Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Kingston Upon Thames, London
Looking for guidance on caring for newborn mice!
I just joined the group this weekend and was wondering if any of you benevolent souls out there could offer any advice.
After some serious deliberation my wife & I decided that this Christmas the time was right to buy our four & a half year old daughter her first pets, two mice. We did our homework, invested in a fine cage, plenty of hay, food & paper strips, and bought a pair of young female mice from a reputable local pet store. However, to our great surprise, we discovered on New Years Day that one of the newest additions to our family has started her own, and we now also have new born baby mice to look after!
We tracked down a number of useful sites on the web and also found this great forum. Hopefully we're doing the best we can (leaving mom & her brood to it, keeping everyone out of the room as much as possible, making sure their food & water is checked daily, etc), but if there's a particular website anyone can recommend, or if there might be anything we're overlooking or could be doing better, then we'd really appreciate the help!
I believe that there's no danger of the new mice breeding for at least 35 days, by which time they should be weened and will have been returned to the pet store (who, to be fair, always said that they could not guarantee that our female pair were not pregnant, and also said they would take back any subsequent offspring).
Thanks for your help with this!
Nick & Sarah