You might have noticed your mouse scratching a lot more than usual. If your pet mouse is scratching until it bleeds, it’s often an indication of a bigger problem.
There are several potential causes of excessive scratching in pet mice, this article will explain a few of the more common ones as well as potential treatments.
What are the most common causes of mice scratching until they bleed
There are a number of reasons why mice may scratch until they bleed. One common cause is mites. Mites are tiny parasitic creatures that can infest the skin of mice, causing intense itching.
These mites are sometimes so small that they can only be seen with a microscope, luckily they leave behind evidence of their existence which you can see in the next section.
Fungal infections are another possible cause of excessive scratching.
These infections often occur in humid environments and can cause the skin to become irritated.
Parasites can also cause mice to scratch excessively. Common parasites include fleas, ticks, and lice. These creatures can bite or burrow into the skin, causing irritation and leading to excessive scratching.
Just as an environment can be too humid, It can become too try as well. Dry skin can also cause mice to scratch.
This can be caused by a lack of moisture in the air or by using harsh cleaning products on their fur. Whatever the cause, excessive scratching can lead to bleeding and should be addressed by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
How can you tell if your pet mouse is scratching because of a medical issue?
Mice don’t just scratch to the point of blood unless there’s an underlying medical issue causing them to do so.
There are a few ways to tell if your pet mouse is scratching due to a medical problem.
One way is to look for signs of infestation, such as eggs or larvae in their fur. You may also see the mites themselves, which look like small black dots.
Scabbing, bald spots, and redness are also signs that your pet mouse may be infested with parasites or suffering from a fungal infection.
Fungal infections also often cause the skin to become flaky.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to take your pet mouse to the vet so they can receive proper treatment.
However, not everyone has access to a veterinarian that specializes in rodents. If this is the case, there are a few things you can do at home to help your pet mouse feel better.
What are the most common treatments for mice who are scratching excessively?
If you have a pet mouse who is scratching excessively, there are a few different treatments you can try. One is to give your mouse a bath.
This will help to remove any irritants from their fur, and the warmth of the water can also help to soothe itching. You can also use a mild shampoo designed for sensitive skin, such as baby shampoo.
If your mouse’s skin is particularly dry, you can add a small amount of olive oil or petroleum jelly to their bath. Consider adding a cold air humidifier to help increase the humidity in your mice room, and in case of a room is too humid a vented dehumidifier.
Another treatment option is to apply a topical ointment to your mouse’s skin.
Be sure to choose an ointment that is safe for use on animals, and follow the instructions carefully.
Unfortunately, these measures may only provide relief for a short period of time. The only way to completely get rid of the mites, fleas, or other parasites causing excessive scratching is to treat the infestation.
This can be done with a variety of different products, such as spot-on treatments, powders, and sprays.
Your veterinarian can prescribe the best product for your pet mouse, and will likely need to see them for follow-up appointments to ensure that the infestation has been completely eliminated.
In case of some types of mites and fungal infections, oral medication may be given to your pet mouse.
As always, prevention is the best medicine.
If you do not have a specialist veterinarian in your area, which is far too often the case for many of our readers, Consider speaking to a local breeder or mouse owner group for recommendations on where to find one.
In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help your pet mouse feel more comfortable.
Change out the substrate and clean the mouses’ cage
Mites and fleas can live in the substrate, so it’s important to change it out regularly.
You should also clean your mouse’s cage at least once a week with a mild disinfectant.
Be sure to rinse the cage well afterward, as mice are very sensitive to chemicals and cleaners.
Any blankets or bedding that your mouse comes into contact with should be washed in hot water on a regular basis.
You can also put them in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any parasites.
Remove anything else from the cage that could be harboring parasites
Any toys, food dishes, or water bottles that are in your mouse’s cage should be cleaned on a regular basis.
It’s also important to vacuum and dust regularly to remove any parasites that might be lurking in your home.
You may also want to consider using an air purifier to help keep the air in your home clean, as well as reduce potential allergens.