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Mice: bullying mouse, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, bully: Dear Heather, There are unfortunately no easy answers and no sure solutions. So, before I start a suggestion, the question is how long the pet store will give you to figure things out. Will they give you a month? And also, the other two will be going through...

Mice: where to buy a mouse in Chicago, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, age: Hi Grace, If there is a breeder, in Aurora, and I gave the information, that is likely the closest breeder to you. Hm. But if you say I responded in a private message, I wrote that I would do so, and did not put the information in the text? I can try to...

Mice: How to care for very sick mouse, bleeding from rectum, little paws
bleeding from rectum, little paws, water dish: Dear Heather, I am so sorry about little Rum. It is so hard to lose a little mouse. But I am glad Whiskey is starting out with a vet visit and clean bill of health. Thank you so much for the update. Squeaks, Natasha PS I had a mouse named Brandy...

Mice: Mouse lumps; mouseries near DC., cage mate, grand maul seizure
cage mate, grand maul seizure, white mice: Dear Ryan, I m so glad Ginger recovered! You had exactly the right instincts and absolutely saved her life. Mice do get tumors pretty often, especially poorly bred mice. It sounds like the pet stores around you go for the cheapest mill mouse breeders...

Mice: Concerned about female mice getting along, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, aggressive: Dear Alison, Oh the poor, poor little girls. People can be so mean and so stupid. Just yesterday someone told me she took in a rat that was bought for a school play and then not needed. Of course it hadn t been treated well and it was sick. It breaks...

Mice: What to do with wild mouse with no eyes?, humane option, mouse colony
Mice: What to do with wild mouse with no eyes?, humane option, mouse colony, lab technician

Mice: Clicker training mouse to do tricks, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, clicker: Hi Claire, Your message came in between my being in the other room and knowing I have one question to answer, and coming into this room ten yards away and seeing I have two : ). So I can be even quicker this time! You won t know what is going to happen...

Mice: Feeder mice babies have problems; balding babies s, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, formula: Hi, Just thought I d answer this super quick on my phone. The baby is cute anyway; I hope they are fine. Send me a photo when they are a little older! Carefresh and aspen bedding are the two most common litters for mice. Make sure your store does NOT sell...

Mice: Found mouse dead and believe littermate is injured, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, shun: Dear Teresa, I am so sorry for your loss. Mice are just as loving and wonderful as any larger pet, though many other people don t understand that. Their loss is just as sad. We definitely don t know how the black mouse died. It could have been unrelated...

Mice: Growth on side, fancy mouse, little honey
fancy mouse, little honey, pocket pets: Hi Kayleigh, Growths like this, while odd-looking, don t generally bother mice, as you noticed. It s almost impossible to spay a mouse and I have never found a vet who would do it (their body temperature drops too quickly for anesthesia), so I wouldn t...

Mice: Head tilt in mouse, head tilt, pituitary tumor
head tilt, pituitary tumor, vet visit: Dear Nina, Head tilt in mice is usually due to either an ear infection, as you suggest; or a pituitary tumor, which is less likely in a younger mouse. It is important for her to receive antibiotics right away so that she does not sustain permanent damage....

Mice: Ill mouse, female mouse, little water
female mouse, little water, nostrils: Hi Bronwyn, I m sorry I did not see this sooner. My fingers are crossed that one way or another, your pet is no longer suffering. I think you are correct that it was her time. Sometimes these things can happen very suddenly, but it doesn t sound like...

Mice: Introducing two mice to another mouse, Introduce, introducing
Introduce, introducing, new: Dear Xaiviea, Get some REAL vanilla extract - the fake stuff won t work- and dab it onto their necks and rumps. Then put them in a totally new cage with everything very clean. Watch them carefully. A bunch of chasing and squeaking is fine. What are not...

Mice: Keeping mice warm in a cold room, hot water bottle, taking care of mice
hot water bottle, taking care of mice, dear angel: Hi Angel, Nice to know you have a vet nearby : ) and thanks for writing back. Hope you can keep Alice warm. One way to help keep the cage from losing its warmth is to put about six sheets of newspaper covering three sides. When it has been super cold and...

Mice: Loss of Appetite in orphan mouse, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, eat: Dear Stephanie, Oh how cute she is : ))! Not sure if her appetite has decreased or if you expected it to increase. You did exactly the right thing to water down the pedialyte when she had ringtail and bloat. I assume that fixed both problems? What...

Mice: lump on rescued mouse leg, cage bars, poops
cage bars, poops, abscess: Hi Sabrina, Omg the poor, poor little thing! May the mouse goddess rain smelly mouse poops upon the person who left this sweet little defenseless mouse! Thank you so much for rescuing it. If it has soft lumps in back like a butt, it is a boy and those...

Mice: Male mice- mites? -- spray, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, mites: Hi Lily, Thank you for putting them in a bigger cage. Because males very often can t live together, you need to watch them carefully. They should be in such a place that people would hear if they started squeaking and fighting. However, the problem...

Mice: mice, butterflies and moths, genus names
butterflies and moths, genus names, animal husbandry: I don t think so. We don t use genus names for any other -ologist terms. For example, lepidopterology is the study of butterflies and moths, where lepidoptera is the order name. Genus would be way too specific to be a valid field of study in and of itself....

Mice: mouse bully, pink eyes, new girls
pink eyes, new girls, hiding places: Hi Heather, I m very sorry to hear about your loss. How long ago did you purchase the two new girls? It usually takes a few days for a pecking order of sorts to be figured out (it sounds like the bully is trying to make sure everyone knows she is the...

Mice: Mouse fell: Gooey Eye, Spasmed, then died., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, fall: Dear Beth, It sounds like he sustained internal injuries in his fall. That is so sad. Sometimes when mice fall they land just right and are fine. Other times they are killed immediately. And in between, they break bones and damage organs. I do not know...

Mice: Mouse killer, heidi hi, female mice
heidi hi, female mice, room mate: Hi Heidi, Although most female mice are very social, some do prefer to live alone. It s really not typical for a female to kill other females, but unfortunately sometimes a fight gets very out of hand very quickly. It sounds to me like she definitely...

Mice: Mouse litter, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, impregnate: Dear Cat, Are you absolutely certain that they are all females? Bucks and does look pretty much alike when they are young. Please check out the page that I give the addy to in my profile, Sexing Mice. Is is common to have a litter with one gender?...

Mice: Mouse losing hair, pocket pets, losing hair
pocket pets, losing hair, lastnight: Dear Holly, There are several reasons for mice to lose fur or have red skin. The mouse should go to the vet. Usually I would say treating for mites can be a start before going to the vet, but in this case the most likely cause is not as clear. My worry...

Mice: Mouse very sick, shaky, wobbly, cheka, wits end
cheka, wits end, litter box: Dear Hannah, I am so sorry about your loss of Willow. If Willow had mites, Cheka almost certainly does too. Mites can kill. Any vet can help you with mites- just ask for a kitten supply of Revolution and apply one drop on the back of the neck, being sure...

Mice: Mouse Tooth to long, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, tooth: Dear Jessica, The vet will not sedate her. They will clip her tooth. They may show you how to do it in case it happens again, if you trust yourself. You will probably be able to do it with good nail clippers; ask the vet what you need Afterwards, do...

Mice: new mouse nibbling, pumpkin seeds, female mice
pumpkin seeds, female mice, millet sprays: Hi Mahriah, Mice have really sensitive noses, so even though they can usually tell the difference between your fingers and food, sometimes after dipping your hand into a treat bag you may smell kind of delicious! Some mice will groom you to show affection,...

Mice: Orphaned Mouse doing fantastic!, baby mouse, mighty mouse
baby mouse, mighty mouse, tiny size: Dear Lisa, Thanks a million for the update! I am so happy to hear Mighty Mouse is doing well. It isn t the least bit silly to fall in love with a tiny mouselet. Their tiny size has no effect on their effect on our hearts. Squeaks n giggles, Natasha...

Mice: pet mice, pet mice, female mice
pet mice, female mice, food bowl: Hi Linda, It s still pretty early, so I would give them a little more time to settle down. It sounds like they are just figuring out their pecking order. The exception would be if you see any biting (you can blow the fur backwards on Libby to check for...

Mice: Pet mouse dragging back legs and seems sick, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, put: Dear Jen, It sounds to me like that is a very unhappy mouse. An intestinal blockage is a very real possibility. Bring her to the vet. It is still possible that the vet will diagnose something treatable. If not, it is best to have her put to sleep. ...

Mice: rescued and wild mouse questions, cotton mouse, wild mouse
cotton mouse, wild mouse, new babies: Dear Ruth, I am thrilled that you brought back Peanut from such a dire condition! The videos aren t mine; I should make that clear. I can t do any more to identify Peanut and his family that Google it or look on Youtube. A Cotton Mouse is a type of...

Mice: My Sick Mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, noises: Dear Madison, Murphy needs to go to the vet. His eye very likely needs an antibiotic ointment (remember I am not a vet, so this isn t a guarantee). It is not getting better without it. It must hurt. In the meantime, clean it with saline a few times a day,...

Mice: Sick mouse, new chemicals, intestinal blockage
new chemicals, intestinal blockage, strange noise: Hi Shauna, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. These things are never easy. Unfortunately, the only way to be sure about what caused a death is a necropsy and pathology, which can be very expensive, and are not always done on animals as small as...

Mice: Are you sure it is myco?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, myco: Dear Genevieve, Yes, she has myco. I know that because every mouse had myco at a very low level all the time. It only flares up sometimes, usually if the mouse is getting older, is sick with something else, has had some sort of stress like temperature change,...

Mice: sneezing mouse!, drs foster smith, dry oatmeal
drs foster smith, dry oatmeal, upper respiratory infection: Hi Kasey, First two quick notes: No ink on his paper, please; and he should have rat and mouse food, not hamster and gerbil food, if at all possible; no extra bread and only occasionally other extras. You can get huge bags of aspen litter for very little...

Mice: Mouse died with liver problem (dark spot on side), vet friend, liver problem
vet friend, liver problem, liver condition: Dear Abbie, Thanks a million for the update. It really helps me to help others. I hate to ask you to take the trouble, but I would really appreciate knowing how the vet diagnosed the original liver ailment? I have no idea what the symptoms are. Maybe...

Mice: unhappy wild mouse, anything soft, wild mouse
anything soft, wild mouse, janeen: Hi Janeen, How wonderful that you helped the little guy out! The wild, jumpy nature of wild mice is actually genetic, so it isn t surprising that he s proving a little difficult to tame, even after handfeeding him as a baby. However, that same genetic...

Mice: What to do with wild mouse with no eyes?, hopping mouse, empty socket
hopping mouse, empty socket, wild mouse: Dear Skye, No. This mouse will not last at all outdoors. I am terribly sorry that I cannot give you a good solution. How about going to mom or dad crying your eyes out and saying you just found mousie again? Oh jeez, crying your eyes out, that was an unintentional...

Mice: bloody leg from male and hurt bad, bloody leg, pet mouse
bloody leg, pet mouse, speedy recovery: Dear Andrew, He has to go to the vet immediately. Mice are so delicate that anything like this could weaken and kill him. You need an exotics vet if possible. Cat and dog vets really don t know rodents. Before he gets to the vet you can give him...

Mice: Careful mouse introduction., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, intro: Dear Emily, Sounds like you pretty much have it covered. Most mouse intros go pretty well. It is nice for the little mice to have somewhere to go that the big mice can t fit-- like pieces of a wrapping paper tube tunnel. That gives them a break from...

Mice: cat brought in injured wild mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, cat: Dear Alexandria, Poor little thing. Let me start by saying that she doesn t have a very good chance of surviving. But that doesn t mean no chance. First, mouse must be kept warm. If you are not holding her, put her in a box or something and put it 1/2...

Mice: Cold, shivering mouse, dear sylvia, vet visit
dear sylvia, vet visit, biology department: Dear Sylvia, A laboratory mouse is used to being kept much warmer than that. It is used to room temperature. Can you bring the little girl home with you? Or keep her in a heated office? I would not subject her to much lower temperatures than 20 Celsius....

Mice: Exact dosage of Tetracycline for mouse eye infection, sized water bottle, liter bottle
sized water bottle, liter bottle, exact dosage: Hi Rita, 500 mg of fish tetracycline can be dissolved into one liter of water, which can then be refrigerated and parsed out to his water bottle as needed. You can get a liter bottle of drinking water to make the measuring a little easier. The mouse s...

Mice: Eye Infection in Baby Mouse, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, eye: Dear Rabbit, I wouldn t worry a bit. You were right, she probably either got something in her eye, or got a sibling s claw in her eye. As long as there is no redness and it doesn t seem to cause her pain, don t worry. If it happens again, do the same...

Mice: Found Baby Mice?, deer mice, baby mice
deer mice, baby mice, house mice: Hi Megan, Oh. My. Goodness. Those are the most adorable mouse butts I have ever seen! Whether or not to keep them is a decision for you to make. They do look like mice to me, and mice carry relatively little health risks, but it would be wise to...

Mice: Lost drenched mouse, oh my goodness, paper towels
oh my goodness, paper towels, facebook: Dear Claire, That is indeed a problem. A mouse that knows you or its cage would eventually come to you or the cage. Can you turn up the heat to about 28? Or perhaps it is already that hot. I am very worried about her being cold. Definitely the right...

Mice: fur loss, scabs, and fighting, in mice, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, mites: Dear Allie, You can t see mites. In fact, all mice have a few mites all the time. They only flare up occasionally, usually due to some depression of the immune system (other illness, age, depression, stress) or exposure. A trip to the vet is, of course,...

Mice: Giving Orphan Baby Mice Formula, baby mice, household ingredients
baby mice, household ingredients, milk replacement: Dear Leah, The mice need kitten milk replacement or puppy milk replacement. People have used soy milk but it isn t recommended. Nothing from cows. They must be fed a minimum of every two hours absolutely around the clock. Please watch the videos at...

Mice: Inconsistent chattering from my pet mouse!, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, clicking: Dear John, There is no harm in giving him tetracycline if he is not sick, as long as it is a minumum of ten days. In any case, he is sick. If the noises are more clicking than chattering, he is very, very sick. He should go to the vet immediately. Clicking...

Mice: keeping a wild mouse as a pet, fancy mice, house mice
fancy mice, house mice, mouse mice: Hi Allison, If you find a mouse and try to keep it and it really wants to get away, it is cruel to keep it. Mice can have a territory of up to a mile; giving them only a few feet can make them very unhappy. However, some wild mice do seem to like being...

Mice: Male baby mouse chasing others, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, aggressive: Hi Claire, Unless you actually see blood, chasing is OK. Although theoretically they could leave their mom today, it is better if they can stay another week. But at 4 1/2 weeks a precocious mouse can breed, so make sure you separate them in a timely fashion....

Mice: Mice with a possible URI?, prey animals, dish soap
prey animals, dish soap, vet visit: Hi Luna, 10 days is not enough. You will probably have enough to give her 14 days, which is an absolute minimum. I do not know why so many vets under prescribe antibiotics. They may teach that in vet school, but people with rats know that illnesses often...

Mice: My mice are sneezing and making weird clicking noises, aquarium store, female mice
aquarium store, female mice, fish section: Dear Haleigh, I don t make that very clear-- thanks for pointing it out! You only do the paste once, as an initial kick-start dose. If she isn t eating, try buttered/salted popcorn, fried bacon, LIQUID peanut butter, cheese, crackers, pretzels, corn...

Mice: Mite treatment and allergy test for scratching mouse, allergy test, sunflower seeds
allergy test, sunflower seeds, ectoparasites: Hi, I don t see why not. In a mild case one sometimes wants to know what the problem is, but he is really in a bad way already. Sure, do both. Use dry oats, like the kind you make oatmeal out of. I wish the little guy lots of luck and no more itches!...

Mice: abandoned baby mouse died of a seizure, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, abandoned: Dear Mandi, Thank you so much for the update. Although it seems like the baby seized and died because it was abandoned, it is possible that the baby was abandoned because it had whatever form of epilepsy mice get. Mother mice can often tell when...

Mice: mouse allergic to cedar chips, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, claws: Hi again, Some people do trim their claws. I would never try it. But if they are super long I guess it is easier-- depends on the mouse, really. You can just use regular nail clippers. Pull back on the toe to expose the nail. To wear down claws, people...

Mice: My mouse will not chew on his chews!, Mice, mouse chew
Mice, mouse chew, wood: Dear Sydney, My mice never chew on those little colored blocks either. A lot of what is sold at pet stores is meant for the consumer to think looks cool, not because it is actually interesting or good for the pet. There is a type of dog chew bone which...

Mice: Mouse and Constipation, vanilla ice cream, full body massage
vanilla ice cream, full body massage, two palms: Hi, Sorry for the misunderstanding! Mouse and rat food is great for mice. I was complaining that it is no good for rats, but it is right for mice. Take the peanuts out though. Raw peanuts contain molds. Glad she is. Doing better :) Squeaks, Natash...

Mice: Mouse eye squinty with discharge, pocket pets, eye discharge
pocket pets, eye discharge, squinty eyes: Dear Allie, She is sick. She needs to go to an exotics or pocket pets vet. We do not know if she has one problem or two. If that is totally impossible, or if you find a vet who isn t trained in exotics but will take advice, I will find out what some...

Mice: Mouse's friend died; do I need to get another?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, friend: Hi Ellen, Short answer: Yes. Getting her some friends (two, so that you never have a solo mouse again) is the only way... Unless you are phasing out of mice. When you are phasing out, there will be a single mouse in the end, who will be lonely, and need...

Mice: My mouse keeps picking on the new mouse..., defensive behaviors, real injuries
defensive behaviors, real injuries, first few days: Hi Sophie, For the first few days, a little chasing and bossing is normal, but if you notice any violence it becomes much more serious. How is she attacking her? Do you see any biting, or does Peanut have any scabs beneath her fur if you blow backwards...

