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we have an orphaned kangaroo mouse, he eats but we find it hard to potty him, we use a warm wet q-tip and rub down his body but he doesn't always go, he is not swollen in the belly, but we haven't seen a bowel movement yet, is this normal and any tips will be greatly welcome thank you

Hi Teddie,

I am only an expert with regards to house mice/pet mice, as other species of mice have different growth and needs.  Unfortunately, I don't know anything about kangaroo mice.  Depending on how old he is, he may not need help going to the bathroom anymore.  A good way to check is to use a layer of paper towels as bedding for a few hours - are there any spots or poops that you can see?  Once he starts going regularly on his own he will not need help anymore.

If he is still very young and does need help, try focusing the q-tip massage around his genitals and anus both before and after every meal.  Look for appetite - many young mice will not eat or will have a decreased appetite if they need to go but cannot, and eating regularly and steadily gaining weight is very important for pups!  Be careful to dry him off completely before putting him back in his enclosure as young mice can chill very quickly.

You may want to check in your area for someone who might be able to help you in a more hands on way.  Some vets who work with pocket pets like mice may be able to show you in person what to do, and it's also worth calling local pet shops, rodent breeders, animal rescues/shelters, or even wildlife rehabilitators.  Baby mice are very fragile and tough to care for, so if you think he needs help, please search your area immediately for someone who might have some experience with orphaned mice (a vet is your number one best bet!).  Hopefully these links will also give you a hand, even though they are not specific to kangaroo mice:

Best of luck!  Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with!


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