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Not Mickey Mouse. Mice frequently show up in cartoons. They’re always cute, smart, and lovable. Mickey, Jerry, and Speedy Gonzalez are always the good guys. And Mighty Mouse always saves the day. In real life, we don’t want mice running around our house. “The little spring traps work quite effectively.”
Not for Kids. Most mice -- live and frozen -- wind up as reptile food, not as pets. We will not sell mice to children without their parents’ permission.
Indoors. Mice have some nasty habits.
Indoors. Mice have some nasty habits. They:
Outdoors. In the wild, snakes, birds of prey, foxes, and cats eat tremendous quantities of these fertile (and obviously tasty) rodents. We think they fit quite well into the food chain.
Mouse Removers. Once a mouse invades your house (or escapes), most people haul out their traps and poisons. House cats catch some mice, but not every house has an effective “mouser.” Since mice tend to run along walls, the little spring traps work quite effectively – even without any bait. Some mouse hunters recommend peanut butter as the best bait. If your cute little pet mouse escapes, it becomes a wild mouse in a few days. Keep your mice well covered. They’re determined little escapers.
Forget Cheese. Rats and mice will eat anything you eat, but they prefer crunchier foods that keep their teeth ground down. They love chicken bones. Seed and grain mixtures work fine.
Feed Crunchy Foods. The “block foods” work even better. Rodents can’t pick out their favorite seeds and ignore the rest. The blocks contain all the ingredients they need for complete nutrition in a teeth-grinding format that keeps them healthy. Rodents also like small changes in their diets. Cat and dog foods make great treats for your mice.
Males Fight. Adult male mice are extremely territorial. They will often defend their territory (cage) to the death. They do not welcome other males into their homes. Males will also whup up on new females. Females are less territorial but will often tear into new females. If you mix populations, you will cause lots of needless fights. Rats will argue when you mix them, but they seldom fight to the death. Rats like to wrestle for dominance, but they don’t eat the losers. Mice, on the other hand, are killers.
Male Mice Smell Awful. One male mouse gives off more musk than a pack of iron-pumping rats. Female mice stink much less. Rats smell way less than mice. Change their litter often.Rodents are Copraphagic. Mice and rats eat their own feces to obtain some of their B vitamins. This habit of messing in their food makes them a particular pest that householders hate to see in their kitchens. They mess in our food, too. Maybe they think we need the extra B vitamins?
Avoid Wild Rodents Like the ... Back in the old days
(even before Bob Dole), the black plague devastated
Last Words. We could add more about mice, but you now know more than you need to know about these stinky little critters. LA.
Ingrid Pimsner, June 11, 2005
A: You obviously like mice more than I do. I don’t like the way they smell. I don’t like the way they bite. I don’t like the way they destroy food. I don’t like the way the males leave a little trail of urine where they run. There were no dead mice on that page. The pinkie crawled inside that peanut shell on its own. No mice or other rodents were harmed or mistreated in the making of the Mouse Page. Get over it. LA
Kriaka Davis, CT, June 25,
A: I re-read the page and still don't think it was a
"hate-filled diatribe" -- just my humble opinion. I don't like
mice much. Read Mice
Pets II for an opinion from the other side. LA
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