Mice: Mouse with puffy eyes, scabs, scratching., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, mites: Dear Eliza, A trip to the vet is, of course, your best bet. I understand that that is not always possible. The usual culprit in scratching and scabs is a case of mites. It is not the only reason- which is a good reason to go to the vet. Especially in...

Mice: my mouse has a scab, pumpkin seeds, antibiotic ointments
pumpkin seeds, antibiotic ointments, antibiotic ointment: Hi LiAmber, Mites are not very easy to spot, and in fact a vet has to use a microscope to diagnose them. Where is Jerry s scab? Is it just one spot? Or is he itchy all over, around the head, neck, and shoulders? Is it healing normally? Just like in...

Mice: Mouse is very sick-- antibiotics, dry oatmeal, glass tank
dry oatmeal, glass tank, pet bedding: Dear Michelle, How tragic. You are certainly right in knowing when to let her go. I do not know better than a vet. And I have no medical training. So this is just what makes sense to me, and it isn t complicated. She has such a nasty illness, whether...

Mice: Mouse suddenly jumpy and nervous, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, jumpy: Dear Meagan, It isn t a good sign for a mouse to have a sudden behavioral change, especially to become unfriendly. There could be a lot of reasons, but what I am worried about is if she is in pain, or if she is suffocating (and panicking) with pneumonia....

Mice: mouse ?tumors, guinea pigs, environmental toxins
guinea pigs, environmental toxins, little creatures: Hi Be, The mouse in the pictures looks to be experiencing edema (a build-up of fluid) and restricted circulation, but what is causing it could be any number of environmental toxins (very low humidity can also cause this, but since you mentioned you were...

Mice: Mouse white swollen eyes, cage room, fish section
cage room, fish section, pocket pets: Hi Marianne, By any chance is there a vet in your area who works with pocket pets? I am particularly concerned about the white patches you mentioned, but as I am not a veterinarian and cannot look at them in person, it would be a very good idea to have...

Mice: New Mice Problems, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, nips: Dear Lindsay, Mice do sometimes undergo a personality change at a young age. They often become less affectionate. It can be kind of sad. On the other hand, mice also become sweeter as they age. If Ruby puts her paws on you, it does not mean she does...

Mice: New mouse had pups, domestic mouse, wild mouse
domestic mouse, wild mouse, crossbred: Hi Dani, While a big part of that wild nature does indeed come from genetics, some if it can also be learned. If she wasn t handled as a pup, as most pet store mice aren t, she could still be very antisocial, skittish, and wild, even if she came from...

Mice: orphan baby mouse washing is normal, kitten formula, baby mice
kitten formula, baby mice, baby mouse: Dear Araya, I would like you to watch the videos 1/10 through 10/10 by Creekvalleycritters. http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising They are all very useful for raising orphan pups. The constant washing is normal....

Mice: Feeder mice vs fancy mice, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, feeder: Dear Ellen, The only difference between feeder mice and fancy mice is how they are bred. Some places just breed them all the same-- so a mouse could be sold as either. Other places breed separately, and so the difference is that the feeders are not bred...

Mice: pet mouse bleeding ear, female mouse, pet mouse
female mouse, pet mouse, neurological symptoms: Dishwashing soap is wonderful, but bleach is the best when it comes to disinfecting. You don t need to use very much, either - I usually use a spray bottle of 1:10 bleach (1 part bleach to 10 parts water), which is what vets recommend to kill most bad stuff,...

Mice: phoenix my fancy white mice, white mice, kittens
white mice, kittens, painful skin: Dear Marianne, You have to get Revolution from a vet. Many vets will give you the kitten size without a visit. Otherwise do not use anything meant for other animals. If you need to go OTC, use the 8 in 1 flea and Rick spray for rodents. I do not have...

Mice: pregnant mice, pregnant mice, signs of pregnancy
pregnant mice, signs of pregnancy, male mice: Hi Sadie, Oh no! As much as it shouldn t, this sort of thing definitely happens. But one other thing to consider is that a lot of mice sold at pet shops are sold pretty young, and still have growing to do. While the golf ball bit sounds pretty suspicious...

Mice: Ranger: from feeder mouse to pet., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, New: Dear Candy, I m glad you saved little Ranger. He needs to eat mouse food from your pet store. There are foods and mixes formulated for rats and mice. There are chunks/blocks/pellets, which are boring but nutritionally complete; and seed mixes, which are...

Mice: rescued baby feeder mouse, baby feeder, baby mice
baby feeder, baby mice, new snake: Dear Cc, Yes, do dry her right away. And get her warm fast. You re nursing, great-- that means you have a nice warm chest to hold her against starting right now. If she is an inch long and has small ears I am afraid she does still need to be nursed....

Mice: I rescued a mouse rescued from my cat, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, release: Hi Susan, I have a feeling you don t want to build the complex mouse release shelter that I could give you the link to, so I won t. :) My recommendation is to take a little box and put the current bedding in it; and put lots of mouse seed (bird seed,...

Mice: Sick Mouse, intestinal problems, typical symptoms
intestinal problems, typical symptoms, heavy dose: Hi Stephanie, Poor little thing, I m sorry she is unwell. I am afraid that this is the point where I need to hand you off to a vet, because I really cannot evaluate her, nor am I a vet to have the knowledge to do it right. Here is the reasoning I can give...

Mice: think my mouse is dying., pet mouse, veterinarian
pet mouse, veterinarian, pee: Hi Samantha, I hope that if she is still with you, you will consider bringing her to your veterinarian and ending her suffering. It sounds like she is in a lot of pain and discomfort, and it breaks my heart to hear how badly she is doing. In answer...

Mice: Mouse still sick after tetracycline, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, still: Hi again Lindsay, I m glad their behavior is back to normal and they are not nipping. At least they just have tiny little mouse mouths-- I am sporting a large bandage on my arm covering two gashes from rat teeth from separating two rats! I am very glad...

Mice: Vibrating Mouse doesn't like being picked up by tail, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, vibrates: Dear Faela, Sounds like Pumpkin is doing great. Apparently he is even happy sitting on his water bottle. He must have a good life. No problem there. Picking up a mouse by the tail is the absolute last resort. They certainly don t like it. If he will...

Mice: wild mouse, aspen shavings, tupperware container
aspen shavings, tupperware container, live traps: Hi Ashley, You re off to a great start! The first thing to do is find an escape proof container with good ventilation, such as an aquarium with a mesh locking lid, or a mouse cage from the pet shop (a habittrail would be excellent!). Next you ll need...

Mice: Separating mom mouse from babies to drink, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, separate: Dear Xaziea, Please get a second water bottle. Mice need to be able to drink at will. It is very stressful for the mother mouse. And never put the females with the males. One quick hump is all it takes. And the babies and mom need access all the time. Mice...

Mice: my 3 mice, female mice, 2 females
female mice, 2 females, bachelor pad: Hi Jesusita, It could be fertility of the mice you are trying, but I do have some suggestions you can try first. Regarding their fertility - some males are simply not interested in mating, or make too aggressive or too passive of an attempt for the females...

Mice: Bad momma mouse?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, mother: Dear Xaziea, I think that the stress from the moving around and cage switching due to the water bottle problem has caused her to bond less with her babies and has confused her mother instinct. Take the wheel out, as well as anything she might want to nest...

Mice: Handicapped mouse pups, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, babies: Dear Rachel, It never rains but it pours for your mouse house. But it might not end up a complete tragedy. The two little malnourished guys need extra feeding from you. You need to get them some kitten milk replacement. Here is a video showing you how...

Mice: Getting Mice, Convincing parents, And more questions... Please answer quick!, cute mice, convincing parents
cute mice, convincing parents, shiny eyes: Hi Emma, I m afraid I can t help you with convincing your parents. The best I can do there is wish you luck! Mice are indeed social with humans, but it also depends on the mouse. They all have different personalities, both based on genetics and how...

Mice: Mice not mating, breeding mice, male mice
breeding mice, male mice, pregnant females: Hi Cindy, Am I correct in assuming from this that you have all four mice in the same cage? This is a problem for a few reasons. First, and in answer to your question, having more than one male in the same cage causes stress that would prevent them from...

Mice: Mice Pregnency, personal pace, toilet paper
personal pace, toilet paper, new pet: Hello Star, Most pet shop mice are sold before they are full grown, so she may just be growing up! Rearranging her home may not mean very much in this context since she is still getting used to her new environment, and running on her wheel is a great sign...

Mice: One mouse builds nest, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, new: Dear Richard, Because the other three are lazy : )). Some mice are naturally more of home makers than others. Mice have very individual personalities, just like people. UNLESS the reason Sugar is working harder (and the others are being normal) is that...

Mice: Mouse chews her own tail, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, chews: Dear Lucas, Some mice have been known to simply chew their tails. It is a very unfortunate psychological problem, and the only thing to do is try to distract her with lots of toys in the cage. There are other ways that mice self-injure, and there is little...

Mice: Mouse escaped, scared; does she need a friend?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, escaped: Dear Mandi, Ruby is a pretty girl. I am glad you were able to rescue her and Christina. Yes, she needs a friend. Mice are very social creatures, unlike hamsters, and female mice should never live alone (males fight). If possible there should always...

Mice: Mouse with grub, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, grub: Dear Arron, I am assuming you mean you found a large brown grub which was near, or had dropped off of a mouse? You have found the larva of a rodent botfly. These horrible creatures latch into mice even in infancy, and eat them inside until they are big...

Mice: New To Mouse Rearing, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, forums: Dear Richard, Welcome to the wonderful world of mice! Chasing and squeaking is fine and may even last a few weeks. The squeaking isn t from pain; it is communication. Mice are just fine as long as: 1. There is no blood. 2. No one becomes depressed,...

Mice: Pregnant mouse, bringing them home, own pace
bringing them home, own pace, gestation period: Hi Natalie, It could go either way, but you ll know for sure within three weeks from bringing them home. Since they are young, they may still be growing up and will gain weight at their own pace. Some mice can be obese genetically, but there isn t anything...

Mice: Why did my orphan mouse pup die?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, orphan: Dear Taylor, I m so sorry. The little guy didn t have much of a chance. It is very common for an orphan pup to seem completely fine one hour and the next be dead or dying. The convulsion at that time is simply what a mouse does when it dies. It was nice...

Mice: respiratory infection in mouse- Human antibiotic?, respiratory infection, clarithromycin
respiratory infection, clarithromycin, little mouse: Dear Deborah, I can t tell you how to use a human clarithromycin tablet. Although certainly the drug is safe for mice, we have absolutely no idea how much to give. You don t want to kill the mouse. The best solution is to bring the mouse to the vet....

Mice: Sore eyes, antibiotic tetracycline, vet visit
antibiotic tetracycline, vet visit, pocket pets: Hi Lauren, This could be irritation from his environment (does the cage need cleaned? Are you using a low-dust paper or aspen bedding? Is there anything new in the cage?), an allergy, or even a result of being ill or an injury/scratch to the eyes. To...

Mice: Baby mice, mouse breeders, baby mice
mouse breeders, baby mice, fuzzy friend: Hi Katie, Unfortunately I do not personally know any mouse breeders in Illinois, but you can find them by asking around with your local shelters and pet shops. Sometimes they ll hear about a local breeder, even if that breeder doesn t advertise very often....

Mice: Baby mice - conjunctivitis?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, eye: Dear H, I think it is safe to wait a few days before going to the vet. When you do take them, to make it less traumatic you can take the whole cage; if that it impossible, keep them in a smaller, portable cage overnight before bringing them. No mouse should...

Mice: Baby mouse mites, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, baby: Dear H, There are only three treatments that I can recommend for mites: ivermectin, a pyrethrine based mite spray, and Revolution, which is probably what the vet was thinking of. I am not sure why the vet didn t treat the adult mice. Treating the adults...

Mice: Clarification, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, cancer: Dear Lydia, I would try the tet on both. They live together and drink the same water anyway. In fact all of the mice in the cage will get the tet- except the initial dose- and it won t hurt anyone. That is actually how I feel about using it at all. It won...

Mice: Coconut shell house for a mouse? Doritos?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, coconut: Dear Lauren, The mice will love a coconut house and it will be great for those ever-growing teeth! As for the Doritos, I would stay away from it due to the mixture of spices, which have soaked into the chip as well. The mouse might think it smells...

Mice: Dead babies - does the mother grieve?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, mother: Dear Heidi, It is definitely not a good idea to have such disparate ages in a nest. Even if the little ones don t get trampled, the big ones may steal all the milk. The mom wouldn t be grieving for babies lost so quickly. It wouldn t make her reject...

Mice: Dosages, prescription meds, tin foil
prescription meds, tin foil, exact situation: Hi, The water bottle should be kept at the same concentration for all ten days. The original dose is once orally and not repeated. When you mix the paste of water and tet powder it should be like mustard. Give the mouse maybe the size of a half a split...

Mice: Dose for combined antibiotics for mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, baytril: Dear Danielle, Yes give the full dose of each. I m glad your vet first of all, didn t get annoyed at being second-guessed, and second, gave you a prescription (with refills!) without another visit. It s better safe than sorry if she seemed quite ill. If...

Mice: Baby mouse mites, cats and dogs, blood stream
Mice: Baby mouse mites, cats and dogs, blood stream, mites

Mice: Fancy mice babies, fancy mice, dead pups
fancy mice, dead pups, female mice: Hi Jess, Congrats on your surprise litter! I wish that sort of thing didn t happen as frequently as it does, but you guys sound like you re doing a great job. The risk of the mommas flipping out if you stress them decreases with every day the pups grow...

Mice: Mice: appropriate wheel, popcorn on a string, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, popcorn: Dear Lauren, I would avoid the thread and I am glad you thought to ask. While normally a mouse does not eat thread- we give them cloth all the time- this thread may taste good. It s not worth the risk. The problem with thread would not be toxicity, but...

Mice: house mice relocation, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, release: Dear Kirsche, There is no problem keeping the mice together for 12 hours. They should be released over a mile from the house (they come back!) in an area where they can find shelter. I don t know where you live, but if you can, find either a forest or a...

Mice: mouse labor problems; strange genetics, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, genetics: Dear Ivanna, I do not have personal experience with babies getting stuck, though I know it can happen. It is rare. Certainly it is most likely if the male is quite a bit larger than the female, or if the female is a runt. If I had a mouse trying to give...

Mice: Leave older mouse babies in with new siblings?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, pups: Dear Hala, Oh dear, bad timing leaving..... Good luck handling the babies for the first time at the popcorn stage! If they have not opened their eyes when you get back, hold them a ton before they do. in any case, one of the best ways to get them used to...

Mice: mice breeding, human chorionic gonadotropin, mucus plug
human chorionic gonadotropin, mucus plug, female mice: Hi Sam, It can be extremely difficult to determine the first day of gestation, or the day conception took place, unless you only have the male in with her for one day only. Female mice go into estruus approximately once every five days, but this timing...

Mice: Mise pregnancy, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, pregnant: Dear Sam, Please leave her alone! Don t even peek! Even that is stressful, and you don t want her to freak out and eat her babies, do you? I don t want you to look in that nest until one week after the babies are born. You will know they are born when she...

Mice: Mouse breeder in Illinois, little critters, chicago aurora
little critters, chicago aurora, private breeder: [updated] Dear Katie, Well so far I have heard that the breeder nearby has had major health issues. Mouse health issues that you really don t want. Waiting to see if anyone else has info, but the person who answered (warned) me is pretty much in the...

Mice: Mouse Eye Infection, cotton swab, pocket pets
cotton swab, pocket pets, eye infection: Hi Lebbi, What do you mean by her eye being smaller on the left? Is she just squinting on that side? The first thing I d do is check her cage to see if there are any problems that may have contributed and need to be fixed. Sometimes a messy cage can...

Mice: mouse not improving on antibiotics, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, Respiratory: Dear Danielle, You probably thought amoxicillin and doxycycline were similar because I told you some vets add amoxicillin and some add doxycycline to the Baytril. But actually I was very surprised when my vet told me to use doxy instead of amox, because...

Mice: Need urgent Help,My white mouse is in pain., inner ear infection, broken bones
inner ear infection, broken bones, white mouse: Hi Layal Ayoub, You need to bring her back to the vet as soon as possible. It s likely that she had an inner ear infection affecting her balance from two months ago, but right now, if she can t eat and can t move she will not survive. It does not have...

Mice: new mouse :(, antibiotic tetracycline, stressful environment
antibiotic tetracycline, stressful environment, petco: I m so sorry for your loss, but I m thrilled to hear you adopted from your humane society! That s great! I have a lot of treat suggestions, actually. Millet sprays are available from petco, usually in the bird section, and I know my mice absolutely love...

Mice: Nest sign, two litters, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, nest: Dear Kimberly, That size is fine. Pups are itty bitty things. Give them a ton of short-chopped yarn or kleenex so they can build it as they please. Eggs are great; expectant mom mice like extra protein. Glad Scruffy is looking better. Yes, it could...

Mice: pregnant mouse, false pregnancy, scrambled egg
false pregnancy, scrambled egg, dear sam: Dear Sam, If she gives birth she will deal with the contractions all by herself in her nest. You should definitely not know about it. Always give her privacy in the nest. If it is a false pregnancy it will disappear, but I can t tell you when. It s...

Mice: pregnant mouse questions, dear sam, female mouse
dear sam, female mouse, skin colour: Hi again, To reduce stress, leave her alone in a dark room with a normal temperature and no loud or sudden noises. Do not disturb her nest. It is actually pretty rare for a mouse to eat its young, but stress can do it, especially for a first time mom. She...

Mice: More questions, mouse pregnancy, pregnancy question, female mouse
pregnancy question, female mouse, dear sam: Hi again, Mouse pee is entirely different than human pee. A human pregnancy test is not going to work. Just don t worry about it. She is pregnant, the babies will arrive within a week, and she won t eat them if you stop stressing her out! Squeaks, ...

