Mice

Mice are small active rodents who are eager to make contact with people, can be quite tame and are relatively easy to take care of. However, as they are social animals, bear in mind that one must always keep multiple mice. Mice are intelligent, you can make them learn and discover a lot. This will make the relationship with your mice even better.

Mice can grow to become 6.5 to 9.5 cm long. They have a pointed nose, large round ears and a bare tail.  On average, they live to become 2 years old.

Fancy mice are the ones most commonly kept as pets. Nevertheless, there are thousands of different species of mice. Mice live in nature in family groups with a clear hierarchy. Using urine, they mark their territory. Mice mainly communicate through scent and sound. They are excellent climbers, jumpers and runners.

 

Housing:

Mice are social animals who are used to living in groups.  Mice must be kept alongside multiple cohorts. Never combine males and females, because there is a high chance that the female will become pregnant. It’s best to take a group of female mice, 3 or 4 animals.

Recommended cage: Glass or plastic container that can be closed from above with a cover of fine mesh gauze. At least 60 x 40 cm and 30 cm high.

Provide plenty of shelter, such as: rodent homes, branches, hay, tunnels, etc.

 

Ground cover for glass or plastic container:

The health of your mice starts with the ground cover. The ground cover should primarily absorb the urine, be dust-free, soft and comfortable. With Cotton N Card, mice are able to keep their dwelling clean.

 

Joris recommends the following ground covers (in recommended order):

  • Cotton N Card bedding (there’s no better option!)
  • Coconut Bedding (Also excellent)
  • Card N Card Bedding
  • Cotton Bedding
  • Ground soft straw grain + soft nesting material
  • Soft fine little paper pellets + soft nesting material

 

Do not forget the following products: Branches, coconut cottages, hamster houses, hay, tunnels, stones etc. Never use materials of soft plastic. Clean the cage every 2 weeks, including the accessories.  Very important for hygiene.

 

Food:

Special mice food is available from pet specialist shops. Mice are natural omnivores. You can also give them herbs, vegetables (no lettuce), flowers, bits of egg/cheese, potatoes, small bits of cat and dog food, etc.

 

A good ration:

  • High quality special mice food
  • Herbs, vegetables, egg, cheese, potatoes, small bits of dog food, etc.
  • Clean drinking water all day

 

Joris' checklist for your mice:

Large mice cage
Sleeping hut
Dust-free and healthy ground cover
Special mice food
Dry vegetables, flowers, herbs, bits of egg/cheese, cat/dog food
Drinking bottle
Feeding bowl
Gnawing material
Anti-parasite/anti-scab
Transport box
Nail stone
Toys and wheel
Nesting material

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