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My white mouse had about 7 litters, however unfortunately 4 of them died and the other 3 survived. Its almost more than 3 weeks since the delivery and the litters have stated moving, however today I noticed that my female mouse whom I used to keep along with litters was shivering and moving slowly I even tried to gave her some fresh water to drink but she refused, is there some I can do or there is something to worry? Please help.

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Dear Karthik,

Mice MUST be kept warm. It sounds like they are too cold. This will kill them.

Somewhere around 68 degrees F / 20 degrees C.

A heating pad on low under *part* of the cage, with a towel in between, keeps them warm but gives them a chance to get out of the heat if it is too hot.

Baby mice should be moving around the cage and hopping by 14 days. I do not understand how the babies could just be starting to move.

I would bring the shivering mouse to the vet. She might need antibiotics. If the babies are not racing and hopping around the cage, bring them too. Maybe everyone is sick?

Good luck and health to all of them.

Write back with any more questions.

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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