Mice: rescued mouse from cat, cat attack, pet store
cat attack, pet store, yogurt: Dear Eleanor, Here is someone else who had a similar situation. Especially follow the advice about an antibiotic: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Mice-3824/2010/7/Mouse-Rescue.htm Mice can eat all sorts of seeds, crackers, fresh vegetables, some yogurt...

Mice: Saving severely wounded mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, injury: Dear Raj, I see that in my haste to answer, I forgot to put my usual disclaimer that I have no medical training and one ought to consult a vet before me. That is, my medical information may be mistaken and certainly is incomplete. That being said, i am...

Mice: Scratching mouse; Revolution didn't work., mites, mice
mites, mice, mouse: Dear Sarah, If the Revolution didn t work, it is probably not mites. I gave another questioner the following advice about itching: If treating for mites does not help *at all* after three days, the problem is something else. Besides mites, fur loss...

Mice: Scratching, mite spray, male mice
mite spray, male mice, paper strips: Hi Sarah, Mite treatments can be tricky - they need to be given twice to work, at least a week apart, so that any mites that had been eggs at the time will get killed in the second round. It s also important to sanitize the entire cage, change the bedding...

Mice: Sick Female Mouse /// Agressive Male Mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, sick: Dear Delia, The answer to the first question is easy, though the solution may not be. You can t keep boys together. It is possible sometimes that two siblings will be OK, but it is more likely that the older they get, the more they will fight. And male...

Mice: Sudden tumors?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, feeders: Dear Lydia, Yes I remember your meece. I tried to convince you that the feeders only ate Poptart after she was already dead..... in any case, if you have the choice between feeders and mice bred to be pets, take the pets (unless you happen to have fallen...

Mice: Temperature for sick mouse., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, sick: Dear Danielle, Sorry about that Facebook link by accident. It probably links to a post of mine on how to breed pocket frogs with a multi species CatNat dexxing color wheel. My apologies : ))) 25 degrees is absolutely fine. I have had mice who thought...

Mice: thin or old mouse, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, thin: Dear Lucy, All the signs you describe are typical of old age; I wouldn t expect them before age 15 months at the earliest. Try to tempt him to eat. A skinny mouse, whether old or not, can have as many fattening treats as he wants: cheese, sunflower or...

Mice: Mouse baby abandoned (new answer at bottom), Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, pup: Dear Mackenzie, At this point you need to leave the cage alone, and let mom mouse do her thing. Where there is one mouse pup there are more. The most important thing is you have a stressed out, first time mom, and you have to be very sure her environment...

Mice: Appropriate for mice?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, rodents: Dear Lauren, Petco carries different bottles for different cages. The one you need is about 10-12 ounces, with a flat top, and a sturdy metal holder to hang it from the top of the aquarium. You don t mention where the mice came from, but if they came...

Mice: Weaning mice, water bowls, body temperatures
water bowls, body temperatures, new babies: Hi Sue, You don t really need to wean them - they do that all on their own at around 3-4 weeks old. I usually don t pull any babies out of mom s cage or consider them weaned until I ve seen them use a regular, sipper-type water bottle, because they usually...

Mice: 3 Field Mice, field mice, sonic repellers
field mice, sonic repellers, safe spots: Hi Tami, They should do just fine on their own in the backyard - much of it is instinct that kicks in naturally when momma leaves the nest and they begin to venture out into the world. They will know just what to do! I d pick a time of day that isn t...

Mice: Concerned about Safety of Wheel..., exercise wheels, aquarium glass
exercise wheels, aquarium glass, spinner wheels: Hi Kristin, Wheels are a great way to provide exercise and entertainment, and I m very sorry your experience with them was so scary! There are other things you can do to keep them active, however, so it s completely okay to take it away for the sake of...

Mice: Can I keep a wild field mouse? disease/etc
Mice: Can I keep a wild field mouse? disease/etc

Mice: Mouse scratching, watery eyes, fur loss (allergies?), sunflower seeds, diet tomorrow
Mice: Mouse scratching, watery eyes, fur loss (allergies?), sunflower seeds, diet tomorrow, air freshener

Mice: Feeding/Urinary, wash cloth, cotton ball
wash cloth, cotton ball, bladders: Hi Shannan, They don t always need to pee very much - their bladders are pretty tiny! It may be that she is going, but the moist swab is disguising it. If she is eating well and pooping on her own she might also be urinating by herself, but I would keep...

Mice: Found an unhappy baby field mouse, hot water bottle, mice as pets
hot water bottle, mice as pets, watercolor brush: Dear Natasha, Not knowing how big it is or what it looks like, I don t know if it is sick or just an infant without its fur yet. Make it a little warm box on a hot water bottle or on a heating pad on low, both on a towel so it doesn t get too hot. Put...

Mice: Introducing Mice, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, together: Hi Josh, Out in the real world that their instincts are meant for, a mouse would attack another mouse to tell it to get out of its territory. Like any other animal, they fight for their space. But because does can share a single male, it isn t as important...

Mice: Itch/Sneezing mice, Mites, mice
Mites, mice, mouse: Dear Lauren, There are instructions about mite treatment at the link I gave you: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Mice-3824/2010/3/Itchy-Mouse-treating-mites.htm If it doesn t come up as a link, cut and paste it into your browser. Mites can occur really...

Mice: Should I keep the mouse in my house?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, pet: Dear Michelle, Although there are purists who will argue that no wild creature should ever be a pet, I find that ridiculous. Let Squeaky decide. Give him a good big cage, maybe a 30 gallon tank, with a big wheel and lots of places to hide, including lots...

Mice: Can I keep a wild field mouse? disease/etc, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, wild: Dear Abby, First, disease. This answer varies as to where you live. The only thing a person has to worry about is a disease called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). This comes from the hantavirus, which field mice can carry-- and you generally get it...

Mice: Keeping wild mice until it is warm enough outside, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, wild: Dear Clare, Babies are weaned at about three weeks. I don t know if you know when they were born. Anyway if they are eating solid food, they are OK (you are sure they are eating, right?). If they don t eat fresh food at all, they don t need it. Mice and...

Mice: how to know if my mouse already mate?, female mouse, male mouse
female mouse, male mouse, male pups: Hi Divine, There is no way to tell if a successful mating has taken place until the female starts to look obviously pregnant. Since mice are nocturnal, you may not even see them mating if they do. Females go into heat approximately every five days, so...

Mice: Lump update, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, disinfect: Dear Lydia, Oh this is horrible!!!!! The poor, poor things. I don t remember where you got them from, but certainly that breeder needs to know never to breed this line again. I do not think there is anything to be done about the lumps. I m remembering...

Mice: Male mice in the same cage, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, male: Dear Kristal. Easy answer: Nope. Male mice only sometimes get along if they are litter mates or a father/son pair and they have *never been separated.* Male mice do have to live alone. However, because they do communicate in little high pitched squeaks,...

Mice: mice, rodent populations, deer mice
rodent populations, deer mice, pet mice: Hi Rashid, All animals have the ability to carry diseases, including rodents. Diseases that can be transferred from a animal to a human, however, and not just other mice, are called zoonotic diseases. There aren t a whole lot of those, but there are some....

Mice: scared mice in smaller cage; mouse flies out of wheel, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, bigger: Dear Lynnsey, I think the smaller cage may work better partly because when a cage is smaller, the mice have less of a sense of territory, so if part of the problem is an invader in their territory, this might help. Also, they are of necessity closer to...

Mice: Mouse slaughtered her pups, dead mice, dead babies
dead mice, dead babies, health hazard: Dear Tabitha, It is always best to wake a week before disturbing a mouse nest. Considering this stressed-out mom mouse, be sure to wait that long. But do start to handle the pup by the 10th day. I hope this little pup grows up happy, with all of the...

Mice: Mice as pets... parents..., hamsters and gerbils, feeder mice
hamsters and gerbils, feeder mice, mice as pets: Dear Emma, I m glad I won the contest. I will have to read Tamarah s answer to see what she said : )) Yes, males smell noticeably worse than females. Mice need to go to the vet when they are sick. But they do not get sick as easily as rats. Yes...

Mice: mice not pregnant, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, mature: Dear Sam, The reason I asked is that it is very hard to find new homes for baby mice. Although all the girls can live together in a big cage, boy mice have to live alone. If they live together they kill each other. Let s say your mouse gives birth to...

Mice: mouse breeding; fat mouse; sneezing, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, allergies: Dear Lynnsey again, For the first question, please write to the other mouse person, Tamarah. I don t do genetics. I do, however, very much advise against informal breeding in almost any situation. Here are a couple of answers I have written to...

Mice: Why did my mouse die?, wet tail, private breeder
wet tail, private breeder, small rodents: Dear Michelle, I am so glad you got a new mouse. I hate for someone s first mouse experience to be a bad one, because it can often then become their last experience, as they are too sad or don t dare try again. I named one of my boys Speedy Gonzalez...

Mice: mouse hurt by cat, injured leg, little tyke, aquarium shop
little tyke, aquarium shop, baby mouse: Hi, So sorry about Cheese. To tell the truth I sometimes get these questions where I know it is probably a lost cause, and I almost want to write I m sorry that your mouse is dead. I do my best to give thorough answers, often doing research, knowing that...

Mice: Mouse had litter of 1...twice ?, rapid reproduction, litter mates
rapid reproduction, litter mates, males and females: Hi, Oh, I assumed you had already removed the male. You should remove him right away. Don t disturb the mom and baby for at least a week. When you do change the bedding or move them after a week, keep some of the same bedding in the nest. Craigslist...

Mice: My mouse looks itchy, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, itchy: Dear Lauren, It is important that there never be a draft on a mouse cage. They lose body heat fast. When I have a cage near a cold or possibly drafty area I cover that side of the cage with warm cloth or thick newspaper. Of course they also need to breathe!...

Mice: Testing mouse for allergies, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, allergic: Hi Amy, I m thrilled that she looks happier. Common allergies are both to litter and foods, a well as pollutants in the air, so don t assume it was the litter. For the allergy testing routine, what matters is that you know exactly what causes the problems....

Mice: Should I take my mouse to the vet?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, vet: Dear Lynnsey, It is not at all silly to take a mouse to the vet. It is the only responsible thing to do with a sick mouse. I m not sure if your first girl had respiratory symptoms for a while or if it happened in one day. If it was a while, she could probably...

Mice: need advice on care, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, vole: Dear Tabby and Beanie, I got lucky one day and someone sent me this: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Mice-3824/2009/12/voles-1.htm The only question not answered is to hazards. The main disease people need to worry about from animals is rabies, and...

Mice: Ornacycline, fish section, same active ingredient
fish section, same active ingredient, respiratory infection: Hi Thien, I would not use any different forms of tetracycline until advised to do so by a veterinarian. While they may have the same active ingredient, different forms may behave very differently, and I do not know enough about ornacycline/tetracycline...

Mice: orphaned mouse, liquid formula, paper towel
liquid formula, paper towel, short answer: Sounds like you won t have to help stimulate much longer! If constipated it will stop eating, so he s probably doing okay if he still has a normal appetite. You can help with potential constipation or tummy aches by watering down the solution *slightly* more...

Mice: Can I put pet mouse in with tame wild mouse?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, wild: Dear Sara, People have kept wild mice with pet store/bred mice very well. Definitely try it. However, be ready to buy a second mouse for the mate if there is trouble and she needs her own cage. When you introduce them, do it in a completely clean cage...

Mice: Pregnant mouse from pet store, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, pregnant: Dear Sydney, Pet stores are equal opportunity employers. They will hire you even if you know nothing about animals. All you have to do is pretend. Baby mice need to be separated at age 4 1/2 weeks, but pet stores are often approximate about this, and they...

Mice: raising orphaned mouse, eye dropper, artist paint
eye dropper, artist paint, mother mouse: Dear Cat, Your name concerns me ; )) The milk band is when you can see the milk in its tummy. You certainly mustn t stop before the milk band. Other than that, be somewhat persistent. When it refuses, try again in five minutes after its little massage....

Mice: To rescue a mouse or not/ bullies, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, fight: Dear Eloin, Male mice fight to the death. Keeping mice together who are going to fight is like dog fighting. It is simply inhumane. Please don t let mice suffer to teach someone a lesson. It is the mouse that learns the lesson. Please let your mom read...

Mice: Seperating mice, tiny wheel, food dishes
tiny wheel, food dishes, food dish: Dear Meece Friend and Meece, Seven is a good number. One for each day of the week. When I found a mouse meet and show mice for the first time, I went intending to get 3 and I came home with seven. It s a common occurence. Skanky is an unusual name, though!...

Mice: soothing mouse skin?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, skin: Dear Lauren, Aloe is fine. But make sure you have 100% aloe, not a mixture WITH 100%aloe. They try to trick you. It may be hard to find it. The best place is from an aloe leaf. Maybe your florist would donate one small part of an unnoticeable leaf......

Mice: Swollen, dangerous bacteria, odd eyes
dangerous bacteria, odd eyes, fluid buildup: Hi Adrianne, Having one black eye and one red is called having odd eyes, and usually happens if the fur around one eye is pigmented but white around the other. It s not very common at all, but it s not a bad thing - it s very cool! I would only worry...

Mice: wild baby mouse, nutritious value, baby mouse
nutritious value, baby mouse, rmca: Hi Nancy, Caring for young mice is very difficult no matter where they came from, unfortunately. The sound he s making may indicate a health problem, in which case there may be nothing you can do. You ve got a good start with the box, however. The...

Mice: Raising orphan litter of mice, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Dear Divine, They look great to me. Beautiful milk bands. In your situation I would continue to use the milk. I don t know how they would react to the flavoring. My worry about the Q-tip is choking on a tiny piece of cotton. Would they perhaps take...

Mice: Can I keep hand raised wild mouse?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, wild: Dear Steph, I am very glad that he is OK now. Is he itchy or scratching himself? What a clever boy to drink from the water bottle so early! Tell me, how did you train him? Of course you have to keep him!!! What a lovely little critter!! Deer mice make...

Mice: behavior, baby mice, frequent meals
baby mice, frequent meals, natural behavior: Hi Cori, At two weeks old your mouse is still very young. I wouldn t worry about him wanting to sleep a lot - that s what baby mice do best! I would start to worry however if he seems lethargic to the point of not being enthusiastic about eating or not...

Mice: Found a baby mouse, 1 1/2 weeks old, hot water bottle, digging potatoes
Mice: Found a baby mouse, 1 1/2 weeks old, hot water bottle, digging potatoes, tiny mice

Mice: Mouse starts biting for no reason, hamster ball, different shapes
Mice: Mouse starts biting for no reason, hamster ball, different shapes, shapes sizes

Mice: Orphan mouse died after bloat, baby mouse, exact reason
Mice: Orphan mouse died after bloat, baby mouse, exact reason, little baby

Mice: feeding mouse after cat attack?, snake venom, emergency vet
snake venom, emergency vet, baby mouse: Dear Cameo, I don t understand your situation. If you have a pet mouse and the cat has attacked it, feeding is not your primary concern-- infection is. The mouse should be on antibiotics immediately. The same is true for any mouse the cat or dog has possibly...

Mice: fighting female mouse, little distraction, aspen shavings
little distraction, aspen shavings, female mouse: Hi Divine, Chasing and arguing over something can be normal, but if it s real fighting, it should be stopped as soon as possible. Signs that it is a real problem include: biting, loud squeaks, any kind of injury (you can check by blowing the fur back gently...

Mice: Found a baby mouse, 1 1/2 weeks old, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, found: Hi Dora, What a cute little tyke. It is close to two weeks old-- when its eyes open you will know it is two weeks old. Handle it as much as possible now, because pretty soon after it opens its eyes, it is going to go crazy. Suddenly it can see, and the...

Mice: Fur loss, itching, even after mite treatment, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, mites: Dear Becca, If the parasites and eggs are visible, it isn t mites. Not that that really matters in how you treat it. You may, however, have killed the visible bugs (probably lice), but not his actual mites, which I guarantee he also had/has, with the lower...

Mice: Can a healthy mouse chirp?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, sick: Dear Frankie, You know what? it s a hard question. I am very sure that when I was growing up and taking care of my mice by the seat of my pants, many of the times when I thought a mouse had an adorable way of talking, it was a URI and the poor things either...

Mice: One orphan is smaller, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, eat: Dear Jenna. There is often simply a runt in a litter. Sometimes momma mouse just lets it die. But if you give it extra attention it may thrive. Try to get some real calories into it. Try Ensure. Try a full fat flavored yogurt. To get them interested...

Mice: Humidifiers, temperature, mold, bacteria, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, humid: Dear Frankie, Yes, cool is much better. Boiling the water would eliminate bacteria, but actually, not the molds! Here s why: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_boiling_kill_mold Not sure / Don t remember where you live; but in most parts of the USA the...

Mice: Can infant field mouse give diseases to people or cats?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Hi Zaar, The only disease to worry about is called hantavirus, and it is rare-- but deadly. I have been trying to find out whether anyone has ever gotten it from a baby mouse (I really, really, really doubt it). I know that babies do not get it in utero,...

Mice: lump on mouse, mouse, mice
mouse, mice, lump: Dear Varnika, It is the right thing to go to the vet. The vet will be able to tell if it is an abscess, or a cyst or tumor. If it is an abscess it is treatable-- the vet will probably lance it and give you antibiotics. A cyst is usually harmless if it does...

Mice: Luna's URI -- breathing is terrible, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, uri: Hi Frankie, It sounds likes she is very, very sick. Make sure to keep her very warm, and try to get calories in her: flavored yogurt, cheese, whatever she will take from you. Chocolate is actually good for rodents with URIs, and she may love it. If...

