Avoiceforanimals wrote at 2015-06-14 00:47:51
As a person who has had mice as pets for years l have become very knowledgeable in regards to mice care,diseases,housing ext. I was shocked when I read your question. I have nursed sick mice back to health, suffered the loss of unprentable death and all the grief that followed(the worst part is when they are sick and you know they are suffering and have tried everything to help them, e.g. antibiotics,soft bedding, making them comfortable but most importantly as taking on any of the world's creatures we as their only source of help even if it's the tiniest of creatures need to remember it's our duty to do everything within our power to care appropriately for them as we are there voice. If you take on a pet even a little mouse it should be treated with the upmost care available including their may be times when a small “pocket pet” vetanerian should be called apon which means that cost has to be factored in if you take on any living creature. I was so saddened but more disturbed by your story!! I have no idea how you could leave a poor defencless mouse in this condition and not take it to a vet asap as the agony it would have been in for 3 whole hours is inconceivable to me. Mice often “hide/mask” their pain/illness as it's instinct so that they arnt preyed upon by preditors as they in a weakened state therefore vulnerable to prey. But in your case you could visibly see the horrendous injury and yet you chose not to take the poor little thing to the vet instead you let it suffer for 3 hours. That sickened me to my soul. Obviously you must not have a lot of knowledge about mice as reading your “story” you mentioned mice escaping ext. My advise to you is if you are not willing to take on all that is invoved in keeping mice as pets e.g. paying for vet visits ext don't have them simple.Otherwise read/research as much as possible on caring for mice as there are so many free resources out there e.g. online, books ext to guide and help you give them the best life/living conditions possible. Secondly you need to get a propper cage specifically designed for mice with the right bedding toys all the things mice need to have a healthy happy environment. Use the unlimited resources available to you(as stated above) so you earn the right to own and care for mice. Its not just “a given right” to want a mouse(or any animal for that matter) if you are not willing to take the upmost care possible for them. You should have researched as much as possible before getting them then all the problems you stated e.g. mice “excaping” ext would have never happened in the first place. With the exclusion of the poor little mouse who suffered a terrible death and that is something you and you alone have to live with as there were options for you to have taken to lesson the agony of this poor little mouse(l would have rushed straight to a vet even if it was “after hours” or a bit of a drive/commute) but sadly you left the poor thing to suffer a horrific death which l know if l had done something like that it would haunt me for the rest of my life. Please l beg you to educate yourself as much as possible in regards to the care of mice from the simplest thing's e.g. feeding, bedding, cage size through to sighns and symptoms to “look out for” to make sure you care for them in the best way possible. It is not a given right to “own” any of life's creatures it's something that is earned a gift really. As l stated above after all we as humans are their voice and lm a champion of all animal rights and will do/act in the best interest of all animals until my last dieing breath. I really hope you have learnt from this experience and am doing everything in your power to give your mice the best loving safe environment so they can grow and florish. If you do this the gift they give back to you is endless as mice can be wounderful pets and can make your life a much happier and enriched one to.
I can answer questions regarding mice as pets, mouse behavior, color and coat genetics, breeding techniques, and general health questions. I can help with caging and setup, nutrition, social issues, and what to do in most mouse emergencies (such as unplanned litters, injuries, fighting, etc.). I can also assist with questions pertaining to orphaned mouse pups, weaning litters, and questions of mating and birthing. I cannot answer questions about exotic or wild varieties of mice such as spiny or pygmy mice.
*****FOR EMERGENCIES, anything requiring immediate medical intervention, PLEASE take your mouse to a professional veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator who works with mice as soon as possible!
Raising Orphaned Mice: http://www.rmca.org/Articles/orphans.htm
Orphaned Mice Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising
Natasha's Your First Mouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share
General Mouse Help: http://www.fancymice.info/
Mouse Info and Exotic Breeds: http://www.hiiret.fi/eng/species/
I have enjoyed the companionship of mice nonstop since 2004, and spent a year caring for them in a lab where I learned a great deal about their breeding, social needs, and health. I spent a few years breeding them, specifically working with albinos, marked mice, angora mice, and satins. My education never stopped - I am learning something new every day from current and well-established research thanks to the wonderful folks at the Jackson Laboratory, as well as from my wonderful mousey friends online. I also love learning from my terrific questioners here on AllExperts - you folks keep my passion for these amazing animals alive and well!
Organizations East Coast Mouse Association - expired,
American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association - expired
Education/Credentials Partial University for a B.S. in Microbiology,
Partial University for a 2-year degree in Veterinary Technology (RVT cert),
C.E. classes in pathogens, aseptic technique, genetics, and applications