Hello! I need some help with my baby mouse, Gus. I am guessing that he is close to or maybe 3 wks old (his eyes are open and he can hear sounds). His little brother sadly passed away a couple of days ago (he appeared to have severe respiratory distress- I think it was caused by too much formula and it getting into his lungs
). I cleaned his aquarium after the little one died and Gus appears very healthy but I am concerned about his nutrition.
I have been feeding him puppy formula from a tiny syringe but he is not very interested in it most of the time. I was feeding him kitty formula but it goes bad after 72 hours and was hard to find. The puppy formula stays good for 2 wks but I am not sure that it is nutritious enough? He doesn't like eating from the syringe, and appears to prefer for me to put a tiny puddle on his food dish that he can lap up himself. I am just concerned that he will get it up his nose :/
I have started offering him dry mouse food (Nutriphase brand) and he really likes the banana pieces in it- but nothing else! I am concerned that he is not getting the nutrition that he needs since all he likes are the sweet pieces! Are there any fruits or veggies he might like to try? I gave him a tiny piece of shredded cheese and he really enjoyed munching on it.
I also provided a water bottle in his aquarium but he does not know how to use it. Should I be concerned or will he learn in time?
I think that Gus is going to make it- he is very curious and active, is quite plump and has clear eyes and a full coat. He loves being held and has completely bypassed what I have heard is called the 'flea' stage. I just want to make sure that he eats the way that he should.
All information and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!!!