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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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Anna - 2012-08-01
My female fancy mouse which is about 4 months old is bleeding from both ears. I thought she was over scratching at first, but I'm not sure if it's actually just blood coming from within the ears. What can it be?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-02
    Could be mites or a parasite in the ear in which case the ears need to be cleaned out.  They would also cause scratching cuz they itch. You can purchase a solution to clean out her ears at a pet stored.  Just be very gentle and use a piece of wash clotch or if you use a q tip - be very careful.   Could be an ear infection and then she 'scratched' her ears because they hurt.  In this case, she will most likely need antibiotics.  Sometimes they have tetracycline at pet stores or you can go to Drs Foster and smith (online).  Could be hemorage and you would need to take her to a vet to determine that and I don't think ther is really anything that can be done for that.  Hoepfully it is just mites or a parasite and the cleaning will fix the situation.  Good luck. 
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Anonymous - 2012-07-09
Found one of my mice dead just tonight. She had a long and happy life (nearly 2 and she died in her sleep, wasn't ill) I have one mouse on her own now and she seems to be looking for her. I want to get a new mouse but she fights with other mice (apart from the one I lost tonight.) Should I try replacing her again and when is the best time to do this? In a couple of weeks? Sooner? I'm also worried because I'm going away this weekend (Friday to Sunday) will she be ok on her own for that long? Should I be worried about her for these two reasons? Please help, would really like some advice!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-09
    I wouldn't get another mouse until you return home and yes, I think your current mouse will be fine with you gone - it's just a couple of days.  So when you get back, you can get another mouse, if you want, but make sure you introduce them on neutral territory.  Bathroom floor is good or bathtub - anything where they can get to know each other without getting lost.  As they are getting to know each other, clean and re-arrange the current 'safe place' or cage or tank (whatever) so the current mouse doesn't feel so territorial.  She will miss the other mouse but she should be fine.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-10
    Ok thank you very much!!
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Imogen - 2012-06-22
Just last night I found one of my mice Poppy had a wound near her nose, just below her eye. This has obviously happened recently but what is it and is there anything I can do to make it better? She also scratches quite a lot too and I'm worried about her. Is it a skin condition? Please help, don't like seeing my cute little mouse suffer.

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  • Baare Beary - 2012-06-26
    This happened to my little guy Mouse, over a year ago. I couldn't afford to take my little guy to a vet so I read somewhere on the internet that you can give him Tetracycline, I got the powder, not the pills and I put a little in his water. I gave him very little not even half the envelope, I am not a vet and I didn't want to kill the little guy, so only use a little and watch him, in 24 hours my little guy was back to normal. He was fine for months and then he scratched the little mark again and it started over so I just did the same and in 24 hours he was ok. I know its for fish but I was desperate to help him and he lived for 20 months and I lost him in May. I hope I can give your little guy some relieve. I am not a vet but this might help anyone who might be going through this, and can't afford a vet.
  • Baare Beary - 2012-06-26
    Sorry I meant to say your little girl.
  • Imogen - 2012-06-27
    Thank you! Sorry for losing your little guy in May, it's really sad to lose a pet. One of my other mice I had before this one that I lost last year had a skin condition and was much worse than this and bleeding. In the end I had to put her to sleep at the vet because she was in so much pain and suffering-so I'm worried about my little girl a lot right now. I don't want the same to happen to her. It's really small at the moment and not anywhere near as bad, still active and everything but it might get worse. Your experience helped me, I might try that. Thanks again! Wasn't expecting a reply as good as that
  • Baare Beary - 2012-06-27
    Please try it. I never expected him to pull through and was shocked that he was back on his wheel running like a lunatic within a day. I totally expected that I was going to loose him. He was my first mouse and I knew next to nothing when he got sick. It is a wonder drug for little mouse's even though it's for fish. I haven't gotten my new mice yet. Although almost 2 months Mouse is gone, I think I will get many. Mouse had six tanks, 8 wheels and lots of toys, I always felt bad that he was all alone because they say you can't put males together and I didn't want to breed mice. He was a happy little fellow. I just wish he didn't leave me. He was my little boy.
  • Imogen - 2012-06-29
    I'm really sorry about your little boy. I'll try my best with it thank you aww x
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-29
    if the wound gets worse then see a vet, if not the best thing you can do is keep a close eye on her and see if she's still active and everything. Monitor the cut to see if it gets worse. If it does go to a vet if it doesn't then it's fine. Hope your mouse Poppy is okay =] xx
  • Imogen - 2012-06-29
    Thank you I will
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Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-06-28
Do pregnant mice drink a lot of water? I tried putting apples and some wet veggies in the cage, but she ignores them. It may just be me, but she seems to drink a LOT of water and I did all the checks for symptoms of dehydration and she isn't showing any of them besides the thirst.

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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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