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Post by katiemarie55 on Thu 01 Aug 2019, 9:33 pm

Hi everyone

So I have 3 female mice and 2 of them look normal but the 3rd is almost twice the size of the others. I weighed her today and she weighs 66 grams. Is that way too much for a mouse? I feed them all the Sunseed Vita Prima Parakeet food.

Other than looking really fat she acts pretty normal. She still runs on the wheel just a lot slower than she used to.

Any suggestions on how I could help her/get her to loose weight? Or should I not worry about her too much. I've read that lots of the time fat mice are just always going to be fat but I'm a little worried about her.

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Post by katiemarie55 on Thu 01 Aug 2019, 9:35 pm

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Here's some pictures of my girl Tofu. She doesn't really like to sit still so it's kind of hard to get any pictures that show just how big she looks

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Post by Robin~ on Sat 03 Aug 2019, 3:07 pm

How long ago did you get her? Are you positive everyone is female?

66g is about twice the weight of a particularly large mouse, which is pretty crazy...did you tare the scale?
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Post by CallaLily on Sat 03 Aug 2019, 4:12 pm

She looks fine to me. A little “fluffy” sure but not to a point that would be overly concerning, imo.

You’re correct that some mice are just genetically prone to obesity. Usually brindle or sometimes yellow mice. And some mice are just overall larger without necessarily being overweight. I’m struggling to remember exact numbers but I had two girls who were around the same weight but one was clearly chubby and the other was just bigger overall. Try not to focus too much on the number on the scale alone.

But mice have very high metabolisms and need to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day so their main staple food should never be strictly limited. Refill their food dish only when most of it has been eaten to prevent selective feeding. Do try to cut back on junk treats and you can slowly increase to tiny daily amounts of fresh veg to supplement their base diet. Also provide toys that encourage activity and give them out-of-cage play time as often as you can (being mindful they have access to water during this time). You can also try to make them work for their meals more. Place the food dish up high or scatter feed or use puzzle-type feeders (there are some ideas in the diy section I think).

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