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Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Sat 16 Mar 2019, 7:25 pm

I got this momma mousie from Petco's back room. According to the employees, she had an accidental litter of 5 babies. I have to go back in a week or so to get her 2 daughters, and they will be reunited with her soon. For some reason they couldn't adopt the babies out to me with her - they said that they weren't ready yet or something due to some store policy where they have to be a certain size before they are purchased.

Anyways, she mentioned something about her still having "baby fat". She does still look kind of round... I'm hoping being a little round even after the babies are born is normal? Here are some photos:

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Post by Peachy on Sat 16 Mar 2019, 8:12 pm

My mice have always been super thin after babies, until they’d been nursing for a few days. So if she’s just finished nursing babies it could be that... But if you have any suspicion that she wasn’t raising her babies alone I’d keep an eye out for more.

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Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Sun 17 Mar 2019, 2:52 am

@Peachy wrote:My mice have always been super thin after babies, until they’d been nursing for a few days. So if she’s just finished nursing babies it could be that... But if you have any suspicion that she wasn’t raising her babies alone I’d keep an eye out for more.
Thank you for the info. I'm not sure exactly when they separated her, they gave me no info on how or when she got pregnant. They would have kept her in the back room in her own tank though as soon as they noticed she was pregnant. They showed me her babies though and they are hopper-sized, at that stage where they'd jump right out of your hands.. not much bigger than a quarter. Not what I'd think was the ideal age to take them away from momma but they said they were eating solids, nothing I can do to change that unfortunately. But considering the size of her babies, I am sure she just stopped nursing, so that could be it. I just know that she definitely looks a bit round there, but not like she "swallowed a golf ball" yet Laughing I will keep an eye on her, I checked on her like 10 times today and she is eating a lot, but not using the nesting material I gave her so far.

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Post by Peachy on Sun 17 Mar 2019, 8:07 am

I’d also watch for any signs of infection or discomfort from not being able to properly wean her babies. Poor momma!

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Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Sun 17 Mar 2019, 3:24 pm

@Peachy wrote:I’d also watch for any signs of infection or discomfort from not being able to properly wean her babies. Poor momma!

I know general signs of mouse discomfort, but what are some ways I know if she's having issues from not being able to nurse? I don't have any experience with pregnant mice so this is all new to me, other than what I've read and researched. Thanks again!

Edit: She's so sweet, she keeps climbing to the highest point in the cage begging to come out and play. I took her out to play in the play bin and she had a blast. She loved the wheel so much I let her take it back to her cage with her Love


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