Is my mouse blind?
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Gaby

Miami, FL

#1 Apr 8, 2009
Hi, I have a pet mouse. I've had her for about 4 months now, and last week she started jerking her head around rapidly and circling herself. She is still eating and drinking normally, and running in her wheel, etc. The only difference is this head shaking and I get the sense that she is often disoriented. I am afraid I may have blinded her by taking photos with a flash. However, she does not seem to be running into things. Does anyone know what this could be?
teresa

United States

#2 Jun 14, 2009
Nah, I don't think so that you didn't do anything wrong with her from taking a picture. I've taken pics of my mice million times. Nothing affects them. I think it just happens and you think it's your fault. Nope. Some of my mice had similiar like yours with the head shaking or in a "waltzing" position even in non-stopping. It's from a genetic. No cure to it. How can you tell if it's blind by white or cloudy eye(s) then it is blind due to from genetic or from old age. Mice don't suffer that way when being blind. They usually have a leader to help it around the "house." Or if a mouse is alone, then it is best not to change the mouse "furniture" around so it knows its way around and be happy. A few of my mice were like that. And they do lived a long time with proper care.
Caiti

Central Islip, NY

#3 Aug 16, 2009
My mouse just went blind as well, she lives in a huge 4-level cage. What I'd suggest is if the cage has more than one big level is to put food and water on all the levels. Other than that, mice don't seem to miss their eyesight, probably because they don't have good eyesight in the first place :)
But, headshaking mice sometimes have an inner ear infection, it's best to take them to a vet if you can afford it.
Please help

AOL

#4 Oct 14, 2009
My mouse is at least 2 years old and I think she has gone blind. All of a sudden her eyes have a grey cover on them and she doesn't eat her treats unless I put them right in front of her but her body is also shaking all the time even when she sleeps. She seems fine except she seems like she may have gone blind. I don't know what the shaking means though. Do you think she is blind? Do you know what the shaking could mean? She seems fine but I don't know what the shaking means. Shaking as in it looks like she is breathing heavily in and out like she is scared all the time but she isn't.
Please help

AOL

#5 Oct 14, 2009
My mouse seems like she has gone blind. Her eyes have a grey cover on them. She doesn't know where her treats are unless I put them in front of her. For a few weeks before that her eyes looked bulgy like they were slighty popping out but she was fine. Is she blind from old age? She is 2 years old. Also she shakes like she is breathing in and out really hard and scared but that's not what it is. She "shakes" like that all the time even when she is sleeping. It has started today with the blindness......Can someone tell me what they think it is?
Schnauzerk3rklwz x

Camden, TN

#6 Jan 8, 2010
wy dont you just bring her to the vet?
michelle purcell

Kingston, NY

#7 Nov 7, 2010
Please help wrote:
My mouse is at least 2 years old and I think she has gone blind. All of a sudden her eyes have a grey cover on them and she doesn't eat her treats unless I put them right in front of her but her body is also shaking all the time even when she sleeps. She seems fine except she seems like she may have gone blind. I don't know what the shaking means though. Do you think she is blind? Do you know what the shaking could mean? She seems fine but I don't know what the shaking means. Shaking as in it looks like she is breathing heavily in and out like she is scared all the time but she isn't.
hi my mouse carly had donethe same thing and i found out that she has cataracts so i put her food and water upclose and she bops her head around because she is using her other senses like hearing she is trying to hear instead . i hope thats some help for you !!!
ms mouse

United States

#8 Dec 19, 2010
I had a litter of mice approx 2 yrs ago, and it is really sad to say, but mice dont live very long. 8 of 11 are still with me, the rest died of age, beginning with the smallest ones. First they got a spot on their eyes, then their eyes turned silvery. They started getting shakey and stumbling. And finally they started to breathe hard and squeak. The best thing to do is provide lots of their favorite food, and clean water every day in a bowl since a bottle is hard to drink from when they are weak. I put vitamin drops in the water, and with peanuts and sunflower seeds, until they stop eating, they gain strength from it. If they dont drink, sometimes a dropper will help. At this age they have lived a long life, all you can do is be there to provide for them and make them more comfortable.
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AOL

