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Fat mouse?

Post by Kell » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 00:01:09



Is it possible for a mouse to get fat?  I ask this because I notice one of
mine has put on some pounds.   I do also notice she eats more than the other
mouse.

I got these mice one week ago, and they were in a community tank.  However
I'm not sure how old they were when I got them.  They were probably 1/2 the
size of a normal mouse or a bit bigger.

Is it possible she could be <gulp> pregnant?

I looked on her belly and I can't see any ***s.  I know the gestation for
a mouse is 19-21 days.  When do the ***s start to appear?

Thanks so much for everyones help,

Kelly

 
 
 

Fat mouse?

Post by Flykill » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 08:44:30


Quote:
>Is it possible for a mouse to get fat?

yep

Quote:
>I got these mice one week ago, and they were in a community tank.  Is it

possible she could be <gulp> pregnant?

yep yep yep

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>I looked on her belly and I can't see any ***s.  I know the gestation for
>a mouse is 19-21 days.  When do the ***s start to appear?

don't know that, but I do know that a few days before they give birth you can
see the babies squirming around inside of them.  you've seen the movie "alien"?
 can't imagine how they sleep.

if she's pregnant, after about a week it will be very obvious.  she'll look
like a golfball with feet.  write back if she is indeed expecting.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father, but
through me."  john 14:6

 
 
 

Fat mouse?

Post by Kell » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 09:02:40


Quote:

> if she's pregnant, after about a week it will be very obvious.  she'll
look
> like a golfball with feet.  write back if she is indeed expecting.

Oh don't worry I will.  I will need all the reassurance I can get.  Hehe...
I've fostered pregnant cats with kittens, but I've never had something this
small give birth before.  I actually hope she is pregnant, it will be a good
experience.

If she is in fact pregnant and gives birth, is it okay for her playmate
(also female) to stay in the tank with her?  (yes I'm jumping the gun, but
that's me, I like to know things way in advance).

Kelly

 
 
 

Fat mouse?

Post by Kell » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 09:06:26


Quote:
> if she's pregnant, after about a week it will be very obvious.  she'll
look
> like a golfball with feet.

Oh and I just wanted clarification on this comment.  Do you mean after one
week into the term (gestation)?  Or one week from today (which would be two
weeks from gestation, if she is in fact pregnant)?

Kelly

 
 
 

Fat mouse?

Post by Flykill » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 14:23:56


Quote:
>If she is in fact pregnant and gives birth, is it okay for her playmate
>(also female) to stay in the tank with her?

usually yes.  females respond to each other's oxytocin, and will take care of
each other's babies as if they were their own (a useful survival behavior in
the wild, where mouse mothers are constantly going MIA).  even ***s will
work to keep mouse babies warm, though to my knowledge they won't lactate.
this assumes, of course, that your females are all normal.  some aren't, so be
ready to separate them if necessary.  also, the mother may suffer a protein
deficiency after giving birth, and begin eating her babies one a day.  I've
seen this problem solved by supplying the mother with some hard boiled egg each
day.  I suppose it might also be prevented by making dry cat food or dog food
available to the mother throughout pregnancy and during lactation.  but usually
there are no problems, and the mice just have and raise their babies with no
dramatics.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father, but
through me."  john 14:6

 
 
 

Fat mouse?

Post by Flykill » Wed, 06 Mar 2002 14:24:55


Quote:
>> if she's pregnant, after about a week it will be very obvious.  she'll
>look
>> like a golfball with feet.

>Oh and I just wanted clarification on this comment.  Do you mean after one
>week into the term (gestation)?  Or one week from today (which would be two
>weeks from gestation, if she is in fact pregnant)?

I'd say about a week from the time you notice she's pregnant.

assuming, of course, that she is.

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father, but
through me."  john 14:6