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The Same Illnesses Can Affect Both Mice and Humans
We all get sick from time to time, and this includes our pets. Even tiny little mice can get sick, too, although it can be harder to tell. Illness can include anything from very minor allergies to full-blown cancer.
Mice are mostly nocturnal creatures that are highly active—females in particular— and will often disguise their ailments so predators don't see them as weak or easy to pick off.
If You Are Sick, Take Precautions Around Your Pet Mouse
Mice are very much like humans, so many of the illnesses we suffer from can also affect mice. If you have the flu, salmonella poisoning, unexplained vomiting, norovirus, or any other contagious illnesses, then wash your hands thoroughly and avoid sneezing around the cage. Even better, remove the cage from your room and have a family member or friend come round to care for your animals.
Mice can, in fact, die from influenza. If their tiny immune system can't fight off a human sickness, it can kill them. Illnesses like salmonella and (in particular) norovirus can kill humans.
How Diarrhea and Dehydration Affect Mice
Mice don't vomit, but they can have severe diarrhea. Dehydration can kill a mouse or other rodent in less than 48 hours! And mice do not have the same complex minds as we do; they can't be made to understand that, if they have diarrhea, they need to drink and keep themselves hydrated. More than likely, a mouse will not eat if it is ill.
Common Illnesses in Pet Mice
Here are some common illnesses of pet mice, with their symptoms, treatment, and some notes about prevention.
The Common Cold
Colds in mice are very similar to colds in humans and often clear up by themselves. The symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, shaking, and tiredness, much as in humans.
Make fresh food and water available at all times, and keep the cage clean and as dry as possible. Keep the cage out of drafts, sunlight or high temperature. Make sure it is at a constant comfortable temperature for your mouse—not too hot, not too cold. A cold usually clears up in under a week, but if the mouse seems to be getting worse, or there is no improvement in three or four days, then I would go to the vet, as it could be a more serious problem.
Mice are highly susceptible to food poisoning, as we well know. So make sure your sink is clean when you fill up water bowls or bottles for your mouse; fill them BEFORE you wash a raw chicken in the sink or otherwise handle raw meat. Thoroughly rinse the bottle with hot water each time you use it.
Do not handle food or water (this includes the outside of the bottles, as they may touch or lick them) or touch your mouse until you have washed your hands with anti-bacterial soap and hot water for at least a minute or two. This is for your own safety as well as the mouse's. Do not touch cage bars either; we know mice touch and lick them constantly, so infection is easily spread.
Symptoms include diarrhea, shaking, dehydration and loss of appetite. Diarrhea can show up as moist, off-color poops instead of the usual dark poops. If this infection does occur, force your mouse to drink as much water as it can, carefully, using a small eyedropper. Do not leave the mouse unaccompanied; it helps to reduce stress if a loving owner is there to support him or her. None of us like being ill alone.
Diarrhea is a common problem, usually deriving from stress, too much fresh food, salmonella, ordinary upset stomach, or the final clearing of constipation. It is very common in older mice. It is nothing too serious; just make sure your mouse is getting plenty to drink. As I mentioned above, you can use an eyedropper to gently force it to drink. Dehydration causes death in hours, so be careful.
Diarrhea is not usually vet-worthy and can clear up easily on its own; however, if it persists for more than a day or two, go and have it checked. Keep your mouse in conditions as clean and comfortable as possible. Be sure plain, fresh food and water are available at all times. Rest is needed.
This does not include mites (see below) as they are not an allergy. Skin allergies are another common problem easily solved with extra care. Often, mice will have an allergy to bedding, such as certain wood shavings—usually ones bought from pet shops. These shavings can be dusty and may have been sitting for long periods, or if they are really cheap they might not have been treated right. Mice can get allergies from some dry meadow hays and dusty hays, which can irritate eyes and cuts as well as skin.
Mice can have food allergies, too: vanilla (if used in the water or cage), hamster feeds, fresh foods, and herb-based foods are the most likely to cause allergies.
