My "baby" mouse, died this morning. :-( That's what I call him because when I bought him he still was very small and had his baby gray fur with no quills yet. I had come home early this morning and went to check on my pets as usual, and I saw Max Jr. huddled up in one of the Habitrail tubes, so I scooped him out, and found that he wasn't moving much, and his body was cold. I quickly held him in my hands to keep him warm, and then put on a heater nearby in the room. He started to move more, and I held a water bottle near him, so he started drinking like he was really thirsty. Unfortunately about an hour and a half later when I put him back in his cage wrapped loosely in a tea towel, with the heater nearby to keep him warm, he decided to go to sleep once and for all. :-( Speedy, the other mouse who I had him paired up with in his cage, spent the next little while morning him, sitting beside him, knowing that his friend who he had lived with for the past two and a half years was gone. :-(
I remember rescuing Max Jr. from the PJ's pet center at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto, when I saw him in a large fish tank all alone. I thought that's no life for him, so I bought him back in April of 2007. Max Jr. used to love to run in his exercise dish, and then wheel later on when he became too big for that. After a few weeks of owning him, I found another spiny mouse named Speedy, and introduced the two together, then housed them in the same cage, thankfully they bonded as friends. So I had Cheeser and Moxy (after the original Max died) in one cage, and then Max Jr. and Speedy in the other. Today I only have Speedy and Moxy left, Cheeser passed away about a year ago, but I don't think I can house the two together because Moxy has always been a runt since I got him (Moxy never wants to eat too much and he's always stayed small like a baby mouse), and Speedy is allot larger than him.
I'm wondering if Max Jr. had diabetes, because that's a common ailment to spiny mice and it would explain why their water bottle needed refilling very often, since Spinies are desert mice and usually get all their water needs from seeds and grains. I'm just thankful that I gave him a very good home for the two and a half years that I had him, and let me tell you, his cage was like a mouse mansion, with all the Habitrail tubes and attachments I had for him (and the others).
RIP Max Jr. from April 2007 - September (2009) - I'm gonna miss you my "baby" mouse. :-(
Two pics of Max Jr. as a baby and in the pic of the three, he's the mouse in the middle.