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Hello. I'm having a problem with some of my mice. I have 1 permanent male and 5 permanent females and their offspring in a colony situation (young get sold when they're old enough). This latest batch of younglings has me worried. Out of around 40 young mice, 5 have uncontrollable, violent wobbling when they walk. It isn't a respiratory infection. I know what that looks like. No circling, no head tilts, no sneezing. The wobbling seems to be in the hind legs. All of the other mice are acting fine. Any idea what this could be? If you need further information, please let me know.

There is the possibility that this could be genetic. I recently had to retire my old male, so I had to introduce a new one.

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Dear Kelly,

Mice are as prone to any kind of disease, including muscle disabilities, as people are. This could be, for example, cerebral palsy. This is bad genetics, and this female should not be bred again.

Do find a home for them or keep them where they will be loved and carefully cared for as their disability calls for.

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

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