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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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Irina - 2013-02-28
My mouse has a pink ring around his eye, im not sure if its new, its not crazy noticeable im worried tho cause my last mouse had a similar thing and then his head using the same cage so i hope that the sickness wasnt still in there i had washed the cage several times before. Should i get him eyedrops?

ananya roy - 2012-12-02
my two little mice have become addicted to sweetmeats (originally offered once a day) and begs and screams all the time for more.they have become aggressive and even bit me and my mom. to sooth them we have given them lots of sweets and now they have become very fat and bulky.they do not exercise in their wheel, all they do is sleep and sleep. so when we decided not to give them sweets anymore, they have become increasingly violent and are screaming and biting at everyone who puts hand in their cage. how can i improve the situation?

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  • Fennel - 2012-12-28
    If you slowly let off of the sweets that should make them less aggressive and while your doing that mix less and less sweets with good nutritional food! I hope this was helpful! :)
Anonymous - 2012-11-07
How do I get over the grief of the loss of my last mouse? Have been keeping mice for 2 years and on Monday night I had to put her down as she was in a lot of pain. This may sound silly but I really miss her. She meant a lot to me and I loved her a lot. I'm really upset to have lost her forever, and keep suddenly getting really sad about it. What can I do to get over this grief and move on?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-11-08
    Thank you
  • Imogen - 2012-11-08
    There's nothing really you can do to get over it. You'll always be upset about it but remember all the fun times you had and be grateful for the time you had with her. I'm really sorry for your loss, it's not silly. I've grieved a lot for my mice when they died a while ago and I still miss them now. Don't let anyone tell you it's silly, you have a right to feel sad. Remember the memories and you should get less sad about it soon. RIP x
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-07
    I am sorry - we get so attached to our friends.  All we can do is enjoy them when they are with us and miss them when they are not but remember the fun we had.  Remember the good times.
  • Geoff - 2012-11-10
    It is always a sad day when one of our little love ones dies. I am a breeder and have over 36 mice at the moment. I have had young and older mice die for no reason I could find. Even with so many mice and cages its always a very sad day as each one is a special friend. For some reason most die with their eyes open. I do believe incest breading has a lot to do with how long a life a mouse has. When you purchase from a pet shop this is something you should discuss with them. Well bread, well looked after, good food and good water, I have had them live over 3 years.
  • sukoon - 2012-11-18
    I understand your grief my friend..An hour back i buried my little daisy...she was a white mouse i had for the past 8 months now...Daisy was no ordinary mouse...I feel she understood all that we humans do and say...She was my baby! The very first pet that i had. She used to hold my finger with her tiny hands and then rest her head on it like a pillow and sleep. She was the first one to give me a feeling that I am reliable. She used to sit on my shoulder and feel like the queen of the world! I shared a special bond with her that only i knew. There is nothing that can replace this feeling ever. I have another lonely mouse now, Maisy. I don't know how he is going to cope up with this situation. RIP my baby, daisy! I imagine you sitting on god's shoulder now and feel like the queen of the whole world! Cauz you were so dear, special, affectionate, lovable and understanding all your life! I love u always!
  • Jamie - 2012-11-20
    Please get another mouse people.....
Rebecca - 2010-07-17
My son has a very sweet white mouse named Viola. We have had her for a year and recently she started making this kind "squeaky," "chirping" kinda noise NON Stop. She has also suddenly decided she doesn't like her little igloo hut and has burrowed in the bedding. At first I thought maybe she was lonely? Then I thought maybe she was having trouble breathing? She does not show any signs of discharge or behavioral changes otherwise. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Thanks!

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  • dshn - 2010-08-01
    I too have the same problem.
    I have 2 female pet mice (Spunk and Ishmael). Last week when I bought Spunk, I noticed she was also making the same noise. I'm new to mice and I'm not sure how severe this is for her....
    Just a couple of days ago, Ishmael also started sneezing and now I'm really worried.

