fat mouse

Description of your first forum.

fat mouse

Post by emma » Thu, 22 Feb 2001 09:13:47



I have a fat mouse, female, lazy, greedy, cheeky and lovely to boot.  I have
her out running around in a room in my house every day,though its not really
running around, more like crusing really.  She gets only dry mouse food, no
treats, no peanuts and no sunflower seeds at the moment, she has a wheel
which she uses to groom herself in, not one to run around a wheel.  Any
suggestions out there?  She is not pregnant, just a fatty.
 
 
 

fat mouse

Post by Joch » Thu, 22 Feb 2001 10:31:39


Hey there,

What colour is she?  If she is any kind of yellow or red colour (including
tiger and sable), these mice are prone to obesity and in their case, it
truly is in their genes.  Unfortunately there isn't much can be done for
them, and no matter what sort of diet you put them on, they will keep
getting fatter and fatter.  I have a number like this.  I have a couple of
white ones and a champagne who also have put on weight for no apparent
reason.  The whites are, I assume, masked fawns of some kind (considering
their parentage), and the champagne... well I have yet to figure out why the
hell she is fat!  It's something genetic, I'm sure, but I don't know what.

Suffice to say a great number of mice suffer obesity, some worse than
others.  In contrast I have a couple of tigers who aren't fat at all - even
though their genetics dictate otherwise.  It sounds like your little girl
gets plenty of exercise and is healthy enough.  Try her on some fresh
vegetables which are low in fat and sugar, like lettuce and celery, every
once in a while - just to keep her healthy if nothing else.  I don't worry
too much about my fat mice.  As long as they can get around okay and use the
wheel and stuff they are happy, and are fed the same as everyone else.

For me, personally, I have stopped breeding from those chronically obese
lines because even though they are very cute and sweet as anything, I agree
that in the long run it's not very good for them.  But your girl is fine.
Don't worry about her too much.  You only need to start worrying if she
seems to be having problems doing things or looks depressed.

-Joch

 
 
 

fat mouse

Post by Steven Eisenber » Fri, 23 Feb 2001 01:13:08


On Tue, 20 Feb 2001 19:13:47 -0500, emma wrote

Quote:
> I have a fat mouse, female, lazy, greedy, cheeky and lovely to boot.  I have
> her out running around in a room in my house every day,though its not really
> running around, more like crusing really.  She gets only dry mouse food, no
> treats, no peanuts and no sunflower seeds at the moment, she has a wheel
> which she uses to groom herself in, not one to run around a wheel.  Any
> suggestions out there?  She is not pregnant, just a fatty.

Counseling?

Steve

 
 
 

fat mouse

Post by emma » Fri, 23 Feb 2001 04:38:23


Ha ha,funny  lol


Quote:
> On Tue, 20 Feb 2001 19:13:47 -0500, emma wrote

> > I have a fat mouse, female, lazy, greedy, cheeky and lovely to boot.  I
have
> > her out running around in a room in my house every day,though its not
really
> > running around, more like crusing really.  She gets only dry mouse food,
no
> > treats, no peanuts and no sunflower seeds at the moment, she has a wheel
> > which she uses to groom herself in, not one to run around a wheel.  Any
> > suggestions out there?  She is not pregnant, just a fatty.

> Counseling?

> Steve

 
 
 

fat mouse

Post by barleymiec » Thu, 01 Mar 2001 19:38:58


I came back from a conference and found my husband had been really wonderful
with the care of our mice, they had gained 5g each. :-! (30g to 35g) They
look rounder and are both female.:-)
I am giving them food, only when they finish the last lot and lots of celery
(which they adore).
My food mix is small bird seed(little round seeds) occasional sunflower seed
and rolled oats, with cat drybix(one per tablespoon of mix). I hope this is
OK, I mix my own as most of our shops have rodent mix which has big seeds
and looks to me to be suitable from rabbit to rat. They also had a bird seed
stick of millet while I was away in case someone forgot to feed them. Next
time I wont "worry", they will cope fine with their indulgent slave!
BTW I was away 4 days!
 
 
 

fat mouse

Post by wend » Fri, 02 Mar 2001 09:19:36



Quote:
> I came back from a conference and found my husband had been really
wonderful
> with the care of our mice, they had gained 5g each. :-! (30g to 35g) They
> look rounder and are both female.:-)
> I am giving them food, only when they finish the last lot and lots of
celery
> (which they adore).
> My food mix is small bird seed(little round seeds) occasional sunflower
seed
> and rolled oats, with cat drybix(one per tablespoon of mix). I hope this
is
> OK, I mix my own as most of our shops have rodent mix which has big seeds
> and looks to me to be suitable from rabbit to rat. They also had a bird
seed
> stick of millet while I was away in case someone forgot to feed them. Next
> time I wont "worry", they will cope fine with their indulgent slave!
> BTW I was away 4 days!

Lucky mice I think,  I purchase a mouse/rat mix for my mice, but find a lot
of small rabbit pellets in the mix, infact more of these pellets than
anything else.  My mice do not eat them, obviousley a cheap product and
probably why their is so many of them compared to the rest of the stuff, I
guess.  I to feed millet and they love it, so do my gerbils as it happens.

- Show quoted text -

 
 
 

fat mouse

Post by barleymiec » Fri, 02 Mar 2001 20:03:37


My fat mice have had a rapid weight loss. They were taken to school for
"show and tell" by my 6yo son. The mice were handled for several hours
(thankfully safely) and have lost 3g and 5g respectively- an 8-15% weight
loss over the course of one day. The next time they go to school, I will
limit their time out of cage, as I don't think today was in the best
interests of the mice.
I have given them some fresh fish, cooked sweetcorn as well as their foodmix
which I prepare.
I think their problem today was a combination of increased activity and
being denied access to their food by virtue of being handled. Mice have a
very high metabolic rate and need food and fluid often, like every 30 mins
or so. A mouse could not survive on three meals a day like humans are
supposed to, mice graze and snack.
BTW, the kids loved it and I hope I have encouraged a few more folk to keep
mice and have debunked some mouse myths. The teacher was very impressed that
my (female) mice don't smell. :-). I keep smiling. There needs to be more
positive public knowledge about mice, rather than the tired old negatives.
Janet.RTG. Please.