In a nut shell…
All but three of our mice were very ill (I will explain below), my psychosis has been really bad, and I had a seizure out on a dog walk in the middle of town whilst walking Pixie.
So to go into more detail about the mice, it seems what happened (as they have acted fine ever since) was that they all got too cold too quickly, and the sudden temperature change caused huge issues.
Last night we had Pecan & Enzo on longlines in harnesses, and we tied the longlines to a coat stand by our window, had a table outside the window, and the cats could go in and out as they pleased and enjoy the outside world and explore our small front garden. Awesome, they had so much fun!!!
They were only doing it for an hour, then they came in and we shut the window. That was at about 12am (because we wanted the outside world to be quiet), and at that time we saw lots of mice whizzing about, running on wheels etc.
We checked on the mice this morning, and Alexa & Carmella were sleeping in one of the hides under the water bottle, and all the babies were in a heap in the middle of the cage.
None of the babies were moving, not even when I stroked and moved them, and they were all cold to the touch. The mums were also slow, sluggish etc. We spent several minutes trying to rouse any of them, and couldn’t. We had no idea what was wrong to begin with, but my instant reaction was to bundle everybody into a hat together and stick them under my clothes to get heat into them.
This began working, and after 20 minutes under there with regular checks, everyone was acting much much better.
We returned them to the cage after a very stressful half an hour, and added a load of nesting material to the cage – loads of toilet roll and some face cloths. It certainly wasn’t too cold in the house for mice (even baby mice – we were comfortable in t-shirts!), but I think the sudden temperature change caused something akin to shock?!
They weren’t near the draft or open window, but that’s literally all I can think of.
So everyone has been running about and eating since, but I guess we’re probably not out of the woods yet and we’re watching everyone closely…bloody hell that was stressful!!
Today has been horribly stressful in a few other ways, so I’ve had a spacey seizure head all day that I attributed to the stress.
We were walking Pixie into town to do some training and because it’s an easy place to walk with the nights drawing in. We got into town and at this point I’m barely functioning, and although I’m walking fine I can’t talk to alert my partner to what’s happening.
Finally he realises I’m messed up, and after some questions I can’t answer he susses it’s a seizure. He leads me to a bench, Pixie trailing on my lead belt haha, and he sat me down closest to a wall and tree, and we just waited it out.
Since starting to have seizures my biggest fear has been having one in public…well that was the perfect easing in haha, it was only the walk back that was a nightmare!!
So that sucked. This photo was when I made her sit still during her rainy-after-walk-zoomies hahahahaha 😀
On her morning walk she managed to walk past a dog on the other side of the road with no reaction, just standing and watching for a minute (fine with me!).
She was also able to come away from two approaching people she was scared of with just a verbal cue, and the one time she huffed (even then just once) was at an old man with a strange gait, walking up the middle of the road with a huge black umbrella…fair enough 😉
We also had a Zooplus delivery arrive today, nothing much exciting, just A LOT of cat food and a few dog chews 🙂
We bought a sample tray of really posh cat food to try with the boys, the ingredients were awesome, and as soon as I got the cans out Enzo was right over sniffing and licking the lid!!
Isn’t the packaging cute? 🙂