    Someone please inform Rebecca and I on how to care for this.
  • Chesley Carr - 2010-09-15
    I had 2 mice '' Henry '' and '' Lily '' then I got a new one '' peekabo and my mother would not let me keep them then I gave them away now when I went to visit then lily was almost hiccuping but sneezing and I was very worried but it turned out she was alright!
  • Anne - 2012-10-08
    Mice are very prone to respiratory issues. My mouse makes that chirping noise as well and the vet said she had a respiratory infection and gave her an antibiotic. I would definitely take your mouse to a vet (who works with small animals frequently though). If you wait too long to have it treated, it will become chronic and she could be on meds for the rest of her life. Sooner is always better than later. :)
  • Imogen - 2012-09-27
    I don't know much about mice and breathing problems because none of mine have had that, but from what I know about mice I think it could definitely be a breathing problem. There's not much you can do for small animals like mice, but make sure she's healthy and activity is ok. If she has no signs of behavioural changes then I wouldn't worry too much. Just monitor her everyday to make sure it doesn't get worse. But it sounds pretty bad if she does it non stop. You should probably take her to the vet if she continues to chirp all the time. I know this isn't much help and I don't know much about this but I hope your little mouse gets better. Poor thing!
  • Abbee - 2012-09-26
    I'm not a mouse expert or anything, but. I had a female fancy mouse named 'Moo.' She was making these chirping noises ALL the time. I used to call her chipmunk. But unfortunately she died sometime last night. I don't know how, or why. But her death was instant, she had her eyes opened. Like I said I'm not a mouse expert, but just keep an eye on your mouse. I wouldn't want someone to go thru the same thing I did.
  • Geoff - 2012-11-09
    As a breeder I have seen various problems that occur. It is important to use bedding that is NOT PINE or CEDAR. Aspen is OK. Lately I have been using Carefresh which is a paper bedding. All bedding should be frozen in your freezer for two days prior to use. I have had the sad problem with mites which I presume came in the wood shavings. Freezing the bedding will kill such things. Be sure to let the bedding warm up in the cage for about 1/2 hour after taking it from the freeezer. Also return any unused material to the freezer. Mites are treatable but its a long process. A mouse will damage its ears and neck quite fast from scratching. A healthy mouse is quite resistant to infection as long as the cage and bedding are clean. First sign of excessive scratching you need to find out the the problem. The Vet is the best source. Any lumps should also be seen by your Vet. If you find a tumor watch it and see how fast it is growing. Mice do get them, but can also live a long and active life, if the tumor is not cancer. Keeping the cages clean is one of the most important things in keeping healthy mice. if you have any questions.
Anonymous - 2012-10-29
I recently posted about my mouse bleeding. It's got bigger and is around the eye now-this just happened recently because this afternoon I saw her and she was no worse, then when I went in this evening to see her it had got worse. I'm really worried-she keeps scratching. All she does is scratch. She does eat a bit but not much. My mouse seems in lots of pain. I don't like seeing her go through all this pain and suffering so maybe I should take her to the vet to put her to sleep, but on the other hand I love her so much and I'd be heartbroken. What shall I do?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-10-29
    Thank you I really appreciate your help, I'll probably take her to the vet then
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-29
    I'd take her to the vet as he just might be able to fix it.  Could be something real easy like a cyst - easily removed without anesthetic.  Could be a tick - I'd try and put vaseline on the ear cuz if tick - the tick would back out as would not be able to breathe covered in vaseline and then just take a kleenex and kill the tick.  Could be something so easy so I'd do the vet.
Meena Fech - 2010-12-22
I love my current mouse, butterscotch. She is very cat-like. She hates water, she lands on her feet, and the best part about her is that she loves being scratched behind her left ear. My mouse, peanut butter, loved to eat. He would stand on the bars, waiting for a treat. Whenever you gave him food, he'd squeak back, "thank you!" and eat it. My mouse, Remy, would escape to explore. I trained him well, he'd go back to the cage when he was done. My mouse, mozzarella, loved to run in circles (no, she was not insane). My dog ruby tried to eat her, but she couldn't catch her. Mozzarella trained ruby to be nice to my mice. Ruby never touched them again. I've been keeping mice my whole life. If you're reading this and don't have a mouse, get one because they all have unique, loving personalities.

