Why does Blossom walk like this?

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Why does Blossom walk like this?

Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Wed 21 Feb 2018, 11:55 pm

Blossom has a very interesting personality - there's a lot of things I've seen in her that I have not seen with any other mice. One thing I've always liked about her is this goofy walk she does sometimes, and I was wondering why she does this? Is she just weird? Laughing It's like she's waddling, it just looks funny.



If you look at this stock footage of a mouse walking - it looks much less like a "waddle" to me... lol
https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-699082-stock-footage-mouse-walking-across-a-white-background.html

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Re: Why does Blossom walk like this?

Post by River on Thu 22 Feb 2018, 9:09 am

Is she a little chubby? My fat ones waddle. Otherwise, maybe she's just a little different.
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Re: Why does Blossom walk like this?

Post by MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop on Thu 22 Feb 2018, 10:05 am

First impressions -- just some things you can think about -- nothing definite.

Blossom doesn't appear to be flexing her foot when she's walking like that. If it's only an occasional thing that she's done as long as you've known her, then it wouldn't seem to originate with a permanent structural irregularity. Could be she's just got a bad-habit sloppy walk she slips into sometimes, the way we humans shlump our shoulders or type with our wrists on the desk. Could be influenced by weight distribution, or by being extremely comfortable in a situation.

Could it be due to the surface she's walking on -- just trying to keep more foot contact for better traction? Or maybe she's just a little uncertain about safety, trying to stay low to the ground. (My little April was very unsure about walking around on her own, even when I was right there mere inches away, and she very often bellied around the surface she was exploring like she was G.I. Joe trying to cross a field under enemy fire. She had to build up her own confidence in each situation.)

Perhaps there is an occasional or temporary structural problem, such as an environmentally induced arthritis. That could affect multiple bones and joints simultaneously but temporarily. Hypermobility seems like a longshot, though, because it would be more likely that only one foot would experience sufficient relative bone slippage and offset at a time, and she would limp rather than waddle. (I go through this regularly, not only with slipped foot bones, but back, hips, and shoulders too -- fortunately never all at once, or I'd look like a scribble!)


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Re: Why does Blossom walk like this?

Post by scaredymouse on Fri 23 Feb 2018, 4:39 pm

what a cutie! i have one mouse that walks like that. i think it's just a quirky thing. my mouse has always done it and doesn't seem to have any discomfort.

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