Choosing And Keeping A Pet Mouse
Choosing And Keeping A Pet Mouse
Most mice that are well cared for will live one and a half to two years. And they will be 6-7 inches in length including the tail. And the tail will make up about half the length of your mouse. Keep in mind that mice are social animals and are best when kept in small groups. Females do well together but males will fight and if you put males and females together you will be over run with their off spring in no time at all. However if you also keep snakes you may want to save money by raising your own mice.
You have to keep in mind that mice are nocturnal by nature and that with patience they can become quite tame but if your not really careful your mouse or mice will escape.
The best enclosures to keep mice in are aquariums with tightly fitting wire tops that the mice can not fit through. A mouse can fit through a hole that you will not believe they ever could.
But mice are ideal as small pets because they are small , entertaining to watch and they make few demands on their owners. You will want to equip your mouse enclosure with a water bottle your mouse can drink from and ideally your mouse or mice should have an exercise wheel to enjoy running on.
When you choose your mouse or mice they should have clean coats and have very little smell. Usually clean , well smelling mice are healthy mice. The mouses eyes and nose should be discharge free.And the ears should look pink and healthy.
The cage you buy your mice or mouse from should be clean and dry. And when you get your mouse home I would go with hay or aspen shavings for my mouses bedding. Provide your mouse with a small oatmeal box with holes cut in it as a place of refuge for your mouse or mice. Paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls are also a mouse favorite.
You need to keep your mouses enclosure clean and you really need to clean it as often as once weekly for one to two mice and more often for more mice. Don't wait until you smell a bad smell before you clean your mouses enclosure.
You can buy pellet food for your mouse or mice but your mouse will tire of it in a hurry. Grain and seed based food will keep your mouse more interested. You can give teats of greens , apple and carrots but watch for diarrhea. If you see any signs of diarrhea cut way back on treats until the problem clears up.
Use care when you are holding your mouse as even a short fall can be deadly or cause bad injuries.
If you follow the hints and tips on this page you should be able to keep and enjoy a pet mouse or even several pet mice. If you have any questions about pet mice please ask your mouse questions below now.
Do you have a pet mouse. Tell us about it in the comment section below. And thanks for reading
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