It is easy to spot a skin allergy. Signs include:
- Excessive scratching (other than grooming)
- Rubbing against items in the cage
- Outbreaks of redness, swelling or clusters of bumps
- High stress levels
- Obvious discomfort
- Bleeding scabby skin
These can happen even up to a week or so after using a new product. Remember, don't use more than one new product at a time.
- Feed: If you are changing to a new type of feed, don't go out and buy loads of different treats, because if an allergy breaks out again after several days it will be hard to tell which product caused it.
- Bedding: Use up an older supply when changing bedding so you are using one new thing at a time, and you can locate the source of any problem and bring it under control.
- Cage Cleaners: You must be careful to only use small-animal cage cleaners, such as Johnsons, as they can be wiped off easily, and be sure to rinse thoroughly because over months or years even appropriate cage cleaners can cause allergies on the skin! If anything causes even a small reaction in your pet, discontinue using it. Although even if your own mouse is allergic to it, it's possible a friend's mouse or hamster can try it out.
Treatment includes bathing the area in a warm water and salt solution, using a piece of tissue or a cotton bud. Do not bathe more than twice a day as this can make the skin dry and cracked. Don't bathe the whole mouse, just the affected area. Try to dab the mouse as dry as possible afterwards. Don't leave a mouse to sit wet and cold to dry off; this includes eyes and ears.
If the mouse continues to scratch, clean out the whole cage and make an appointment at the vet's; it could be mites. Be careful to monitor the mouse as cuts on the skin can become irritated or infected. Ointments are available but often they are too strong and not much use; they can make things worse. I recommend salt water solution; it is safest for your pet.
In rare cases, extreme allergies can cause death. If you suspect your mouse has a serious allergy that is not clearing after a few days—bear in mind that it can take a few weeks for fur to grow back and cuts to heal—better go to a vet.
Mice are prone to getting mites. They usually come from damp, dirty bedding, such as wood shavings that have been left outside or not cleaned out regularly. Also, wash your hands before touching your mice, if you have been outside in the grass or touching other animals because you can transfer mites to your pet with your hands.
The symptoms of mites include:
- Excessive scratching (other than grooming)
- Fur loss
- Loss of appetite
- Raw or cut skin
- Scabby skin
- Mites visible in fur (back and ears are the most common places)
- Mouse appearing distressed
- Mouse rubbing on toys
- Aggressive behavior or other behavior changes
- Looking to be picked up constantly
Go to the vet to have mites checked out. You can treat mites with ointments (make sure you finish your course of treatment) and by cleaning the cage thoroughly each day.
Often mice will get the odd runny eye, a small amount of discharge, or squinting, which comes and goes fairly quickly and never needs treatment. However, swelling, crusting over, or white lumps on eyes can be a sign of severe infection and the mouse turning blind. Be aware that there are other more common possible explanations for a runny eye: stress, anxiety, something caught in the eye, or an allergy.
The best way to keep these problems at bay is to keep the cage clean, keep your hands clean when handling the mouse, check your mouse daily and if symptoms keep occurring or get worse, go to the vet's. This is easily sorted out with treatment and rest, but sometimes blindness is the result, so get the problem checked if it keeps happening or gets worse.
Discharge can come in different colours: clear, white, yellow, green, orange, and red. A watering eye could just mean that the mouse is tired.
Kinks in Their Tails
If you have a mouse that has a kinky tail, the possible explanations are rough handling in early life, injury in a fight, spine problems, genetic kinks, or having had it trapped in something like a door, a cage ladder or a toy. Kinks are harmless unless the mouse displays problems with walking or balance. Nothing can really be done for them. Mice whose tails have kinks, notches or lumps should not be bred, even if their health and behavior are fine, because they may pass a gene on to their offspring that could cause spinal problems.
