I think my mice... well at least one of them might have mites. I just used a new bedding in there a couple of days again (it looks more like pine chips.... bag was obviously labeled wrong). Now Sushi (black female mouse) is losing fur. Could it be mites? And how do I get rid of them/clean the cage?
Is soap and water good enough to clean to get all the potential mites away? I'm calling the vet in the morning too to see if they might know..... but also wanted to get your guys opinions....
Have always used the yellow fluffy shavings and never had a problem. Also, at the same time of litter change, I removed Sushi's housemate (Rose) because Sushi has been over grooming her and has now a big bald spot on her back, but it growing back in now that they are seperated.... So dont know if it could be because her friend is gone or what....
My kids used to have mice and rats as pets. They sell a spray at the pet store for mites and lice etc. I used to put a little spot of frontline topspot on them. My kids used to also give them bathes in flea and tick shampoo and then blow dry them. Majorlover
My rat, Gypsy, had mites. The only way to get rid of them was for her to have a few needles (ivermectin) at the vet once a week for a few weeks. It shouldn't cost much. Probably less than $50 for the series of shots? Bathing will not get rid of the mites, but may soothe the inflammation. I always use baby / kids no tears shampoo on mine.
Also, be aware that mice and rats are very susceptible to respiratory problems which can flare up when sawdust and shavings are used as they are quite dusty. Try to stick to newspaper or you can even use recycled paper kitty litter in the bottom.
If you place the mouse on a white cloth, you may see them begin to appear on the cloth surrounding the mouse.
Be careful that the mites do not start on you! When handling your mouse you may notice tiny bugs crawling up your arm. Always wash thoroughly.
If it's not mites, it could be an allergic reaction to the nesting material. Check with your vet.
***Edited By: Sparky511 on 2/1/2006 1:37:06 PM*** Reason: ivermectin