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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Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-06-26
I recently bought three domestic mice from the pet store to breed. I have one male and two females. I am not sure, but I think they are at least 5 wks old. I've had them for three days and I haven't see them actually breed, but one of my female mice is being very inactive. She was constantly running around when I got her, but now she only gets up to eat or drink. She has also built her OWN little nest type thing. I am not sure if she is pregnant or sick. She is also a tiny bit fatter. Please help!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-26
    At 5 weeks they are just starting to become sexually mature.  It would not be unusual that they haven't bred yet - although they could have.  On this one, you are just going to have to wait and see.
  • Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-06-26
    They are fully weaned so I know they are over 4 wks. And the male has already tried to mate with one of the females, she just isn't in heat at the moment. My black female is the one who is acting strangely. She was sleeping in a big nest with the others. Now, she has built herself a burrow up against the food dish. I am worried she might be sick.
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Anonymous - 2012-06-16
Does anyone else notice that old mice tend to go off food that they previously loved when they were younger or is it just my mouse?! And she sleeps loads more. She'll be 2 next month

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-16
    I believe pretty much any creature goes off the 'favorite foods' of the youth as they get older.  Whether you are human, a dog, cat or a little mouse, you just don't digest things the same way as you age.  Your favorites change and what your system needs nutrionally is different.  So, yes your little furry fella diet needs would change.  He would not want or desire neceesarily the same foods.  My guess is he would like a little plain yogurt - just a little.
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-17
    Ok I won't be worried then thank you very much for your good reply! Wow I didn't know you could give them yogurt...I will. Thanks again
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maricar garcia - 2012-06-05
What is the scientific name of albino mouse?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-06
    The scientific name for a mouse is Mus musculus. They happen to come in different colors, greay, black, white and also albino.
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Milly - 2012-05-28
My mouse has started being less active and lying down recently. She's quite old now so I'm sure it's just because of old age, but does anyone know what I should do? Thanks x

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2012-05-28
    If she is becoming less active due to age then there is really nothing much you can do. Just keep her cage clean to keep her comfortable!
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Anonymous - 2012-05-28
My mice seem to be breathing heavily and seem tired. This might be because it's really hot at the moment. What should I do to cool them down? I've tried putting less hay in and more fresh water but is there anything else I can do?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2012-05-28
    If they are too hot, try putting their cage in a cooler room in the house or put a small fan near their cage. Keep an eye on them and make sure they don't exhibit any other symptoms of becoming sick, such as runny eyes and nose or diarrhea.
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-05
    Ok thank you
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Anonymous - 2012-06-04
My mouse eyes are watery and look sore. Just noticed this last night-she's quite old now and her skin is quite lumpy too. She is still eating and everything but also a bit less active and sleeps more. She'll be 2 next month so she's quite old now and I don't think I can do much for her, but is she ill? Anything I could do about the sore eye? I love my mice and I hate seeing her in pain. Please help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-04
    You can take a heating pad and wrap it in a towel and put it on low and place it under 1/2 the cage. That way she can get warmer if she needs to. She could have a respiratory infection or it could just be she is older. You can clean out her eyes with a q tip and a eye solution. Just make sure she is warm enough.
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-05
    Ok that's what I'll do thank you for the great advice
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Sophie - 2012-05-21
Remember that while males should live on their own (they'll fight with other boys, and you don't want them to breed with females), girls absolutely have to be kept in groups of two or more - you can't provide that attention unless you live in her cage.

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Yvette G - 2012-05-14
My 13 year old son received a Mouse as a gift. We never had a Mouse before. I took my son to Pet Smart $150 later we have a very happy mouse. The sad part is my son does not know how to pick up and hold his new little mouse. My son catches lizards and Bees all day, he just does not want to hurt her. Can't anyone 'PLEASE HELP'?
Thank you,

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  • Imogen - 2012-05-15
    Take your son to a quiet room well away from other pets if you have any more, and sit down carefully. Don't make any sudden movements or sounds while near your mouse because it'll scare it. You can scoop your mouse up gently in your hands, but don't squeeze too hard. This will scare and possibly hurt it. Or you can pick your mouse up by the base of the tail, NOT the end!! He shouldn't be nervous about picking the mouse up, he just needs to make sure he does it right so he doesn't scare or harm the little mouse. They get scared easily because they're so small. Try to pick your mouse up carefully often, and when your mouse is very tame it might walk right into your hand with a treat on it! I was nervous about holding mine on the first few days, but I'm sure your son will get used to it. Hope this helps! Research it or look in books about caring for mice if you're still unsure. Best of luck! x
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-14
    I can understand where your son would be nervous about picking up the mouse - just a little nervous. Easiest way is to take the mouse into a small room such as the bathroom or even the bathtub or shower - Just any area that is small and so the mouse can't get loose in the house and have it take you 3 hours to catch him. Have your son sit down on the floor with a towel in his lap (not slippery) and place a treat on the towel or in your sons hand such as piece of cheese and let the mouse come to your son. Then your son can pet him just a little. Then tell your son to just hold his hand under the mouse and pick him up. If your swon gets nervous - your sons lap and towel will cushion if there is a slip.
  • Sophie - 2012-05-21
    I agree with the other replies, but I'd like to add that treats can be really helpful for making friends with a shy mouse. Start by finding out what your mouses favorite treat is (Cheerios and sunflower seeds are usually a hit - just put them in your mouses food dish). Then, you can put a little treat in your palm and put your hand in the mouses cage. Pretty soon, the mouse with come out to nibble on the treat!

    It won't take long before the mouse with come out of the cage for the treat, and eventually you can stop giving treats and just kisses (but it's nice to occasionally give a treat).
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Immie - 2012-05-11
My mice Milly and Poppy are really fussy eaters. They'll only eat the foods they love and never eat the healthier things. They love sunflower seeds and sometimes I give them two each in one day-usually one per day. And a big handful of food they love and I shouldn't. How can I make their diet healthier for them and how often for the unhealthier mouse food? Also, please could I have some advice on how to get them to eat some healthy things? I'm worried about them putting on weight. They're not fat now but if this continues they're sure to get fat. One of them's old and one of them's young. What can I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-12
    Obviously they are going to eat more of the healthier items if you stop feeding them the unhealthier 'treats'. I would just make up your mind to feed them their regular healthier foods from now on and limit the treats to 1/2 teaspoon or less before bedtime.
  • Immie - 2012-05-13
    Ok thank you
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Anonymous - 2012-04-20
This morning when I went to my mouse cage I saw one of them sneezing. I think it was sneezing and she wouldn't stop it. Could this be a cold? She's quite old now so it might be old age. I'm wondering what to do and how to make her better?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-20
    Could be age, cold, allergies or upper repiratory. In any case it will help to keep her wrm. Place a heating pad wrapped in a towel on low under half the enclosure so she can get as warm as she wants. or you can put a light bulb or heat lamp over half the enclosure so again she can get as warm as she wants. If you have changed to different bedding - then change back cuz she might be allergic. If it is upper respiratory - then you would probably do best by getting an antibiotic.
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-20
    Ok thank you for the advice.
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