an introduction to mice
Mice make fantastic pets which are social and very active! They are easy to look after and make great companions.
mice housing & Bedding
Mice are very adaptable animals and can acclimatise well to normal indoor temperatures. It is important to make sure your mouse is not in direct sunlight, draughts or places of extreme temperature change.
Cages should be made of plastic or metal which will provide adequate ventilation and yet be escape proof. They are fantastic jumpers too!
Mice will need hiding places in their cage which is filled with nesting material for sleeping. They will also need an exercise wheel, climbing area (ladders, in-build structures) and tunnels for playing in and hiding!
Recommended bedding materials include, aspen bedding, pelleted products or shredded ink free paper. Cedar or Pine Shavings are not recommended as they can cause respiratory problems. It is recommend to also make sure bedding is dry as dusty or damp bedding can promote respiratory problems.
Female Mice do well together and Males can also do well together if they are introduced to each other at a very young age. Adult Mice will fight if introduced at an older age. Female and Male Mice housed together will breed continuously and is not recommended. Mice should not be housed with other small animals.
Spot checking daily is a must and entire bedding should be changed 1-2 times weekly. The cage should be completely dry before bedding material is put back in.
High quality Mice food will make up the majority of your Mouse's diet. Small amounts of fruit, vegetables should also be provided as part of the daily diet. We recommend brands such as Topflite which provides both pellets and grains and contains essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Foods such as pears, strawberries, dates, raisins, apples, peas, broccoli, bananas, sprouts and carrots are appropriate to supply your mouse. These foods however should be given in small quantities as to not upset their stomachs.
Do not feed, chocolate, cabbage, corn, sugary or junk food, peanuts, uncooked beans, onions, alcohol or caffeine as they will cause serious medical problems. Water should be provided in handing bottles rather than a shallow bowl as they can get very messy and are easily tipped over.
Mice are very active and need lots of exercise which they can get through the use of Mouse wheels, balls and ladders. Daily time out of their cage with you will also help.
Never pig up your mouse by their tails! Mice are fragile and need to be handled with care. Picking up your mouse using your cupped hand is the best way to make sure there will be no harm to your mouse.
To get them used to being handled, offer treats from your hand whilst speaking to them gently. Once they have become accustomed to you they will be more willing to interact.
Mice are naturally clean animals and do a great deal of self-grooming. Males tend to have a stronger odour than Females however Mice do not require bathing and are not fond of water.
signs of a healthy mouse
- Active, alert and social
- Healthy coat
- Clear eyes
- Eating and drinking regularly
- Walking normally
Signs of an unhealthy mouse
- Diarrhoea or a dirty bottom
- Overgrown Teeth
- Weight Loss
- Skin Lesions
- Hair Loss
- Eye or nasal discharge
- Gum bleeding