Sep. 1st, 2014 02:09 am
elsewhence: (LEGO stormtrooper kittens)
back to five mice and three of them are very young. it's like a tiny circus. one of them keeps on climbing on a toilet paper roll and trying to run on it as it rolls away. and of course they're all walking along the walls and ceiling of the cage, but that's almost not even worth mentioning anymore.

meanwhile, the oldest of the older mice, over a year by now, looks so disgruntled with the whole situation...

Jul. 28th, 2014 02:17 am
elsewhence: (Default)
i seriously feel like this mouse is telling me that hind legs are for the weak.

you'd feel the same way if you saw the speed she drags herself along with.

Jun. 16th, 2014 05:07 pm
elsewhence: (silly ikea person)
okay so apparently one possibility for partially paralysed mouse is that she had polio. ??? the newest mouse i added could've been carrying it, and possibly that mouse and the other two old ones had a fast enough immune response to get rid of it before it could do any damage. apparently it's not unheard of...

Jun. 10th, 2014 04:36 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
so yeah, i have a mouse with largely nonfunctional back legs now. still no idea what exactly happened. she seems to be doing fine as long as i make sure that food and drink are in accessible places, but it's still so weird to watch her drag herself around with her front legs. i'll have to make sure to really watch whether she's alright.

(also i see the other mice groom her all the time now, aww)

Jun. 4th, 2014 06:07 am
elsewhence: (nine looking to side)
time to stay awake until the vet office opens, i think one of my mice has had a stroke! she's holding one of her back legs at a strange angle and seems to have trouble coordinating her movements. the alternative would be that she's hurt that leg somehow, but she still seems physically able to hold it in a normal position, just not capable of actually making it do what she wants. and well, i've had a mouse who had a stroke before, it seems familiar.

so yeah, taking her to the vet to get that checked out. because if it's actually, say, a broken leg, there's not much of a chance of recovery and it would probably be better to put her down. whereas with a stroke there's still a good chance she'll be able to cope. just need to be sure whether it actually is something she can learn to cope with.

Apr. 25th, 2014 04:00 am
elsewhence: (LEGO stormtrooper kittens)
it's so damn fascinating to watch mice climb along the walls or down the walls upside down or along the top of the cage and keep wrapping their tails around the bars as they go. their tails are so important to them. how could anyone even consider breeding tailless mice. if their tails gross you out, get a hamster instead. or i dunno, something that is naturally tailless. :|

Apr. 23rd, 2014 07:48 pm
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)
actually nope i'm pretty certain that they're mice. simply because of the combination of their body size and the fact that they already have a full coat and are clearly close to opening their eyes and becoming mobile. rat pups are already close to that size as newborns! i don't think most people actually understand how large a fully grown fancy mouse is (here, helena and houdini will illustrate it for you), and how much larger than that fancy rats are. (hint: they can easily weigh ten times as much. other hint: in the wild, mice are one of the prey animals of rats.)

(also those pups will probably turn out incredibly tame if they're handled regularly at that age and that's awesome)

Mar. 27th, 2014 03:20 am
elsewhence: (beauty)

one of KIKO's cupcake nail lacquers. you know, as proof that i don't just hoard nailpolish. they're basically sand polishes finish-wise, with a matte surface and little coloured bits mixed in. this one is 653 wisteria. you shouldn't use top coat with these, it really takes away from the effect. it can work with sparklier sand polishes, but not matte ones. on the upside, the texture means that if it starts chipping off, you can just fill the missing bits in and basically won't be able to tell the difference, you don't have to redo the entire nail.

and for something completely different, a group of wild mice appeared. it's sadly a bit blurry, but they're very small and move very quickly and i had to act just as quickly before they went away. i've talked to people who thought mice must be boring pets because, and i quote, "they all look the same"...

Mar. 11th, 2014 06:19 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)

this is one happy mouse. that's part of a chocolate easter egg she's eating. look at her shiny little eyes. (and rest assured that theobromine is no more poisonous to mice than it is to humans. it's only cats and dogs who are in danger.)

