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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amber horse - 2010-03-30
2 weeks ago I bought a dozen sub-adult mice. last week one died they partially buried in the bedding and ate its face off. Today I'm noticing that there are 3 others that are smaller than the rest and have less hair on their face. One has a raw nose. The three small ones are eating fine and have a good activity level same as the others. Any thoughts on what I should do to treat them?

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Adrian - 2010-03-19
Hi my name is Adrian, I am new at raising mice. Can anybody tell me a way another female would kill a 2 week old mouse please.

thank you

Adrian

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  • Sherri - 2010-03-21
    Well the female mouse is a lot bigger than the 2 week old mouse. The female mouse could have ate it, but females aren't known to do that if the babies are theirs. However if you have handled the baby mice your scent is now on the mouse causing the female mouse to abandon the baby. This could have also caused the death. Hope this helps you find the answers you are looking for. Good luck in your mice raising.

    -Sherri
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Anonymous - 2010-03-14
I bought my son a mouse and just today bought a second mouse, the first mouse has become very territorial of the mouse wheel. I bought the female mice because i thought that would not be a problem. can anyone tell me whether i need to separate them or will this pass?

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  • Mouse Enthusiast - 2010-03-18
    When you get a new mouse, you need to do a few things.
    1. You need to make sure the new mouse is not sick (has fleas) as it will then infect your mouse.
    2. Clean the cage and remove all bedding and toys.
    3. Clean all the toys with soap and water and let them dry.
    4. Put in new bedding.
    5. You can now place both mice together.

    You will want to watch them to make sure they will not fight. If they do, remove them again and place ONE drop of PURE vanilla extract on their rear, right above the tail. You cannot use imitation vanilla- this could make them sick! This will cause them to 'see' the other mouse as something familiar (after all, they smell like that too!) You can them place them back together. Keep an eye on them. If they continue to fight you will need to sperate them once more. Some mice cannot get along at all. You also might have males and just not know it. It is hard to tell the sex of young mice, and pet stores often make mistakes. You CANNOT keep male mice together at all! Even if they grow up together, they can, and will, fight to the death once they become sexually mature. Just because it is done, does not mean it should be done. Pet stores often have young mice and they do not fight much. Once you buy them and they grow up, they will fight. Not 'IF', WHEN. Females can be kept in colonies without much fighting.

    If what you are hearing is squeaking and some chasing, but not much, you might have a female and a male, and he is trying to mate, but she is not ready or willing too. If that is the case, you need to separate them ASAP and prepare for babies. The best site for much more detailed info on this issue can be found at thefunmouse.com This site is not mine, but it is good at in depth questions, issues involving mice.
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Kylie - 2010-03-07
i just got my mice yesterday, 1 male and 1 female...there fur looks kinda greasy? How can I fix this?

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  • Kylie - 2010-03-08
    i dont know if this will make a diffrence but,they also are itching alot
  • Sherri - 2010-03-21
    Well I own 2 mice as well (1 male 1 female), the fur may look greasy but try changing the bedding and getting a damp cloth and wiping them down. i used this method and it helped. Good luck!

    -Sherri
  • Kristen - 2010-03-26
    You can fix that, they sound a little dirty, all you have to do is fill a bin with 1/2 and inch of water, then hold your mouse and gently pour the water on them. After, immediately wrap them in wash clothes and rub them, until dry. You must make sure they are dry because if not, they could catch a cold.
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Patrice - 2008-09-30
I have a friend who has two pet mice named Daisy and Snickers. I don't know how old they are, but she hasn't had them for that long. Anyway, a couple days ago, I was over at her house for a birthday party, and I had asked how the mice were doing. She's like; "Daisy is great, but something is weird with Snickers. It's like she's eating herself." I got really scared, but she told me not to worry because she was only eating her fur. I got a good look at her, and sure enough, right in a little section by her tail that was bald and red. I don't think it was infectious, because Daisy is just fine. I don't know what's wrong! I've looked through Google, Wikipedia, and this site, but found nothing about a mouse actually "eating" herself. I want to help my friend, but I don't know how! Please help!

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  • Animalforest - 2010-03-07
    She should bring Snickers to the vet.
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Rachel - 2010-03-07
Hello, my mouse speedy, has had these scabs dotted around her body. Took her to the vet, they said if it got worse we must take her back and if it got better we shood just leave it. But it's still there, my mom said we should leave it. What shood we do? Pls reply soon, very worried.

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emily - 2010-02-20
My fancy mouse, popcorn, looks sick. At first he got an eye infection where he couldn't open his eye. I took him to the vet and I put medicine on his eye.
It got better so I stopped using it. Now, a couple months later, he is all the sudden not eating, or moving, his breathing habits have changed, and his eye infection came back. Just today I put more medicine on his eye and hope it will get better soon. When I put him back in his cage this morning at about 1:00 he went to the corner of the cage and now its 10:00 p.m. and he hasn't even moved an inch. please help.

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  • karen - 2010-03-02
    Get him to a vet...
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Angela - 2010-02-27
My sons pet mouse has been doing a lot of scratching. I noticed the other day that his ears are scabby and actually looks like some parts are missing. Yesterday, I noticed that he does not want to sleep/hide in his house anymore he is just sleeping in the open which is unusual. He seems to be eating fine. Any thoughts or ideas as to what may be wrong and how I can help?

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  • karen - 2010-03-02
    Your mouse may have a parasite...possibly lice. Get it checked by a vet ASAP-they'll treat it with antibiotics. Don't use over the counter products...they're too strong and will kill your mouse. Good luck!
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JOZ - 2009-10-14
Hey, mouse goers---i just bought 3 female mice- and one male im breeding them for the sole purpose of feeding their young to my incredible ball python snake sifer!!!! he/she is only 5 1/2 months old but eats like a champ!!! so i figure breeding mice would be the most cost effective--- i have no intentions of feeding the mice i have now to him/her cause ive given them names Mirah Mellisa Mary and Patrick:) quick question how big do the litters get and how long should i expose them to light per day?

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  • Roxie - 2010-02-27
    You are sick mate!
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Olopy - 2010-01-14
HELP! my fat mouse Patches suddenly is having diarrea and crust in her eyes. she looks depressed and is always lying down in a corner. i have no idea what is wrong with her. i recently changed her diet from petco mouse treats to normal mouse pellets and moved her to a new cage. i did this before with my other mice but she is the only one with problems. what is wrong with her?

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  • kayleighjane - 2010-02-17
    Change of diet can be the main reason why mice and othr rodents get dierhea if she is over weight then thats why she doesnt look happy and sits in the corner because she is unable to move around and gets tired easier because she is over weight keep on normally mouse pellets that you were feeding her before and cut out all treats and put a exciser wheel in her change and also check on her teeth
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