This is not very common in mice; it is most common in hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs. It is usually caused by urine leakage or problems using the toilet and can be treated. If left untreated for long periods of time it can be fatal. The symptoms include:
- Wetness around the genitals and lower back
- Seeming confusion when using the toilet
- Messy toilet regime
- Loss of appetite
Wet tail can be mistaken for a one-time occurrence of wet hindquarters from the mouse sitting in a bowl of water or against the water bottle. The easiest way to prevent this kind of soggy bottom is to keep the cage clean and dry and make sure the water bottle is not faulty; leaking water bottles can be a problem. If using a bowl switch to a bottle. If you suspect wet-tail disease, as opposed to the mouse just sitting on a wet patch or water bowl, go to the vet's.
URI (Upper Respiratory Infection)
This can be fatal quite quickly to mice. It is caused by dusty sawdust (not wood shavings), dirty or damp conditions, unhygienic routine, or filthy bedding. The symptoms include:
- Laboured breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Watery eyes
- Sitting hunched over or lying down
- (sometimes) Hair loss
Your mouse will appear very sick with a breathing problem. Get them to the vet's as soon as possible; this illness must be checked and treated properly or your mouse is likely to die. Clean out the cage thoroughly, check for any damp or problems, and keep it in good condition; URIs are most common in dusty or dirty conditions, tanks, and bin cages.
Influenza is similar to the common cold but more likely to become fatal. The symptoms are similar but the mouse will be in much worse condition:
- Runny eyes
- Fluctuating body temperature
- Loss of appetite
- Dull coat
If these symptoms persist or worsen, or the mouse becomes limp and struggles to walk, then the mouse must go to the vet's or it could die. To prevent influenza, do not touch your pet if you have flu, as mice catch it from humans. If you have been out in public, wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap, as this will keep this and other problems (such as winter vomiting or norovirus) from spreading to your mouse. Have someone else care for them if you are too ill, and keep things as clean as possible. Also, clean out the cage regularly and make sure the mouse has plenty to eat and drink.
Mice are prone to tumors, especially old mice, feeder mice, and mice in poor health. Most commonly, these tumors are benign fatty lumps on the sides of the mouse and around its back end. You will be able to see and feel them; they do not go down when the mouse stretches.
Get them checked. If they are cancerous, there isn't much you can do. The chance of a mouse surviving the operation is less than 50%, as drugs, stress, infections and recovery are very hard on a tiny mouse, but the choice is up to you. Benign fatty lumps are usually not a problem, and often a vet won't operate on them. But get them looked at just to be safe.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Emily on September 01, 2020:
I got three females the other day and ive only really been seeing two of them. Figured the other one was just shy but i saw her today and her face was HUGE. it didnt look like that yesterday. Any ideas?
Serena on June 15, 2020:
So I caught a wild mouse in a humane trap. Unfortunately we went weeks without catching it so I forgot about. I smelled a bad smell under my sink where a trap was. Checked it and going the little one. I thought it was dead. We've been calling the mouse Jerry since we first saw him running around the house. He wasn't dead though he had lots of pee and poop in the trap. Poor baby looked to be on deaths door. We put him outside and realized Jerry is still alive. So I took a bowl of water and cloth and cleaned him gently. Dropped a couple droplets if water and his head and he started preening. Idk if he's going to make it. He's in a big tote with a towel and a cap of water and a spinach leaf and peanut. He's laying down. He sniffs the food and went to the cap off water and gulped some water.
ojfglfgho on June 13, 2020:
my pet mouse is old, and is breathing with its mouth open. im quite concerened because he used to be so energetic and now he justs openes his mouth, sits there, almost never eats or drinks, and he just isnt himself anymore. any help??
X on April 04, 2020:
My mouses nose is red and swollen any idea what it might be.
keekee on March 31, 2020:
my mouse peppers arm is all puffed up what do you think i should do???
Katherine122805 on March 31, 2020:
My mouse has a bloody stool, its not even a stool, there is just blood coming from his behind. He is also very lethargic. I cannot afford a vet.. please help.
Roxie on March 11, 2020:
My mice have been sneezing and squeaking when they breathe. They also have stopped using the wheel and are sleeping exesscively. I cant afford a vet. Any tips?
