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Hey I hit you from a fiends phone yesterday about a mouse that was stepped on and in bad shape. Thankfully I didn't put him down cuz he started to move his jaw a little today. He was eating some. 😁 I put drops of water down milk and peanut butter and he was sucking it up. Is there anything else I should or shouldn't do? I'm gonna be completely honest with you. I'm in prison so my resourses are limited. I planned to pass him to a police that was willing to take him to my family so we can take him to a vet. But this little bugger is a fighter. He wants to live. His jaw is messed up but he's working it. Will it be OK in the long run? Thank you. And his name is Fievel by the way.

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Hi Kenny,

I'm sorry for the delayed response.  Hopefully the little dude is still doing well, but as far as how to continue caring for him, I'm afraid that's a decision only you can make.  Eating is a good first step, but the best thing for him to be eating would be formula (kitten or puppy milk replacement, or homemade formulas).  Soon he'll need a commercial mouse diet, too, in order to get enough nutrition to grow properly.  Pups start eating solid food around 2-3 weeks old, and are usually weaned off the formula or milk at around 5-6 weeks, when they start drinking fluids on their own.

Another thing to consider is his quality of life.  If his leg is still broken, he will be in constant pain until it sets, and if any growth plates were damaged in the break, it may not grow normally, either.  How he is doing in this respect will be more evident to you, than to me.  Good signs that he is recovering are activity and eating well.  He needs to be gaining weight every single day, and since you might not have access to a food scale, you'll need to watch his overall size and the thickness or scrawniness of his legs and tail.  An appropriately active mouse pup will sleep in between feeds and wake up every few hours by wiggling and asking to be fed, then go back to sleep again in a warm place after eating.  If he is overly lethargic, or has no appetite, you might guess that he is not comfortable.

Is there any way your family could locate someone experienced in orphaned mice?  Mouse pups are HARD to keep alive, even by experienced professionals.  The best place to look would be local veterinarians, breeders, and small animal wildlife rehabilitators (who you can locate via your state's wildlife/parks website).

In the meantime, it's terrific that little Fievel is making an effort to eat.  That's always a good sign!  My thoughts are with you and him, and please let me know if you have any further questions or news on the little dude.

Best of luck,
-Tam

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