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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2016, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, new to forum-
I found a very tiny baby mouse (maybe a week) in my kitchen after the dishwasher flooded (yikes). She has made it to day three, but I have some concerns.

1. I have some trouble feeding her. The thing that she tolerates best is a tiny paintbrush dipped in warmed pedialite. She seems to be skinnier now than when I first found her, her skin seems looser, and she didn't seem at all interested in eating until last night. I also tried watered down puppy formula, no interest in that. How do I get her to eat more??

2. I rub her belly after feeding with a wet q-tip but she doesn't poop. I have found two tiny rust colored droppings in her bed later on. Do I need to rub her belly UNTIL she poops? Why isn't she going? Should I be concerned?

She is making some improvements. Her fur seems fuller, this morning she had new white belly fur! She also is moving around a lot more, still pretty wobbly but more active.

Here are some photos: the first is day 1, then day 2, and last this morning.

Any advice you can give would be much appreciated. Also, any guesses to what species she isn't?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2016, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Oops, not all the photos uploaded, that one photo is the most recent.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-03-2016, 10:30 AM
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Awe! She's so precious! Good for you for taking care of her, most people wouldn't! Anyway, back to your questions!
1.) Have you tried feeding her with a needless syringe? I'm not really sure what these are called, but people use them to feed small children medicine, this way you can also measure how much food you are giving her. They are common household objects, but if you happen not to have one, you can get them at most drug stores or you can use an eye-dropper. She may respond to those better

2.) I am not 100 percent sure of this question but bear with me. It may be a normal digestion cycle for infant mice. Since you think she is getting skinnier, she may have not ate much. You should keep trying rubbing her belly after she eats if the concern continues.

Good Luck with your little baby girl!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-09-2016, 07:52 PM
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I don't have experience raising orphaned mice, but I have had one litter in my care that their mother raised. At the age of your mouse, the pups were pretty eager to eat when the mother entered the nest. I think they responded to her heat and the feeling of her fur brushing over their faces. I would make sure your mouse is warm and perhaps you could try faking the mother coming to the nest to nurse using a small stuffed animal? Then if she tries to nurse, use the paintbrush? That's probably what I would try if nothing else worked, but I really don't know. Also, I would offer her food often and throughout the day.

As for getting her to poop, maybe you could try stroking her butt with the q-tip, too. I can't remember if it's mice or cats, but in at least one species, the mother licks the babies' butts to get their bowel movements going.

How is she doing since you last posted?
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