New mouse owner needs help!

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New mouse owner needs help!

Post by Jeffery G. Petr » Mon, 04 Jun 2001 11:20:57



My daughter has recently been gifted with 4 field (gray) mice.
They are approximately 4 weeks old from what I have been able to
determine from internet rescources. (their eyes are just now opened)
I have gotten a Critter Trail 3 for their home with newspaper for
bedding.
My daughter has been milk feeding them with a syringe for the last 7 -
10 days and has just this evening given them some apple bits. (something
else gleaned from the net.)
I am requesting any suggestions, helpful hints etc in the feeding of
these mice to be sure that we are on the right track.

As an aside our 2 year old long haired toy Chihuahua has "adopted" these
mice as her own litter. Complete to getting into the box that was their
previous home and growling, snapping when we got near the mice.
Now in their new home our "new mother" take every opportunity to try to
get in with them and will*** them through the bars of the cage.
Besides being the funniest thing I've seen in a long while, is there any
threat to the mice themselves in this "adoption". (our dog is too small
to have a litter of her own and has not been spayed yet)

Any help will be most gratefully appreciated.

Thanks,
Jeffery G. Petry

 
 
 

New mouse owner needs help!

Post by Flykill » Mon, 04 Jun 2001 11:52:01


Quote:
>My daughter has been milk feeding them with a syringe for the last 7 -
>10 days

Uh ... wow.  That's a lot of work.

Quote:
>I am requesting any suggestions, helpful hints etc in the feeding of
>these mice to be sure that we are on the right track.

Mice are tough, and can thrive while eating just about anything.  I feed all my
mice wheat bread with a small drop of vegetable oil in the middle.  In
addition, I give them spaghetti, cheese, carrots, apricot, oatmeal, peanut
butter, and other such, once in a while.  Keep a small dish of a mixture of
various grains and vegetables available to them, and change it every other day
or so, to give them an opportunity to experiment eating solid foods whenever
they're ready.  I would advise you to have your daughter keep feeding them out
of the syringe until you observe them all regularly chewing on *** foods for
a few days in a row, and then begin reducing their milk feedings gradually.

Quote:
>Besides being the funniest thing I've seen in a long while, is there any
>threat to the mice themselves in this "adoption". (our dog is too small
>to have a litter of her own and has not been spayed yet)

In my opinion, yes.  Animals are animals, and while this may look cute you will
probably wake up one day to find your earstwhile mother has become a diner.
I'd say keep the dog away from the mice.

Enjoy your new pets.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Judy felt the same way T.K. does about people who
mess around with the forces of darkness."  (some japanese cartoon show)
"He told me he killed her.  He told me why.  And I said, 'OK'."  (some female
marrying a ***er)

 
 
 

New mouse owner needs help!

Post by Corey's Newsgrou » Mon, 04 Jun 2001 14:58:20




Quote:
> My daughter has recently been gifted with 4 field (gray) mice.
> They are approximately 4 weeks > Any help will be most gratefully
appreciated.

Oh how sweet!  I have a total of 5 mice now (all from the pet store) and
have lost 3 previous ones.  I use Aspen bedding.  If you can't find it try
recycled newspaper "cat" litter like yesterday's news or Meow news - just
ask for the litter that the vets recommend for declawed cats!  My vet also
said that reptile litter is fine.  The ink on regular newspapers is pretty
messy and I'm not sure if it will hurt them!  I feed my guys a special
"mouse menu" that I buy mail order as well as hamster food, fresh veggies
and fruits.  Considering they're wild mice I would DEFINITELY do
preventative Mite/lice care.  (I have a sick female now that I'm unsure if
she has mites)  Your local pet store should have something called Flea &
Tick Mite & Lice spray by LM for small animals (I paid $2.99 for mine), or
bird "mite" powder will work.  I would wait til they're alittle older
though!  As they get older make sure you seperate the males from the females
unless you want to open your own mouse pet store ( ha ha).  I would
definitely watch your dog around them.  Unfortunately instinct may "kick in"
and you would have a very sad daughter on your hands.  Speaking of hands -
though tame mice do not have anything that can be contagious to humans I've
read that wild mice can.  I would do some searches on the internet and make
sure your daughter washes her hands after playing with the little guys!

I think mice are special little creatures and if my husband would let me I
would breed them.  Your daughter is learning a great lesson of
"responsibility" and will no doubt have some very memorable moments with her
new friends.  Good luck!

 
 
 

New mouse owner needs help!

Post by wend » Mon, 04 Jun 2001 19:25:25




Quote:
> My daughter has recently been gifted with 4 field (gray) mice.
> They are approximately 4 weeks old from what I have been able to
> determine from internet rescources. (their eyes are just now opened)
> I have gotten a Critter Trail 3 for their home with newspaper for
> bedding.
> My daughter has been milk feeding them with a syringe for the last 7 -
> 10 days and has just this evening given them some apple bits. (something
> else gleaned from the net.)
> I am requesting any suggestions, helpful hints etc in the feeding of
> these mice to be sure that we are on the right track.

> As an aside our 2 year old long haired toy Chihuahua has "adopted" these
> mice as her own litter. Complete to getting into the box that was their
> previous home and growling, snapping when we got near the mice.
> Now in their new home our "new mother" take every opportunity to try to
> get in with them and will*** them through the bars of the cage.
> Besides being the funniest thing I've seen in a long while, is there any
> threat to the mice themselves in this "adoption". (our dog is too small
> to have a litter of her own and has not been spayed yet)

> Any help will be most gratefully appreciated.

> Thanks,
> Jeffery G. Petry

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Hi Jeffery, well done on caring so much.  You can buy mouse dry mix from
local pet stores etc. which should carry the necessary vitamins and so on.
Best to buy dry mix that is especially for mice.  Of course, other foods can
be fed as someone else as stated.

I would also use something else other than newspaper on the floor of the
cage, preferably aspen wood shavings.

I would also be care re dog and mice, sweet and cute yes, but things could
go wrong.  I have dogs and though they love to look etc. I would not trust
them completely.

Good luck

wendy ;o)