Animal Stories - Pet Mouse

Animal-World Information about: Pet Mouse

   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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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.

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).
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
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.
josh - 2012-05-08
I was given a mouse at work and I got a second one and I want teach them tricks ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-08
    Cheerios make a good snack to teach treats with. Good luck with your training!
jess - 2012-03-26
My boyfriend and I have 14 mice. One of our mice is starting to lose hair around her eyes, nose, and ears. She also has scabs in her ears. Shes still active and eating and playing with her friend. And that one is not showing any of the same signs. Could it be mites or some thing else?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-27
    Well, she can't create scabs in her ears by herself. Someone is overly washing her or chewing on her. Another mouse possibly. Mites, I would think that all the mice would have them then. Why don't you try and separate her out for a week and see if she starts to heal - thenyou know some other mouse might be over zealous in cleaning her.
  • Imogen - 2012-03-27
    Hi Jess, it sounds like it could be mites. Or it could be ringworm, or something else. If she is still eating and active like you say, I wouldn't worry. She is obviously not in that much pain or she wouldn't still be doing the things she usually does. If it isn't mites, it could be a skin condition or disease. My mouse had that which was basically just a big scab that was bleeding all the time. I had to have her put down sadly. Perhaps buy mite spray from pet stores, or powder. Rub that in to your mouse every day for a few days and see if you see any improvement. If not, seperate the mouse from it's friend for a day or two and watch closely. If it doesn't get any better and possibly worse, I'd take her to the vet. Good luck! I hope your mouse gets better. Don't worry!
milly - 2012-04-25
I had two mice but one just died:(
What will happen to the other one(they were very close)
Is there anything I can to to help her?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-25
    You can give the one that is left some extra attention.
  • Imogen - 2012-04-25
    Try and spend more time with the other one, give her loads of attention everyday if you can. You could get another mouse to replace the other one if you wanted, they might get along but there's a chance of them fighting. Most pet shops where you get them from are usually quite good with taking them back though if they fight, and refunds. But if you don't want to get another mouse just give the one on its own lots of attention and keep her happy: They get very lonely and depressed on their own, don't live very long. I'm very sorry to hear about the news about your mouse dying, I found it hard when two of mine died but eventually you will get over it. It just takes time. Good luck with your other mouse! x
  • Anonymous - 2012-05-02
    I am sorry to hear that about your mice, the same just happened with mine :(. I want to get a new one but I am worried about them fighting.
Aly - 2012-04-29
I have two mice. one day i went upstairs to check on them, and my white one had what looked like a scratch across her face. i think it was my cat but i have no evidence. so its been about a month and its not realy geting better, and this morning i woke up to her squeeking. i dont know if i should go see a professional about it because its on her face and im getting woried about her eye.

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  • Imogen - 2012-04-29
    Keep a close eye on her everyday. How old is she? Is she still active and eating fine? If she seems ill I'd consider taking her to a vet, asking them for advice. If her eye gets infected I'd definitely take her to a vet. Make sure she is still happy and active, if she is then she's probably fine. My concern is its been a month and it's not getting better. And the squeaking. Mice usually squeak if they're in pain, so it's probably painful for her. Seek vets advice. Hope she gets better, poor little mouse x
  • Aly - 2012-04-29
    She's almost 2 and thank you, its good to know its not extreamly serious.
  • Imogen - 2012-04-30
    One of my mice is almost two as well. I don't think it's too serious you're welcome :)
Imogen - 2012-04-22
My mouse Milly seems to be making funny noises and spends more time resting. She'll be 2 soon so it might be because of old age but is there anything I can do and what has she got? Thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-22
    There is no real way for someone (other than possibly a vet) to know if there is anything wrong with your little one. It is in middle age but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have a heart issue or something medically wrong with it. If she is eating and pooping normally, there is very little you can do. If she feels cold, then place a bulb over 1/2 the enclosure or a heating pad (wrapped in a towel) on low under 1/2 the enclosure. Hopefully just a spring fever thing - and maybe she will be fine.
  • Imogen - 2012-04-22
    Ok, she is eating and pooping normally and is still a bit active. Thank you so much for the advice, I hope she'll be ok as I'm a bit worried about her. Maybe it'll go away soon. Thanks again
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-22
    I hope she is better also. Funny thing about animals is they get many of the same things us humans get. Middle age can be sore muscles, or arthritis, bursitis or all those other itisis - not sure of them all. So hopefully the extra warmth will help cuz it is usually what is recommended for the itisis ---
  • Imogen - 2012-04-23
    Thank you! I usually keep lots of hay in the cage for them so they're always warm. Yes you're right :) She's still doing it today but not as much as before, maybe she just had a cold or something.
Anonymous - 2012-04-16
I'm wondering what the best thing to do is. I've got two mice. One of them fights with other mice but not the other one I have, they get along very well. But when I introduce her to other mice she just fights them; and it's only that mouse. The fighter is just a few months old, really young. The older one is nearly 2, quite old now. When the older one dies, I want to replace the mouse with another one because mice get really lonely and depressed on their own. But she'll probably fight with the other mouse. I also want to get gerbils soon after my mice, but I can't just leave her on her own. Should I just let her be on her own when the other one dies or try with a new mouse? Thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-16
    I would just leave the mouse on her own. She will be older by then and maybe would just like some peaceful and quiet time.
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-17
    That's what I thought but I wasn't sure-thank you