Mice: found soaking wet mouse, one in a million, female mouse
one in a million, female mouse, male mouse: Hi, I will answer better tomorrow (am on phone, middle of night) just wanted to say the light is a good idea; keep him warm, warm, warm. Also get some calories in him- honey mixed with milk; flavored yogurt; ensure; cheese, etc. I hope he is OK and...

Mice: Medicating a mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, medicate: Dear Frankie, I don t have an easy time medicating my mice either sometimes. I have tried using yogurt myself, and the mice wouldn t eat it for me. Even when you do get a mouse scruffed, it is hard to get the mouth to open. A calmer mouse you can often...

Mice: Mouse itching not responding to mites treatment, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, mites: Dear Sabrina, Well, this is frustrating. It has got to be something contagious. If something had been changed recently, it would not be surprising if they developed allergies to it at different, but close, times. But they would not develop allergies close...

Mice: mouse has blood tainted urine?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, uti: Dear Kristal, You don t mention how she is acting. If she is still acting fine, I would wait to see if it happens again. I m also not sure how much there was- if it was a wee bit, you should know that their natural mucus, for instance from nose and eyes,...

Mice: mouse's eye, pocket pets, eyedrop
pocket pets, eyedrop, little salt: Hi Lizi, Do you mean that the skin around it has swollen, or the eye itself is bulging? If the eyelids are swollen and irritated he may have scratched it, or gotten something irritating in it. You can dip a cotton ball in warm water with a little salt...

Mice: mouse poop color, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, poo: Hi Hannah, Black and dark brown are the usual colors of healthy mouse poo. Poops can be other colors, like bright green, from the dyed bits of corn meal in the seed mixes (which you may as well remove, since they have no nutritional value). I m wondering...

Mice: Pregnant mouse/ new babies, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, pregnant: Hi Divine, Yes she is pregnant. You are going to be a grandmother! Two pregnant mice are fine in one nest, as long as the cage is big enough (10 gallon tank is a bare minimum). There can also be up to two other females in a larger tank. Treat her...

Mice: Mouse starts biting for no reason, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, hold: Dear Vivian, Yes, if anything happened during a move- cage fell or even tipped, loud noises, anything-- if he is a very sensitive mouse, you never know what it was. Most mice adjust to new situations pretty easily but to specific events not so well. ...

Mice: Mouse won't let me pick her up, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, pick: Dear Teyarna, The best way to get a scared mouse out of the cage is to keep a toilet paper roll in the cage and coax her into it. Then put your hands on either side and pick it up. After that she will climb out if you place it on a surface; or she may climb...

Mice: Is it okey to mate a mouse with another color mouse?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, breed: Hi Divine, Different species does not mean different colors. It means that a pet mouse or wild house mouse can t mate with a field mouse. Mice of all colors can breed together. It is possible that you have a sterile male. But it is also possible that...

Mice: how much to feed the orphan mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphans: Dear Emma, I m so happy to hear they are doing well. It is terrific that they are eating well. Just watch for the bloat that the woman describes in the video about problems: if their tummies get hard and distended. This would happen if they weren t pooping...

Mice: Orphan mouse died after bloat, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Hi Emma, It is so hard to replace a mom mouse. First of all, you don t have mouse milk and can t supply what you do have every 30 minutes. Secondly, the pup has been through the intense trauma of losing its mom and its siblings, not to mention any physical...

Mice: Orphan mouse week 2, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Dear Julia, Wow, you have been good to that baby! She is going to be an incredibly loyal and loving pet, and field mice live longer than bred mice, which is great. The mustardy poop is pretty much normal-- remember your daughter s first diaper full?...

Mice: Orphaned Mouse died, what did I do wrong?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, passed: Dear Vicki, if you didn t feed the mouse every 2 hours, that would have added to whatever other stress and situation was making him sick. You have to really encourage them. Of course you can t squeeze more into their mouths than they will swallow, or they...

Mice: How do I know if my mouse is depressed?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, depressed: Dear Divine, A depressed mouse doesn t move very much. She might not eat very much. She doesn t run in the wheel. She just sits/lies around or in the nest. Of course the time that mice are most active is at night, so a mouse who stays in the nest in...

Mice: Pet mice. Parents... HELP!, feeder mice, pet mice
feeder mice, pet mice, female mice: Hi Emily, Mice can be very social with humans, but it depends a lot on how they were handled as babies. Just about every mouse except a wild one will warm up to you eventually, but mice that were handled by their breeder since pups will be more initially...

Mice: Pregnant mouse died..., male mice, pregnant mice
male mice, pregnant mice, pet mice: Dear Divine, Yes, put her back with her girlfriend. They will raise the babies together. Adult male mice almost always fight, and they will kill each other. If they have been separated from their father they will probably never get along with him. Brothers...

Mice: How should I go about releasing 3 orphaned baby deer mice after they are weaned?, deer mice, pet mice
deer mice, pet mice, baby deer: Hi Fey, Orphaned mice are HARD work - it sounds like you are doing an amazing job with the little guys! The best thing to do about feeding is let them tell you what they want, and to be sure they are consistently gaining weight - never losing any. They...

Mice: saline?, horror stories, tiny drop
horror stories, tiny drop, colds: Hi Frankie, I would never introduce a liquid to a mouse s nose. If she is sick she needs to go to the vet. Mice don t get colds like we do; when they get sick they need antibiotics. Best to Luna, Natasha PS when you update me it is best to use...

Mice: sick 2 week old rescued feeder mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Dear Chris, You don t say how long you have had him, so I don t know what he had survived. It may certainly be too soon to lessen the frequency of his feedings. It is very hard to replace a mouse mom. When people write to me about their little orphans...

Mice: How to tame my pet mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, tame: Dear Janicka, Here are some very simple steps to taming a timid mouse. You may not have to do all of this: These are the baby steps I would take, always waiting for each step to work, possibly over a matter of days. You can do a session twice or thrice...

Mice: tetracycline?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, tetracycline: Dear Donna, The thing about different formulations of a medication being the same thing is that that means that the *active ingredient* is the same. The fillers-- the inactive ingredients; as well as the flavoring, are different. Thus there can be something...

Mice: tetracycline overdose?, split pea, scruff
split pea, scruff, medical training: Hi again, She ll be fine. Antibiotics are hard to overdose. If she had too much she might get runny poops. Give her a little yogurt. It doesn t sound like an overdose to me anyway --not a vet. Did she drink a full glass of water with it? lol I m...

Mice: Put tiny baby with adult mice?, orphan care, adult mice
orphan care, adult mice, female mice: Dear Heather, I don t know if you have found an orphan? In any case, adult mice will usually be maternal to a baby. The best thing to do is to rub your hands in the adults mouse s dirty litter and make sure the baby smells like that. But if you have...

Mice: vibrating mouse, healths, constant chatter
healths, constant chatter, cool to the touch: Dear Divine, If you are holding a mouse and she vibrates, it means she is very happy. It is unusual to see visible vibration but as long as there is no constant chatter at the same time, indicating a respiratory infection, I would just figure they are unusually...

Mice: wild deer mouse had babies, whole grain cereal, empty kleenex
whole grain cereal, empty kleenex, toilet paper rolls: Dear Pat, Well, how many pets do you want? ; )) It is true that these little babies will have diminished capacity for survival in the wild, having been spoiled since birth. But if you don t want to keep them (impossible if there are males anyway),...

Mice: 2 baby mice, baby mice, crisp type
baby mice, crisp type, human babies: Dear Marian, Oops! They still need to be nursed. FAST. Mama mouse nurses them every 30 minutes, and it should never be less than every 2 hours around the clock. They need kitten replacement formula. Until you get it, soy milk is OK. If possible, *not*...

Mice: 3 baby orphan mice- not pooping, how often to nurse, more info, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, dehydrated: Dear Sophie, I m glad that worked. We mouse advisors of the world should be more specific about it. Many people mix the kitten milk with 1/2 pedialyte. I would recommend doing that every other feeding, if you think they seem dehydrated. You would tell...

Mice: Adding another mouse.., fancy mice, two females
fancy mice, two females, hind legs: Hi Erin, The babies shouldn t be separated from their mother until they can eat and drink on their own - about 3-4 weeks old. At 4 weeks old they should be able to take care of themselves around adults, and you can wait if you wish or simply try to introduce...

Mice: Baby Haiku orphan mouse didn't make it., orphan mouse, little tyke
orphan mouse, little tyke, little chance: Hi Nicole, Thank you so much for the update. I am sure you are heartbroken. I am sorry. He was so very, very little, and with the shock he had, he had very little chance of making it. I hate to tell people that but it is often the case. Thank you...

Mice: Baby mice, baby mice, water bowls
baby mice, water bowls, milk replacement: Hi Marian, It s a bit hard to tell from the photo, but I d put them at about 2-3 weeks old, especially if they are hopping about. Are you positive they aren t capable of caring for themselves? If they are moving around and eating solid foods on their...

Mice: baby mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Dear Kim, Thank you for caring about the little tyke. You re doing a good job. At that age it is unlikely that he has any diseases. There s no way to know for sure. It would be good to be able to fatten him up, but if he is eating well, that s the best...

Mice: Could Baby mouse have fleas?, rodent pets, baby mouse
rodent pets, baby mouse, fleas: Hi Linda, Mice don t carry fleas that could affect you or non rodent pets. Depending on the age, it is quite unlikely that it does at all. You would know due to its behavior, or you would see the parasites on it. You don t want to treat a baby unless you...

Mice: Baby wild field mouse, food dish, plastic bin
food dish, plastic bin, pet mouse: Hi Barbara, She needs the same setup as a pet mouse: A nice big escape-proof cage with a wheel, water bottle, food dish, house, and places to climb. She can have commercial mouse food, either a seed mix or formulated blocks/chunks/pellets. She can have...

Mice: constant ear scratching, red eyeball and lump above eye, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, mites: Dear Nina, The eye and the scratching may or may not be connected. But they still need to be dealt with separately. A scratching mouse usually has mites, but as you mention, it can also be allergies. A scratch next to the eye can be an abscess from a...

Mice: Fancy mice Chicago area?, fancy mice, mouse breeders
fancy mice, mouse breeders, northwest suburbs: Hi Erika, Unfortunately I do not know the area, but you can try googling for mouse breeders in your area, and trying out sites like fancymicebreeders.com and thefunmouse.com for listings. The quickest way may actually be to talk to your local pet shops,...

Mice: How much to feed mouse, kitten formula, baby mouse
kitten formula, baby mouse, 1cc syringe: Hi Erica, Pups will usually let you know how much they need to eat - if he starts refusing food after 2-3 syringes, then that s all he can eat. You may need to try feeding him more frequently or diluting the KMR slightly less. Here s a chart to help guess...

Mice: Introducing Mice, female mice, alpha female
female mice, alpha female, neutral territory: Hi Josh, While it may be possible to get them to get along eventually, the biggest question is that of making the right decision for their peace of mind, and only you can decide that. Since your single female has recently lost her friend, it will be pretty...

Mice: My mice will not breed, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, breed: Dear Ella, I don t know how long you kept her in. Female mice are only in heat every 3-5 days. If these two won t mate, there is actually no reason not to let the dad mate with her. Mice are OK when they are inbred. However, are you sure you know what...

Mice: Mice pups, housing, adult mice, male pups
adult mice, male pups, female mouse: Hi Andrew, The coughing can mean different things, and even URIs can be caused by different diseases. If she s not coughing currently, it isn t really something you necessarily have to worry about. Additionally, some mice that get severe URIs may never...

Mice: Different mouse feeding the babies, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, female: Dear Divine, No, not at all. It is great that Chappy is helping out. That s why I always advise to have another female in the cage with a pregnant or nursing mom. It makes it so much easier for the mom. Mice are one of the very, very few animals that...

Mice: Mothering Instint of my Mouse, instint, new cage
instint, new cage, 2 sisters: That s a good question. There may not be a problem at all, if Smoki is only protective around you. If they begin to fight in anything more than normal chasing and settling in (boxing on the back legs and punching outward, bites, or any blood at all), try...

Mice: Mouse has bald patches and chirps. (Respiratory infection, mites, allergies), mice, mouse
mice, mouse, respiratory: Dear Jessica, The kind of chirping (wheezing, actually) she is doing is most commonly caused by a respiratory infection. Fur loss is most commonly caused by mites. So you may have both of these problems. On the other hand, each of those could be allergies,...

Mice: Mouse Barbering, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, barbering: Dear Vivien, Yes, I remember Skinny and Fatty. How did you decide to deal with the biting? Self-barbering should not include any injury. The skin should be clear and healthy. Mites sometimes can go unnoticed by a vet; and there are other allergies besides...

Mice: my mouse's eyeball is swollen and clouded, ear mites, fish section
ear mites, fish section, aquarium store: Hi Alix, First, it s a good idea to get her on a round of tetracycline - a general antibiotic that you can get at your local pet shop (in the fish section) and is given in the water bottle. This will help her fight off any infections and keep them from...

Mice: mouse fluctuates in size, sexing mice, fancy mice
sexing mice, fancy mice, baby mice: Dear Alice, Yes, yes, please let me know. This is a question that has been dogging me. I hope the vet can do something. Be sure to tell them of the results of that breeder s autopsy-- a small stone-like object in the stomach. Squeaks, Natash...

Mice: Mouse Lump, abcess, dear frankie
abcess, dear frankie, medical expert: Dear Frankie, I really can t tell much from the photos. However, by now (unless you are reading this on your phone, since it is 5 minutes before your appointment) you have gone to the vet and she has told you far better than I could! I m not a medical...

Mice: Is my mouse pegnant?, estrus, liquorice
estrus, liquorice, first moment: That depends on how big the gap grows between the litters. Older pups can accidentally squash the younger ones, especially when they are trying to nurse, and can also steal milk away from nursing moms faster than the littler ones can get to it. Even if there...

Mice: Are mouse seizures preventable?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, seizure: Dear Kelsey, Often when thinking about mouse medicine one can remember human medicine, since mice are, after all, similar enough to humans that we test human therapies on them. So think about human seizures. Although epileptic seizures can be brought on...

Mice: New mouse?, female mice, living in groups
female mice, living in groups, female mouse: Hi Katie, Assuming they got along alright, this would be a wonderful thing! Female mice are very social and tend to prefer living in groups of 2-3 rather than alone. They may scuffle a bit first while they get their social order figured out, but usually...

Mice: Dark spot on mouse pup, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Dear Nicole, Just like you can see his stomach, you can also see his other organs. I was worried at first when I noticed a dark spot on my fuzzy mouse-- fuzzy is what they call the almost hairless ones. Then I realized it was just some organ or other....

Mice: Orphan mouse won't leave, ground flaxseed, orphan mouse
ground flaxseed, orphan mouse, baby mouse: Hi Macy, If he hasn t gone already, try moving the box to a different area, perhaps with a little more cover so he feels safe to come out. You can also just set him in the grass in a covered area and let him explore it on his own. Assuming he is old enough...

Mice: Orphaned Deer mouse-disease (hantavirus)?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, hantavirus: Dear Barbara, The chances of a mouse pup having hantavirus are extremely slim, if even possible. Let me just give you a link to the last time I answered this question: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Mice-3824/2012/4/keep-wild-field-mouse.htm Don t forget--...

Mice: my pet mouse is feeble, thin and sick., pet mouse, terramycin
pet mouse, terramycin, question thanks: Dear Shubham, I have no idea what would be available in India. At a bird supply store you may be able to get amoxicillin. If you can get some, let me know and we can figure out the dosage. He may not like anything you can get. There are specialized...

Mice: Questions about my 3 mice..., mice, mouse
mice, mouse, wheels: Hi Lily, 1. Yes it is normal for submissive mice to squeak when they are being power-groomed by the more dominant mouse. 2. I like two wheels per cage if there are three runners, but if Junior doesn t care, one is fine. You can t fit another wheel...

Mice: raising baby mice, orphan kittens, baby mice
orphan kittens, baby mice, soft bedding: Dear Lisa, What went wrong is that it is very, very difficult to replace a mouse mother. These little guys had been through terrible stress and then tried to live off of non-mouse milk, being fed less often than every 30 minutes than their mom would...

Mice: Sexing baby mice, baby mice, food dish
baby mice, food dish, mom and dad: Hi Tracey, First, congratulations on the babies!! You don t need to separate them until you ve watched them use a water bottle. This is usually the last thing a pup learns, in my experience, so make sure you spot at least a few of them reliably using...

Mice: Very Shy Pet Mouse, toilet paper tubes, jungle gyms
toilet paper tubes, jungle gyms, hot glue: Hi Lesley, Part of it is simply that mice are nocturnal, and that just can t be helped. You can try using one of the hides from a pet shop that are made of semi-transparent plastic, so you can see that he s in there but he still feels secure and secluded....

Mice: I think mice are very sick, open tanks, mix drinks
open tanks, mix drinks, tiny food: Hi Azul, You re instincts are pretty much spot on with their care so far. Their drops sound fine, wood chews are a good alternative to a plastic dog bone, or even popsicle sticks in a pinch, and you were correct that a moderate temperature is better than...

Mice: Unexplained mouse injuries (last Q), mice, mouse
mice, mouse, cat: Hi Jesse, I m glad you mentioned you have a cat. Yes it is VERY likely that there was injurious interaction between the mouse and the cat. You might think the mouse would be scared of that cat and cower where she could not be hurt. But the opposite is true-...

Mice: Update on orphaned deer mouse, 30 gallon tank, baby mice
30 gallon tank, baby mice, pet bedding: Hi Barbara, Thank you so much for the update! I learn from the failures but the successes make me so happy! I am posting Festus on my Facebook page. I know he is under 13 but I won t post his last name ; )) I hope the cuddling lasts too, but if he gets...

Mice: Wild baby mice - Little help!, kitty litter pan, baby mice
kitty litter pan, baby mice, milk mixture: Dear Samantha, I recommend slowly diluting the evaporated milk with KMR. Cow s milk just isn t the right thing for mice. At two weeks old they are doing fine if they are pooping on their own. You could try a little Q tip on their genitals to see if any...

