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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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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.
Anonymous - 2012-09-03
My mouse's ear is bleeding and scratches lots, what can I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-03
    Clean it with betadine and a cotton ball orq-tip and then put a little neo-porin on it for infection.  Try and see if something is there irritating the ear while you clean it.  Just keep it clean.
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-03
    Ok thank you! She scratches her ear all the time and now it's bleeding, worried about her
Kayleigh - 2012-07-15
I am extremely upset by what has happened with my baby mice tonight. I recently adopted 4 baby mice I found in a nest in my ceiling. Their mother had abandoned them, and against my mothers wishes, I am now fostering them. I keep their cage very clean and feed them a very good balanced diet. However, tonight while playing with my male mouse, I realized he had a hole near back foot. Upon further inspection, this 'hole' was moving! I got very scared and started poking at it. Only to discover theres something living in my baby! I poked around at the hole with a toothpick, and then proceeded to pull this 'slug' out with tweezers. When it came out it was moving, it is about the size of two thumbnails, and is fat and black. I'm very worried, is this some sort of disease? Can my other mice get it? Can i get it? If anyone knows please email me back asap. im very worried

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  • Geoff - 2012-08-29
    Looks like you have found the problem and you should probably put polysporin cream on it. ( small amount ) Mice are very strong and recover well. I have a female that had a scratching problem and treated for mites. She was so sick and was even in the family way at the time. I really did not expect her to survive at all. She had and nursed the babies ( 6 ) and recovered with damaged ears and missing fur that never really grew back there well. This was over 7 months ago. Loves to play and be funny. We call her Mummy Mouse. She looks a bit old now as she is about 15 months, but still having fun and going strong. Still beautiful in our eyes.
Anonymous - 2012-08-24
Can anyone help me right away my mouse has pulled out all his hair on his underbelly it appears something is hanging off him causing him great discomfort he was all bloody and it appears he can't move his right arm. I am at a loss as to why he would mutilate himself like this and don't know how to get him better. His name is Itty Bitty and he is so tiny please help me help him. I am on my knees begging someone one to please help me save him he is the world to me.

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  • baare beary - 2012-08-29
    I found the solution to my own problem with my little mouse and I hope this will help anyone who could not afford a vet. I crazily went to the pet store looking for something to help my little guy- who as above had some kind of condition. This is a miracle I found this and it was not in the mouse section of the store -Petco- but in the ferret section it's called Pet Solution first-aid support put out by Earth's Balance it is a spray with no harm to your little guy if it gets in their eyes or mouth-I applied it to my little guy and everything that bothered him has settled him down and he know longer is harming himself. He sleeps a lot but then again he was up a lot when he was hurting and he can't move one little hand because of what he did but he is slowly finding interest in the things he liked to do before. This is also could for little guys with glassy eyes. I hope it helps anyone who needs help. Again I am not a vet I just love my mice and will do anything and try anything in the world to save them.
Anonymous - 2012-08-26
My mouse kept scratching a lot last night. I didn't notice her scratching as much today but she keeps making loud squeaks like she's in pain or ill. She might not be ill, but I do worry about my mice when they do things like this. She also stays lying on top of the hay all the time, but she does still eat and everything. Is she ill? Can anyone please help me?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-26
    She might be allergic to hay - good chance.  I'd put her on bedding.  I prefer Carefresh as essentially shredded/wrapped paper/  No dust and never found anything alergic to paper.  Hay - many animals and people are.  Hay itches too.
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-27
    Ok thank you
Ananya Roy - 2012-08-13
I have 2 female mice of nearly 5 months old. They are normal and healthy but whenever I take them out of their cage they spray on me with a liquid which is not their pee. It seems odorless to me but both of them do this,every time i take them out and play with them. However they don't do this to other people when they handle it normal? i hope they aren't sick.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-15
    I am truly not a mouse expert but have had a few and my kids have had them.  I guess I would just stick to the way you were doing it and get sprayed cuz pooped, peed on and sprayed just isn't the answer.  Maybe a towel?  Food - they can eat anything you eat that is nutricious - now that makes sense.  Obviously a very little piece of potatoe chip has a lot of salt on it for a little guy.  So just think of their size -   As far as human food and I am not being funny or sarcastic here but whether in New York City, my back yard (where I feed everything from birds, coyotes and fox plus the mice and every garbage dump in the world - all those mice are surviving quite well on human cooked food - whatever it is.  I have a very tiny mouse in this house - loose and it has been loose now for some months.  He gets into the bird nuts and carries them through the bird room, through the kitchen and living room and puts them in my husbands shoes. I am not joking. He is in the garbage and will store that food and sometimes I think he has friends in for dinner (I am lying on that one but not quite sure).  So have fun - I am at least not getting sprayed on although I know it has slept with me cuz of the little poops I found when I woke up. 
  • Ananya Roy - 2012-08-15
    I tried it yesterday evening. They played with my hand as usual but as I waited for them to do the marking and spraying inside the cage,they got impatient, forced their way out of the cage, and smartly sprayed on me, in larger amount than usual and then, peed and pooped all over me. Before yesterday, they never peed or pooped outside their cage.I think they did it deliberately and this is a type of punishment to me for not letting them out quickly. Today, I did the usual thing and they sprayed the usual amount and now they are playing on the sofa, as I am writing this.So,I think it is better to stick to the usual routine, as I am not looking forward to be covered in mice pee and poop.!:D:D They are very naughty. They want to taste everything we eat. Is it safe to give them things like potato-chips,chocolates,sweets etc.?few days ago I gave them cooked soya beans and they ate it very eagerly. Many say that cooked food can cause indigestion and baldness in furry animals like mice and they are not supposed to eat oily food but whenever they smell these things,they jump up and down and look beseechingly at us,just to have a bite, and that makes me so sad.I need an expert's advice,so please help!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    It is normal.  A little more unusual for females (sure you don't have males?).  Anyway they are just marking their territory and claiming ownership.  What you can try (and maybe it will work) is while they are in their cage just put your hand in and play with them for a few minutes.  let them mark your hand or an area in the cage and then take them out.  Sometimes that works.
linmast - 2012-08-04
We just adopted a mouse from a Humane League booth at the pet store. He came with a cage and wheel and other items, but it felt sticky and had a strange odor, so I took him out and thoroughly cleaned every item in the cage. I replaced the bedding with the Petco paper bedding and didn't put in any of the items that seemed to retain the odor. What I've discovered is that the mouse himself is putting off this odor. I used a slightly damp washcloth to wipe him down but he still smells bad. I was hoping that a 24 hours in new, clean environment might help purge whatever might have been in his system to cause this odor, but no luck so far. Any ideas?

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  • baare beary - 2012-08-07
    Little boy mice smell, I had one that passed in May and have just rescued 8 more little mice- all boys- I found that it is best to put up with the smell, if you can, for a week then clean the cage and scrub it good, but leave the wheel and toys unwashed for another week, then do a complete cleaning of everything in the cage and be sure to put everything back in its spot. It is my experience, that once they realize that no one is going to take their things they don't mark their territory as much. There will always be a little smell, but not strong at all and nothing a room freshener can't handle. I don't know if that it will work for you, but I have 8 little blessings. One so cruelly kept at Pet Smart in a plastic shoe box in the back room with no wheel or water bottle- just a bowl of water and a half of a piece a plastic bed he chewed on- If I didn't ask if they had any in the back that no one wanted he would still be there - he doesn't even know how to use the wheel - His name is Whisky and Rummy, Cowee, Itty Bitty, Little Mouse, Blacky, Spooky, and Windy keep him company now.