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Post by MooseTheMouse on Tue 31 Jul 2018, 5:55 am

Greetings from Honolulu, Hawaii. Compared to a lot of you, I'm still a baby when it comes to mice and am looking forward to learning a lot. At the moment I have four mice, my darling Hippo, and three I just recently got, Duck, Buffalo, and Moose. I had two others but they sadly passed leaving me with Hippo in need of new companions. I would put pictures but I can't figure out the add photo button and one of my mice is still extremely skittish. As I said before, I hope to learn a lot from being here, and right off the bat I have some questions. #1- Because I live so isolated, I don't have access to any vets who will see small animals (Nearest is on a neighboring island), and am afraid one of my mice has a URI. I am aware that usually the procedure would be to quarantine the sick mouse, but I am afraid that without access to vet care, she could be sneezy her whole life and I would have to keep her by herself her whole life. Seeing as she is a very social mouse and would be miserable by herself, what should I do? #2- I need a recipe to make dust-free bedding out of newspaper. It is the only thing that I can use as everything else is pricey or doesn't satisfy my needs. Regular shredded newspaper is dusty and needs to be changed often. I have tried the Blender-Pillow Case-Dryer method but ended up with an ink stained dryer. Is there a way to use my washing machine and dryer without staining it? Is there any alternative to this? It would probrably need to be fool-proof as I have a tendency of messing things up.

Thanks so much for reading, I hope I didn't write too much, my fingers tend to get away with themselves.

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Post by CallaLily on Tue 31 Jul 2018, 10:22 am

Welcome!

I’m not sure what to do with the only vet so far away. A respiratory infection will need antibiotics. Are there any general vets nearby? An exotic vet is for sure the best option but when those aren’t available a general dog/cat vet is better than nothing if you can find one that agrees to see mice. As for separating her from the others, they’ve all likely been exposed so there probably isn’t any point and it may just cause unnecessary stress. Just keep an eye on them to make sure their not mistreating the sick mousey.

Maybe just lay the newspaper in whole and provide plain shredded printer paper or toilet tissue for nesting? I don’t think any bedding is truly completely dust free but shredded paper/newspaper is usually the least irritating, though not the greatest for odor control.

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Post by MooseTheMouse on Thu 09 Aug 2018, 11:32 pm

Thank you so much, I currently have them all together in my bin cage with the newspaper laid at the bottom. Thankfully, only the two of them are sneezy as of now, so it hasn't spread.

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