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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Emma Wilson - 2013-08-01
I have been taking care of a white 'lab' mouse for about 2-3 months. I'm worried because he makes this non-stop chirping noise and when he rests, he never lays down, he just stands with his eyes wide open. He is not on his exercise wheel as much as he used to before. I am also am concerned because his water bottle doesn't work that well so he may not be getting the right amount of water he needs. I am really puzzled on what I can do to help him and I hope to take him to a vet soon. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions that could help me out? If so, thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-02
    It sounds like your mouse might have a respiratory infection. The best things you can do are to keep his cage clean and dry and make sure it is out of any drafts. Also make sure it is a comfortable temperature where his cage is at. You may want to buy a new water bottle or simply put in a small bowl of fresh water that he can easily access. If the infection gets worse or doesn't clear up a visit to the vet is your next best option to get him on some antibiotics.
Baare Beary - 2012-06-21
My pet mouse died last month his name was Mouse I had him for almost 20 months- I came home and he had died with his eyes open and it almost looked like he was praying. I don't know why he died he was fine the day before. Did he suffer? My heart is so broken without my little boy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-21
    No, probably just fell asleep and went on to the whatever world.  I am sorry - it is hard to lose a friend. 
  • Anne - 2012-10-08
    I had a mouse die recently and her eyes were open, as well. She had been having some health problems but had seemed find the night before. Unfortunately, because mice are so tiny, any illness or problem will take over very quickly. Also, 20 months for a mouse is a good age. They average less than 2 years typically. I can't tell you if he suffered or not, but he could have simply just died of old age. I'm so sorry for you loss.
  • Catrena - 2012-10-02
    I am sorry for your loss. I just lost a mouse tonight and I am on here in my grief looking for answers.
  • Imogen - 2012-10-07
    I'm really sorry. I know it is very hard to lose a pet-I've lost 3 female mice, and my heart broke. I was so upset and in grief for ages about my girls. Just remember the fun you had together.
  • Magda - 2012-10-23
    I have males and females for free
  • Megan - 2013-07-12
    The same happend to my little Cream. I was heart broken too she died with her eyes open and looked like she was praying just like yours but we buried her in the backyard and made her a little cardboard cross. We know we won't forget her and it really was a shock when we found her dead she was fine the night before.
Evita - 2013-04-30
I have had my 2 little white mice for 1 year and 8 months. They are so sweet and i love them so much. . . Which is why i am absolutely devastated that one has an internal tumor. She was always a bit bigger and lazier than my other mouse, but was in perfect health until a few months ago when i noticed she began to develop cataracts. Soon after, my husband and i noticed she had been gaining weight, but in a disproportionate way so she looked pear-shaped. She is still a very active mouse, but it hurts my heart so much to see her having a hard time moving. She likes to go on the wheel still, but for short periods of time. Sometimes my other mouse will run on the wheel with her and spin her around. She is still very social, she is eating and drinking, but i am very paranoid about her tumor and if she is in pain. I took her to the vet last week and he said that he agrees with me that she is still a very happy mouse who has a will to live, but that i should be watching her to see when she is uncomfortable and that would be my sign to bring her in to get put to sleep. I am super paranoid about her now and am so afraid that i will not notice the right signs. I don't want her to be in pain, and i also do not want to put her to sleep before she is ready. I am also worried about the happiness of my other mouse when my other mouses' time comes. Please help with any advice.

