Please Help! Rescued field mouse- dumbfounded rescuer!
My husband found a cute field mouse in the yard yesterday. Doesn't seem injured, just abandoned. We have 4 other animals (2 cats, 2 dogs) so he brought baby mouse (let's call him BB) inside.
He has a full coat of soft fluffy fur and eyes are open, based on pictures I would guess he is about 2 1/2-3 1/2 weeks old.
We "stimulated" him to go potty and he had solid brown "poo" so I know he has eaten solid food before. I think he was probably still being weaned though. We did not have anything but crackers and apple so we put him in a shoebox with holes, soft cloth, toilet paper tube, water, warm water bottle (on one side outside box), and bits of apple and crackers for the night.
Today, I bought some kitten formula, mouse food, mouse treats (dried fruit), baby med dropper, and housing for the little guy.
The thing that I am having trouble with is getting him to eat/drink anything! I think the dropper is too big (one of those squeeze the end and squirt meds down baby throat things) and he sniffs the food but doesn't attempt to eat it. My hubby is bringing home a smaller dropper tonight but does anyone have any tips on getting the little one to take in some nutrients??
Also, he is really wobbly on his feet and has trouble reaching his face with his tiny paws. Nothing appears to be broken and he doesn't react like he is hurt when you touch, pet, or pick him up. Is this normal??
Sorry post is so long but I wanted to get the most info across. I don't have any previous experience with mice - or baby animals that have not been weaned yet. Any advice is greatly appreciated.