Food for sick mouse or rat

Food for sick mouse

Nutrition is a significant factor in good nursing care. Mice and Rats will lose weight rapidly while very ill, so finding something your pet will eat is of utmost importance. Offer your pet anything high in fat and food value that he would normally really like.

Some suggestions are: avocado, peanut butter spread thinly on a cracker, oatmeal, eggs (hardboiled and mashed), baby food (cereals, fruits, and vanilla custard), bananas, and cooked pasta.

If he is too sick to care about food you will need to hand-feed him. You will need to have some large syringes (no needles) for this. Good sizes to use for feeding are 3cc, 6cc, and 12cc. It is too awkward trying to feed with the large syringe; that is why this method is preferable. Try having several different flavors available at one time, so if your pet gets bored with one, you can move on to another and recapture his interest. Keep a rag or tissues handy as hand-feeding can be messy.

Severely ill mice or rats that need to be hand-fed will also need to be given water by hand. Do not put a bowl of water in your mice or rats cage because he will tip it over and get himself wet possibly making his illness worse. Instead, mix a teaspoon of sugar into 4 ounces of water and administer as much as he will drink with a small syringe, as often as you can give it to him.

3 Comments

  1. GERRY on October 23 at 5:19 pm

    I WAS FORAGING THROUGH RECYCLABLES AND FOUND BABY MOUSE STUCK IN NECK OF BOTTLE. HE WAS STILL ALIVE, SO I EXTRACATED HIM FROM THE BOTTLE. MY FRIEND LINDSEY & I BROUGHT HIM INSIDE AND MADE A MAKE-SHIFT INCUBATOR. WE HAVE INITIAL PICTURES OF HIM ON HIS BACK WITH WET FUR IN THE INCUBATOR. WE USED A STANDARD GOOSE NECK LIGHT FOR HEAT AND THE INCUBATOR IS A DEAD END STOVE PIPE CAP MADE OUT OF ALUMINUM.

    WE CLEANED OUT THE STOVE PIPE CAP AND HEATED IT UP WITH HOT WATER, FILLED IT WITH PLAIN KLEENEX TISSUE. HE WAS PLACED IN THE INCUBATOR AT APPROXIMATELY 3:15 PM. HE WAS MONITORED VERY CLOSELY FOR THE NEXT 45 MINUTES (RESPIRATIONS). WE MIXED 4 OZ. OF TEPID WATER WITH A TSP. OF SUGAR DISSOLVED AND BEGAN TO COAX HIM TO TAKE DROPS AT A TIME WHICH HE COULD HARDLY GET DOWN. WE MONITORED TEMPERATURE OF THE INCUBATOR, INITIALLY AT 98 DEGREES FOR THE FIRST 45 MINUTES, AND HIS ACTIVITY INCREASED. AFTER 45 MINUTES, WE CUT THE TEMPERATURE TO 80 DEGREES, AND ATTEMPTED TO FEED HIM AGAIN. HE RESPONDED BY GRABBING RIGHT ON TO THE CHRISTMAS TREE CONNECTOR OF THE SYRINGE AND IT WAS ALL POSITIVE RESPONSES AFTER THAT REGARDING FEEDING.

    WE LEFT HIM FROM 4:40PM TO 7:30PM AND UPON RETURN, WE OPENED THE INCUBATOR AND HIS FUR WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DRY AND HE WAS LOOKING UP AT US IN CONTEMPLATION. WE FED HIM MORE SUGAR WATER WHICH HE TOOK EASILY AND GAVE HIM FOUR PUFFS OF KASHI RICE CEREAL WHICH HE COMPLETELY ATE. ONE OF THE PUFFS WAS SET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE INCUBATOR AND HE EVEN RAN OVER TO GET IT AND WENT BACK TO HIS FAVORITE SPOT AND ATE IT.

    HE REMAINS IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (INCUBATOR), AND WE WILL MONITOR HIM OVERNIGHT. MORE TO FOLLOW. HE DOESN’T HAVE A NAME YET.

  2. Anonymous on December 1 at 10:01 pm

    I just want to say thank you so very much for the advice, it is helping.

  3. Libbie on March 4 at 4:27 am

    I have three two year old Mice whos names are PYT BILIE JEAN AND ZACH. This mornning when i got up and did my routene check to make sure everything is well I noticed that while PYT AND BILLIE were up and scurrying around when lifted there home out of the cage Zach kinda staggered to her and slowly staggered around the cage and over to a peice of food and very slowly ate it anf i did see her drink yet around the cage and her size is very small when compared to her sisters and im very worried so i will try the advice given which i thank you for and pray for the best.

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