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  • ananya roy - 2013-05-01
    i have two laboratory mice of about 14 months of age.both of them are very bulky and this a sign of internal tumor?.they are losing there appetite lately and will sleep or lay down all the time.please answer me!they refuse to play and pant if i make them do a bit of exercise on their wheel.what should i do??
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-01
    Evita, I'm sorry to hear about your little mouse's tumor. These little creatures do get tumors sometimes, and there is little that can be done. But the average lifespan for a mouse is 2, sometimes up to 3 years, so she's had a pretty gool life and it sounds like a great home. When she does pass, it won't really really impact your other mice. It will be a sad day, but there's not much you can do about it as that's part of the life cycle. So just know you've given her a good and happy home. My good wishes are with you.
MaKenna - 2013-04-27
One of my mice started hicupping then died 2 days later I don't know what happened she was well fed clean and had no problems what could it be?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-27
    Hard to say, but mice have a fairly short lifespan. On average they live just 2 - 3 years, so maybe is wasy that.
Natasha - 2007-05-25
I used to have 3 or 4 'lab' mice, but unfortunately, they have all since died. The only female I had was pregnant, but sadly ignored her babies. I'm hoping to get some new mice, and breed them, and sell them as snake food...:[. I love having little pet mice because they're so affectionate, adorable, and tame, and I'm planning on working at a local pet store so I can have access to mice.

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  • aly - 2012-09-21
    That's terrible! How could you sell them as snake food? I have feeder mice and they mate alot but I find good homes for them, I'm not saying you are a terrible person, I know you aren't doing wrong, but I don't understand how it's possible to do that, I fall in love with them as soon as I see them, I could never sell them so anyone as food, it would break my heart. Breeding just to kill is kinda mean, I mean even with cows....I feel bad everytime I eat cow meat D: I guess I'm more sensitive then alot of other people seeing as if I kill a spider I cry. Can you explain to me how you are able to do this with out feeling bad? I'm just curious and I would like to be able to see things from your point of veiw. ~Alyssa Paige
  • Imogen - 2012-09-23
    I agree with the comment above. I fall in love with mice as soon as I see them-love them so much, they're such cute animals! Sorry but how could you sell them as snake food?! Just the thought of that makes me feel upset. You aren't a bad person and I'm not being mean or anything but you're selling them as snake food?! :'(
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-16
    Hey Natasha, why don't you go jump in a tank with a snake and see how you like it. THINK before you say something so stupid, there are children who come to this site seeking help for their little guys, how insensitive can you be?
  • Magda - 2012-10-23
    I have 2 females for sale for 2 pounds
  • Mary - 2013-02-06
    I to am a mouse lover but to breed them and play with the babkies is a very fun process, too many mice since they breed fast could become over whelming, i do believe in using them for snake food if frozen at birth, it is nature snakes and other animals have to eat too, as much as we hate it, it is reality people, you want pet snakes their are also snake lovers someone has to produce food to keep the food chain going sad but just a fact, get a grip people and think outside the box lol m.j.
  • Lanie - 2013-02-26
    Hey, I have snakes. i don't like feeidng the mice to them but that is just how it is. It's sad to see a baby mouse get eaten but what else are they going to eat? I guess I could try and make them in to vegetarians...but I don't think they would go for that. I could see everyone flipping out if Natasha said she was going to tourture the mice and then sale them as food, or if she said I'm going to just kill them. But she didn't. i bet she would be more then happy to not breed them for a little extra cash if everyone who had a problem with it would send her a check every month. There is nothing wrong with what she is wanting to do. Just leave her alone and look in the mirror if you feel the need to have to preach or judge someone. I bet there are alot of things you do that others don't agree with. So get off it.
  • Ali - 2013-03-05
    Snakes have to eat too! My boyfriend has 2 ball pythons and we stared breeding our mice, and yes for food. Who wouldn't fall in love with the adorable little baby mice but, thats just how things are snakes need food too. I love each of our mice(Luna, Moo, Zeus, Pepper, Cinnamon, and Daisy) that we keep as pets and carefully breed as to not over work the mothers. Don't be so judgmental people, none of us actually enjoy feeding the mice off. But when you see how quick it is (all of 2 maybe 3 seconds) it is more humane then most realize.
  • Reptile and Mouse Owner - 2013-03-18
    I understand you said nothing mean or horrible, mouse breeds and snakes eat. No different than getting sad for a seed that the mouse just cracked in half, everything needs food. But I also agree this specific place your 'story' is inappropriate, that would be more suitable for a page talking about snakes. I agree there are worse things on the internet a kid can find than a person saying they are going to breed mice for snake food. I love my pets and my mouse would never become any pets' food.
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?

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 :)