How to Raise a Baby Mouse

Three Parts:Keeping the baby mouse warm and safeFeeding the baby mouseKnowing what to expect

If your mama mouse has had a baby that she's rejected or just isn't caring for, you can try to raise this baby yourself in the hope that it will survive. Raising a baby mouse is hard, but very rewarding if the baby manages to survive.

Part 1
Keeping the baby mouse warm and safe

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    Separate the baby mouse from its mother. If she isn't caring for it, she may present a danger to it and you are now going to have to take on this role yourself. Prepare it a suitable home space to live in, one that will keep it warm and nurtured.
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    Make a bed for the baby mouse. Use a reptile heat rock stuffed into a sock. Covering it with a sock is important, as it will ensure the mouse doesn't get too warm. Lay down a paper towel in one corner of the baby mouse's enclosure, then place this this warm bed on top of the towel.

Part 2
Feeding the baby mouse

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    Gather the feeding supplies. You are going to need a Q-tip, small and fine paintbrush, goat's milk with twice the recommended amount of water.
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    Prepare the baby mouse for feeding. Before and after feeding, give the baby mouse's tummy a short massage with the Q-tip, to get everything moving. This mimics the mother mouse licking the baby mouse.
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    Dip the paintbrush in goat's milk. At first the baby will probably be fussy, so have a firm but gentle grip. Then, let the baby drink off the drops of the milk coming from the paintbrush.
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    Keep introducing the feeding method at regular times. It will take a day for the baby mouse to get used to the paintbrush feeding method.
    • You must wake up every two hours in the night to feed the baby mouse. This requires a lot of commitment, but the rewarding part is the bond that develops between the mouse and the raiser is unbreakable!

Part 3
Knowing what to expect

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    Watch for illness. If the baby has green poo, it has a bacterial infection. It may or may not die but don't give up as your care may make all the difference.
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    Understand how the baby mouse will grow. It will go through three stages: the pink stage, the fuzzy stage and the popcorn stage.
    • If has fur it one week old, that is the fuzzy stage.
    • When is pink and very small that is the pink stage.
    • At two weeks old, it well go through the popcorn stage so it well be very jumpy so watch out!
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    Feed solids. When the baby mouse opens its eyes, it is ready to be given real food. However, still feed it milk with the solids. At this stage, the baby mouse is two weeks old and the care should become easier from this point.

Things You'll Need

  • Q-tip
  • Small paintbrush
  • Goat's milk with twice the recommended amount of water

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Categories: Mice and Rats