Mice: Wild harvest mouse dies in my hands, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, dies: Dear Sarah, For the most part, mice get the same illnesses as people. Thus anything that can kill a person suddenly could also kill a mouse. Possibly a heart attack, since that is painful. Also, it is completely normal for a mouse to lie on its back,...

Mice: Wild stillborn mice of unknown species, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, wild: Hi, If the science classes in the school have dissection of baby mice, they will undoubtedly procure their own in the pet store, where they are sold at that age to feed lizards and small snakes. Which is terrible but that is another topic. However, certainly...

Mice: Baby mice fell out of nest, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, fell: Dear Stephanie, Quickly, take a teaspoon and warm it up. Scoop up the babies and place them in the nest. If she takes them out again, do the same thing. If you have to touch them with your fingers, rub your fingers in her dirty litter first. She is certainly...

Mice: my baby mice look weak and losing hair, dry kitten food, lethal genes
dry kitten food, lethal genes, baby mice: Hi Emily, This could be a genetic issue, in which case there may be nothing you can do. Sometimes mice inherit lethal genes that cause them to fail to thrive, and pass on within the first month. Without knowing the genetic background of the mom, there...

Mice: Baby mouse had seizure, now orphaned., 2 cows, baby mice
2 cows, baby mice, cows milk: Hi Toni, If Itty Bitty is eating solids on her own, it s okay if she doesn t get momma s milk, too. Normally you d want to let them nurse until 3-4 weeks old, but in her situation it would just cause too much stress, and sounds honestly impossible! ...

Mice: my baby mouse is weening and i cant get it to drink from the water bottle in the cage, month old baby, many different ways
month old baby, many different ways, baby mouse: Hi Bette, You might want to try watching it at night - it s possible it s drinking on its own when you aren t looking. You can also try moving the water bottle closer to its level, or to a different spot in the cage. In the meantime, since feeding a month...

Mice: How do i take care of baby mice?, baby mice, house mice
baby mice, house mice, small mammals: Hi Bree, I am sorry I did not see this sooner - AllExperts allows answers within three days, and since very young mice need to be fed about every couple of hours, the better thing to do in an emergency such as this would be to contact a local vet, wildlife...

Mice: can dead wild mouse infect me?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, bubonic: Dear Rach, I would not worry a bit. The disease that people get from field mice-- hantavirus- comes from breathing in the dried urine and feces in an infested area. Nothing comes to us through mouse blood. As for the itching it is psychological. You saw...

Mice: Please help me and Pocket!, flying insects, home nest
Mice: Please help me and Pocket!, flying insects, home nest, neosporin

Mice: .my female mice is ill, fish section, aquarium store
fish section, aquarium store, average lifespan: Hi Rosalba, Two years is about the average lifespan of most mice - it may just be getting near her time. If it s possible, try to get her to a vet that works with mice (you can just bring her entire cage in to make it less stressful for her) so that a...

Mice: fleshy lump on mouse, pet mice, pink flesh
pet mice, pink flesh, best bet: Dear Jade, The reason I refused the question the first time, is that I do not know. My expertise is in behavior and care of mice. Over half of my questions are health, and so I do my best to answer those anyway. Common problems are easy. But I have no medical...

Mice: Found newborn mouse - advice needed, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, infant: Dear Andrea, The pup must be fed *at least* every TWO hours around the clock. It makes a big difference in their survival. Mice nurse their young every half hour, so it is still waiting 4 times as long between feedings. Prepare not to sleep for the next...

Mice: Foundling mouse not growing, loose bowel movements, kitten formula
loose bowel movements, kitten formula, good appetite: Hi Elise, I am sorry I took a bit to get back to you on this, but I needed to check with our other mouse expert about peanuts and make sure I was giving you the correct advice. Neither of us has heard this term before, and I don t believe it s a common...

Mice: Friendly wild baby mouse in the house, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, house: Dear Sarah, It sounds to me like you now have a new pet. Buy him a nice big tank (he will escape through wire) with accessories, wheel, and give him lots of toilet paper rolls (if you need more, your colleagues or neighbors might be willing to donate)....

Mice: Gasping mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, gasping: Dear Kris, Sherlock is in danger of his life. Opening the mouth, gasping, and clicking can be the last stages of pneumonia. He absolutely has to go to the vet. Until you can get him to the vet, if he ever gasps he needs a steam bath. Fill the bathroom...

Mice: genetics, curly coats, rex 50
curly coats, rex 50, dominant gene: Hi Dustin, I am assuming that you have already raised the offspring and they turned out to have curly coats - this means your dad and offspring mice most likely have the dominant gene Re (astrex) causing their curls. This is important because the other...

Mice: grown up orphan wild mouse , fancy mouse, wild mouse
fancy mouse, wild mouse, baby mouse: Hi Ellen, Awesome! What a lucky little critter! She was only about 3 weeks old when you found her. Wild mice do live longer in captivity than fancy (bred) mice do, but I m not sure how long they do live. Three years for a fancy mouse would be incredible,...

Mice: Introducing mice, rumps, second group
rumps, second group, mice: Dear Alice, It is unlikely that the other mice will react to the tumor. Just put them together in the usual way (clean cage; no toys; real vanilla on rumps and necks), expect chasing and squeaking, and watch out for the usual things (bleeding; depression;...

Mice: Irritated Eye, animal vet, oral antibiotic
animal vet, oral antibiotic, irritated eye: Hi Ashley, Because the liquid occurred before the sudden swelling, my thoughts lean toward infection or abscess (which is still an infection, just sealed off and more dangerous since it can burst and damage the vision or the whole eye). You can put him...

Mice: mice, color genetics, female mice
color genetics, female mice, new babies: Hi Amanda, Unless both have been nursing, only the mom taking care of them will have more noticeable nipples from the pups feeding on them. The hair around each nipple will start to recede a bit, so you can plainly see the spots when you lift her and view...

Mice: Two mice of three suddenly die, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, died: Dear Sophie, It sounds like your two mice were sick, presumably from the same illness. Unfortunately this means you can t introduce any new mice until you are sure that Lucy is not sick. Apparently this illness is very contagious. Watch Lucy very very carefully,...

Mice: mouse badly hurt by cat, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, cat: Dear Lilly, Mice sometimes survive a cat attack, and they sometimes survive severe injury. However, severe injury *from* a cat attack is pretty bad. Even a small cat bite can easily kill a mouse because the bacteria in their saliva is very deadly. Have...

Mice: My mouse is crazy., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, scared: Dear Maggie, If you have had her more than 2 1/2 weeks, she is not pregnant. She is either very stressed out by the move, or she simply has this rather strange personality. She needs a lot of attention. First, she needs a bigger cage. Putting mice in a...

Mice: Mouse losing fur, female mice, female mouse
female mice, female mouse, dominant female: Hi Kelly, Is there any irritation or scratching to go with the missing fur, or is the skin healthy and only the hair missing? If there is no irritation, what is most likely is a behavior called barbering, which is not dangerous to health, just a little...

Mice: mouse passing pink flesh and bleeding not sure from what hole, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, passing: Dear Amy, The pink flesh is a delayed abortion. That s fine. I hope it continues until all the fetuses are gone. If she is still bloated, she probably still has rotting flesh inside her. That is not fine. She could get infected. The bleeding may indicate...

Mice: Mouse Very, Very Sick, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, sick: Dear Sophie, It really does not sound good. If she is cold, she is extremely ill. Can someone help you? You need to do two things: First: hold her. Unless she doesn t like it, don t put her down-- keep her warm. She needs every tiny bit of energy she has...

Mice: my mouse is sick, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, stroke: Dear Keeran, If you have seen a vet and have given her antibiotics for more than a few days, it is likely not an ear infection. You are right that it could be a stroke, in which case it may get better; unfortunately another very likely possibility is that...

Mice: Neosporin for use on mice?, mite infection, cage mate
mite infection, cage mate, thin coats: Hi Lydia, Yes, Neosporin is completely safe for use on mice, and I have used it on several of my own before. You only need to use enough to thinly coat the area, and can reapply it 2-3 times a day. It will get ingested, there is pretty much no way around...

Mice: Orphaned baby mice, deer mice, baby mice
deer mice, baby mice, house mice: Hi Lisa, Congratulations on your success caring for them - orphaned mice are very difficult to raise! When their eyes open up and they start exploring on their own you can put solid foods in the cage; any mix made for mice will do. They will need to continue...

Mice: orphaned mouse + other mouse, baby mice, baby mouse
baby mice, baby mouse, kmr: Hi Lil, It s certainly possible it is the same mouse, but there is no way to guarantee. Since it s virtually impossible to medicate baby mice that young, I wouldn t recommend introducing them, just in case. The absolute worst that could happen is the...

Mice: Orphaned wild days old mouse...advice needed, soft bedding, deer mouse
soft bedding, deer mouse, newborn mouse: Hi Andrea, First of all - wow! You are doing an amazing job, and it s so wonderful to hear the pup is doing well so far. The thing with pups is that since they are so fragile, you don t have much time to troubleshoot if you start to see warning signs....

Mice: Orphaned WILD mouse seems tame, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, tame: Dear Ashley, This decision should, if possible, rest with the mouse. When he feels well enough and doesn t want to be a pet, he can be let go. But as long as he stays tame and doesn t soend all of his time trying to jump out of his cage, he may still need...

Mice: pet mouse, gastrointestinal illnesses, prolapsed rectum
gastrointestinal illnesses, prolapsed rectum, pine bedding: Hi Michelle, What you re describing sounds like a prolapsed rectum. If she has an intestinal problem, she may be eating more to compensate for having difficulty absorbing nutrients from the food. This could be a result of an illness or a hereditary problem,...

Mice: Please help me and Pocket!, peanut butter sandwiches, cheese slices
peanut butter sandwiches, cheese slices, potato chips: Dear Jade, She very likely has mites. You can t see mites with your eyes. She is absolutely miserable. She has to be treated right away, or she can die a very unpleasant death. Here is a link to an answer I wrote about mites: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Mice-3824/2010/3/Itchy-Mouse-treating-mites.htm...

Mice: Problems with my mice., mite spray, cage mate
mite spray, cage mate, cancerous tumor: Hi Sky, Losing hair can be caused by many different things, including allergies, parasites like mice, behavioral tics like scratching or overgrooming, or even something called barbering where a more dominant mouse grooms away the hair on submissive mice...

Mice: Rehoming 270 lethal yellow diabetic mice with instructions for their care, tumbler pigeons, blood sugar values
tumbler pigeons, blood sugar values, waltzing mice: Dear Kelley, Lethal yellow mice... I love it! Are they anything like the killer rabbit in Monty Python s Search for the Holy Grail? This isn t my expertise but I have some friends who will help. I will collect their answers and amend this. You will get...

Mice: Three sick mice died at the same time, close proximity, something in the air
close proximity, something in the air, poisonings: Dear Emily, As I read your first letter (too late of course), I knew they would die very soon. The simplest explanation for a cage death is poison. It could be something in the air (a spray) or, more likely, something they ate. This is common. Other...

Mice: Update, weird places, baby girls
weird places, baby girls, neosporin: Hi again Lydia, I m sorry about your mom. I hope she is feeling Ok now. Thank you for a very detailed update! That was great. Wow those lumps were larger than I had imagined from your letters. Huge tumors. As you mentioned your theory about menopause,...

Mice: White Mice-Cage preparation during pregnancy period, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, pregnant: Dear Shalini, Yes, definitely keep the cage closed with babies in it! You definitely don t want to let them wander until they are over 4 weeks old and are calm. The mom needs a nice, warm, dark, soft nest. Give her kleenex to line it. She can eat normal...

Mice: White Mice-Pegnancy period, dry cat food, white mice
dry cat food, white mice, gestation period: Hi Shalini, I really recommend keeping the male mouse separate from the female after mating, for two reasons: First, not all boy mice are good dads, and some will eat the young or fight with male offspring as they mature. Second, the female can become...

Mice: wild mouse hiccups, kitten formula, newborn mouse
kitten formula, newborn mouse, wild mouse: Dear Michele, I m afraid my answers to both questions are negative. It should not be hiccuping. It is possible that it is getting too much formula from the eyedropper. It is best to use a tiny paintbrush, so it can suck as much formula as it wants....

Mice: Can baby mouse give me hantavirus?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Dear Melissa, I m so sorry about the little critters. They are so delicate and they had been through such trauma. As for hantavirus: So I don t get sued someday, I can t tell someone they won t get hantavirus. But although I have been unable to find...

Mice: Broken legs and bleeding., broken legs, pocket pets
broken legs, pocket pets, emergency visit: Hi Stacy, Mice do not bleed during their cycles, so any blood is cause for alarm. It sounds like she is in pretty bad shape, unfortunately. She may have internal injuries from the fall, but just the difficulty moving and broken legs is serious enough to...

Mice: Deer mouse, hamster cage, deer mouse
hamster cage, deer mouse, states records: Hi again Tine, Well it sounds like hantavirus isn t much of a concern then. Considering how many people get exposed to how many of hundreds of mouse nests in old barns and basements, the chances of getting it from one teeny mouse in a state where only one...

Mice: female mice become aggressive with male, pregnant mice, female mice
pregnant mice, female mice, emotional behaviors: Hi Kait, Although it is possible for a litter to be as small as one pup- in which case the mom wouldn t show much at all- it is also possible that they are not pregnant. But give them another full week just to be sure. Even experienced breeders can be surprised...

Mice: Field Mouse Pups, ringers solution, lactated ringers
ringers solution, lactated ringers, kitten formula: Hi Morgan, For the first couple of days, loose stools are a normal result of switching from momma s milk to formula, and it should go away soon. If it continues past that, or if they start to become thin, you might consider adding something like lactated...

Mice: Safest wheel-- Wodent Wheel, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, wheel: Dear Hallie, It is pretty rare for a mouse to injure herself in a wire wheel, which is why I still recommend them (not in this case of course). There are people who never recommend them because of the possibility. Stella wishes that were my philosophy too....

Mice: Baby wild mouse had a flea, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, flea: Hi again, I m glad he is doing well. I hope he stays tame. Sometimes the tameness just after they open their eyes is the calm before a storm... vision is scary. Those crazy little things weigh nothing and have powerful hind feet. In the popcorn stage ...

Mice: very very ill wild mouse, wood shavings, open wounds
wood shavings, open wounds, wild mouse: Hi Pat, It sounds like he isn t doing great at all - sounds like an internal injury, perhaps. While a vet is the only person able to help professionally, should he still be with you in the morning you should also try asking your local rescues, shelters,...

Mice: Instructions for new litter of baby mice, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, babies: Dear Olivia, I will answer both questions here, and refuse the other. In my own experience, a mouse can have between 1 and 18 babies. The norm is 8-12. Mother mice can sometimes eat their babies. They may do it in these conditions: 1. The baby...

Mice: Long gestation/ miscarriage / flesh lump (mouse), mice, mouse
mice, mouse, pregnant: Hi Olivia, It doesn t sound good. When you say a mound like tissue formation, you mean a blob of tissue, maybe the size of a mouse pup? If so, she is miscarrying. In this case I don t think any of the pups will have survived. We can only hope that she...

Mice: Mice: links for fur loss, itching; mites, allergies. , mice, mouse
mice, mouse, links: Dear Mary, Your mouse should go to the vet. It is likely that he is losing fur due to mites or allergies, but there are other causes as well, which the vet can identify; also, the treatment that the vet has for the mites is far more effective and far less...

Mice: mouse ears, mouse ears, distinctive scent
mouse ears, distinctive scent, question of life: Hi Joshua, First: mice do not need baths. They are very clean creatures, and it is very dangerous to get them wet. If they smell bad, it is the cage that needs cleaning. Males have a distinctive scent but it does not mean they are dirty. With the ears,...

Mice: Even more pregnant mice in cage!, pregnant mice, female mice
pregnant mice, female mice, tiny babies: What a beautiful mouse! Yep, the other is probably pregnant too. Do you have them in a nice big cage? At least 20 gallons? They should have plenty of room to make a big nest and for lots of babies to hop around! Actually I recommend 20 gallons for any mouse....

Mice: Mouse has wounds on tail, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, barbering: Dear K, If you have never seen them chasing each other, and never heard any squeaking -- and are around the cage enough of the time that you would know-- then it is possible that, rather than mouse 2 biting mouse 1, mouse 1 is actually biting her own tail....

Mice: What to do about Naomi (hump and tremor, young mouse), social creatures, pet mouse
social creatures, pet mouse, best of friends: Dear Z., Her main diet should still be a commercial mouse seed mix or pellet/block diet. You are right that it is unhealthy to give her more treats than food. The best way to extend a mouse s life is to reduce stress and give her love. Mice respond...

Mice: Nesting, natural behavior, safe way
natural behavior, safe way, favorite things: Hi Olivia, Watching mice redecorate their homes is one of my favorite things about them, and it s just a natural behavior all mice have. She s just making it more comfortable and homey, and will probably rearrange it to her liking each time you change...

Mice: Old, Sick Mouse, american fancy rat, black patches
american fancy rat, black patches, female mice: Dear Sarah, Bring her to the vet and listen to her diagnosis and prognosis before making any decisions. There are many things which can affect skin, such as mites, fungi, etc., and if she is this bad she needs the correct treatment now. Poor little...

Mice: Pet mouse bloated and sluggish., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, bloated: Dear Lily, I don t usually say this, but to be honest I don t think the vet can do anything for the bloated mouse. I have been asking around, and the answers I have gotten are either an intestinal blockage or a bladder or kidney stone. I am not a vet but...

Mice: Here is another picture of my pregnant mouse, doe
doe: Hi again, She is very slim for a pregnant mouse. If she hasn t grown, she may well not be pregnant. But you could be surprised. Many times people-- even breeders-- don t even know they have a pregnant doe until a litter appears. I had a mouse have just...