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  • BARBARA - 2011-01-15
    I bought a mouse not knowing she was pregnant and now i have about 9 babies or so, what do i do now? And by the way the story about your mice is a good story it makes me think about the ones i have.
  • Ona - 2011-02-03
    Mozzarella is an adorable name for a mouse! I have a bunch of mice, and I named them all after Harry Potter characters. Their names are Severus, Draco, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Ollivander, Bellatrix, and Ron. :)
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  • bella - 2011-03-23
    Hi I have a mouse called lotta luv lick
    I have had her for 3 years now since she was a baby.
  • Imogen - 2012-10-11
    Aww they sound cute! I've got a cute little black and white mouse at the moment called Poppy. She is quite shy but I love her so much, she's really cute and takes things out of my hand! She is trained. I used to have 3 mice called Milly, Molly and Mandy. Milly was dark brown and white, Molly was chestnut brown and white and Mandy was pure white. I loved them. Mice are the best rodents, I think. They are adorable I love them so much I started having them in 2010 :)
Anonymous - 2012-10-05
I went to the vet to ask the vet's advice about my mouse today and I can't decide what to do. My mouse's name is Poppy and is about 15 months but had her less than a year, and her ear is bleeding a lot and she keeps scratching it all the time. A skin condition. She is still eating and active, and we asked the vet what we should do. She said that they could give her an injection and that might work-but is that the best thing to do? Mice are really small and an injection might make her worse or kill her. Should I take her to the vet or just wait a while? Please help, I need some advice. I hate seeing my mouse in a lot of pain and want to do the best thing for her.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-05
    What did he say is cause=ing the skin infection?  Is it a steriod or an antibiotic he wants to inject?
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-06
    steriod i think
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-06
    If the mouse can be kept seperate ask the vet if there is a topical solution.
tzsharn - 2012-09-28
I have a male mouse (Maxi) he is fluffy wavy fur an has had mites before. I have got rid of them with a mite spray that I'd use on him an his bedding, but now outta no where he has started to get this gunky stuff in one of his ears, and I think he might be getting mites again cause he had a lil spot under the same ear come back. I've cleaned him up with warm salty water an the mite spray but the gunk has come back? I really want to no what it is an what I can do to stop it coming back??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-29
    Fun - no it isn't fun.  What you have to do is get rid of the mites on the little fella and throw out all bedding and wash cage and toys - all at the same time.  Then change the bedding - I'd use Carefresh and put it in the freezer for 24 hours before you use it.  Also freeze the food for 214 hours before you use it.  The mites are most likely coming in from the bedding or the food.  You might have to do this twice - once for the mites and again about 10 days later.  Freeze bedding and food before using.  Here is a link which should help also - hints etc for helping to gt rid of mites.
John White - 2012-09-11
Ok recently I purchased some mice at petware house. I bought a male and three adult females and I bought four babies for future breeding. Needless to say all the females were pregnant and one of them recently has given birth and now she is really lethargic and not her normal self the babies are all gone I think she killed them my question is why is she behaving this way any information is appreciated thank you and have a nice night

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-12
    Mice will do this for a variety of reasons.  One, they themselves are short protein in their diet.  Two, they feel there is something wrong with the babies or that the babies will not survive.   Three, they feel that won't be able to keep the babies safe from harm.  Those are the three biggies.  Possibly, you have three females to close together and mom felt she couldn't find a safe spot for the babies.  Mice eat meat - ok to give them chicken or some sort or protein - cheese.  Also, possibly new mom and had no idea what they were or what she was supposed to do. Premature?  So that is 5 main reasons - feed the protecin, give the females a little more space and some place to make a safe spot for babies.  Nature - mice won't keep babies unless they feel they can raise them and keep them safe - many animals are like that.  Keep fingers crossed for next time but get them hiding places and room.
Imogen - 2012-08-30
My mouse Poppy has a little scab on one of her ears, and she keeps scratching it all the time (it must be very itchy.) This just started happening a few days ago and I am worried, especially because one of my other mice had to be put to sleep with a really bad skin disease. This isn't anywhere near as bad as that, but she does scratch a lot and it looks sore. Is it a skin disease or something else? Is there anything I can do for it? Thank you.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-09-10
    Just keep an eye on her. There isn't much you can do for small creatures like mice, but if she starts to look worse take her to the vet. Keep her healthy and her cage clean. It could be a skin disease but it could also be mites, lice or ringworm. I'd take her to the vet if I were you. Anyway, I hope she gets better. Keep her happy.