Nov. 16th, 2013 12:23 am
elsewhence: (silly ikea person)
show corn starch packing peanut to mice because you think they might enjoy it as nesting material, nope, they eat it. ridiculous little things. and the pages that sell those things claim they're not attractive to rodents...

(and no, it's not going to hurt them. i mean, this is the same stuff they sell for children to play with, just less colourful. i ate one myself to make sure it was the kind made of starch, they melt on your tongue in an amusing way and taste very faintly of corn and that's pretty much it. not very appealing, unless you're a mouse, but harmless.)

Nov. 11th, 2013 02:59 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)

what's that thing i'm suspicious


Jun. 23rd, 2013 03:52 am
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)

mice and corn.

May. 20th, 2013 01:27 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
oh yeah did i mention i have a siamese mouse now!! sure, the markings aren't extremely pronounced as in ones bred for shows, but they're unmistakable. and best thing is, i took her home based solely on the way she looked, but turns out she's also not scared of humans at all! damn, i really need to get hold of a digital camera that doesn't suck.

(concerning that, i tried to take a picture of a pot of red blush - mac frankly scarlet, for reference - the other day and when i viewed the picture on the netbook it had been washed out to the palest barely-there pink. the damn thing just has absolutely no recognition of what is and isn't supposed to be red. i need to stop feeling bad about spending too much of my own damn money and buy a new one.)

Apr. 25th, 2013 04:58 am
elsewhence: (Default)
ugh, go to sleep seriously worried that you may find one mouse dead in the morning (because you know, huge tumour, it doesn't seem to hurt her yet, but it will eventually, though i'm hoping i'll notice in time to have her put down before it gets really bad, don't want her to bleed to death because she scratched it open or whatever) and find another instead. >:(

sometimes i just really don't feel like keeping mice anymore. they're all been so short-lived lately...

Apr. 21st, 2013 03:07 am
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)
mice + live mealworms = highly entertaining reactions. their instincts are in perfect working order. to the point where one of them, after happily devouring her worm, started digging up the bedding as if looking for more. a mouse who was born in captivity would certainly not have had any opportunity to learn that insect larvea are normally found in the ground, yet she still knows what to do...

Feb. 19th, 2013 04:02 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
one mouse suddenly sick and completely apathetic (and tiny erika, too), another suddenly has a big lump on the side of her neck (though the fact it appeared this quickly, i know for a fact it wasn't there just a few days ago, makes me hope that maybe it's some sort of abscess not a tumour). mice, mice, mice, everything happens so quickly with them...

i guess i'm going to make use of flextime so i can get them to the vet as early as possible. assuming that we don't leave earlyish today anyway, that is, there isn't that much work to do. or at least there didn't seem to be yesterday. leaving at 1 P M instead of 1:45 PM may not be a big difference, but it is one.

Feb. 12th, 2013 12:28 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
sophie died yesterday. two years and one month, i wonder whether any mouse is going to be able to beat that record. then again, i thought that luise's almost two years were already pretty much unbeatable...

of course the older they get and the healthier they still seem, the sadder it is when they do die. i guess that's what you get for picking pets that almost certainly wouldn't even live to see their first birthday in the wild, let alone their second. it's just not an ecological niche that would benefit from a long lifespan. :(

Jan. 19th, 2013 05:54 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
take empty egg carton, put a few treats inside, close and put into cage, keep mice amused for hours.

why bother buying fancy expensive pet toys when it's this easy to keep them busy!

Nov. 15th, 2012 05:16 am
elsewhence: (berlin lichtenrade)
fancy mouse, a year and ten months old, just crawling along the top of the cage, upside down.

in some respects they're not comparable to old humans at all.

Nov. 13th, 2012 06:45 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
aw, sophie's going grey. the black spots in her coat aren't nearly as dark and glossy as they used to be. how's that to make you aware of how old a year and ten months really is for a mouse...