#9 Dec 19, 2010
ms mouse wrote:
I had a litter of mice approx 2 yrs ago, and it is really sad to say, but mice dont live very long. 8 of 11 are still with me, the rest died of age, beginning with the smallest ones. First they got a spot on their eyes, then their eyes turned silvery. They started getting shakey and stumbling. And finally they started to breathe hard and squeak. The best thing to do is provide lots of their favorite food, and clean water every day in a bowl since a bottle is hard to drink from when they are weak. I put vitamin drops in the water, and with peanuts and sunflower seeds, until they stop eating, they gain strength from it. If they dont drink, sometimes a dropper will help. At this age they have lived a long life, all you can do is be there to provide for them and make them more comfortable.
that appears to be exactly what the case was with my mouse Nikita....that's what I did for her too.....it was so sad when she died. i had two female mice they were so good and so clean and so well behaved....boys are so bad and smelly (but cute!!!!) the girls are so easy. they were best friends my two girls they slept snuggled together every day with one head on top of the other mouse and one little "hand" on top of the other mouse....adorable to see every day they loved each other soooo much. When Ember was dying Nikita was trying to help her it was really sad. It's hard to imagine them having ever been fed to snakes if I hadn't saved them. They were good pets and so loving and so happy with amazing personalities and SO easy to take care of...amazing to see in their tiny little happy world every day. I'd had many mice over the years but never seen two as best friends as Ember and Nikita they were so close.....I loved them so much. Now that they are gone I have a baby rabbit.
Chelsea

Manchester, UK

#10 Jul 15, 2011
My mouse baileys' eyes have turned from red to silver, she doesnt walk into things but I think that may just be her sense of smell of hearing. She is also losing a lot of fur and is getting very bony. She eats a lot and sometimes finishes her bowl of food without me noticing but she is still very thin. She is around 3 years old now. Why has she lost so much fur and should I just feed her more fatty foods like cheese? I think she may be close to dying though :(
anonymous

AOL

#11 Jul 18, 2011
Chelsea wrote:
My mouse baileys' eyes have turned from red to silver, she doesnt walk into things but I think that may just be her sense of smell of hearing. She is also losing a lot of fur and is getting very bony. She eats a lot and sometimes finishes her bowl of food without me noticing but she is still very thin. She is around 3 years old now. Why has she lost so much fur and should I just feed her more fatty foods like cheese? I think she may be close to dying though :(
wow 3 years is very old.
i know it's hard to take them to the vet but mayb you could.
when one of my mice was dying i was calling vets like crazy it was nite time and I couldnt get one but then I found an emergency one I think but then she died before I could bring her or i would have brought her. but then when my other mouse was sick or had something wrong with her i didnt bring her becuz i thought a vet would not be able to figure out anything or do anything really for her....and then they might have to put her to sleep anyways. and it was all alot of money. but money means nothing its best to bring them and not worry about money even if its a couple hundred. even tho the vet mite not know anything or b able to do a damn thing. i dont know what to tell u really.
anonymous

AOL

#12 Jul 18, 2011
Schnauzerk3rklwzx wrote:
wy dont you just bring her to the vet?
on the fone they told me that the vet mite just have to put her to sleep and that will cost even more it was all alot of money and i figured they wouldnt be able to figure out what was wrong or how to help or do anything for her becuz shes a mouse and just put her to sleep
really that is awful
and i wish i had brought her to the vet anyways

when my first mouse was dying i was trying to bring her to the vet that second as soon as i saw she was sick and hurt and dying . but i couldnt get a vet at night then i was told there was an emergency vet and i was going to bring her but she died. either she died or the emergency vet wasnt 24 hours or something like that. i cant remember which but i was going to bring her.....
Chelsea

Manchester, UK

#13 Jul 18, 2011
Yeah thats all fine and dandy but unless I can pay the vet in monopoly money that aint happening -.- Im only 16 and don't have a job yet and I don't exactly have the wealthiest parents :/ Im just looking for a way to let her live her last moments happily before she dies :(
MOUSEY BLOND

