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HELP! First Pregnant Mouse

Post by Hope4Allwhobreathe on Mon 28 May 2018, 12:52 pm

Hello Everyone!
My name is Emily and I am a first time mouse mom! I have two lovely does (Possum and Skunk), and I adopted them from Petsmart- yes not the best breeding line, but I fell in love with them! The lovely associates told me that they were litter mates, which makes sense seeing their beautiful coloring (as seen in my profile picture).

I am really confused, because one of the does (Possum) appears very, VERY pregnant. She has the typical "swallowed a golf ball" look, is making a nest, and is eating...A LOT. Yet, she's not getting flighty or nipping me like most pregnant creatures would. She lets me pick her up, hold her, check her belly, etc- and I can feel something in there. But I've now had them for about 13 days, and I would assume the doe would have given birth by now...but she hasn't. Here's a picture of her for reference:

(also how do I get a picture to show up?)

Should I be concerned? Or should I just prepare the cage for the birth (aka do one final clean, make sure there's lots of food and water, add nesting material, etc.) and leave them be? I've been keeping a very close eye on the two, and the other doe is grooming the pregnant one, and helping her make the nest- which to me seems like good "nanny" behavior.

If anyone has any suggestions or advice, PLEASE let me know!!
Lots of love,
Emily, Possum, and Skunk <3receiv11.jpg[/img][/url]


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Re: HELP! First Pregnant Mouse

Post by Rodents rock! on Mon 28 May 2018, 2:55 pm

Hi Emily, I don't really have any experience in pregnant mice. (I've only had a pregnant gerbil years ago). In the time you've had the girls has Possum's belly been getting bigger. I couldn't see the photo you included, it wouldn't open. But from how you've described her, it does sound like Possum is pregnant. I believe nature will just takes it's course. Possum will know what to do and it sounds like Skunk is being helpful. I know other members here have lots of experience with mouse pregnancies, so hopefully they will have more advice to give you. I wouldn't worry though because she will do what is natural.

To upload photos, in the toolbar, click on the first little icon in the section that has the YouTube icon in it. Hope this helps.
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Post by Hope4Allwhobreathe on Mon 28 May 2018, 4:33 pm

I think I added the picture!!! Can you see it now?

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Re: HELP! First Pregnant Mouse

Post by Rodents rock! on Mon 28 May 2018, 5:22 pm

@Hope4Allwhobreathe wrote:I think I added the picture!!! Can you see it now?

Yes, I can see the photos now. She does look pregnant.
I believe there is a thread on here about pregnant mice.
Has she grown a lot in the 13 days you have had her?
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Post by Rodents rock! on Mon 28 May 2018, 5:26 pm

I just looked up online the gestation period in fancy mice is 19 - 21 days. So if she is pregnant, like she does look, she could have babies anytime I guess. Just depends on when she got pregnant before you got her. Did she have any sort of belly when you first got your mice?
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Post by Hope4Allwhobreathe on Mon 28 May 2018, 5:30 pm

I thought she was fluffier when we first got her, but she has gotten much rounder since

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Re: HELP! First Pregnant Mouse

Post by Rodents rock! on Mon 28 May 2018, 5:39 pm

@Hope4Allwhobreathe wrote:I thought she was fluffier when we first got her, but she has gotten much rounder since

The way she is carrying her weight, I really do think she is pregnant. If so, I would guess she will have babies within the next week. Keep us posted Very Happy
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Post by JuniperBerry55 on Mon 28 May 2018, 6:43 pm

Yup, definitely pregnant. I would recommend separating her into her own cage as even though they are sisters you never know, especially since they are pet shop mice and you don't know the lineage. (Show lines tend to do better in group birthing cages for some reason).

Scrambled eggs, mealworms, crickets, high-quality dog food and oats can be great to feed her while she is lactating also.

Mice are very good mothers and she should be fine just doing her thing, good luck! Can't wait to see those cute little faces Smile

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Re: HELP! First Pregnant Mouse

Post by Hope4Allwhobreathe on Mon 28 May 2018, 7:21 pm

Thank you!!! Worst comes to worst I will move the sister OUT of the big cage and into the play cage. As soon as the babies are born I think I'll evaluate if they need to be separated (since I've tried separating them before and the squeak like they're very upset- and I don't want to make the Momma upset).

If I do end up separating them, how can I reduce them being upset? When can I bring the litter mate back in?

Thank you all so much for your help!!! Love

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Post by JuniperBerry55 on Mon 28 May 2018, 9:30 pm

You could try and keep them together but then there is a risk, sometimes it works out fine but personally, I don't like to risk it.

You could try and spend more time with her sister or give them short playdates together. Usually, when you separate the male babies at four weeks you can keep mum with the female babies and introduce her sister back with her Smile just make sure to do it on neutral ground.

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Post by Hope4Allwhobreathe on Mon 28 May 2018, 9:57 pm

Do you think it would be better to put the momma in a smaller cage? That way she feels safer? Or have her in the main cage for more room and have her sister in the other cage?
I don't want to put anyone at risk here

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Re: HELP! First Pregnant Mouse

Post by Hope4Allwhobreathe on Mon 28 May 2018, 10:33 pm

Nevermind....Possum passed away sometime between dinner and now. I don't know what I did wrong. She was so sweet and will be missed.
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Post by JuniperBerry55 on Tue 29 May 2018, 3:41 am

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that, don't try to blame yourself too much, sometimes these things just happen. Rest in peace Possum Sad

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