Jay on December 05, 2019:
My cousin bought two mice from Petco a few days ago. Everything has been fine until last night. The names of the mice are Baxter and Bandit (both males) my sister found Baxter last night constantly flipping around while trying to walk, almost like he’s trying to one side of his body on the ground. He’s shaking too and he won’t stand up or look up straight.
Makayla on November 13, 2019:
Why is my fancy mouse wobbly (her best friend just died the night before last)
Kit schaffhauser on November 11, 2019:
my pet mouse has a red puffed up anus and is bleeding from the nose does anybody know what is going on
Dave on October 25, 2019:
Caught some house mice. One is feeling tired constantly and does not fight back against her siblings. Not that i care much for the mice but i was planning to take them into care once i captured all the ones in my walls. Also i'm kinda curious why such a young mouse would already be sick.
Mouse lover on August 05, 2019:
My pet mouse is walking strange and is laying down on his ear so if anyone has any advice please tell me.
Ken on June 29, 2019:
Humans “can in fact” also die from influenza, lol.
Rhianna on June 23, 2019:
I NEED HELP ASAP!!! MY MOUSE IS GOING BLIND! It started off 3 days ago with a watery right eye and now it's started to turn a pinkish colour when it catches the light. WHAT SHOULD I DO!
Crystalshine McEwan on March 28, 2019:
Still not a mouse. Ffs.
I don't have mice, so I was here for advice for a friend. I am not sure if I can trust it though. I do have rats, and I echo the fleece for rodents. And keeping them in a location that is a good steady temp and humidity is one of the best things. It should not be damp or dry, or hot or cold. It has too be climate controlled, and clean. That basically reduces most URIs off the bat. Because the dust and spores are gone this way, and the ammonia is under control, so they thrive. I think mice would equally thrive in this environment.
Anonymous on March 18, 2019:
1st that’s not a mouse lol. It’s a hamster. 2nd, You have to be REALLY sanitized to handle and clean the mouse’s cage. 3rd. Ya URI is sometimes caused by bedding, the dust. The dust is consumed by the mouses nose and it disrupts the nasal passage and causes uri.
I use fleece for my 10 mice, it’s a lot healthier. I would switch to fleece or fabric
Crystalshine McEwan on March 02, 2019:
That's not a mouse.
coco on February 25, 2019:
my mouse used to have a lot of energy, but when i woke up it was just sitting there. it wont eat or drink. PLZ HELP ME!!!!!
165141425 on January 15, 2019:
Do mice live for 10 yrs?
165141425 on January 11, 2019:
Mousie still hurts.
165141425 on January 08, 2019:
My mouse has a tumer and is suffering.
Julia on December 30, 2018:
My female mouse has had labored breathing and weakness for about 2 weeks. (She has unfortunately passed away due to her illness, but i would just like to know what was wrong) she was a year and a bit old. There was no mucus, sneezing, anything like that, just heavy breathing. Can anyone help me?
Nomi on December 23, 2018:
My mouse escaped her home a couple of weeks ago and we found her by using a humane mouse trap. Now, she has a bump between her eyes and her nose but she doesn't seem in pain. I can't go see a vet. What do I do?
trixie on December 19, 2018:
my pet mouse has been hiding and looks like it is hard to breathn for her and when she walkis she shakes alot
Squeak on December 05, 2018:
My mouse has been losing fur on one side of his head and his eye is squinted. And the skin looks like raw meat. Whats wrong with him and how do I help him? Ive been wiping his eye with a wet paper towel. Please help him
ashinat on October 24, 2018:
I have a mouse and it has been curling up whilst on its feet and hasn’t moved in a while but is breathing fine, what’s rong?
Sarah on October 13, 2018:
My mouse had green poop for a while now, but other then that he seems fine. Do anyone have any idea of what this could be- thank you.
