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Post by Chothra on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 7:22 pm

So today while sweeping my kitchen and laundry room, I found a baby mouse that I am guessing is around 5 days old. It was practically in the middle of the floor of the laundry area. At first I thought it was dead as it did not seem to be moving, I gently pushed it into the (clean) dustpan to pick it up and look at it and thats when I noticed movement. Im unsure how long it was on the floor for, but it appeared skinny. I went out and bought KMR and it got a milk band after a few minutes of feeding. I used a moistened q-tip to stimulate it to poop/pee which it did. I then contacted my local wildlife rehab (which I did not even know existed here.) and unfortunately they closed in about 10 minutes but told me I could drop it off tomorrow morning. They recommended I do not continue the KMR and instead just keep it warm like I had been doing with the heating pad. I am worried about it making it through the night, especially without KMR? What are your thoughts? Will it be okay to go 12 more hours before I can get it into the rehab center?
Edit: Actually it will be more than 12 hours, more like 16 hours.
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Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 7:57 pm

I don't have really have any experience with wild mice, but from what I've read, they can't go long without milk. I believe they are supposed to be fed every 2 hours. It very clearly says on the wild mouse care sticky that "They need milk, and they *will* die without it". I would continue it, not sure why they'd tell you to stop. That's like leaving a pet mouse without water overnight, it isn't good for their health, and they can die without access to water for long periods of time.

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Post by Chothra on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 8:23 pm

Thanks for the reply, AnonymousMouseOwner. Thats what I was thinking. I have never raised mice from babies before so I googled tons of info, watched youtube videos, etc. and everything I saw said to fee every couple hours which made me question how it would fare if I took the advice of the Rehab center. They said the KMR was not suitable for it since its different species and it may aspirate it. I did try to feed it again with the KMR but it would not take it. I will try once more in a bit.


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Post by Chothra on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 9:17 pm

Here is a picture of it. It keeps twitching and moving and I cant tell if its dreaming or uncomfortable. Sad

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Post by Rodents rock! on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 10:09 pm

Aww, it is so precious. I would keep trying to feed the baby every two hours. It definitely shouldn't go without nourishment.
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Post by Chothra on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 10:03 am

I tried to get him to eat every hour since around 6pm but he wouldnt take it. I went to bed at midnight and tried a couple more times throughout the night. Finally I was just able to get him to eat at 9:30am and he will be on his way to the rehab center in about 25 minutes. I will be so happy when he is in the hands of the professionals. He was so cute after his feeding this morning -he actually was wiping his face with his paws after I put him down in his enclosure. Smile
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Post by Rodents rock! on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 8:07 pm

@Chothra wrote:I tried to get him to eat every hour since around 6pm but he wouldnt take it. I went to bed at midnight and tried a couple more times throughout the night. Finally I was just able to get him to eat at 9:30am and he will be on his way to the rehab center in about 25 minutes. I will be so happy when he is in the hands of the professionals. He was so cute after his feeding this morning -he actually was wiping his face with his paws after I put him down in his enclosure. Smile

You did a very good thing for the baby mouse. Taking care of him wonderfully till you could get him to the rehab place. Very Happy I love when rodents clean their faces, adorable!
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