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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Mice wont drink out of bottle

Hi, I adopted 2 mice a week ago. They are adorable. I keep them in a tank with little flying saucer for them to run on, few tubes, branches and a nesting ball for now.

I have a little problem. They used to drink water out of bottle a lot for first few days but now they wont touch it. It is bottle for rodents (with little metalic ball inside). It is not jammed, I washed it 10 times, I just don t get it. Of course I change water daily.
They do drink water if I give it in small pots (like bottle cap or similar) but that is often tipped over and made dirty by hay and bedding...


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 02:50 PM
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Your mice sound adorable! Hmm, as for the water bottle issue...my first thought would have been to suggest that you tap the bottom of the sipper tube a few times with your fingertips and to hold your fingers out with the water drops to sort of show them how the bottle works and give them the hang of it, but you said they were using the bottle just fine the first few days, so it appears they already knew how to use it. So this is a puzzle.



And you said the bottle is clean, with fresh water in it, correct? So I am stumped as to why they would be using it fine, then just stop altogether. Are you sure they have stopped drinking? Or maybe they are using it but you just haven't seen them during the times they DO use it?



If they are not drinking at all, and there are no technical issues (meaning the bottle is working fine when you tap the sipper tube and you do see water coming out), then my next question would be, are they eating their food and do they seem okay physically, like grooming, playing, etc?



I am just trying to make sure that they are physically well and that not using the water bottle is not a sign that they are not feeling well, perhaps?


I have never had mice personally (although I think they are very, very cute and I love them!) but just gerbils and rats, but I think this could easily apply to your new mice kids?

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Thank you for the answer

They do drink, but out of small pots I give them...so it is not a big problem really, but not a zip from the bottle. I can see the water level not changing... the water is the same, in bottle and pots.

They seem very happy and playful, they run on wheel, they eat a lot, they groom each other. I noticed they usually drink in the middle of the snack. Few bites then a zip from a pot



It is a mice X file don t you think

And, yes, since you had rats and gerbils I think your knowledge is definitely applicable with mice
I have degus too, and many things are definitely applicable
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Well, the good news is your mousey kids sound like they are doing just fine if they are playing, grooming, eating and do not seem lethargic or listless and you do not see any physical symptoms that would indicate they are sick, and you see them drinking from their little caps of water that you mentioned, so I am stumped as to why they suddenly decided they do not want to drink from the water bottle!


You are correct, a water bottle is the best and most hygenic way for lil critters to get their water, since pots or bowls of water can get easily soiled or have bedding kicked into it. Not a clean way for your babies to get water, agreed, but I know you want to make sure they are getting their very important 24 hour access to fresh water, as all animals need, so wow, I am just not sure what to make of it!


My husband, who prides himself on being Ratty Super Dad, listened to me read your post to him and his first thought was, "I bet her mice ARE drinking from the bottle, but she has just not actually been in the room when they do drink," but you said the water level is not going down, so hmmm!!

Well, I am not sure what to suggest at this point. Can you try some more tap taps with your finger on the sipper tube to remind them that, "Hey, there is water in here you guys! Try it again!"
(I am sure they did not just suddenly "forget" how to use the water bottle, but I am grasping at straws here to figure out an answer to this puzzling predicament!)


P.S. You have not been adding any of those store bought vitamin drops or anything to their water bottle water have you? I was just wondering because I know that those vitamin drops they sell to put in your little ones' water bottle can make the water taste funny and the mice (or rats!) will stop drinking from the bottle if it tastes funny)

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Well, I am not sure what to suggest at this point. Can you try some more tap taps with your finger on the sipper tube to remind them that, "Hey, there is water in here you guys! Try it again!"
(I am sure they did not just suddenly "forget" how to use the water bottle, but I am grasping at straws here to figure out an answer to this puzzling predicament!)


P.S. You have not been adding any of those store bought vitamin drops or anything to their water bottle water have you? I was just wondering because I know that those vitamin drops they sell to put in your little ones' water bottle can make the water taste funny and the mice (or rats!) will stop drinking from the bottle if it tastes funny)
I already tried tapping, but they are just not interested
There are no additives in the water...

Well, I was thinking of giving that bottle to my degus just for try out but it is the bottle for tanks only (attached with those 2 sticking rubber plates ha ha I dont even know how that is called on my own language not to mention in english ) so no luck there...

The mice do use it as a climbing platform so it is not a total waste of space and money

I will try to get a deeper pot so the bedding is not kicked in...
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Some critters take longer to learn that the thing you hung on the cage = water source. I'd just keep using bowls for water, but leave the bottle for them to figure out. One day you'll probably come home and find them lapping away at it.


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Yes, I think you will see them drinking from it sooner or later, agreed. Just keep the water fresh in the water bottle and keep an eye out to see what your mice do.

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