Person on September 21, 2018:
My pet mouse recently developed three punctures near its bottom on the underside. Two are fairly small and ooze pus, and the last one is a huge bubble-like brown thing, also oozing pus. My cat (who doesn't even know I own mice) recently brought in a dead wild mouse with the same thing. I'm worried its a rare disease that can kill Roger :'( And the nearest vet in my area that treats mice is five hours away
Mouse lover on August 24, 2018:
My mice scratches all the time, has red small bamp on his neck and has brown spots on his belly... If someone knows what that means please help!!!! Is it from a bug or something???
someone concerned about mice on August 21, 2018:
My pet mouse has just moved into his new home. He's now doing one violent shake once in a while when asleep. whats wrong?
Plus I brought another male with him. They sleep together at the store.
Animal girl on August 18, 2018:
I have a mouse and it has been curling up whilst on its feet and hasn’t moved in a while but is breathing fine, what’s rong?
Dune on July 06, 2018:
There's nothing you could have done better. Cats have a certain bacteria in their mouth that once infects little rodents or birds it kills them, often times not at once, but over a prolonged period of time. I know you mentioned that there was no visible bleeding and certainly not bruising, but all a cat needs to do is gently press its teeth into a rat/mouses body and the toxicity will kill them. About a month ago I found a baby oreol in cats jaws. Same scenario, no bleeding or cuts, so we put him in a shoebox with bedding and holes, gave him seed-based food created for baby birds every half an hour, put a saucer of water in the corner, and a heat lamp on the far side of the box. Over the course of 3 days his eyes gradually shut, and he descended into a state of contentment and peace, until one day he died. There's also a chance the shock took him, albeit, usually the ramifications and repercussions of shock happen the day after, not a few days. Also, he could have been sick, as that could explain a wild mouse not fighting to try and escape the palm of a hand. However, illness with few/no symptoms indicates the lack of an existence of an illness. He also could have been old, or the bedding you used could have brought an upper respiratory disease to that particular mouse. But how would you have known all these factors and possibilities? To sum it all up, you did your best and tried to humanely rehabilitate a delicate and time-consuming mouse, and next time (hopefully there won't be a next time) try to imagine yourself in his/her situation. A giant furry creature bit you and there's poison in your veins. Or you're in shock from an encounter with an EVIL GIANT WHO HAS NO EMPATHY AND DOESN'T EVEN KILL TO EAT(Srry not a cat person at the moment), and what to you need? Warmth (provide a blanket, hot bottle, hand or heat lamp), food (preferable hand fed solution as to not waste valuable energy on physically obtaining food or to curb some steps of digestion), water (find a way to hydrate your mouse), and for the emotional side.... Hope. I know, it sounds super ridiculous, but rodents are social creatures who form strong bonds between family. They may need someone to come in contact with them, and it's clear they're away from everyone and everything they love. Pet her head, talk to him, but not when you're sick (them being highly susceptible to any diseases you may carry). But yeah, to reiterate, you did a pretty good job of keeping your mouse safe and happy for the last few moments of their life, and for that I commend you. Gouda job dude! (sorry i'm two years late!)
Jean-Marie D on May 09, 2018:
Very interesting to know this Study.
I'm Peter on May 09, 2018:
I thought you spoke about computer mices, ahahahh
lynn on April 19, 2018:
i will answer most of the questions asked here with one simple answer. go to the vet. the more serious the problem the faster you need to go to the vet.
Olivia on January 15, 2018:
My young mice were completely healthy but a few days ago I noticed a few of their eyes were shut for no reason they seemed like they were squinting but unable to open them fully she had a crusty eye, she was really skinny (when i got her she was fat), she didn't have an appetite and i re-filled her food bowl everyday, she kept flipping around, and i could feel her spine.. i cleaned her cage every other day... My daughter is so sad and miss her and i don't know why she died...
