Injured Mouse

  1. guppycrazy

    guppycrazy Valued Member Member

    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

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

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

    Adrian Burke Valued Member Member

    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

    Smalltownfishfriend Well Known Member Member

    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 Burke Valued Member Member

    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

    emmysjj Well Known Member Member

    Pics?
     
  7. Adrian Burke

    Adrian Burke Valued Member Member

    None sorry lol
     
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    guppycrazy

    guppycrazy Valued Member Member

    Here's some pictures: P1020868.JPG P1020869.JPG P1020870.JPG
     
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    guppycrazy

    guppycrazy Valued Member Member

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

    midna Well Known Member Member

    oh this poor baby :( i love him
     
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    guppycrazy

    guppycrazy Valued Member Member

    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

    emmysjj Well Known Member Member

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

    wodesorel Valued Member Member

    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. ReFishkeeper

    ReFishkeeper Valued Member Member

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

    midna Well Known Member Member

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

    Adrian Burke Valued Member Member

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

    Redshark1 Well Known Member Member

    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.