How to Care for Your Pet Mouse
Leah's Tips on Mouse Care
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Three non-blind mice.
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Before you get mice make sure you can tell the gender of them. If you canít, you will have a big
problem on your hands. Here are a couple web sites with pictures to help with sexing mice:
Mice live an average of 2-3 years, longer if taken care of properly.
Females like to have a friend, as they are very social.
A cage they canít escape from is necessary, but I prefer a 10-gallon tank for no more than 3 adult females.
Males should also have a 10-gallon tank but it is better if there is only one male in the cage, as males are very territorial
The cages should be cleaned once a week
In their cages there should be: a mesh wheel, food bowl, water bottle, a nest box, bedding, and something to chew on (like a chew block or toilet paper tube).
I recommend Aspen bedding as opposed to pine or cedar, as pine and cedar can cause respiratory infections. I also use unfertilized potting soil, called Garden Basic. Before you put it in their cage either freeze it or microwave it, so it kills all the little bugs hiding in there.
I feed mine Wild Bird Food, mixed with original oatmeal, and a couple cereals, and lab blocks. Treats are good on occasion but not recommended as part of their main diet.
I prefer to get mice from a breeder rather than a pet store because the mice I have bought from pet stores have had lice (which are hard to get rid of), respiratory infections (which can only be fixed by going to a vet), and lacked human socialization
When you get new mice, make sure to quarantine them for about 3-4 weeks. But if they have lice longer, quarantine them longer to make sure all the lice are dead.
Couple toy ideas are: toilet paper tubes, cereal boxes (remove the plastic from
them). I also use like Capri Sun boxes cut in half, ropes, and hammocks.
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