I am not trying to be rude or hurt anyone’s feelings, I am just trying to be realistic. I have had many heartaches from finding hurt animals outside. I have called the vets by myself when I was a kid and they will say there is nothing they can do. Plus, I didn’t have enough money for the bills anyways and my parents wouldn’t pay for a wild animal. As most parents will not. Also I’m in college for animal and veterinary science right now, so I know what I am talking about.
You are right about the mouse needing vet treatment though. However, you do not know how long the mouse has been like that and if it is already too late. Cats play with mice for a very long time before finishing. You have to keep in mind; this is a wild mouse, not a pet. Most vets will not even bothering looking at a wild mouse that was attacked by a cat. When she goes there they will tell her there is nothing they can do and she will spend a bunch of money for nothing if she has them do something, as the mouse is probably already passing. It is Friday and most vet places are closed on Saturdays, unless it is an emergency place. In that case, they would not see her because he/she is not a pet, and that they will be able to tell right away, just from looking at him/her. Plus, it will be very expensive.
I am sorry to say, but the mouse is probably not going to make it, even with vet help. The best thing you can do is make him/her as comfortable as possible. Put him/her in a safe place out of the reach of your cats, like you did. Leave him/her to rest and not be scared. A lot of vets will not see the mouse because as I said above, it is a wild mouse and they have things they consider more important to tend to. Also, with the mouse being so small, it would be hard for them to determine anything unless they were experienced with mice and rats. A lot of vets are not. At best, they would probably put the mouse to sleep.
You can catch things from wild mice, any wild animal really. Make sure you wash your hands good and have as little contact with the mouse as possible. It will be best for you and him/her.
If he/she survives the next day or so, his/her leg will have to be set so it can heal properly. Again, being so small a vet might not be able to do that. Also, is he/she survives and has a broken leg, it will most likely not heal correctly and putting the mouse back outside would not be such a good idea. He/she will easily be picked off as food. They will not be able to survive on their own.
Yes, all animals learn from their parents. However they are born with instincts and can do pretty well on their own, depending on their age. I do not know how small he/she is, but he/she might already be out on his/her own. In that case, he/she does know how to survive and find food. But since he/she is hurt, he/she should not be let back out.
It is very sad but try not to think about it too much. These things happen all the time in the wild. Just think of this. You saved him/her from suffering. You are helping him/her have some peace before he/she passes.
Last edited by APoetCalledAnya; 08-22-2008 at 10:23 AM.
Reason: Needed to rephrase some things.