Why do mice make good pets?
Mice are interesting animals which respond well to human companionship, making them excellent pets – they love climbing through your fingers and sitting on your shoulder!
What are mice like in their natural habitat?
With an average lifespan of twelve to eighteen months, female mice will usually live happily together, but males should be kept on their own as they will fight as they get older.
How do I keep my mouse?
Due to their small size mice are able to squeeze through very small gaps so it’s important to ensure that your cage is suitable, or that you use an enclosed glass or plastic tank with a well-ventilated lid. You should provide woodshavings across the base (you may also want to use an absorbent litter in conjunction with cage fresh granules to combat any odours), an area or house with bedding material , a clean sturdy feeding dish (ceramic prevents gnawing!) and a clean water bottle suspended within the cage.
How do I look after my mouse?
All small mammals need regular care and attention, daily feeding (we recommend specialist mouse food which contains essential vitamins and minerals in addition to providing wood gnaws and mineral blocks), fresh water, and cleaning at least once a week.
How do I handle my mouse?
When you take your mouse home you should allow it to settle into its new environment, so it’s best to leave it alone for the first two days before trying to handle it. When you do start to handle your mouse, always bear in mind that he or she may be frightened, so keep the noise to a minimum and handle carefully. Never pick a mouse up by the tip of the tail as they can shed their tail – handle carefully using cupped hands to support them or pick them up gently by the base of the tail then transfer their weight to the palm of your hand. And it’s always best to start handling whilst sitting on the floor to prevent dropping or jumping injuries.
What equipment and supplies will I need?
For accommodation you’ll need a large cage or tank, with woodshavings on the floor, and a ‘house’ and bedding material. You may also want to mix cage fresh granules with your woodshavings to combat unwelcome odours.
You’ll need a ceramic dish for food (we recommend specialist mouse food which contains essential vitamins and minerals) and a water bottle for fresh water. Your mouse also needs essential minerals so you’ll need to provide a salt lick and mineral stone for them, and wood gnaws are a good idea to give them something to chew on that isn’t your favourite jumper! And like children, mice love toys so make sure you provide some entertainment, and it’s always a good idea to have some treats handy.
Don’t forget your disinfectant for weekly cleaning of your cage or tank and food dish, and a bottle brush for the water bottle.
Finally, it’s always a good idea to have a reference book handy to make sure you’re providing everything your mouse needs.