Mouse having breathing problems?
We've had our mouse, Bebop, for almost 2 years. We realize that--in mouse years--he is a lil' old man.
A couple of weeks ago when we were cleaning his cage and had him out, he made this noise that sounds like kissing/chirping. When he did it, he little head bucked a little. He'd never done that before. Once we put him back in his cage, it stopped. We thought he found a new way of expressing frustration with us.
The next week he was doing it a little more and yesterday, when we cleaned his cage and had him out, he was really doing it a lot. Then, when we put him back, it didn't stop. Now, he seems to be doing it in his cage, too. It happens once a minute or so. He is also losing a little hair on his head. Nothing major, but he looks... old.
We're trying to keep him as calm and happy as possible. Though, I think that sound is a result of him having trouble breathing. He seems just as active as usual--on his wheel a good bit and still eating. However, I'm worried about him.
A friend said it sounds like congestive heart failure. Anyone have any experience with this in rodents? I know he is very old--especially in mouse years--and he probably won't be around much longer. However, I'd hate to think he is suffering. Any suggestions? Tips? Ideas?
Thanks in advance!
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