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Sorry to hear this supamouse. Is he making any noises when he breathes? Or has he suddenly just went slow and not as he was a day or so ago? Poor wee lad, you`ve only had him a short time. I often wonder if older mice in private rescues should really be rehomed if it means sudden change. I don`t mean that in a negative way, just thinking about perhaps that older mice may not cope well with being so long in a rescue and then routine changes are made.
If he`s well enough to cope with travelling to your vet then that may be helpful, but you will probably end up with Baytril and either have to administer it orally, in soft food like a small amount of peanut butter or softened science selective biscuits. There is a mouse version of this food.
How is he generally? x
He could just be starting to feel his age supamouse. What is he currently fed on and does he enjoy it? I`ll comment more on that once you say what he`s eating.
What is his cage and layout and is he managing to move around is cage okay? I would certainly make things easy for him now and keep everything at his level, low down and easy reach. Water spout, low sided food dish (not a narrow one he can`t sit inside) and soft bed. It`s good if he`s not making any constant breathing noises or sneezing. x
Okay, WAGG food is a food they will survive on but it`s not great to be honest. What was he fed on at the rescue, do you know? Was his diet changed when you adopted him? I don`t always believe mice need mouse food or rat food. At Butch`s age, I suspect it might be better to feed him a varied variety of things even if it means feeding a hamster food that is low in protein and combining this with other food stuff. Would be interested to hear other members views on this but I will off the top of my head go with what I might use if Butch were mine.
Supreme Science mouse food (this is a complete food shaped into a biscuit)
Supahamster Dwarf hamster food (this has various millet seeds which mice enjoy as well as alfalfa pieces, but most of these can be picked out if he doesn`t like them. Most rodents don`t!)
Perhaps still use the WAGG mix but break up some of the biscuits and any large pieces within it using a pestle & mortar or a rolling pin and a freezer bag. Older animals appreciate smaller mouthfuls.
Mice don`t always like fresh veg but a small amount a few times a week is good for them and is full of vitamins. Frozen veg can be used and thawed in cold water. Garden pea, broccoli, carrot, water cress, green bean and most of the safe veggies, but in very small pieces.
His immune system may also be lacking so anything elderly rats enjoy can be fed to mice, so google `Shunamite diet for rats` and have a look at many of the things within this as it may help.
I`m feeling a bit run down today having been out this morning so my little brain isn`t thinking clearly so apologies if my list is lacking. Will come back to it again later on. x
From the little noises you were describing, it's possible he has a slight respiratory infection. He's reached a grand age and as with elderly people, elderly mice can often become quite frail and succumb to infections too. Some Baytril from the vet might help and I'd be tempted to give him all the treats he will take. Have you tried him on Rich Tea biscuits? My elderly mice have always loved them, it's not something I would give to younger mice except as an occasional treat but all of that balanced diet stuff goes out the window when they're getting old and I give my mice whatever they seem to enjoy.
Ann, your absolutely right about ethics going out the window when they are old or ill. supamouse, your doing fine. Don`t take my work that WAGG is not a `good` food. I used it once myself for a Syrian hamster I had and he did eat it. But I would still break up the larger pieces for him as mice are smaller than Syrian hamsters!
I can`t see the image well but if that`s a Beaphar food, I`m sure it will be bright coloured biscuits and not much else. If you can buy food online, there are many available, like the few I mentioned earlier. Google them and see what you think?
Ann hit on something too regarding elderly mice being much like older people who can be more prone to infections. It`s always a good idea to keep mindful of what they are eating, how they are coping generally and add or change things if necessary. x
I'm sure you'll see an improvement in quality with the new food but I wouldn't worry about feeding Butch on Wagg, I used it too when I first had mice. Life is one big learning process and we all adapt and change as we gather more information.