Mice: Pregnant fancy mouse and wild girlfriend, fancy mouse, deer mouse
fancy mouse, deer mouse, chasing the deer: Dear Julia, It is never a good idea to take a doe over four weeks old who has been in a cage with bucks. This is so common. Why, oh why, can t the attendants learn basic facts about the species they handle? It s not that much to learn. Yes, your new...

Mice: very sick baby mouse should go to vet., feeder mice, vet question
feeder mice, vet question, frozen mice: Dear Marissa, The baby needs to go to the vet immediately. She is very sick and will die soon without intervention. Allergies would not cause her not to be able to walk properly. And a birth defect wouldn t cause the crustiness. The red is not blood, it...

Mice: Pregnant Mouse?, toilet paper tubes, jungle gyms
toilet paper tubes, jungle gyms, pvc tubes: Hi Janice, First of all, thank you for rescuing the little thing! Poor mouse must have been so scared! As far as pregnancy is concerned, it depends on how much longer than two weeks you ve had her. Pregnancy in mice lasts on average about 21 days,...

Mice: How to get rid of field mice under my sink, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, trap: Hi Josie, Oh, I thought you already had them. What a cute picture! It is just sitting there in your hand! Maybe you need another pet? There are many humane mouse traps on the market. The most common is the Havahart or Have-a-Heart trap. Just a quick...

Mice: runt?, dry cat food, foods high in protein
dry cat food, foods high in protein, meal worms: Hi Ash, It s not normal, no, but it isn t really abnormal for a litter of that size, either. It sounds like he might be a runt indeed, which typically happens when a pup is the last one to get to a nipple and get mom s first milk. Since he likely didn...

Mice: Sexing baby field mice & mounting, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, sexing: Dear Don, A mound can be where he is holding in his testicles. The best way to tell is to put them in a glass dish and compare their genitals from below. As you will read at this very excellent post, there are several other ways to tell does from bucks...

Mice: Wild baby mouse found, eye dropper, baby mouse
eye dropper, baby mouse, warm rice: Hi Kirsten, I m so sorry to hear that, how awful! :( It sounds like you did everything perfectly - there is nothing I could tell you to change or add when it comes to taking care of orphaned mice. Actually, you sound like a natural!! Unfortunately,...

Mice: Baby mouse ill, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, disguise: Hi James, I m glad you got him to the vet on time. It isn t all that easy to get a mouse to take his medicine, though it helps that he lives alone so it can go in his cage (with no other food). Most of the time you have to scruff a mouse and force feed...

Mice: Does my deer mouse carry hantavirus?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, hantavirus: Dear Diann, Fortunately, there is a blood test for hantavirus. Talk to your vet. Also, go to the CDC website and find out how many people in New Jersey have gotten it. It is probably less than a dozen in the last 25 years. It is super rare in the East....

Mice: Mouse stops using wheel, wheel, weather
Mice: Mouse stops using wheel, wheel, weather, data record

Mice: Orphan field mouse wobbly, baytrill, tetracycline
Mice: Orphan field mouse wobbly, baytrill, tetracycline, vets

Mice: orphan mouse with bloat, bloat, youtube video
Mice: orphan mouse with bloat, bloat, youtube video

Mice: found injured wild mouse pup, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, baby: Dear Vanessa, Poor little thing. First let me admit that the prognosis is not great. What is most likely to get him is infection from the cat s saliva. Cat saliva is nasty stuff. My lovely kitten sent my mom to the hospital once with a playful nip....

Mice: found mouse, aspen shavings, warm bedding
aspen shavings, warm bedding, cotton swab: Hi Katrina, If the little guy is still with you, the most important thing is to get him warm and a meal in him. If you have something you can put him in, even if it s just a shoe box, with some kind of warm bedding in the bottom (like a tshirt or dry,...

Mice: Will 2 week old orphan mice survive?., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, survive: Dear Morgan, In terms of their survival it is very lucky that they are so old (lol) and that they didn t go through the kind of trauma many orphans have, since you took them right when their mom was killed and they sustained no physical damage. So the...

Mice: what's happening with my mouse?, pet mouse, respiratory infection
pet mouse, respiratory infection, lifespan: Hi Laura, I m sorry I didn t get back to you sooner, and I hope he is doing okay. Like you said, he sounds fairly old, and I am not sure how much you can do for him. The clicking may indicate a respiratory infection, but given how swiftly it came on,...

Mice: help with orphaned baby mouse, cereal mixture, tiny pellets
cereal mixture, tiny pellets, baby cereal: It s great to keep trying with the bread, and you can also just soak it in plain water as well. Even if he doesn t eat it every time, he s still getting that moisture to keep him from getting dehydrated, and that s terrific. Another moisture-filled option...

Mice: inflicted wounds and strange behavior, triple antibiotic ointment, mite spray
triple antibiotic ointment, mite spray, vet visit: Hi Marissa, For the scratching, yes, mites sound like a very good place to start. Each time she breaks the skin while scratching it gives a new potential for an infection and illness, and makes the problem worse, so hopefully she can visit the vet soon....

Mice: How to keep a mouse warm., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, warm: Hi Jesse, Thanks so much for the update. Too bad about the mouse intermouse-inal relationships. But as long as the cages are close, so they can chat, they should be OK. My guess is that you can actually hold them at the same time. The best way to...

Mice: Keeping mice warm, cold winter night, stable temperature
cold winter night, stable temperature, heating pad: Hi Dani, Mice need two things in terms of temperature - to be between about 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (depending on what they are most used to), and to have a more or less stable temperature. If the classroom is warm during the day, but suddenly drops...

Mice: My mice won't stop scratching herself, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, scratches: Hi, Here we go with a link to a discussion about allergies: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Mice-3824/2012/4/mouse-scratching-watery-eyes.htm As you will read, I suggest you start with a diet of entirely oats and put her in a cage with a wheel, all washed...

Mice: my mouse, mite spray, warm soapy water
mite spray, warm soapy water, ears and eyes: Hi Shauna, It sounds like something is irritating the older girl s skin, and my first guess is mites. There are of course other possibilities, including lice, allergies, behavioral issues, and so on, but treatment for mites is relatively simple and inexpensive,...

Mice: mouse allergies:, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, sneezes: Dear Kourtney, Sneezing, though it is often allergy, is far more often illness. Mice carry a bacteria called myco, but it doesn t usually affect them. However, there are many factors which can cause it to flare up at any time. And it does not have to show...

Mice: Mouse with small wound, upper respiratory infection, bite wound
upper respiratory infection, bite wound, plastic stuff: Hi Katie, Most of the time little bite wounds on mice heal by themselves. It is good to put a tiny bit of neosporin on it. However, the squeaking worries me. If she still squeaks when touched tomorrow, she might have a little infection growing. Then she...

Mice: Mouse making noises, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, sick: Dear Kelly, The mouse is very sick. Mice don t get little colds which they can fight off, like we do. Because they are prey animals, they don t show any signs of illness until they are very sick, so hungry foxes and owls don t take advantage of their weakness....

Mice: Mouse pregnancy and cage mates, gallon aquarium, social hierarchy
gallon aquarium, social hierarchy, little babies: Hi Maggie, Unfortunately, there is really no telling how the other females will behave once she has her litter. Some mice are excellent friends and babysitters, helping momma out with the pups and keeping them warm while she eats. Others don t quite understand...

Mice: Mouse stops using wheel, male hormones, reed switch
male hormones, reed switch, ultrasonic noise: Hi Mike, I just have to say - I LOVE the idea of measuring his (or her!) revolutions on the wheel, and that is just too cool! It sounds like something my husband would rig up. :) Estrus in mice occurs approximately every five days, and when no male...

Mice: Mouse trying to get out of cage, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, anxious: Hi Sarah, You are absolutely right. She needs a bigger cage. I had a mouse once who was happy in her cage until one day she got out. After that, she acted like your mouse. She spent two days gnawing the bars. It was a three level bar mouse cage. Luckily...

Mice: I have a new mouse!!, agility course, mouse training
agility course, mouse training, world of mice: Hi Natasha! Is that you in the pic? I was once a little girl with blonde hair... : ) and I was never without a mouse on me, for about ten years of my life (got my first mice at age 5). He is a cutie. Thanks for the pic. He may well learn to stand, but...

Mice: Orphan field mouse refuses water, signs of dehydration, baby cereal
signs of dehydration, baby cereal, mouse water: Dear Aurora, Unfortunately, you are right to be scared. He is severely dehydrated. I m trying to understand- he will eat the baby cereal/ formula alone but not when it is mixed with pedialyte? If so, maybe he doesn t like pedialyte. Willl he take plain...

Mice: Orphan field mouse wobbly, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, orphan: Dear James, Thank you so much for caring about the poor little pup. You must have been devastated when the others died. I m sorry. It really shouldn t be wobbling like that, but give it two days to see if it gets its balance. Mother mice can often sense...

Mice: orphan mouse with bloat, orphan mouse, dear sam
orphan mouse, dear sam, field mouse: Dear Sam, Actually, the videos are not mine. I wish I knew as much as she does! I have been trying to contact her so I could use her in a situation where someone asks a question I don t know the answer to. Did you watch all ten? There is a video which...

Mice: Orphan mouse dehydrated, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Hi Lisa, First thing: Go to this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising and watch the ten videos on raising mouse pups by hand. This woman knows more than I do. She rescues pinkies from feeder bins (I disagree with...

Mice: weaning orphan mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Hi Ilya, Do cut off the ends of the gloves. You don t want him to ever feel scared, even for a few seconds. Although it is possible to choke on anything, many people use oatmeal to wean orphans, and I have never heard of a problem. But I can see why...

Mice: Orphan mouse stopped eating; skittish, cheap baby formula, orphan mouse
cheap baby formula, orphan mouse, fancy mice: Dear Caroline, The second question is an easy one: A few days after baby mice open their eyes, they realize how terrifying the world is. They may even go into the popcorn phase (or flea stage ) where they can jump as high as two feet up, with their strong...

Mice: Orphan wild mouse becomes hard to handle, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Hi Lilly, If they are between the ages of 14 days (the day their eyes open) and 28 days, they are in the popcorn phase or flea stage (can you guess why it is called this?). Before they open their eyes, they are happy in their nice, blind world. But...

Mice: Can orphan wild mouse bite give me disease?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, wild: Dear Tammy, Although it is unlikely that the mouse would ever bite you intentionally, you are right that it could happen, say if it was in great pain or was terrified. Any animal bite should be washed with something like hydrogen peroxide and treated...

Mice: orphaned mouse in pain?, electrolyte solution, gastrointestinal distress
electrolyte solution, gastrointestinal distress, pedialyte: Hi Sara, What are you feeding him? If it is from dairy or formulated for humans it is not the right thing. He should be on kitten milk (kmr) diluted by half with an electrolyte solution like pedialyte. I don t know the story of his rescue or discovery;...

Mice: Pet baby mouse too young?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, baby: Dear Maria, She is a beautiful girl! We know she is over 2 weeks because her eyes are open, but she may not be much over it. Still, luckily she is big enough to hold food and nibble. The best thing for her would be a piece of crisp bread such as Wasa,...

Mice: Pet mouse sick or upset?, cage mate, red dots
cage mate, red dots, broken legs: Hi Stacy, It sounds like a trip to a vet who works with pocket pets is in serious order. Mice can become depressed after the loss of a friend, which can lower their immune systems and open them up to illnesses. Things that might not have bothered them...

Mice: Pregnant mouse lonely and depressed, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, pregnant: Dear Jen, Although mice do have hormonal mood changes with pregnancy like humans do, your mouse is probably depressed because she lost her buddy. After all, as far as she knows he is dead. It is dangerous to have a female mouse live alone because she is...

Mice: Raising a wild mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, wild: Dear Kaity, It s so funny, how sometimes a wild mouse decides to go against its instincts and be tame. And adorable. I can t believe it was on your foot! When people ask if they should keep a mouse, I always say the two variables are if it likes to be...

Mice: re: my mouse, cat flea treatments, ear drop
cat flea treatments, ear drop, pet mouse: Hi Kitti, The medication in cat flea treatments can be different chemicals and are very different doses. Because of this, it would be very dangerous to mix treatments between the two animals. Even if it were the same ingredient, using a drop does not...

Mice: Separating barbering mice?, poor eyesight, female mice
poor eyesight, female mice, threes: Dear Steph, You misunderstood me. You do not need a divider. Even if you cannot stop the barbering, wouldn t you rather have one funny-looking mouse than two unhappy ones? Please let them live and sleep together. They love each other. Barbering is not aggression,...

Mice: Sneezing mouse, upper respiratory infection, female mouse
upper respiratory infection, female mouse, beddings: Hi Kelly, If they have never sneezed before, I would be concerned, yes. The suddenly freezing after a sneeze is a worry, too. The only time a sneezing or coughing habit is normal is if a mouse has had a very bad respiratory infection in the past, which...

Mice: Orphan mouse did not make it., buckwheat pillow, little tyke
buckwheat pillow, little tyke, orphan mouse: Dear Ashley, Many, many of these little orphans don t make it. Often they show no signs of illness before they die. Thank you very much for the update. It helps me to know what happens. I am very sorry for your loss : (( Squeaks, Natash...

Mice: should I be worried abour deer mouse bite?, fish crackers, rabies cases
fish crackers, rabies cases, kitten formula: Dear Tara, Because you are in Canada, I do not know if the US Center for Disease Control has detailed information on where any cases of hantavirus may have occurred. Go to cdc.gov and see. Unless there have been several or recent cases near you, don t panic....

Mice: 8 newborn mice, animal rescue groups, precious little ones
animal rescue groups, precious little ones, rodent breeders: Hi Jennifer, First of all - wow! You are doing a great job! It is extremely difficult to raise mice from that young of an age, and you are doing splendidly. I do know how tough it is on a person to do that around the clock, however, and I sympathize....

Mice: Baby field mouse care, shredded to pieces, mouse care
shredded to pieces, mouse care, cardboard box: Dear Bonnie, I am so sorry about little Pixie. You are not alone in falling completely in love with an itty bitty mouse pup. They are such special little creatures. People just don t understand how special even a mouse can be. They hold a lot of love...

Mice: Bereft mouse gets mites, makes noises, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, noise noises: Dear Lisa &Evan, Unfortunately, you are finding out what happens to a mouse who loses a friend and lives alone. Because she is lonely and depressed, she is more susceptible to mites and illness. The mites are also a problem because no one is grooming her....

Mice: A couple of questions about hybrid mice, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, pregnant: Dear Susan, This is pretty common. In fact it happened to me. And my doe hadn t even escaped- that crazy tiny wild boy got into the cage. I am lucky only one of five does got pregnant! You have heard right- the first generation hybrids are pretty crazy....

Mice: Epileptic mouse?, brain tumor, brain surgery
brain tumor, brain surgery, lying on the floor: Dear Claire, Oh, I didn t mean for her to be alone. That would make her sad. It sounds like she is OK. Just try to foresee how she could hurt herself and protect her. But most importantly, she should be happy. Certainly seizures can be brought on by...

Mice: Fancy mouse has right ear and eye issue, steam shower, respiratory infection
Mice: Fancy mouse has right ear and eye issue, steam shower, respiratory infection, mites

Mice: Red patches on mouse ears, coconut husk, discernible reason
Mice: Red patches on mouse ears, coconut husk, discernible reason, problem thanks

Mice: Fancy mouse has right ear and eye issue, otc treatment, fancy mouse
otc treatment, fancy mouse, steam bath: Dear Tracy, The mouse really needs a vet. Can you call around and find an exotics vet a little father away? I cannot tell if she has mites or an external infection or more, and the panting means she is quite sick. Scratching is often mites but they are...

Mice: Friend for Hopper?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, wild: Hi Fyre, If it is a male, he needs to live alone, though he would appreciate other mice in the room. He needs a lot of attention from you. If it is a female, she needs friends. Get two babies as soon as possible. The younger they all or any of them are,...

Mice: Fuzzy being Weaned, hot water bottles, orphan mouse
hot water bottles, orphan mouse, sweet pets: Hi Ana, If it just opened its eyes it is about 14 days old. I suggest continuing to hand feed for another three days, then as long as it is getting both liquid and solids in it, you can wean it off of the formula. It may not be a hopper today-- just...

Mice: Should I give orphan mouse Foster Parents?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, breed: Dear Stan, How wonderful! Yes indeed, let them keep the baby warm and happy. It is like the difference between an incubator and your mom s arms. Mice are perhaps the only mammals that actually can sometimes nurse babies when they have never been pregnant....

Mice: Healing Molly's wound! (mouse), Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, wound: Hi Emily, hi Molly :) I m so glad to hear that. I will add R-7 antiseptic spray to my list of suggestions. Thanks for the photo. What a cool wheel! I have never seen one with mesh in the back. Don t worry about Pip and Molly on the wheel. Molly wouldn...

Mice: Help with new mice, please!, fancy mice, male mice
fancy mice, male mice, female mice: Hi Shelby, Uh oh. For the most part, male mice have to live alone. They usually fight, and they will fight to the death. You are probably going to need two cages. They should be near each other so the two can still communicate, which they do in a frequency...

Mice: Lonely old mouse scratching, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, itching: Dear Bex, Mai has mites. Every mouse has a few mites, which don t cause a problem unless another factor comes into play-- for instance, stress from being alone, losing a friend, depression; or simply not having another mouse to groom her and get rid of...

Mice: Lump!, dangerous tumors, move hands
dangerous tumors, move hands, best bet: Hi Chloe, Lumps could be caused by several different things, and it can be very hard to determine which is the cause without a vet s help. If you have a veterinarian in your area who works with mice, I would recommend bringing her in so he can let you...

