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i have a baby mouse that my neighbor brought to me i looked at day by day picture of baby mice and she looks like a six day old baby. she is running around and trying to clean herself frantically. she is scratching frequetly.she dose not have her eyes open yet. and we have been feeding her kitten formula for two days and she seems to have runny stool.

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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. When these wild pups learn to wash themselves they go a little nuts.

Do let me know if it continues for more than a week, though. It is not impossible that a pup might have contracted something.


Do make sure you are feeding her every two hours. Even every three hours is not enough and the babies can die from it.

Keep me posted. Best of luck and health to her.

squeaks,

Natasha  

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I can answer questions about raising mice and caring for them as pets, with knowledge from my 38 years of having fancy mice as pets. I have NO MEDICAL TRAINING and you should take a sick mouse to the vet; but if you simply can't, I will try to help you. I LOVE PHOTOS!!! I ALSO LOVE UPDATES! Let me know how the little tyke is doing later on, for better or worse, especially orphans. It also helps me to help the next person. Please first search first: use 'Natasha Mice Mouse' with whatever else your question includes. Or check out these links: **** YOUR FIRST MOUSE (my video; rough draft): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share **** TEN VIDEOS ON RAISING ORPHANS: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising **** SEXING MICE: http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/sexing.cfm **** And some GREAT MOUSE INFO SITES: http://thefunmouse.com/info/index.cfm http://www.rmca.org/Resources/mousefaq.htm

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I have had mice for 40 years (since I was 5!). I raised them when I was a child but now I keep all females, and never fewer than three so that if one dies the others are not devastated, because they have each other.

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I run Rats and Mice are Awesome on Facebook. The official name is Rats are Awesome.

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B.A., M.A., M.A. in Linguistics: Yale University and University of Connecticut

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