Injured Mouse

guppycrazy

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Hi everyone!
My barn cat was playing with a small mouse just now. I thought it was dead, until I got closer and realized it was alive. It didn't have any blood but there's something wrong with its two back legs. Right now it's in a plastic bin, with a screen on top. It seems very alert, but it's shaking badly.
Is there anything I can do? Should I just let it go, or give it back to the cat?
Thanks for any advice!
 

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I wouldn’t keep it, either let your cat chase it or get it away from the cat and let it run off. Mice are great fish lol.
 

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Personally I would just give it back to the cat.. don't want to sound heartless but mice are huge pests.. they cause thousands of dollars worth of damage on a farm.. we bait and trap and kill as many as we can.. once again I don't want to sound cruel... But life can be tough on a farm!!!!
 

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Rofl sometimes my cat brings pigeons into my house and there’s blood and feathers everywhere!! Luckily he can’t get up to my fish tank.
 
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The mouse has started to use one of its back legs now! I think that's a good sign.
 
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He seems to be doing a lot better now. He's been eating, and he can move around pretty well, even with his injured legs. I think that I'll be able to let him go tomorrow.
 

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It looks like a vole, but am not sure where you are in the world! Glad to hear it is recovering, but if the other back leg is still bad, maybe consider contacting a wildlife rehabber to assist so this guy has the best possible chance after release. It is so freaking cute and fluffy!
 

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It does look like a vole. I would have just let my barn cat finish the job.
 

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I always aim to minimise unnecessary animal suffering if I can.

If the "mouse" can recover and you are able to release it safely into suitable habitat I'd call that a win.

Don't forget to offer it food and water and also nesting material e.g. hay.

This will reduce stress and aid recovery.
 
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