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Post by brianna.love Sun 29 Nov 2020, 11:29 am

i have a bit of a dilemma here and i didn’t know whether to put this in general, health concerns, or food.
my mouse lana is getting pretty skinny, although very alert and active still. my mouse luna is the perfect size and tends to take the treats and hide them from lana. probably bothers me why more than it bothers my mice. i know my mice still love eachother because they both love cuddling and sleeping together, so cute! it’s simply that luna is a bit greedy and i was wondering how i could prevent this. the “treats” i give are usually two small blue berries, but as i said before luna usually hides them and eats both. i give two meant to give one to each mouse. i’m wondering if i should start hand feeding the blue berries.

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Post by River Sun 29 Nov 2020, 1:03 pm

I would try to scatter feed the main food so it's harder for her to guard over it, I scatter and bowl feed. This is also fun for them, they like to forage!
As for the treats I don't hand feed, some mice get confused and start grabbing at fingers lol. I just drop the food right in front of them so I know they at least know it's there if they want it. It's unlikely that treats alone would cause noticeable weight loss, though, so I would bet she's being territorial over the block as well.
Keep an eye on the weight loss, though. Smile

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Post by brianna.love Sun 29 Nov 2020, 10:19 pm

@River wrote:I would try to scatter feed the main food so it's harder for her to guard over it, I scatter and bowl feed. This is also fun for them, they like to forage!
As for the treats I don't hand feed, some mice get confused and start grabbing at fingers lol. I just drop the food right in front of them so I know they at least know it's there if they want it. It's unlikely that treats alone would cause noticeable weight loss, though, so I would bet she's being territorial over the block as well.
Keep an eye on the weight loss, though. Smile
i was actually cleaning their cage today when i found lunas huge hoard of food in the bedding!! i was so surprised i thought it was just treats!!

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Post by M O U S E Mon 30 Nov 2020, 7:59 am

As River said, I would keep an eye on the weight loss. Weight loss is a common indicator of sickness. That being said, if Lana's weight loss isn't just from Luna's hoarding, it could be something else. Maybe you could even give them two bowls of food, so that there's one bowl for each of them to eat from. If you see Luna attacking or shaking her tail at Lana when she tries to eat anything and/or her weight loss isn't getting any better, then maybe watching them when they eat sometimes would be a last resort.

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Post by brianna.love Thu 03 Dec 2020, 12:18 pm

@M O U S E wrote:As River said, I would keep an eye on the weight loss. Weight loss is a common indicator of sickness. That being said, if Lana's weight loss isn't just from Luna's hoarding, it could be something else. Maybe you could even give them two bowls of food, so that there's one bowl for each of them to eat from. If you see Luna attacking or shaking her tail at Lana when she tries to eat anything and/or her weight loss isn't getting any better, then maybe watching them when they eat sometimes would be a last resort.

Luna doesn't attack Lana at all, luckily Lana is only very very slightly skinner, but what I have done is managed to get them to eat while the other is sleeping, that way neither of them are being territorial over the food. I've noticed that Lana is more crepuscular versus luna who is most active between 12 and 3 AM. While luna is sleeping I watch and encourage Lana to eat then instead of later which worked !

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Post by M O U S E Thu 03 Dec 2020, 1:02 pm

@brianna.love wrote:
@M O U S E wrote:As River said, I would keep an eye on the weight loss. Weight loss is a common indicator of sickness. That being said, if Lana's weight loss isn't just from Luna's hoarding, it could be something else. Maybe you could even give them two bowls of food, so that there's one bowl for each of them to eat from. If you see Luna attacking or shaking her tail at Lana when she tries to eat anything and/or her weight loss isn't getting any better, then maybe watching them when they eat sometimes would be a last resort.

Luna doesn't attack Lana at all, luckily Lana is only very very slightly skinner, but what I have done is managed to get them to eat while the other is sleeping, that way neither of them are being territorial over the food. I've noticed that Lana is more crepuscular versus luna who is most active between 12 and 3 AM. While luna is sleeping I watch and encourage Lana to eat then instead of later which worked !
Wonderful! I'm glad you found something that worked Very Happy

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