Mice: Mice, newspapers, and wood shavings , Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, newspaper: Dear Verity, The only wood shavings that you can use with mice are aspen. Other woods like pine or cedar contain oils which trigger respiratory problems and illness. However, aspen is pretty easy to find in pet stores. Newspapers are fine so long as the...

Mice: Are Mice Nice?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, nice: Dear Emma, Holy Mousey! What terrible sources! Mice are so much better than gerbils. Gerbils are spazzy and not nearly as smart as mice. Socialized, non abused mice do not bite. If you stick your finger into their nest, some mice might kind of put their...

Mice: Getting mice! Play area; vacation, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, free: Hi Verity, It s good that you are researching before you get the mice! 1.) The mice cannot free range. There are too many ways for them to get into trouble. Also, it will take you quite a while to get them to come to you if you want to train them to....

Mice: Mice are terrified, and mice fight., Mice, mouse terrified
Mice, mouse terrified, scared: Dear Ivy, I will answer both questions here, and refuse the other. You must be patient with the mice. They are each being mice the very best they can. They are not to blame for their behavior. They each have both a personality and a past. You are buying...

Mice: Mice Treat, millet sprays, pumpkin seeds
millet sprays, pumpkin seeds, microwave popcorn: Hi Christopher, While corn isn t necessarily bad for mice, it isn t good for them, either, and the butter and salt are also a much bigger indulgence for a mouse than for a human. It would certainly be more fattening than offering occasional seeds! I wouldn...

Mice: Mouse, Her eye, plz answer, eye infection
plz answer, eye infection, lili: Hi Lili, I need a few more details to help you out, so if you can write me a followup I ll be able to give some more assistance. First, is the eye itself pink, or the skin around it? Is the eye itself swollen, leaking, or squinting? Is the skin around...

Mice: My mouse has a funny lump, waste of money, tyra
waste of money, tyra, warts: Dear Natalie, Well, why shouldn t a mouse and a rabbit be friends of a sort.. I had a little fat black mouse who was best friends with our huge black Newfoundland mix dog! But still, no direct contact between the two. Be sure to protect Tyra s cage from...

Mice: is my mouse pregnant and in labor?, feeder mice, vet appointment
feeder mice, vet appointment, baby mice: Dear Rebecca, Second answer. I received answers from my breeder friends, and they say there is no reason to believe she is or was in labor. The clicking sounds are not labor-- which means they must be a respiratory infection. However, a mouse that pregnant...

Mice: Mouse with raw tail, hamster mix, bleach solution
hamster mix, bleach solution, oral antibiotics: Hi Brian, He can t live on just rice for that long, though. It doesn t take a person very long to show a positive reaction to removal of an allergen. Luckily, mice are more like humans than they are like dogs. Benadryl would help too. I didn t get an...

Mice: mouse has red spots on her, dubby, scabs
dubby, scabs, oder 1: Hi Riddzi, Are the scabs mostly around the face, ears, neck, and shoulders? If so, I d recommend starting with a mite treatment. I recommend something called 8-in-1 mite spray, which can be found either at your local pet shop or online. It should be...

Mice: My mouse sleeps too much, Mice, mouse sleeps
Mice, mouse sleeps, sleep: Dear Sylvia, Mice are nocturnal. They are supposed to be active at night and sleep all day! : ) But indeed she does need a friend or two. It is best to have three females so when one dies, the others have each other. Lonely mice are more prone to illness,...

Mice: Mouse and suspected parasite, obese mouse, tape worm
obese mouse, tape worm, oral medication: Hi Steph, It is certainly possible that she could have contracted a gastrointestinal parasite, disease, or worm, but there is no way to diagnose and treat that without the aid of a vet. However, from what you ve told me, it really sounds like any infection...

Mice: New companions!, female mice, new girls
female mice, new girls, worse case: Hi Allie, I m sorry for your loss, but I am very excited that you will be getting two new buddies! If the surviving mouse is having a tough time grieving, it would be a very good idea to isolate the new girls for, if possible, 2-3 weeks before introducing...

Mice: New Mouse, female mice, neutral territory
female mice, neutral territory, dominant female: Hi Katie, Hopefully it won t continue, but it would be a good idea to keep your eye on them for a couple of days just to be safe. Chasing is normal, and while the nipping is a little worrisome, the fact that there were no injuries and the cage has calmed...

Mice: Pregnant mouse and babies - how to, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, pregnant: Hi again, They may have been too young to mate when you got them. Males are often only ready to mate at six weeks. She is in heat every 3-5 days, so let s say she wasn t in heat until he was almost seven weeks. Then give him a little time to be clumsy!...

Mice: Pinky making clicks, dry nurse, snake food
dry nurse, snake food, pet mice: Hi Fyre, Your guess is as good as mine on this. It is definitely possible to lick too aggressively. I myself would leave the pinky there, and take the chance. Better than it being all alone and unhappy. I hope it works out :) Squeaks, Natash...

Mice: Can she be pregnant?, stomach area, future generations
stomach area, future generations, gestation period: Hi Yvonne, Mice have a gestation period of about 21 days, so depending on when the pet shop separated her, she would likely be fast approaching her due date. For that reason, you may want to reconsider keeping a male in the cage with her right now - males...

Mice: Raising Pinkies, kitten formula, eye dropper
kitten formula, eye dropper, paint brushes: Hi Ana, Glad to hear those two made it. You can t give them too much. Mom doesn t tell them to stop either. As for too little, well you watched the video where she gives the fussy pup a break and tries again till it refuses. That s all you can do--...

Mice: Red patches on mouse ears, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, ear: Dear Kelsey, Dinah should go to the vet. Her problem doesn t look like the usual culprits of common mites or allergies that I have seen. There is a specific and fairly rare external ear mite that mice get, called sarcoptic mites. In the end, sarcoptic mites...

Mice: Scratching/OCD/Allergy??, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, itching: Hi again Frankie, Aww poor Luna. I had hoped taking her off the Baytril would help. I assume you tried the hypoallergenic cage- washed with no soap, oats to eat, paper towels as bedding? I am so sorry she is still having such a hard time. I hadn t even...

Mice: Sick mouse, hot water bottle, frozen vegetables
hot water bottle, frozen vegetables, pocket pets: Dear Kelly, Losing fur usually means mites. Looking sick and shivering means an emergency trip to the vet. Mice don t show any sign of illness at all until it is quite serious and they need antibiotics. She is in danger of her life right now. You need...

Mice: Sudden baby mice in all female cage, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, tame: Dear Georgie, This is a common issue. In fact, it has even happened to me! First generation hybrid mice are notably pretty wild. But yours can be the test case if you can handle them at least once (twice is better) a day. When it happened to me, I...

Mice: What to do with wild mice in apartment building?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, wild: Dear Terri, It helps if you can separate the questions out and number them. I am having a hard time figuring out what your exact questions are; but I will try to address the entire situation. You need to figure out if you want to help the mice or hurt...

Mice: barbering
Hi Mahriah, Is Rosita scratching at any of the barbered spots? It looks healty to me, so as long as he is not fussing with any of her bald spots, it shouldn t be bugging her. When barbering, the dominant mouse chews the hair of the submissive mice,...

Mice: cat ate mice
Dear Hadley, I am terribly sorry about your loss. Those poor, terrified little mice. What a horrible, horrible, horrible death. As long as you have a cat and can t protect the mice, I can t help you get more. It would be wrong of me to do so, and my...

Mice: help with course work
Hi Allina, I cannot answer your schoolwork question for you, but I can tell you where I would start, so that you can see how the critical thinking progresses through a diagnosis. The first thing to do is always to ask questions. I am not sure if there...

Mice: How to helpp a very sick mouse, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, pass: Dear Fiona, Hold her close against your body, inside your shirt. As long as you can. I have done this for 12-18 hours and saved mouse lives. It is a combination of the warmth and the love. She doesn t have that much of a chance but this is the very...

Mice: Keeping or Releasing a Hand-Raised Mouse?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, release: Hi Ali, It is such a hard question. I wonder why he has become less friendly? Very often they remain very close to their human mom. I do know of another mouse who has stopped wanting to be handled, but his human said she stopped handling him very much...

Mice: Mice: strange behavior, tumor.
Dear Samantha, It isn t good news I have for you. The first one very likely has a brain tumor. There is nothing to do but have her put to sleep. She is suffering. Until then please put a soft cloth on the sides of the cage so she can t hurt herself....

Mice: Mice way of passing
Dear Edward, It sounds like a genetic problem. You should definitely both tell the pet store what is happening, and find a breeder or a rescue or use a different pet store. There is actually a rescue called St Nicholas Mouse Rescue in Florida If you...

Mice: Mouse and 8-1 mite spray
Hi Haley, I don t know how you used the spray or which kind, so I do not know how he will do. If you have an emergency vet in your area please call them immediately. 8-in-1 makes several different kinds of mite spray. The avian and rodent versions...

Mice: mouse breeds
Hi Hadley, I am not sure what you mean by breeds. Fancy mice, or Mus musculus, is a species of mouse that has several different breeds and varieties, but they are all still fancy mice. You can see photos of some of the different coat types and color...

Mice: Mice: Vitamins in water
Hi, All I have from Georgia are two ratteries. However, often ratteries have mice that they don t advertise explicitly; they may also know of mouseries. It might be worth contacting these places: R Spooky s Playhouse Rattery (Hall County, Georgia)...

Mice: Mouse litter box, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, pee: Dear Rosie, Aww what cute little critters! I see you use soy sauce dipping bowls for food and drip dishes. That s great :) . I use them for meds (in soy yogurt) for my rats. If you can smell the fumes from the ammonia (that s basically what mouse...

Mice: Mouse Rescue
Hi Lindsay, What a lovely idea! You can t do rats in a tank. Mice are cool. And the thing you can do if not foster, is quarantine. Are you old enough for Facebook? This rat *and mouse* group is mine: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RatsandMiceareAwesome/...

Mice: Nutmeg's Ear (mouse)
Hi, OK, let s just talk about treating for both. Ear Infection: Although this mouse had a respiratory infection, the easiest OTC antibiotic is the same: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Mice-3824/2010/2/Tetracycline-directions-sneezing-mouse.htm ...

Mice: Sick baby
Hi Rebecca, Oh no, I am so sorry to hear that. From your description I had a feeling it was coming, but again, I don t know that you could have done much differently for the little fellow. He is lucky he had you for the time he had. Yes, you can dilute...

Mice: sick mouse won't drink medicated water
Dear Alison Of course if you can you should go to the vet. I have never had trouble with mice not drinking their water with tetracycline in it. I would not add salt or sugar. If anything, a tiny bit of real vanilla. But I have never seen or heard...

Mice: Wild mouse romanced tame fancy mouse girls, Wild, mouse
Wild, mouse, mice: Dear Amber, Why do you think Mr Wild One didn t come back later? You may have witnessed the first date :). Mice are not always in heat. The first visit may have been a disappointment for him :) or, more likely, he came for food. This is my guess,...

Mice: What to do with 5 orphan mice
Dear Kimberly, Thank you for saving them :) . You are feeding them every two hours, right? The survival rate drops steeply when they are fed less often. You can keep them. A pet store won t take them. You will have to separate boys from girls. Hopefully...

Mice: 6 week old peanut mouse?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, peanut: Dear Kate, Wow. You must certainly be right. There is no doubt that that is not just a runt. Does he live alone? He doesn t have to. He isn t big or strong enough to mate. What is he eating? How long did he nurse? If you can get him to drink some...

Mice: Anxious Mouse?
Dear Cherie, Your little mouse probably has a terrible case of mites. Just as you can t cure your dog of fleas by changing her bed, you can t get rid of mouse mites by changing her litter, although both are necessary. What a very, very unhappy mouse. ...

Mice: bloating in mice, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, bloat: Dear Marie, I do know what this bloat is, and you might want to tell your vet. It seems that sometimes a mouse gets a little obstruction between the stomach and intestine. The mouse will bloat. Then the obstruction will move, the gas can pass, and the mouse...

Mice: At the end of my rope
I m so sorry to hear that. My thoughts are with the little guy, and hopefully treatment helps! If you adopted from a breeder or shop that breeds mice, you may wish to let them know of his condition so they can be aware of it. Again, my thoughts are...

Mice: At the end of my rope
Mice: At the end of my rope

Mice: Fancy mouse can it live with feeder mice?, Fancy, feeder
Fancy, feeder, mice: Dear Stan, There isn t even necessarily a difference between them. The feeders may be less well bred, but it depends-- feeders from one store might be better than fancies from another. Actually, brown feeders are just fancy mice born with a death sentence....

Mice: Gluten in Mouse food
Hi Kiley, That is a great question! I don t know of any commercial mouse food diets that are free from gluten or even made in factories that might be. Unfortunately, they are all also quite dusty which can lead to it being stirred up as you feed them...

Mice: Injured Field Mouse
Dear Isabel, you need to nurse him. The two best options are kitten milk replacement or soy infant formula, both diluted by half. The easiest way is with a small paintbrush, though an older guy like him might be able to use an eyedropper or syringe. Get...

Mice: Itchy Mouse
Dear Jessica, Unless there is something you didn t tell me, he does not need antibiotics. Some mice have a terribly painful skin reaction to the .06% pyrethrins, so it is best to get the bird spray, which is half strength. Other mice are fine. Follow...

Mice: Misgendered Mice
Dear Drew, Don t worry, you didn t lose your touch ;) Some mice and rats are just weird, sex-wise. Every few months someone posts the underside of a rat or mouse in my rat and mouse group on Facebook and everyone, experts included, argues about its sex....

Mice: Mouse suddenly goes crazy?
Hi Jessica, I need a little more information to help you find what is going on. It definitely sounds like something is bothering her! For the time being it may be best to separate her from the others, place her enclosure in a quiet part of the house away...

Mice: One of my new mice is sick.
Hi, You can see why giving it to several mice twice a day for two weeks would not be fun..! Make it a little more liquid and wipe some on her fur, maybe by her whisker pads. Then keep the other mouse out till she has washed herself. Best of luck....

Mice: Open Wound on Mouse
Dear Michelle, I have no idea how this could have happened. I can t even imagine him somehow scratching up there. But I am sure he can t give it to you. The only skin illness that humans and animals-- including all furry house pets-- can share is ringworm....

Mice: Orphaned Mice, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Dear Jamie, They are dying of dehydration from the diarrhea. The diarrhea needs to be stopped. I asked the expert and others who have saved them. They said straight pedialyte, then 10% formula, then 20% formula, etc. it has saved lives. Damn this...

Mice: question about my pet feeder mouse, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, change: Dear Kat, Althought it is possible for mice, as for people, to undergo some kind of destructive mental process/illness, another common reason for biting and scared /aggressive behavior is severe pain. I recommend two things: make an appointment with...

Mice: rat dominance
Oi Lays, Eu acho que vocÍ estŠ certa. Parece que ele estŠ nervoso ou amedrontado e isso faz com que ele mude de comportamento quando vocÍ estŠ por perto. … muito importante distinguir entre a domin‚ncia normal e sem perigo e um comportamento agressivo...

Mice: sick baby mouse
Dear Eve, It sounds to me like there is a genetic abnormality in the line. Neither that doe, nor the father, nor any of the babies should be bred, There is nothing to do with a pup who won t eat, that would be called a lethal gene. I hope it...

Mice: Update on Fern and Blue
Hi Susan, First, Fern has to have another week of Baytril. Antibiotics are still fighting an illness even when symptoms are gone. Your doctor always tells you to finish the bottle, right? :) If you want her to stay well she must finish out her trial. ...

Mice: Whute bump on tail after bite heals, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, scar: Dear Fran, It is most likely just a scar. I asked a few people including a vet and they agreed. If these two are living together without continuing to fight you are lucky. It probably means they are litter mates. If they do fight you need to separate...

Mice: Baytril does not cure mouse
HI, OK I have spoken to a few people and the result is: IF the problem is not the intermittent meds-- and you must absolutely get the meds in twice a day-- it might be an endocrine issue such as diabetes. Most endocrine conditions need a blood test...

Mice: Breeding and feeding mice
Hi Rachel, Ok that sounds sensible.. :) Fauna is stunning and I love the Siamese pup!! What, you are in that mouse group and not my group Rats and Mice are Awesome? It may just say Rats are Awesome in the title but that was basically a clerical error,...

Mice: Training a rat tricks
One of my mods on my site wrote this: From Caitlin Pearse: Written instructions for training beginners! Congratulations on taking this fun and interesting step in your relationship with your rodent! Here are a few training tips that are useful to...

Mice: Little Rum
Dear Jackie, I am afraid I do not know. Keep him warm above all and get high calorie food into him such as infant soy formula, Ensure, avocado, butter, liquid peanut butter.. Revolution is quite safe for mice and rats , so it isn t that. He sounds...

Mice: Little Rum (mouse)
Dear Jackie, There is still the option of using the ivermectin liquid Iver-On for cattle. You would mix it 5 parts water to 1 part Iver-on and rub it into his fur to his skin, not near his ears. Use a soaking sponge to apply. Repeat this once a week for...

Mice: Mouse is bloating and not moving
Hi, At least he is ok right now. Rubbing him was a good idea. I would have said to give a massage for the blockage and the gas but I was worried about it hurting him if there was something with his back. So it helped. Holding him for a long time is...

Mice: Mouse died
Hi Janet, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. There is no way for me to know from here why exactly the boy passed, but since you lost another one early on, I am inclined to think there may be a hereditary issue at play. Some genes can be passed from...

Mice: Mouse ears blackened and shrinking
Hi Jackie, What a lovely story. I run a Facebook group Rats and Mice are Awesome (unfortunately the mice didn t make it into the Facebook title), which you are very much invited to join. I would love to put Chester s story and photo in our collection of...

Mice: Mouse: One hind back leg Dragging :(
Dear Tania, Her best bet is to go to the vet. There may be a myriad of possibilities that a vet can see looking at her and with their knowledge that I can t give you from here. The following is my inexpert opinion: She may have broken one leg and injured...

