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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Lily Bentley - 2012-04-09
Hello all. :) So I got my very first mouse about a month ago, and now that I've had a bit of play with Meena, I wanted to get her a companion. The new mousie is an estimated 6 or so weeks old. Both are female, and I don't think they will have problems, but I wanted to ask how to make sure they don't fight or anything like that. The new one has already seemed to make herself at home, drinking water and eating and climbing everything.

I want to know how to tell if they are getting along or not, and if so how to assist the process. :3

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-09
    You shouldn't have a problem - besides they are already getting along. Good for you.
  • Lily Bentley - 2012-04-09
    Hee. I was more concerned that maybe Meena, being a bit older would have an issue, but at first she didn't care and just a bit ago she was actually grooming the new one, so I take this as a good sign that they will be joyous mousie friends. Now comes the hard part... naming the new mouse!

    It is also good news that the new one has expressed interest in the wheel, because Meena never used it.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-09
    I am a firm believer in naming a pet (companion) a name they choose. Just sit there and reciete a whole lot of names, Sam, Ting, Tang, Wally - just names - and when your little guy stands up to hear it or looks at you and waits for you to repeat it - some rection - then you have the name. It is a sound that they like ----- Just me though -
  • Lily Bentley - 2012-04-10
    She has become Bailey, wonder mouse extraordinaire!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-10
    Bailey is a cute name - good idea.
  • Imogen - 2012-04-16
    Well, they might fight or they might not. Some mice get on if they're not in the same litter and some don't. They seem to be fine, not fighting. That's great. If you put them in a neutral place together before the cage (like a big cardboard box full of tubes and boxes for them to explore) then they'll start getting used to each other and that's a good way for them to meet each other. You can't make sure they don't fight though-they'll decide that for themselves if they get along or not. But I don't think they will fight as you haven't had any problems so far. Baileys a really nice and cute name by the way! They are getting along I think. :)
Breeanna - 2012-04-14
my brothers pet mouse is 12 months old and she eats a little bit of food and she is really skinny is something wrong with what she eats or is it her age or is it something else we had another mouse that died a while ago could it have something to do with that? please answer we are very sad and would like to know.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-14
    I would not think her age as still pretty young. How long ago dd the other one die. Could there be a contagion involved. Is her behavior normal. Poop ok. Try giving her some pedialyte water from grocery store for hydration and also a little yougurt just a teaspoon. Either have a kight shine on half the enclosure or heating pad on low under half the enclosure. What we are trying to do here is keep her warm, hydrate her and get her to eat.
Tammy - 2012-02-18
My beautiful Fancy Mouse seems to be sick, and I'm just wondering what to do? All around her right eye is wet, and she is less-active. Her feces are also green.

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  • Imogen - 2012-02-19
    Sounds like your mouse is ill. How old is your mouse and is she still eating? It could be a disease she's got but it could also just be a cold. Watch her everyday to see how active she is and if she's in any pain and seems to be getting worse. You should see a vet if she looks really ill. I hope your mouse gets better
  • kassie - 2012-03-24
    do u clean its cage once a week, and give her fresh food and water? fruits and veggies are good for mice and so is exercise. anyways i really hope ur mouse gets better
kassie - 2012-03-16
I've had my mouse (Romeo) for 3 and a half years and now he isn't eating and losing fur and weight. My poor mouse is now skinny and we used to think he was the fattest mouse ever. When we pick him up we can feel his bones, it's sooo sad. if anyone has any solutions please let me know before its to late for the little guy....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-16
    AHH he must have a very good human to take care of him cuz Romeo is pretty old now. I am sorry. Just hold him when he wants and let him rest when he wants and eat what he wants.
jamie - 2012-03-15
I have a mouse she had pmonenia. I took her to the vet and she is taking antibotics. She's still taking them and she is doing good. I had another mouse who died last year. I don't know of what. My new mouse is doing well.

Anonymous - 2012-02-17
Last night I was playing with my mouse and then the cage door just slammed shut where one of my mice was looking out. It didn't hit her luckily, but now she seems to be terrified still today. She runs away from me and hides now, and doesn't take food from my hand anymore. Should I be worried? Advice please?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-17
    No, I wouldn't worry. He just real scared, sorta like if you walked into a room in the dark and someone slammed the door very hard. You would jump. You'd be careful if you went by the door again. The little guy most likely associates you giving him food with the big bang and is afraid. Can you take him out of the cage and just put him in your lap and give him the food for a few days so he gets back to being not afraid? I'd try that. Otherweise just go slow and talk softly when you open cage door to give him treat. He will come around.
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-17
    I'll try that thank you
  • Izzy - 2012-02-17
    If it didn't hit her. She'll be fine and will be friendly again soon. Mice get scared easily because they're small and are scared of loud noises-but if you keep trying she'll eventually do it again. Hope this helps!
Dee - 2012-01-20
I had my mouse 4 months and she was about 4 weeks when we got her. she had one set of babies (10) but on Monday my cat got into my room and knocked the cage over and kinder got her, no cuts or marks just really startled her. we found her hiding in a corner, she was making a clicking sound when she breathed but that's now stopped, it seemed like she seemed back to her old self but today she is hardly moving or eating, or drinking, however does not seem really skinny. she just sits in the corner hasn't even made a bed with the new bedding. she has heavy bleeding like a period, could she of miscarriage

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    Wow, so sorry to hear about your mouse. Sounds like she was, and still is, stressed, but the bleeding is a sign that something is wrong. If you are sure she was pregnant, she may be going through a miscarriage, otherwise it is more likely that she has internal damage. Either way she is in trouble. You can take her to a veterinarian to find out for sure and get her treatment.
Anonymous - 2012-01-28
How can you tell if mice are fighting or just playing? My mouse chases my other mouse around a lot and bites her but they were always friends before and cleaned each other, snuggled up together etc. However, my mouse that fights has attacked other mice before. Is there a way you can tell if it's fighting or just trying to play bite?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-30
    Usually if they were friends before they'll just play bite sometimes. Mice like to chase each other around; this doesn't mean they're fighting. If they pin one another to the ground they are. But on the other hand, biting could also mean fighting too. Look if the mice are harmed at all and you'll know. Good luck and I hope this helps! I also hope they aren't fighting either, that would be bad. Usually if they were really good friends and got along together before though they're just playing.
  • Imogen - 2012-01-30
    Ok thank you for your advice much appreciated I'll look for these signs.
Imogen - 2012-01-21
Oh dear! What a terrible shock for you and your mouse. Your mouse sounds like she is stressed and very scared-But it sounds like it's damage. If she's still bleeding heavily for a while I'd take her to the vet because it's quite serious when mice bleed. She sounds ill and you have to seek vet advice immediately.

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-21
    Depending on how long into her pregnancy she is, she may have them early. Sorry that happened to your little mouse. Cat's are curious little creatures, so maybe a brick or something heavy on the cage could keep it from getting knocked down again. Let us know how she does.
Imogen - 2012-01-19
My mouse Milly is very old now (20 or 21 months) and she seems to have gone off eating certain foods that I give her that she used to love. Is this normal for old aged mice? And also, she's usually still really active but sometimes she just lies down and looks ill. Should I be worried about any of these signs? Is she ill?

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  • Imogen - 2012-01-20
    That's what I thought but I wasn't sure. Thank you for your help!
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-19
    She is getting old, and there's not much you can do about that. But you say she is still active, and if she is still eating, old age may be all it is.