View Full Version : Prayers please for my most recent rescue, plus an update on the baby mice I hand fed

07-16-2004, 12:57 PM
I just took in another rescued girl, a BEW drawf hamster and she is just gorgeous! I am currently hand feeding her baby. She came into the store pregnant and gave birth as soon as she was set in the cage. She had 14 babies, 12 were stillborn and two were live. She was taking great care of them (and no I didn't handle them. She was stressed enough as it is- except when moving them into a new cage to take home) and then just a few days ago when I went to check on them I noticed the one baby was missing. The cage smelled of dead animal so I assumed it had died and she just ate it, as I looked all through the bedding and could not find it. :( I should have checked on them sooner to make sure they were OK, but I didn't want to stress her too much. The day I brought her home the one baby was noticably smaller, but I still held out hope it would make it. Though I knew it probably wouldn't, it is still very hard when you lose a baby. :( I noticed the other baby was being neglected, as in she wasn't nursing it and it was covered in the bedding on the other side of the cage, so I removed her and I am now hand feeding her. :)

I assume there was either a problem with the babies as most were stillborn, or it was just overkill stress on the mom and she couldn't handle it. I feel horrible for her, being tossed around like she was, and pregnant at the time. Very sad. She has a good life now though and I am looking for a home for her. She isn't very tame but we are working on getting her handleable.

But I really need prayers for my little baby girl. I have named her Miracle, since she is the only one to survive her litter. I have been hand feeding her now for about three days, since she was four days old. It is VERY hard caring for a baby rodent, especially one so tiny. Now that I have successfully raised two baby one week mice which I also hand fed, I feel a little better that I may actually have a chance of pulling this little girl through. She is currently being hand fed every two hours with a syringe. She is on human soy formula, as it is more fattening than puppy milk or kitten milk replacer, and I have seen a much more dramatic weight gain and overall good health when I use soy human formula over the other choices. The first day was the hardest, as the baby is not used to the taste of the new milk, but after a couple of days they get used to it and turn into little pigs. ;) :p I have to also stimulate her to go to the bathroom as well, but she does manage to go poopy on her own sometimes.

My main thing is keeping her belly full and her body warm. Luckily, hamsters can regulate their body temp a lot better than other rodents, such as mice and rats. It's very hard feeding her, as she is so wiggly. So please if anyone could spare a prayer for my little Miracle I would really appreciate it. This is hard work, and there are no quarantees.

07-16-2004, 01:07 PM
OK, now for the baby mice. Remember the little cuties I hand fed? If you don't, maybe this picture will jogg your memory. ;)



Well unfortunately we had lost the runt, but the two others survived and they are doing really well and have been for some time. They are now going on two months old and are eating, drinking, playing, pooping, peeing and everything on their own now LOL! Unfortunately I sexed them wrong and instead of two males, I have one boy and one girl, so I am hoping that the female is not pregnant, but I don't think she is. They are now seperated but I do take them out to visit eachother. They are VERY sweet, and act just like my rats. They know for sure who mommy is and get very excited to see me each time I walk by. They jump up on teh cage and beg to come out. They give kisses and are just the sweetest little mice. :) I am very attached to these little ones and do not believe I will have the heart to rehome them just yet. :o I do have some photos of them and of the baby hamster and her mother. I will upload them now so you all can see just how well these two little mice are doing. Thanks to everyone who responded to their thread when I first got them too. I don't think I could have done it without the loving people here at Pet Talk. :)

07-16-2004, 01:15 PM
Prayers on the way for your little Miricle baby. I am so glad you are dedicated to rescue these little guys. So many people just let them die and throw them away :(. Working at a pet store I saw a lot of that and it always makes me sad. You are such a great rodent mommy!!!

07-16-2004, 01:32 PM
Thank you very much. I need all the encouragement I can get!

07-16-2004, 01:41 PM
Here is a picture of the mom. Isn't she beautiful? I will get the other pics up in just a bit.



