Mice Breed Guide
Mice are small with short coats, pointed snouts, small ears, long bodies and hairless tails. A mouse can range from 2.8cm -13 cm long depending on species. Mouse coats can come in various colours and patterns, including white. Species of mice that are commonly kept as pets are; Common House Mice/Fancy Mice, American White Footed Mice and Deer Mice, though there are many more breeds of mice to be found wild, varying from country to country.
Pet mice can be playful, loving and can grow used to being handled; they are also less likely to bite in comparison to other rodents. Though mice are sociable creatures, if kept in groups or pairs having mice of the same sex is imperative as they breed very rapidly. The mouse is a nocturnal creature and therefore is not very active in the day. Mice are fairly low maintenance pets, and so a mouse works well as a first pet.
Mouse Excercise Needs
Mice naturally like to burrow and climb, you should allow for this by providing your mouse with tubes, boxes, balls and wheels to play on.
Mice feed on special pellets or rodent mix, supplemented with a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, in an earthenware bowl and regular fresh water through a bottle feeder.
Mouse House & Bedding Needs
Mice need a glass or plastic aquarium or a cage designed for mice as housing. A mouse’ house should be bedded with wood shavings, shredded paper and hay. As said before a mouse needs plenty of play toys in their house to keep active and it should be cleaned once a week.
Mice are very susceptible to infection and many diseases like CMP, so any wounds should be properly cleaned and if there any signs of infection or disease in any of your mice they need to be isolated from fellow mice and you should seek veterinary advice and treatment. Mice commonly develop tumours, any signs of this need to be checked over by a veterinarian. A mouse’s teeth can become overgrown to prevent this give them things to gnaw on to ground them down, or get them trimmed by a vet. Mice are also prone to lice and mites, there are treatments available for these.
Mouse Life Expectancy
5 months-2 years
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