United States

#14 Nov 17, 2011
3RD MOUSE WE HAVE HAD...LOVE HIM....LOVE TO FEED HIM THROUGH THE CAGE.HE LOVES TO CLIMB..BUT I THINK HE HAS SIGHT PROBLEMS...BUT IS STILL HEALTHY..AND LOVES PEANUTBUTTER ON A TINY PIECE OF BREAD...I HAVE TWO CAGES I CHANGE BETWEEN...SO HE DOESN'T GET TOO MIXED UP..HE SEEMS TO NOT SEE WHERE YOU ARE IN THE ROOM..YOU HAVE TO TAP ON THE CAGE TO GIVE HIM A TREAT UNLESS HE SMELLS IT FIRST...HE LOVES WHIPPED CREAM..BUT HATES CINNAMON. HIS EYES ARE STILL BLACK JUST LIKE WHEN HE WAS LITTLE..I JUST FEEL BAD FOR HIM BECAUSE HE CANT SEE AS GOOD.
jess

Commack, NY

#15 Jan 19, 2012
my mouse was climb out of his cage and was just stitting there also he is not very active do you think he is blind
aidan

UK

#16 Mar 21, 2012
My mouse has little blobs on her eyes like redish or grey I cant tell she isn't old at all though like a year if that I think it may be genetic its really sudden though any ideas on how this happened was it environmental?
Chris

Manchester, UK

#17 Jun 9, 2012
All mice are practically blind and can only focus to about 4 inches away, they use their high sense of smell and hearing and use whiskers to juge spaces. Some white albino mice are completly blind and as an owner you would never tell as the other senses are so good. And also if your mouse is very old and dying i wouldnt take it to a vet to be put down, better to let it die naturally in its own cage.
Rachel

Montpellier, France

#18 Oct 15, 2012
hi i have a pet mouse and i got him in march for my birthday he is acting pretty usual , eating drinking and runnig in his weel ,but reacantly he has been bleeding quite bad some how he has cut his right ear in 2! and both his ears and eyes are scabby and his eyes water like crazy, my sibling thought a while ago that he was blind but he seemed fine to me, i am starting to get very worried and thinking there is something definatly wrong with him, my motner thinks its self harm because he is board and lonly i try to play with him quite often but he hates his ball i bought him, i also would like to get him a friend so he will be less board but my mother does'nt want a female beacuse she does'nt want mice babies but if i get a male they will just fight ,no? I am saving up for a bigger cage for him because the cage he has at the moment is a traveling one . I have tryed nearly every pet mouse website to try and find out whats wrong with him but found nothing this is my only hope , i would take him to the vets but my mother does'nt want to waste the time and money on taking a mouse to the vets but i am not aloud a dog because we have no garden so a mouse is the next best thing ;) he means everything to me and i really want him to get better so please any suggestions?:/
Geoff 100 Mile Breader

100 Mile House, Canada

#20 Mar 17, 2013
Mice are very social and do much better with friends. Normally mice have poor vision and see only a few feet. As they age the distance can get less and less. Even when a mouse is blind it will still get along well and you will hardly never know its blind. Three years is a long life for a mouse. A mouse ages 36 human years per year. When you have a sick mouse it needs to be kept warm and have a small dish with low sides to drink water. Feed it good quality mouse food and bit of apple and small bit of oatmeal cookie and small bit of cheese. ( not all mice lioke cheese ) Check the body over for lumps ( tumors ) they grow fast and are more common with females. No need to worry about them NOT all are cancer. I have a pretty white male 13 monts old wioth no outer ears and one eye and a leg that is damaged. He does very well has learnd to walk on his back legs and i good health. Goood food , warmth , love and attention and they will live 2 to 3 years. ZI have a big grey and white male that is 4 and in real good health. If you have any open sores, change the bedding every day till they heal. Dont use wood chips. Best bedding is carefresh and even then keep it in the freezer before u use it to kill any mites or anything else that misht be in it . Return and keep it in the freezer when to u need ti again. Micew are normally very clean. For good health keep the cage that way as well.
bianca

Kellyville, Australia

#21 Jun 19, 2014
Caiti wrote:
My mouse just went blind as well, she lives in a huge 4-level cage. What I'd suggest is if the cage has more than one big level is to put food and water on all the levels. Other than that, mice don't seem to miss their eyesight, probably because they don't have good eyesight in the first place :)
But, headshaking mice sometimes have an inner ear infection, it's best to take them to a vet if you can afford it.
I am l00king t0 get a blind m0use are they difficult t0 l00k after and d0 they bite m0re? and d0 they kn0w there 0wner fr0m every0ne else

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