Kayla on January 02, 2018:
My young mice were completely healthy but a few days ago I noticed a few of their eyes were shut for no reason they seemed like they were squinting but unable to open them fully
Mosh on January 02, 2018:
My mouse feet turned white he's very weak won't eat or drink please help
Brigid on December 26, 2017:
my mouse died today but the symptoms was that she had a crusty eye, she was really skinny(when i got her she was fat), she didn't have an appetite and i re-filled her food bowl everyday, she kept flipping around, and i could feel her spine.. i cleaned her cage every other day...im so sad and miss her and i don't know why she died...
Amelia on December 23, 2017:
my pet mouse isn't eating and is shaking so
I have decided to clean her cage on Sundays and Thursdays.
Emily Rhea on November 09, 2017:
my mouse is losing fur on her face and today i just noticed a small lump/ball behind her ear. Shes also cold. I don't know whats wrong. Any thoughts?
Leah on October 21, 2017:
My mouse is tired seeming, he shakes, he wont respond to me in anyway. Usually when I pick him up he runs up my arm and hides in my hair now he balls up and stays still. after I had put him back in his cage he fell onto his side and did not move. I am worried for him and will accept any help I can get.
Tori on October 07, 2017:
This morning, i checked on my mouse and he would not wake up. He was breathing, but his eyes were closed and he would just not move. I came back later and he was acting very active as usual. Running ip and down the tubes and running on his wheel. He was eating fine and drinking water. But I noticed that he was a lot rounder than usual. He looked kinda bloated. His hunchyness even made him walk a little funny. What could his problem be?
Daniel on October 06, 2017:
My mouses one side of the cheek grew really big for a while is this ok?
Mousiemousemouse on September 01, 2017:
For the past few days my mouse clover has just been sitting on her hind legs in the corner. It's super weird and I have no clue what to do... does anyone have suggestions?
Courtney on June 23, 2017:
I have noticed that my mouse has a very red ear and now fur around her ear is red and I saw a little bit of blood on the bedding. What should I do to treat it?
shivam on May 26, 2017:
My female mice doesn't look good. I have of one male and one female mouse ,my female mouse look tired she looks inactive she always eat and sleep. she looks inactive w.r.t her male partner I thought she is Ill what should I do?
matthew on May 20, 2017:
My mouse is bleeding from his bum what do i do?
ncfreer on May 16, 2017:
my mouse is breathing heavyliy and not moving what should i do plz help .i dont know how old he is but hes not eating or drinking that much water .plz i need help
Addie on May 11, 2017:
My mouse Lucy is pregnant and I have been finding a clear goo around the cage , when I saw it I right away cleaned the cage but I am worried of what it means
Emma on May 01, 2017:
My mouse shedevil Is very energetic always on the wheel usually she is scared of me and runs away but I came into the room I keep them in and she is on top of the foodbowl with her eyes shut and so I go to grab her all that happens is she opened her eyes no running or anything I would lay her back down she wouldnt move just close her eyes she won't eat drink or exercise anymore and I'm scared she is dying
Jasmine Simonsohn on April 21, 2017:
Hi my mouse is sleeping on her side. Is this natural. Should I roll her back onto her tummy. Please reply soon thx
Lokesh on March 28, 2017:
my mice is breathing deep please help me.
taba55 on February 23, 2017:
@elliander . It's nice that you tried to save that mouse. I'm not a mouse expert but have started working with them a few weeks ago and I think the mouse you tried to save had been injured by the cat (green marks may have been a bruise). It would've used its legs and been more mobile if it's limbs were not injured.
I have a question for people out there though. A mouse was injected with a drug through IV and it kept licking it's tail afterwards (many times during the hour post-injection), is that common?
Sarah on February 19, 2017:
I have one mouse. The other died after about 4 days of refusing to leave her sleeping place and continually burying herself, and the surviving mouse appears to be doing the same. I have no way to access a vet within a year. Do I just let my only mouse die?
person on February 11, 2017:
dear ilovemice, you do not seem to respond often to the comments which get posted. it is with all respect when i request of you to answer them, for some are incredibly urgent. we are all very thankful you posted this site but still concerned with our mouses health. thank you for understsnding
abbie on February 09, 2017:
my male mouses ears dont look to good and we heard him making little sneezing cough like noises . he lives with two others, one pretty small and the other previosly bitten. i have one more who tends to bite him and im trying to handle that situation along with this one. im also coughing and have a runny nose, do ypu think it could be from him?
