Injured Mouse

Discussion in 'Rodents' started by guppycrazy, May 26, 2018.

  1. guppycrazy

    guppycrazyValued MemberMember

    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!
  2. Sarah73

    Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    Picture? Probably in shock from the cat
  3. Adrian Burke

    Adrian BurkeValued MemberMember

    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.

  4. Smalltownfishfriend

    SmalltownfishfriendWell Known MemberMember

    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!!!!

  5. Adrian Burke

    Adrian BurkeValued MemberMember

    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.
  6. emmysjj

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

  7. Adrian Burke

    Adrian BurkeValued MemberMember

    None sorry lol
  8. OP

    guppycrazyValued MemberMember

    Here's some pictures: P1020868.JPGP1020869.JPGP1020870.JPG
  9. OP

    guppycrazyValued MemberMember

    The mouse has started to use one of its back legs now! I think that's a good sign.
  10. midna

    midnaWell Known MemberMember

    oh this poor baby :( i love him
  11. OP

    guppycrazyValued MemberMember

    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.
  12. emmysjj

    emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Yay! I’m glad he/shes doing better.
  13. wodesorel

    wodesorelWell Known MemberMember

    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!
  14. Basil

    BasilValued MemberMember

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

    midnaWell Known MemberMember

    @wodesorel you're right, it might be a vole!!! ahhh cute
  16. Adrian Burke

    Adrian BurkeValued MemberMember

    Now that you’ve saved him it would be a waste to just feed him to a cat...
  17. Redshark1

    Redshark1Well Known MemberMember

    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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