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Post by Mice Are Cute on Sun 10 Sep 2017, 10:55 pm

I have noticed that Biggy has been a bit less active and sleeping more these past few days. He is eating and drinking normally, and his breathing is fine. He notices me, and knows everything that is going on around him. His eyes are clear, there and there are no lumps on his body. He is definitely not in pain. I'm am thinking it is just old age catching up to him, but I really wanted another opinion! Thanks!

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Post by scaredymouse on Sun 10 Sep 2017, 11:42 pm

how old is he?  Also, depending where you live, if the weather has started cooling down, it's possible that he's slowing down with the change of the season.  even though they never go outside, i find that they slow down  in the fall and winter.

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Post by Mice Are Cute on Mon 11 Sep 2017, 2:12 pm

He is a little more than a year old. (Is that old?) It is still kinda warm where I live, so I don't think that's the problem, but it is getting colder.

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Post by Teramis on Thu 14 Sep 2017, 6:42 pm

A 2-year lifespan is probably average for most pet shop mice, though a lot die earlier from things like respiratory infections or tumors or other illnesses. Fancy mice from breeders might live longer, or at least are less likely to die younger due to bad-genes things like tumors.

I'd keep an eye on Biggy (such a cute name!) to see if he becomes even more sedentary than he already is, just in case he is developing a not-readily-obvious illness (I've had mice grow internal tumors, for instance, and one had congestive heart failure - these all caused them to not want to move  around much.)
On the other hand, he might just be deciding to take it easy in his maturity. I've noticed some of my girls hit middle age and essentially 'retire' from things. One became quite reclusive in her nest box - happily so. It was just where she decided she liked to spend 80% of her time! But she was healthy and happy just lying around all day. Laughing

I hope Biggy's doing the retirement thing, not working on illness! Good luck!

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Post by Mice Are Cute on Thu 14 Sep 2017, 7:36 pm

@Teramis wrote:A 2-year lifespan is probably average for most pet shop mice, though a lot die earlier from things like respiratory infections or tumors or other illnesses. Fancy mice from breeders might live longer, or at least are less likely to die younger due to bad-genes things like tumors.

I'd keep an eye on Biggy (such a cute name!) to see if he becomes even more sedentary than he already is, just in case he is developing a not-readily-obvious illness (I've had mice grow internal tumors, for instance, and one had congestive heart failure - these all caused them to not want to move  around much.)
On the other hand, he might just be deciding to take it easy in his maturity. I've noticed some of my girls hit middle age and essentially 'retire' from things. One became quite reclusive in her nest box - happily so. It was just where she decided she liked to spend 80% of her time! But she was healthy and happy just lying around all day. Laughing

I hope Biggy's doing the retirement thing, not working on illness! Good luck!

By the description of one of your girls "retirements" I am really thinking its that! He is still quite happy, and is just a bit more slowed down. I also fell in love with the name Biggy Love Thanks for the help!

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Re: Less active? Or just getting old?

Post by peas on Sat 16 Sep 2017, 1:21 am


I would watch it. People have a tendency to look for reasons why a sick mouse is ok. Drinking and eating is not usually a sign until a mouse is really quite ill. I wouldn't base a mouse's health on the fact he's been drinking and eating. Lethargy is the biggest sign IMO.

Some mice do get bored of their regular toys or became less avid runners so it can be hard to tell what is really going on but if they are just never active anymore that is a bad sign.




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