June on January 17, 2017:
My little mouse has stopped using her back legs and she dragged them her skin is almost like peeling off what can I do for this baby? Warming her bedding with hot hands, could this be the problem?
bea on December 27, 2016:
i wrote about my mice this morning but do you have any ideas with what i should do i put a cream on her ear but I'm really worried
bea on December 27, 2016:
my mouse sofia has like fur loss and its scabbing and her eyes are like watery.Shes super skinny.My other muse ariel looks like she's getting all the nutrient she's super fat.while my other pet muse may belle has like a bloody ear and her mouth is a weird wish pink.
Dianna Ortiz on November 13, 2016:
My mouse has red spots bleeding scratching and loss of appetite what is wrong with him
email@example.com on July 24, 2016:
my daughter got a mouse few weeks bk theres swomething wrong and not right moving very slowly shaking also looks to be 1of her eyes is popping out! whats going on plz help!!!
Elliander Eldridge on May 17, 2016:
Hi, I was hoping you could provide insight as to a situation we went through:
One of our cats caught a wild mouse, and just played with it until we could get it away. (it was the first time in a long time) There were no punctures, no bleeding from the mouth, or any other visible signs of injury. It was in shock though with an extremely weak pulse. Gradually, in the warmth of my hand, it came to, and we gave it some bedding with some food and water that was safe and warm. That evening breathing was heavy and it had no use of it's hind legs, but moved around with it's front. The next day it was much more relaxed, and it started to eat at least pieces of raw sunflower seed and drink water. It was more relaxed with us. The next day it seemed content, it's eyes pressed together with what looked like a content look with I gently stroked it (to dry it since it got water on it) and it was starting to regain movement of it's hind legs. It was testing them, stretching them, and able to rest on them. Wasn't really using them yet though, That night I checked on it and made sure it drank water. The following morning? It was dead. It's eyes were closed, and it was in the position it would usually sleep in so it went in it's sleep. It's body was stiff and there was a slight green on it's belly fur. What happened? It seemed to be making a steady recovery, then just died. Is there anything I could have done differently?
DanTDM is bae on May 09, 2016:
Hey my mouse is about 3 years old now and she had a sister who died about 6 months ago but she has been doing fine ever since but these past few days she hasn't eaten and is sleeping all day occasionally getting up she barley drinks and only nibbles a bit of her treat and then goes back to sleep I can also hear a sneezing noise that is constant anyone one now how to help or what this is and if it is treatable?
Mouseyy on April 30, 2016:
Please help someone! I've seen a vet for my mouse, who keeps scratching very badly, and he says it's not mites. But it's gotten worse, very sore/inflamed. She has all symptoms of mites, but then also too of allergy, as there is apparently some overlap. Any advice PLEASE? So worried for her.
Her cagemates are all seemingly fine, which may suggest that it's not mites. I've heard that too much protein in the diet could be the cause, so I'm working on reducing this now. PLEASE HELP, SOMEONE!
jonathan on April 28, 2016:
my pet mouse is scratching him self a lot whats wrong with him
Sushmita on April 19, 2016:
I have a white mouse which is just 1 month old. He used to be healthy, active and fat but from yesterday he is not eating anything and taking breath from his mouth. Now he is totally skinny. Would you please tell me what can i do for him before I take him to vet?
moosey yesterday after bath,become dull,watery eyes,hard to walk & eat ,most of the time sleep. on March 20, 2016:
I have a mouse 1.3 Year,named moosey yesterday after bath,become dull,watery eyes,hard to walk & eat ,most of the time sleep.
ryen on August 30, 2015:
My mouse is almost a year old. When we got her she was the fattest and biggest of the group of four. She has been acting really strange, she can't seem to hold up her head, she can't walk correctly and she has gotten skinnier every day. I can feel her spine and hip bones. I haven't felt for lumps but there is nothing prominently wrong with her. I just want to help her. If she is suffering and there is nothing we can do j don't want her in pain
Julia on July 20, 2015:
Hi i have a house mouse and i believe he is sick. He barely eats, he wont drink, hes always sleeping, and his poop is orange. Does anyone know wat type of sick ness this is?
