An introduction to mice

Mice are acrobats of the mammal world, full of energy and eager to learn and investigate.

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Mice are acrobats of the mammal world, full of energy and eager to learn and investigate.

They can become very friendly and easy to handle and often have irregular sleeping patterns, meaning they are likely to be awake when the family is home. Not only can you enjoy socialising with your pet mice, but you can also have hours of fun building creative enrichment for them to test out. The facts below will offer you an in site as to whether pet mice are for you.  

Fast Facts: 

Companionship:  Mice need to live with at least one other mouse to help them be happy and healthy. This can be 2 or more females, 2 or more males entire or castrated, castrated males with 2 or more females.  

Life expectancy: Mice can live up to 2 years.  

Accomodation: The ideal size for a cage housing two or a small group of mice is:  

80cm wide by 50 cm deep by 35cm high with a bar spacing of 9mm.  

Diet: Mice are omnivores, they require a well balance diet of seeds, grains, pulses and meat sources.  

Health: Mice are generally quite healthy animals. Often most illness comes with old age.  Always carry out a health check on your mouse each week to monitor for any changes in their behaviour, movement, toileting and general appearance. When choosing a vet always seek a vet who has specialised in small pets to get the best possible care.  

Family friendly: Mice can make lovely first-time pets for children who can offer a calm, patient and confident approach. They enjoy coming out to be handled and will take treats from your hands. Mice also need a home filled with lots of enrichment, this can be a great activity for the children to be involved with as mice love to investigate new enrichment regularly. Visit our rodent room for lots of ideas on what to make and use.  


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