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Caught by cat
Find a small, tightly lidded box with
ventilation holes and line with
in shed or garden
Add some torn up strips of kitchen roll or soft tissue for the mouse to
A cardboard roll from the centre of a toilet roll with strips of soft
tissue pushed inside is always popular!
Provide a little food (small seeds, bread, piece of apple, muesli) and
a tiny plastic bottle lid of water.
Leave in a quiet, dark, warm place for about an hour to recover
Were there obvious injuries? If so, take to a rescue centre for a check
If no injuries are seen and the mouse is getting livelier, leave in
the box for another few hours or overnight and check again.
If unharmed and moving well, it can be released under a dense
hedge or in a woodpile
Leave a small handful of seeds to give it time to find a new home.
If the babies are very tiny, try
reconstructing the nest and give the
mother a chance to return to them.
Their eyes open at about 12 days so
they will soon be independent and
you can move the old nest out then.
If the mother doesn't come back after about an hour, put some hot water
in a screw capped plastic bottle,
wrap it in an old sock or piece of towel and place next to the nest to
keep the babies warm.
If she still hasn't returned to feed them after 3 hours, they will have
to be reared at a rescue centre.
Rearing baby mice at home is very labour intensive and is not
They need to be housed in a plastic vivarium tank inside an incubator
or on a heat pad, to keep them at a regular temperature until their
eyes are open.
They will need to have tiny, hourly feeds of Esbilac or Cimicat with a
tiny dropper from 6am until 12 midnight until their eyes open and
weaning can begin.
Before and after every meal they will need gentle toileting.
For advice on feeding go to: New