Sutty and sandy on June 22, 2015:
Hello can any one help one of my mice has gone skinny and she has got white dots on her eyes she used to be the fatter one of the two and the other mouse we seen a cut on her left side yesterday it doesn't seem wet but on her right lower side she has a hard lump please help they are both nearly 3 years old
Tiru on June 05, 2015:
Hey. I am petting 2 white mice Rose (female) anf berry (male).
Berry has been fine. But rose seems to have grown something large,the size of a kidney bean under her tail. I will be taking her to a vet very soon. Could you possibly let me know what it is?
jenn. on April 07, 2015:
Our pet mouse seems to be very inactive. He looks a bit more rounder in his belly and midsection, but you can feel his spine very prominently. He hasn't been running on his wheel as often as he used to, and he tends to sleep more than he used to. His eyes aren't as sparkling anymore; and he tends to squinch them instead of having them wide open. His breathing also seems a bit more heavy as his whole body moves every time he does. Any ideas as to what could be wrong. He's also about (I'm making an educated guess) two years of age. We used to have two mice, but the other one died of a severe brain infection. Given that they were brothers, I was wondering if perhaps it could be a genetic ailment.
Diana on March 24, 2015:
I have a white hopper mouse and recently her fur has been becoming blackish is that normal?
Caitlin on December 11, 2014:
I brought a 5 week old mouse today and she has been sneezing and peed a pinkish-red colour, what is wrong with her??
plz help!! on July 03, 2014:
i know your specialty is in regular mice, but i have a dwarf mouse named yoyo and ive had her for about 4 months, she is usually active and running all around her cage, but for 2 days she has been inactive, and really tired looking, she is squinting a lot too, it seems she has become more aggressive also. i do not have the money to take her to the vet bc my family is very poor. do u have any home remides or tips in mind?
Brylee on February 17, 2014:
My mouse, Snickerdoodle, is not acting quite right. After his fellow mouse died, Oreo, he hasn't been looking too good. He is missing patches of fur near his shoulders, discharge from his eyes, shaky walking, lethargic behavior, his eyes have also changed color, and I think his poop has lightened. I have not taken him to the vet yet. He also looks a little bloated in the stomach area.
I really need help. Should I just put him down? What do you think? Is there even any hope for her?
Emma on September 08, 2013:
I have had my mouse Harrison since March and lately he has been acting really strange in addition to a deteriorating health. I plan to take him to the vet but until I am able to get an appointment I was hoping you could give me some insight. It's only been about a week or so since I noticed a lump on the side of his neck, just in front of his shoulder. It was fairly small when I first spotted it but now I am sure it has gotten bigger.
Harrison has the same energy level as usual and is eating and drinking normally. However, he scratches abnormally hard at his ears, to the point that they are scratched up and he squeaks every time he touches them, and he makes very strange noises that I have never heard from him before. He especially makes these noises when he is grooming himself, which he is starting to do way more often than usual (but he only focuses on his nose and ears). I am really worried about Harrison and don't know what to do or expect next until I get him to a vet. What do you think?
ILoveMice (author) from England. on May 07, 2012:
Sometimes just let nature take it's course, bulging eyes are usually agitation or distress in young mice this can be common. It is difficult to treat a mouse especially a wild one they can die of shock, it's best t leave them alone.
Julia on April 18, 2012:
Well we are renting this house, and there are some mice time to time. The 2 baby mice ive seen are both really wet looking soaked, they feel wet not only in lower areas. And one recently seen has bulgy eyes. We feel bad but we don't know what it even is. Any ideas?