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I am a builder and during some demolition work a mouse nest was accidently destroyed. One little fellow survived and I took him home not really expecting him to survive. Against the odds he has and he has become a much loved friendly little pet for me and my wife. He is hand tame and spends his days in a large three storey cage that I built. However, just recently he has started to take the water from his dish and put it all in one corner causing a large damp patch. Is there a reason for this? Other than this he seems very content and has no problems being more than happy to interact with us.

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Hi Steve,

How sweet, and thank you for saving the little guy!  Mice do have a tendency to dump their water bowls, and it doesn't mean anything is wrong, just that he doesn't like the water being there.  The best way to keep him dry (and not go through bedding quite so quickly) is to get him accustomed to a water bottle instead.  It may take several days for him to figure out that the sipper is where the water comes from - but once you see him drink from it, you can remove his other water sources and rely on the bottle from then on.

If he is dumping the water too fast to keep up with and you need to remove the bowl before he understands the sipper, you can tide him over with some moist foods.  One great option is to take a small chunk of stale bread and soak it in water.  This will need to get changed out once or twice a day if he doesn't eat it right away, though, or it will get gross.  If you have solid cage walls that do not allow for typical hanging of a water bottle, something I found to work well for me was velcro tape - make sure the back of the water bottle and the cage wall are very clean and completely dry, then apply complimentary sides to each.  Voila!  This works best for lightweight plastic bottles.

Hope I helped, and thank you again for being such a kind rescuer!
-Tam

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I can answer questions regarding mice as pets, mouse behavior, color and coat genetics, breeding techniques, and general health questions. I can help with caging and setup, nutrition, social issues, and what to do in most mouse emergencies (such as unplanned litters, injuries, fighting, etc.). I can also assist with questions pertaining to orphaned mouse pups, weaning litters, and questions of mating and birthing. I cannot answer questions about exotic or wild varieties of mice such as spiny or pygmy mice. *****FOR EMERGENCIES, anything requiring immediate medical intervention, PLEASE take your mouse to a professional veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator who works with mice as soon as possible! IMPORTANT RESOURCES: Raising Orphaned Mice: http://www.rmca.org/Articles/orphans.htm Orphaned Mice Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising Natasha's Your First Mouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share General Mouse Help: http://www.fancymice.info/ Mouse Info and Exotic Breeds: http://www.hiiret.fi/eng/species/

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I have enjoyed the companionship of mice nonstop since 2004, and spent a year caring for them in a lab where I learned a great deal about their breeding, social needs, and health. I spent a few years breeding them, specifically working with albinos, marked mice, angora mice, and satins. My education never stopped - I am learning something new every day from current and well-established research thanks to the wonderful folks at the Jackson Laboratory, as well as from my wonderful mousey friends online. I also love learning from my terrific questioners here on AllExperts - you folks keep my passion for these amazing animals alive and well!

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Partial University for a B.S. in Microbiology, Partial University for a 2-year degree in Veterinary Technology (RVT cert), C.E. classes in pathogens, aseptic technique, genetics, and applications

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