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Hi Natasha...8months ago i bought two female white mice. Both of them were highly active, happy playful and completely healthy. Unfortunately one of my mouse has died as i was out of town for 12 days. Generally i keep them open in my room but as i was not going to be there, i left them in the cage. My mom gave them the food n cleaned the cage twice a day. On 8th day my mom cald me n told me that one of them is swollen badly around stomach and not moving or eating and breathing very slowly. I immediately took an appointment with the vet and asked my frnd to take her the very nxt morning. Unfortunately she died in the mornng itself. The other one dint eat anything at all throughout the day. I amback n now shes doing fine. Though i hate seeing her lonely. I want to know what would have hapend to my dead mouse. All happend within a span of 2days. Now can i get a new mouse to keep her company? shes almost 9months old now! And did my mouse had infection from her urine as they were in cage for 10 days or bacause of extreme cold. I live in north india and temperature here is 8 celsius. Please let me know what can i do for my mouse who is all alone now. i can never forgive myself though.she was never ill but as soon as i left she was gone.

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Hi Megha,

I am so sorry about your mouse... she may have had a blocked intestine or a tumor. Extreme cold is terrible for mice; please keep them warm. Urine buildup in a small tank for ten days is bad for their respiratory systems but would not cause that.

If you feel you can keep the place at a good mouse temperature, get 2-3 new babies for her right away.

It is not your fault. You did nothing wrong.

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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