What might be wrong with Sooty? =(
As I walked past the cage I decided to stop and watch for moment like usual. I thought the sound I heard came from the 2-liter bottle of soda I had just opened. (It was sitting on the counter next to my head, because I was bent over, resting my head on my arms watching the mice.) I thought I was hearing carbonation bubble sounds or something. I put the soda in the fridge and returned only to find out, it is Sooty making the weird sound!
It's not a squeak. But its not a chatter. I can only describe it like a hiccup or burp. She kind of jumps a little when she does it, so I seriously thought it was mouse hiccups. Do mice even get hiccups? O_o Its kind of a lower pitched scratchy sound kinda like if you rubbed a wet finger really hard on a glass surface. not a squeak but similar and a lot lower in sound.
Sidenotes: Earlier today I noticed her exhaling pretty rigidly. She would inhale smoothly and abruptly and very hard exhale. But she wasn't making any sounds. She was sleeping when I noticed this. Also, I just changed the cage about 6 or 7 hours ago. I used about 1/3 aspen and 2/3 carefresh ultra, which I normally do, but this was a brand new bag of carefresh that I purchased last night.
Any ideas? I hope she isn't sick. None of the 23 babies are doing this, and neither are the other 2 adults.