Little Ernie is now just over 2 years old and has been living with Strawberry and Shortcake for the last year. Ever since he was neutered in fact. Strawberry and Shortcake are the two girls who came up from Cornwall last year to be his companions after I had to separate and neuter him and Eric. These are the two girls whom I have never really managed to bond with, my 'mini-jaws!' Well last night I removed him from the cage with the two girls as I thought he was possibly on the way to Rainbow Bridge and the bigger of the two girls (and they are both huge mice next to poor Ernie) seemed to be intent on hounding him wherever he tried to go. He has been scratching his face and chest for a while now and the skin on his face is looking very thickened but other than that up until last night he has seemed fine. So I set him up in a temporary cage over night to give him a) chance to have a bit of a breather and b) take stock of whats actually going on with him. His fur was ruffled and spiky last night and his breathing deteriorated a lot by the time I went to bed. I don't have any baytril in the house right now (waiting on the vet to call me about him). However this morning he seems miles better, although he slept on the heat mat side all night, his breathing is vastly improved and his fur is virtually back to normal.
Now normally if I had a sick mouse, especially if its one that I thought might not be with me for much longer I would put him back in with his/her family and not stress them out by keeping them alone but Ernie seems to be much better on his own. I am feeling guilty, if this is a bullying induced issue, I have been here before and I should of picked up on it a lot earlier :( If Ernie fully recovers from this do you think it would be fair to leave him alone or should I look for a new little house partner for him? Just wondering if a young mouse would be better for him. Certainly apart from this little episode he does not look his age. I would appreciate a bit of outside perspective on this :/
The Pink Paw Gang are back in town! 2 mice, 2 hamsters, 1 guinea pig, 2 springer spaniels, 1 sprollie and 1 sprocker. Is this what you call a multicultural house :)
Remembering my gorgeous boy Griffon, my cheeky Merlin, my beautiful Womble, the handsome Mr George and my 'grumpy' old man Buster
Run free Lilo, Meeko, Stitch, Molly and Davey (hamsters) Zelda, Princess, Ninny and Link (rats) and Squeak (guinea pig)
Playing at The Rainbow Bridge are Wooster, Baldrick, Sir Edmund, Parker, Daisy, Poppy, Lily, Rosie & Fleur, Mitch, Alex, Pyscho, Tango & Cash, Little Misses Trouble and Mischief, Coco, Cookie & Hazel, Lilley & Tilley and Ernie, Pete, Strawberry and Shortcake and Mr & Mrs Mabel & Eric Mouse
Every little life matters