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Hello, we found a mouse that was injured in a trap in nyc and is still alive. we picked him up and placed him in a little cage and gave him sunflower seeds, water and a little cushion for a bed. He seems to be drinking the water. He shakes, like convulses every couple of minutes. I don't want him to be in pain, what would the shaking mean? he is a really tiny mouse, only like 3 inches long. I feel so bad, we want him to be ok! what can we do?

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Dear Michelle,

First, make sure the mouse is warm. The first thing that happens when a mouse gets sick is that it loses its ability to keep itself warm. You can put a heating pad on low, with a towel on top, under part of the cage (it needs to be able to escape the heat if it is too much).

Second, give it something calorie-rich to drink. Something like Ensure or soy baby formula or even, in a pinch, a little bit of (if possible not dairy) milk mixed with a tiny bit of syrup or honey.

Third, put the cage in a nice, dark, quiet place where the mouse can be less terrified.

We don't have any idea what all has happened to the mouse so far-- nor do we know what internal injuries it may have sustained from the trap- So we can't know its survival prognosis. If you follow the three steps above, you are giving the mouse the best chance it can have.

I wish the little guy the very best of a speedy recovery and good health.

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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