07-16-2004, 01:55 PM
OK, here are photos of Miracle, the baby dwarf hammy. I do not know what color she will be yet, but she seems to be a very light silverish color. She is a beautiful little girl. We just need to get some weight on her. I am about ready to feed her again right now. :) I need to always make sure I see a nice full tummy of milk! :D



07-16-2004, 02:04 PM
OK, here are the updated baby mice pics. :) I hope you like them!




Dylan giving them a kiss :D


My Peanuts
07-16-2004, 02:19 PM
Prayers are on the way for Miracle. Her mom is gorgeous and the mice are cute too :)

07-16-2004, 02:33 PM
Thanks! :D

07-16-2004, 02:48 PM
Adorable!!! Oh some days I wish I had anything but terriers!


07-16-2004, 03:28 PM
Prayers for your little Miracle!

The mice are so cute. I can not beleive I'm saying mice are cute. lol. The hamster is so tiny. I heard when they are born they can fit on a quartor. Is that true?


07-16-2004, 06:07 PM
Yep Chrissy, they are pretty tiny. Thanks everyone for the prayers! :)

07-17-2004, 03:35 AM
Well I am up feeding and taking care of the hammy and it is 1:32 in the morning, so I thought I would update LOL. She is doing really well. She has taken to the soy milk really well now and now sucks it out of the syringe. It is SOOO cute as when she is drinking the milk she pushes her little paws up and down, like they would do on the mom to push more milk out. It is the cutest thing. I have got to get a video of her doing that. I will do so tomorrow before I go to to work and then hopefully I can figure out how to post it.

Tomorrow I pretty much have to work all day so I am taking her to work with me so I can feed her on my breaks and also on my lunch, and then I can make sure I keep her warm and get her to potty too. :p So just thought I would update to say she is doing really good. She has a ton of energy, so I am taking that as a good sign. :)

07-17-2004, 07:12 AM
well...i HATE rats!!!! but the mice were fine in the tiny picture..thats it! i just don't like them..i'm sorry...its their tails and teeth!

but i LOVE the hamster!!!!!!!!!i could prolly make a lil sweater for her...lol...i said a prayer for her! and i know she'll be fine! keep up with hammie pictures!!!!!!

i prolly could though...hehe...

good luck!

07-17-2004, 09:57 AM
I don't know anyone who would beup at 1:30 in the morning to take care of a hamster! Your doing a great thing!


07-17-2004, 10:50 AM
Originally posted by fuzzbuttbuddy
well...i HATE rats!!!! but the mice were fine in the tiny picture..thats it! i just don't like them..i'm sorry...its their tails and teeth!

I know you hate rats :rolleyes: but could you please keep that information to yourself? I was a hobby breeder and currently own my home with plenty of sweet, intelligent rats, tails and all! I don't think someone would appreciate telling you that ferrets are nasty ankle biters would you?

Thanks for the prayers for my little one though. :)

07-17-2004, 10:51 AM
Originally posted by chrissycat21
I don't know anyone who would beup at 1:30 in the morning to take care of a hamster! Your doing a great thing!


Thank you very much! :D

07-17-2004, 11:14 AM
Well, she's still alive and kicking! :D

07-17-2004, 12:34 PM
Good luck with her, Cass!

She's adorable and so are the mousies! You did a wonderful job raising them. :)

07-18-2004, 01:13 AM
Still alive! :D

07-18-2004, 10:35 AM
Well the little girl is still going strong. Boy does she have ENERGY! :eek: She is so darn squirmy. I took her to work with me yesterday so I was able to feed her about every 30 minutes to an hour and she got tons of milk. I now have her on an undertank heater so I do not have to get up every 15 minutes to warm up a towel in the microwave, especially since I almost burned it yesterday! :eek: :o :rolleyes: So yep, I really think this girl is going to make it. I could still use prayers though, as there still is the chance she won't, but I feel a lot more confident now. :)

07-23-2004, 12:39 PM
You are doing a wonderful thing. Keep it up. I have prayed for little Miracle. I hope she makes it. I'm sure she will.

07-23-2004, 03:09 PM
She actually passed away. :( I made another thread about it. :(

07-23-2004, 11:27 PM
Oh...I can't believe Miracle is sooo tiny! Oh, I just love all the pictures you took!
On no.....I just read it.....poor thing passed? AW what a shame!