, and check to see if her cage is dry and add some new bedding. I hope your mouse gets well soon, :)
Jenny Harris -
I really don't know but I would seek advice from people who might care for sick mice or search online. I've just lost 4 little mousekateers. Field mice actually but my children. They bonded to me like no one would believe it was amazing. I found them in a box of old tat in my garage when I was cleaning it out. I disturbed mum but managed to keep her in the box removing the other items and putting in plenty of food and bedding. Placing them in an outside rabbit hutch I left them for 36hrs then went to check. Unfortunately mum had taken off abandoning them so I felt I had to take over. I still not been to bed. They all went pretty much together as the internet suggested don't be disheartened but I was. I fed them by a pipette every 20mins to 2hrs when they cried. Had them incubated in a container on soft bedding and heat then 2days ago after a feed at 03:40 2 died together followed by 1 at 5am this morning and the last sometime between 7am-2pm when my own body gave in to tiredness. Absolutely in teathers here. Blaming myself for fussing too much and overheating and feeding and even under feeding. Ring a vets or something. Keep warm but not too warm. Monitor feeding about half teaspoon a day I'd say. Fingers crossed for you I know what you're going through. Hope by now you still have skitz. Excellent name. Mine were in the end yellow orange green and blue lost in that order I marked with a marker as they were all same colour and I needed to monitor which one had eaten when etc. All the love and hope for you I'm sending as spas as it might seem. Good luck with skitz. Get well soon buddy:0) xxxxxxxxx
Can I have it?
Bianca hope -
Your m not dead, or fully recovered, could have a multitude of problems. Get a small box, a hot water bottle, cover it with a tea-towel. Place him on top, heat up some dog biscuits/weatbix/bannana and oats mix, with soy milk and water, and feed it to him. This has always fixed mice that I have had with your symptoms. Make sure there are no cold drafts coming near his cage, like open windows, under doors, ect. If he does'nt recover take him to a vet, always do this first, instead of posting on the internet.
You said your mouse was shaking and felt cold.Its almost winter so that is maybe what's wrong skitz could get cold because of where his cage is sitting.
For example:if skitz has a cold cage and has a small house where he sleeps that could also be cold.To warm up his house a little you will need a sock and rice. First fill your sock with rice and heat it in the microwave foe exactly 2 minutes. And then put it in his house. If this does not work maybe you should go see a vet about it. And don't worry to much because I have mice too and they just had babies and I needed a lot of advice when that happened.
P.S. If you have more mouse questions send me one to my email below.
My mouse Speedy did the same thing right after we got her... It ended up being a stroke. She's all right now, even though she has a slight kink in her neck.
Hi my name is Djakara and my mouse saffron had the same symptoms and she ended up having a cold but it was too late and she didn't make it, and I took her to the vet before she died and that is how I knew she had a cold. I hope he gets better and makes it.
Ya. My mouse angel is exactly like yours! She's walking odd, shaking, not eating very much but started eating! Please let me know what it is I'm worried about her :( she's only 1 month old!:( plz let me know.
It is because it was so cold out there. Mostly they want to stay hot... don't worry he will be all right.
I don't now whats wrong with Skitz but my mouse Max is shaking while he is walking and has been doing this for a while now and is starting to freak me out. I was just so scared that I started crying and dad said that he might be sick.I wasn't sure whether he was sick or not and while I was at school my cat snuck in my room I don't know how though. So before I went to school I turned my heater on in his direction. If anyone knows what's wrong with my baby can you please tell me. I am sooo worried about him. Please find out whats wrong with him and please tell me if you know. Thank-you.
Hello I have pet mice too and one of mine had a respiratory infection and she died this morning. It was so hard for me. The only advice i could give you is to take yours to the vet. It costs a good bit of money and thats why i wasn't able to take mine before she passed. I really hope your mouse gets better bc it really is something hard to deal with. hope i was some help
Hi, it could be respiratory problem, has he lost weight, the wobbling is due to him not eating, make sure he has no lumps in his throat, feel under his throat if possible, I'd take him vets its about £15 for a mouse, good luck. Duncan
I for one love mice and I do hope he gets better but he may have cold sickness it seems like a bad case so for now take care of him and make him feel safe if that's not working then call a vet the'll know what to do.
My mouse has the same problem, he started getting skinnier and grooming a lot (the hair on his back is very short from scratching), I have 2 mice and my other is very healthy.
