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Hi Natasha, I found 4 baby mice in my shed with no mom.  3 of them died but 1 is still alive and my son & I want to save him.  His mouth is not open so how can we feed him? I put him in a little box with a soft cloth. Thanks

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His mouth will open. He might be scared. I would really like a picture,

Are you on Facebook? If so, friend me:

and pm me and I will bring you into a group for orphans. The all of your questions can be answered plus we have medical people and resources.


For now, you will be doing this:

You want to get some kitten replacement formula and dilute it by half with pedialyte. You are going to start by feeding him  every two hours absolutely around the clock. . You can try an eyedropper, a clean watercolor paintbrush, or even let him lick off of your hand. Feed him  as much as he will take and then try five minutes later to see if he will take a little more. He will have a little white band around his belly where you can see the milk inside.

Then you need to toilet him. The best thing seems to be a tiny sponge eye shadow brush. You can also use your pinky. The advantage to that is you know what his normal tummy  feels like and will notice if it changes. You rub his lower abdomen, genitals, and anus. Sometimes it can take a bit of time. You will establish a rhythm I am sure. It is terrific to massage him in general too.

You need to keep him warm. A hot water bottle is great. You can also improvise with a bag of frozen vegetables heated in the microwave. Wrap it in a couple of towels and make absolutely sure he can't burn.

There are ten helpful videos here. They just messed up the link darn it. They were  Raising a Baby Mouse 1/10 through 10/10 but anyway most of them are still there. You will have to scroll down to find these:



If you can friend me on Facebook and write to me, I can bring you into my babies group and I and another helper who is a vet tech and breeder will help you as much as possible in real time, so that all of your questions will be answered in one spot.

Do send me a picture of his head so I can see what you mean.




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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): **** TEN VIDEOS ON RAISING ORPHANS: **** SEXING MICE: **** And some GREAT MOUSE INFO SITES:


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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