Mice: Mouse makes clicking noises, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, noises: Dear Jaz, Yes she is very sick and could die. But it is an easy fix at the vet. They will give you antibiotics and as long as it isn t too late, she should be fine. Antibiotics really are miracle drugs. Get her to the vet as fast as possible. Good...

Mice: nachos tail red spots ?
Hi Tania, There are two likelihoods. If the red spots appeared *after* the injury or stroke! it is likely that her tail tingles and she is biting it to try to figure it out. If they were present beforehand then it is unrelated, and she may have...

Mice: Please help me
Hi Sarah, Several things can cause a swelling like this, but a vet is the only person who can tell you for sure what is causing it. Some possibilities include hematoma (a collection of blood from an injury), edema (a collection of fluid), pododermatitis...

Mice: Pregnant mice
Hi Amanda, If you were breeding them intentionally, it sounds like it is time to try again! As you probably know, the gestation period for mice is 21 days, give or take a couple. Even if they were late, if it has been 38 days since his removal, it sounds...

Mice: Pregnant Mouse?
The great news is that the mommas do most of the work. As long as you keep her stress free and provide plenty of shelter, food, and water, she ll take care of her babies. After about a week after they are born, you can start spot cleaning the cage - only...

Mice: Saved 2 baby field mice
Hi Kimberly, Thank you for saving the little fellows! Losing fur is completely normal for hand raised mice. You didn t lick them like a mouse! Unfortunately male field mice aren t as noticeable as house mice. If you are on Facebook and friend me...

Mice: Scabs, hair loss, swollen foggy eye (mouse), mouse, mice
mouse, mice, mites: Dear Sierra, What you really need is Revolution. If you or someone you know has a dog or cat you might have tube left over. Or you might be able to talk a vet into letting you buy a kitten dose without a visit. **YOU MUST TREAT ALL MICE** You would...

Mice: Update on Little Rum
Hi Jackie, I was afraid of this. I hope their post is quick. Are you sure you can t find a vet who will sell you a kitten dose with no visit? Revolution is applied as a single drop on the *skin* not fur, at the back of the neck. That s all. Don t let...

Mice: wild? meadow? vole
Dear Nic, I really doubt it is a pet. I would think if someone had a pet vole they would keep it :) The occasional wild mouse also just decided not to be afraid of humans. I suppose voles might too. Anyway just like a mouse if it is happy you can...

Mice: worried and confused please help!!!!, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, pituitary: Dear Katyryn, It certainly sounds like a pituitary (brain ) tumor or possibly a stroke. True waltzers are not confused, disoriented, or twitchy. You can sometimes diagnose a pituitary tumor by seeing if he holds his food in both hands when he eats. ...

Mice: What's Wrong With My Mouse?
Hi Paige, If she is still having her symptoms now, at the end of her round of antibiotics, I would give your vet a call. Your bedding sounds great, so I don t think that is the problem. Mycoplasma is a definite possibility, as are a few other potential...

Mice: 5 baby mice, baby mice, mouse breeders
baby mice, mouse breeders, mice and rats: Hi Riley, Oh my goodness they are beautiful! The best thing I can recommend is to try stimulating the genitals of ones who will not eat to help them potty (with a moist q-tip/cotton swab), as sometimes their systems need a little help getting started,...

Mice: adding a mouse, standing on hind legs, pet mouse
standing on hind legs, pet mouse, sorry to hear about your loss: Hi Michaela, I am sorry to hear about your loss. However, as strange as it may be, even though your surviving girl ate the remains, she is grieving as well. It is a good idea to give her a little time and some extra one-on-one bonding before introducing...

Mice: baby mice, baby mice, maternal instinct
baby mice, maternal instinct, pet life: Hi Kerri, I am so sorry to hear that! Mommas may cannibalize their young for a variety of reasons, although we of course hope it never happens. Sometimes new mothers get confused and don t know what the little squeaky things are, in which case it may...

Mice: Baby orphan mouse bites me, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, house: Dear Fyre, Although he is a little older than I would expect, these little hand-fed guys do go through a jumpy, scared phase and can be hard to handle. It lasts just a couple of days. So we can hope that is it. If that is not the case, it is possible...

Mice: Carefresh animal bedding, animal bedding, natural dyes
animal bedding, natural dyes, guinea pigs: Hello again! Yes, Carefresh is a wonderful bedding for mice. The dyes are safe in this product, and the only risk as with any bedding is accidentally bringing in mites. A good safety precaution is to freeze the bedding for 24 hours before use, then thaw...

Mice: Orphan baby deer mouse and hantavirus, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, orphan: Hi Lee, Hi Cheese! What a cutie. However, look at those little white feet. If makes me suspect a white-footed deer mouse. His coat may change into the lighter agouti later. Field mice also generally (always?) have white tummies, whereas house mice don t....

Mice: Caught house mice, possibly pregnant female?, house mice, wooden mouse
house mice, wooden mouse, gestation time: She may just be getting better at taking care of them - as they grow they will start sleeping more regularly and needing fewer feedings from mom over the course of the day. I think if mom is spending that much time in the nest, it looks hopeful that they...

Mice: Combining three week old litters...., mice, mouse
mice, mouse, babies: Dear Kait, There shouldn t be any problems other than the normal possible dominance skirmish among the two females. Those babies are old enough that their moms should not be feeling protective of them anymore. The best thing to do is to make sure the cage...

Mice: Spiny mice?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, spiny: Dear Emma, Spiny mice are special, because they are different. I came close to getting a dozen last summer because there was a rescue from a hoarder... But the rescue organization was simply too disorganized to get through the process, and I finally gave...

Mice: dead mice., rigor mortis, dead mice
rigor mortis, dead mice, male mice: In addition to the gender issues I mentioned before (that if any of them are male, they will frequently fight to the death), some mice simply do not get along. Any signs of violence or aggression should result in separation, and it is unlikely to yield a...

Mice: Very energetic mouse lives alone , Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, play: Dear Sarah, As you know, female mice usually ought to have friends. However, you are phasing out of mice; and she may be too aggressive to get along with the next mouse anyway. So, she is going to have to live alone. This playful mouse needs a LOT of...

Mice: Fat mouse with labored breathing, heart disease, vet
Mice: Fat mouse with labored breathing, heart disease, vet

Mice: Let wild mice out into the cold, little critters, mouse control
Mice: Let wild mice out into the cold, little critters, mouse control, catch and release

Mice: Fat mouse with labored breathing, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, pants: Dear Fred, There are two main reasons for a mouse to pant. One is that it can t breathe and has pneumonia. I guess you could call it walking pneumonia, where there are no other symptoms but suddenly the mouse gets terribly sick and dies. A vet needs to...

Mice: Feeding mice: Peanuts? Cheese?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, food: Hi again Verity, No problem. I wish more people would research before they got mice or rats. There would be a lot more happy and healthy rodents around. Yes, websites are going to disagree... people have learned from various places, whether their own...

Mice: health, burst blood vessels, typical lifespan
burst blood vessels, typical lifespan, oxygen problems: Hi Megha, I am so sorry for your loss. The gasping you are describing is common when passing on - it usually means respiratory distress like you mentioned (having trouble breathing, or wasn t getting enough oxygen despite normal breathing). Sometimes...

Mice: Hybrid mouse pics, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, wild: Hi, Awesome pics! In my opinion, you have second generations. It makes total sense. Avi had at least one other litter, maybe soon after she escaped. So let s say she escaped day 1. Got pregnant immediately. Day 21, popped out the babies. Day 30 or later,...

Mice: Hybrid Update, Wild, mice
Wild, mice, mouse: Hi Susan, Thanks a million for the update! How interesting. It really seems like a second generation instead of a first generation...... Do you have a male mouse in a cage with bars, where a female might have snuck in to get pregnant? My babies were...

Mice: introducing baby mice to existing females, baby mice, female mice
baby mice, female mice, new aquarium: Hi Mahriah, The information out there is very conflicting indeed, but what it basically boils down to is trusting your gut and what works, works! I think making the cage more boring is a very good idea, and something I was actually going to recommend....

Mice: Can you keep males together?, female babies, pregnant females
female babies, pregnant females, tedious project: Hi Hadley, A 20 gallon tank is not really enough for more than about 4-7 mice. I don t know how many of your offspring are female, but I would think carefully about keeping a male with the females, as females can become pregnant the same night they give...

Mice: little ball for new mice, depression illness, bouncy ball
depression illness, bouncy ball, three girls: Dear Verity, I have never tried giving a mouse a ball, but I am doubtful they would use one. If you do decide to go this route, use plastic, definitely not chewable rubber. She mght mistake it for something she can swallow, whereas it is less likely that...

Mice: Little black bugs, black bugs, 3 legs
black bugs, 3 legs, pointy nose: Hi Katie, Unfortunately, I m not familiar with the sorts of bugs in your area, and the best thing to do might be to catch a few of them in a container and ask someone who is familiar with pests (pet shop, vet, or even a company that offers pest control...

Mice: Lone male mouse., paper towel tubes, mice as pets
paper towel tubes, mice as pets, male mice: Hmm, I can t actually figure out how to attach images to my response, so instead here is a link to a post I wrote ages ago that has a TON of ideas and some good photos for inspiration: http://tinyfurballs.blogspot.com/2010/03/diy-toys-for-rodents.html ...

Mice: Mice Food and Gender, male mice, lab blocks
male mice, lab blocks, prolonged stress: Hi Alexis, I personally feed my mice Mazuri lab blocks, supplemented with healthy treats. I recommend (and have used) any commercial mouse diet, whether mix or block, which is specifically labeled for mice or mice and rats - these have the most beneficial...

Mice: Mice were squeezed by horrible child, small ziplock bags, pet mice
small ziplock bags, pet mice, personality change: Dear Jo, Thanks for the update :) I am so glad they seem physically OK. I m sure now you understand the value of immediate adult supervision around kids and mice. Probably your daughter is so responsible around them that you weren t thinking that other...

Mice: Mother mouce seperated her litter., mother mouse, mouce
mother mouse, mouce, apposed: Hi Sean, As long as she is still nursing both, this is completely okay. She only has so many nipples to go around, so it may be her easiest way of making sure everybody gets fed. In fact, I once had a momma mouse who would rotate pups though the nest...

Mice: Mouse behaviour. Are they sick?, mice as pets, fancy mice
mice as pets, fancy mice, brain tumor: Dear Erin, If she is still agitated in 24 hours then it is probably a brain tumor (pituitary tumor) or brain damage (from a stroke), and she may need to be put down. If she gets better, it may have been some kind of a seizure, which could happen again....

Mice: Mouse Breed, upper respiratory infection, pink eyes
upper respiratory infection, pink eyes, pet mouse: Hi Alyxis, Mice don t really have breeds per se like dogs or cats do, but they do have different coat types and colors (as I am sure you noticed with your previous satin). However, if Johnlock was not specifically bred from one line or another of mice,...

Mice: My mouse cant be pregnant., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, babies: Dear Nikki, Congratulations! You are going to be a mouse grandmother! Impossible? Nope. The father is the same naughty boy who gave her the bug(s) you saw on her. Mites are not visible to humans. Well, you can see the tiny specks by putting a piece of...

Mice: Mouse colors, baby mice, color genetics
baby mice, color genetics, female mouse: Hi Hadley, There is a lot that goes into determining what colors the baby mice will be. The colors may be different or the same, just depending on whose genetics are dominant, and what genetics were passed on by the father. If you let me know what color...

Mice: Why did my mouse die?, drs foster smith, pine shavings
drs foster smith, pine shavings, respiratory passages: Dear Jessica, First-- important!-- mice must not have cedar or pine litters. They contain oils which irritate their respiratory passages and lead easily to disease. You can get aspen litter, or other manufactured litters such as Carefresh. Drs Foster &...

Mice: Home made Mouse diet, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, homemade: Hi Karthik, OK, sorry about that. Here is a pretty simple diet you can use for mice. http://www.afrma.org/pp_seedmixmouse.htm You should add as many of the extra ingredients as possible, since this is not 100% ideal. Enjoy your little mice! ...

Mice: Mouse Hurt, white mice, fish section
white mice, fish section, pocket pets: Hi Anurag, I am so sorry to hear that! Unfortunately, this is a complex injury that can be difficult to heal or to keep clean. Depending on the severity of the damage there may not be much you can do. Either the skin will grow back, if it is simply torn...

Mice: Mouse is limping, pet mice, poor circulation
pet mice, poor circulation, congra: Hi Sarah, I think a visit to the vet would be well worth it, if you have one in your area who is familiar with mice. What is strange about this situation is that it comes and goes - usually a dragging limb is the sign of a serious nervous or muscular injury,...

Mice: If this mouse is male, why hasn't he mated?, mice, mouse
mice, mouse, wild: Dear Anthony, You have a little boy (at first I was trying to figure out what difference you were seeing between these two mice : ) before figuring out it was one) Assuming he is with does of his species, he may be a little clumsy, or he may not have...

Mice: Will my mouse mourn the death of her cage mate?, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, lonely: Dear Kayla, I am sorry for your loss of Indigo :(( Yes, Piper is sad. And she is alone. These two things can lead to depression, illness, or mites. This is why I always recommend three females. Then when one dies, the others do mourn but the aren t alone....

Mice: my mouse may be sick, signs of stress, brown gold
signs of stress, brown gold, rapid shallow breathing: Hi Samantha, The part of your description of her symptoms that concerns me the most is her weight. The other issues, like rapid shallow breathing, can be signs of stress, but not necessarily illness. If she had been cagemates with the mouse you recently...

Mice: Multiple mice, same age, wobbly walking, dear kelly, hind legs
dear kelly, hind legs, respiratory infection: Dear Kelly, Mice are as prone to any kind of disease, including muscle disabilities, as people are. This could be, for example, cerebral palsy. This is bad genetics, and this female should not be bred again. Do find a home for them or keep them where...

Mice: need help, neck shoulders, pocket pets
neck shoulders, pocket pets, white mouse: Hi Priya, I really need to know more about his condition before I can help, or if possible, you could take him to a veterinarian who works with pocket pets like mice. A vet will be able to do something called a skin scrape to identify what is causing the...

Mice: Pet mouse severe skin problems, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, immune: Dear Kristal, I m glad to hear you say it looks like athlete s foot. That really does sound fungal. Mice do get ringworm. It is also the only thing mice can share with you, cats, dogs, etc. On a human, ringworm looks like a ring! So watch your own skin,...

Mice: pregnant sick mouse, pocket pets, best bet
pocket pets, best bet, agian: Hi Angie, Unfortunately, her pregnancy makes it very difficult to treat her, and this sounds like an emergency situation. Her best bet is for you to take her as soon as you can to a vet who works with pocket pets such as mice as soon as possible. Bring...

Mice: Pyrenthin on my mouse for mites, Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, mites: Hi Rita, Glad to hear George is doing well at 21 months. Living longer than 24 months is not that common, so take good care of him. Do stop with the bleaching and insecticide. The residue will irritate his nasal passages, which may lead to respiratory issues....

Mice: Revolution for mites., Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, revolution: Dear Pat, Normally Revolution only needs to be applied once a month- if at all. You can apply it a second time after two weeks if you feel there are still mites. There is no reason to continue treatment unless the mouse is exposed to a regular source of...

Mice: Ruby and Rogue (doxy and itching), mice, mouse
mice, mouse, itching: Dear Lindsay, Yes, one side effect from doxycycline is itching. Barbering looks sometimes subtly different from the hair loss from scratching. If you look closely, the fur will be cut off, at the skin or above, rather than pulled out. Also, you...

Mice: Shaking paws, lack of energy and excessive itch, rear paws, trough the night
rear paws, trough the night, pocket pets: Hi Rodrigo, Fernando is, in fact, reaching a pretty good age for a mouse! Can you tell me what you mean by numb? Is he lethargic, is that what you mean? The pus has me a little concerned - this usually means an infection which can sometimes enter a mouse...

Mice: Very sick and itchy mouse, baytril, onstart
baytril, onstart, white mouse: Dear Marianne, Without extra medication (amoxicillin), there isn t a lot you can do besides what I have already suggested. Keep him warm, love him if he likes it, and feed him sugar water through an eyedropper or syringe without the needle. I wish I could...

Mice: SICK MOUSE!, upper respiratory infection, aquarium shop
upper respiratory infection, aquarium shop, steam bath: Dear Kassidy The most effective thing you can do if you have a mom who won t pay for the vet or overnight shipping for meds- is to use Tetracycline from the FISH department of your pet store, or an aquarium shop. You need to do this as soon as humanly...

Mice: skittles lump, mammary tumor, herbal medication
mammary tumor, herbal medication, pocket pets: Hello again, I am not familiar with using this to treat lumps, and would only do so if advised by a practicing veterinarian familiar with mice. Tumors do not hurt, make mice sick, or otherwise cause discomfort - they just look lumpy. It s good that it...

Mice: Urgent mouse tail black, withering , Mice, mouse
Mice, mouse, tail: Dear Bree, When a mouse tail is injured, the injured portion turns black and falls off. The tail may be injured in a number of ways-- a fight, even with a wild mouse if the tail was out of the bars; or getting caught in the wheel; are two possibilities....

Mice: weight loss, fancy mice, gastrointestinal infections
fancy mice, gastrointestinal infections, pocket pets: Hi Stephanie, I ve tried to come up with as many ways as possible to explain her weight loss here, but this is really just a list - depending on how drastic or sudden her condition is you may consider bringing her to a vet who works with pocket pets like...

Mice: weird bump after female gave birth, female mice, pocket pets
female mice, pocket pets, afterbirth: I am sorry I did not see this sooner, Hadley, It is difficult to tell from the picture what this bump is. Afterbirth is placenta, and is delivered after each pup. This is usually eaten directly from the vagina while she is giving birth, so you would not...