Early this morning when I went to check on Moxy, my last remaining Spiny mouse, I found him quite cold to the touch, so I took him out to hold him and keep him warm. He was very old for a mouse, being six months old when I got him and nearing three years in my possession. Lately I took all the high tubes down in his cage when I noticed that he couldn't climb as well as he used to. He would still run about his cage, but I could see that he was getting older and a bit skinnier. He'd still eat and drink, when I put out food and water for him, but alas Spiny mice only have a lifespan of three to four years. Moxy chose to pass away as I was holding him :-( It was very sad to see him go, but I'm glad that he didn't die alone in his cage.
It's like the loss of an old friend, no matter if it was just a pet who was very skittish and didn't like to be held. He would still look at me from his cage as I came near to refill his food dish or water bottles. He was one of my pet Spiny mice, named Moxy, whom I got from someone almost three years ago to keep Cheeser company after Max passed away. Moxy never really grew much since I got him, always the runt and he'd only nibble at food from time to time, except when I gave him treats like apple slices, a piece of a cookie or a small piece of chicken, then he'd run out to nom on them. Most of the time he'd either be busy running in his wheel or snuggled up next to Cheeser, whom he was housed with, and then later Speedy after Cheeser and Max Jr. passed on. He was quite vocal, as I often could hear him chirping away as he moved about in his mouse mansion of Habitrail tubes and accessories. Overall I would say that he had a grand life for a mouse, never having to worry about finding food, nor predators and having plenty of playspace in his cage.
Even with the new mice that I adopted from the local animal shelter, and my two pet rats (one of which my friend found left out in the cold on the sidewalk as a baby by someone a couple weeks ago), the place seems empty without Moxy, and I'm going to miss walking by his cage and watching him curiously look back at me cautiously checking up on who's approaching. Rest In Peace little mouse, you were a great friend, no matter if you nipped my hand from time to time when I held you, that's just your nature.
RIP Moxy (six months old when I got him on) Feb 2007 to Jan 2010
Here is some video footage of him with my other Spiny mice