The mouse is about to die totally! Trust me I have the same mouse doing that and then he dies. Well sorry.
My mouse that I just got today has the same symptoms but he has a couple more odd ones like... he keeps grooming himself and has a red/ infected butt and I don't know what to do?
Hey, I have a pet mouse who sits in her cage and is having trouble breathing, she also is losing weight and won't eat and hides in her bed. Mum won't let me take her to the vet, what do I do?
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She probably has cancer which is terminal in mice. I suggest making her as comfortable as possible or just putting her out of her misery in the most humane way possible. You can find that kind of info online.
You should find a way to take your mouse to the vet anyway. How cruel to not. Your mum should understand that the poor animal needs help and assist you in finding this help!
I have had more than 20 mice over my life. I started keeping mice when I
was 8 and I'm 12 now! I LOVE keeping pet mice and whenever one of my babies get sick, this is the 1st and only website I need go to find all the info I need to help her get better.
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I am 12 too! I have two sweetie pie mice, both girls. I call them my daughters. I was wondering if you could help me with something though. Well first, Delilah is my angel, she had white fur and gray spots, and she never runs, and loves to cuddle. Oh and she had cute reddish eyes. Then Joanna, well she is a grayish brown furred mouse, and is sisters with Delilah. I am worried about her. She always runs, and is so afraid of everyone. Opposite of Delilah. I try to socialize with her, but I never rush it. Do you hink she was mistreated or something? I have had them for several months but no change in her no matter what I do. What do you think I should do? PLease e-mail me at email@example.com
Omg I'm 12 and I'm going to get 2 mice soon I've been looking up things to help me get ready to take care of them I'm so excited.... my mom doesn't like mice but I bet she will change her mind after a while lol!
Alyssa Quinn -
LOL I'm 12 as well, I have 2 mice. I need to find a post about loss of hair on 1 of my mice.
Alyssa, Laura, and the little Mice Sugar and Cocoa -
Lol I'm 12 too. Me and my twin sister are worried about 1 of our mice, we have 2. She has lost fur on her face. We believe it to be a bedding allergy, but we changed the bedding to Natural Critter Care. It says it is all natural with no chemical additives. But, she lost hair behind her eyes now and we are really getting scared.
Mouse lover -
Hey yeah I'm 12 as well I've had hundreds of rats at one stage and now I've got a cool little male mouse called zeus like the greek god and he is about three months old.
Im looking for someone who wants some more mice i love them but have too many.
Meena Fech -
RE: MELLISA: I'll take them :) do you live in colorado?
Meena Fech -
RE allysa: try flea and tick spray. My mouse had the same problem.
I have had 3 mice and when I took a trip, 1 of them was eaten. Now I'm left with two. Now one of them is sick! I feed and water it every day, for worry that it may happen again. I found a house mouse and put it in my spare cage. It didn't eat a lot and seemed to have both back legs broken. I put it outside for fear of my fancy mice getting sick. Well now it seems that my mouse has somehow caught whatever this is and isn't looking too good. I believe it's a boy and has no signs of pregnancy (if it happens to be a girl) It is barely moving, but is usually hyper. It has heavy breathing and almost seems to be cold. Excuse me for my inappropriate language, but it also has it's head buried in the other's ummm...ya know. I am very scared that it is very sick. Please tell me what's wrong and what to do.
I picked out my mouse and I saw that her left eye is comepletly shut. I think she has pink eye. What should I do?
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Meena Fech -
Update on mouse - never mind I found solution. A tip for sick mice owners: go to the sink and run the water up to an inch full. Your mouse might not like the bath too much but if you blow-dry him/her, your mouse is gonna be happier and healthier.
We just got a new mouse and named him/her Cloud (as you can guess he/she is white with red eyes). The little guy should be named lucky because he/she was supposed to be fed to my brother's friends snake that is staying with us right now. Luckily the snake did not want cloud and now he/she is already fat and happy after a week with us. He/she is a very awesome mouse!
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anna mcaleer -
I'm very sorry about that. Once I found three baby mice down at my barn
but when I came back the other day they were gone.
If he's a he you'll see ummm.. parts... girls are flat at the back and you can sometimes see their nipples ... tried to not be gross lol but good luck with the lil guy .
That is what happened with our new mouse Winnie she was supposed to be dinner for our snake but she was so sweet and playful I couldn't do it! She is awesome and my new best friend she sits on my shoulder for hours and just chills! Mice are awesome!