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Hello Natasha

My daughter told me to ask my question here...she has given to me her three mice who I have been mice-sitting for 5 days.  I am about to leave for 3 days, and then will return the mice to my daughter after that.  She will return in the interim but will not be able to pick up the mice until I return.

How do I set up feeding?  I know that I will make sure the water is full before I go.  Do I just put out 3 days food and forget about it?

thanks

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Hi Dad :)

Not just three days of food, five days' worth, some scattered throughout the litter. Two water bottles if possible. If you have only one, then celery and carrots for moisture just in case.

Remember, mice need comfortable temperatures like you do, or they will get sick. You do have to leave the heat or AC on.

Scour the area for possible, though unlikely problems. Could the cage fall? Could something fall on it? Are there other animals? If so, make sure that door clicks when you close it. Make sure the cage is not in sunlight or in a draft. Close the windows. Make sure the cage is closed very securely.

Three days is pretty much the limit for leaving  them, but it is ok.

Squeaks n giggles,

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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