Tips On Raising Fancy Mice As Pets
Having Fun With Your Fancy Mouse
The fancy mouse is an inquisitive little critter that makes a very cute and convenient house pet. The fancy mouse comes in a variety of different colors, which include, coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, champagne, white, cream, tan, and dove. The fancy mouse is not your basic gray little mouse. Nope, you get to choose the color of your fancy mouse.
How you house your fancy mouse is extremely important. There are many varieties but using a glass or plastic cage with mesh lids are the easiest to clean and care for. Wire cages tend to be harder to clean and are sometimes a hazard if the mouse chews through it or is small enough they may squeeze out of the cage. Even worse they may get stuck between the wire and you don't want that.
It is recommended that your fancy mouse cage should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week to keep them smelling clean and fresh. A clean cage will keep your mouse healthy and fresh smelling. Using liquid detergent and warm water works very well. You will want to rinse the cage well after cleaning. Dry it thoroughly before putting your mice and toys back in.
Handling your fancy mouse is often times a challenge. Some mice are shy, and will scatter when handled. Some fancy mice will be friendly right off the bat letting you pick them up and play with them. It is perfectly okay to pick the mouse up by the BASE of the tail, not the tip.
It is best to avoid sudden and abrupt movements along with loud noises, it will startle the fancy mouse. The more you handle the mice, the tamer they will become in time. You won't have to chase them around the cage, they will be glad to come to you when you set your hand out for them.
Fancy mice like to eat small amounts of vegetables, fruits, and assorted grains. Fresh water is essential for your mouse. Treats such as peas, carrots, and pasta to name a few are quite okay to feed your mouse. Seeds such as yellow millet, budgie seed, mixed corn and sunflower seeds are mouse favorites. Stay away from the yogurt drops, they are full of sugar and could cause harm to your mouse.
How many mice is too many?
The fancy mouse is a social creature. Having 2 or more is highly recommended. If kept alone, mice usually become nervous and do not thrive.Single mice are not good pets-they tend to hide away for most of the day and are far less active than mice kept in groups, possibly because they are depressed and lonely. So think two or more when keeping fancy mice.
It is not a good idea to keep to male mice together, they tend to fight 99% of the time. Females tend to get along much better. Of course if you plan on breeding you can keep a male and a female together. Mice like to have enough space to roam around freely and play. They enjoy toys they can climb on, mice wheels are excellent choices. The wheels keep them from being bored, and helps them remain active. If properly cared for a fancy mouse can last 1-3 years.
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