“ Animal Species: Rodents / Small Pets „
Hi, unfortunately all my mice have passed now but I thought I would share my views from when I had them, so I brought four black and tan fancy mice all brothers from a respectable breeder, when I got them I asked the breeder Cathy if they could go into together as I read that it isnt a good idea she informed me they have grown up together so they will be fine, however, after about a week one of the mice that we named Hannibal started to pick on the other three it gradually got worse and worse and we decided that we could no longer keep him so Cathy took him back and used him as a stud mouse so we was left with three Mr. Jingles, Bob and Jersey they all seemed fine with each other for awhile but soon fights broke out again and let me tell you it really isnt a pleasant thing to see they cling onto the backend near the base of the tail, we ended up buying seperate cages for all three in the end so my advice is never to home male mice together they will kill each other.
I have to say it has almost been a year since my furry babies have passed and I still miss them dearly they are such characters and it is so true you can train mice they are like little dogs.
Mr. Jingles would roll a toilet roll tube over the table to my hand to recieve a nut he loved doing tricks or stand on his hind legs and walk he was remarkable.
Male mice do tend to smell an awful lot, there urine really does stink and they tend to spray quite often apart from this they are clean animals and will toilet in one corner of their cage, they like alot of room even though they are small as they are very active animals, make sure you get a cage specially designed for mice as they can squeeze through the tiniest caps and you will find with a normal hamster cage they will escape quite easily.
Keep an eye on their teeth and nail growth as they can grow out of control see a vet if you are worried I done this and they quickly resolved this problem for me.
You must handle them on a regular basis even if it is for a couple of minutes a day they tend to nip if scared but it feels nothing more than a scratch but once settled they will happily lay on your hand mine quite often would run up my arm and would sit on my shoulder like small furry parrots.
They are unfortunately prone to cancer and three of mine sadly died from this they also live quite short lifes even when healthy but saying all that they are such little charmers and are full of character always ready to entertain you and fill you with happiness, I would watch them for hours running around, pulling things into their little houses, they tend to gather most of their food and will either bury it or hide it in their homes I would not advice you to give them bread etc as this will go mouldy, they are brilliant pets and I really think if you own one you are blessed as they brighten your day no end.
Some people love to keep small pets such as mice, hamsters or gerbils whereas others would rather bite off their own toe than keep a mouse in their home!
I always had hamsters as a child but last year we bought a few mice...
My sister got two for her birthday, however they only last about 6 months as their health started to deteriorate for some unknown reason. One of the mice developed a lump on its tummy and her breathing went funny, she was like this for about 2 months before she finally passed.
The other was in fine health but soon passed after, we guessed it from loneliness if that's a cause; if not then we don't know why.
The cage was always kept clean; my sister was devoted to them!
Before Libby (The first mouse) died, me and my boyfriend bought a gorgeous long haired mouse from the same place as a surprise, unfortunately Lexi (Her other mouse) was very protective and fought the mice off.
Instead of taking the mouse back... I ended up buying a cage and another sister mice for this new one!
I've had mine for about 8 months now and they are doing my head in!
I love them, they are gorgeous... but they are determined to shout at each other every single night and wake me up at stupid o'clock!
We bought our mice for £5 each from a nearby pet shop and the cage was around £15 or £20 with a free mice and the starter's kit such as bedding and food.
Pets at home don't sell mice... or at least the one near us doesn't! I'm not sure why but my boyfriend works there and said it might be because people buy mice to feed their snakes!
To keep a pet mouse, you have to buy (And keep buying) saw dust, bedding and food. We also have nutrients drops which I put on their food for extra nutrition. I got this from Pets at home.
Bedding usually costs me about 99p from my local pet shop, I also buy it from Wilkinson's occasionally for a reasonable price. When I buy a bag of bedding, it lasts me about 2 month so it's quite cheap.
A bag of loose sawdust costs me 99p or £1.50 from my pet store depending on whether I'm buying a small or large bag. I usually buy a small bag and it lasts me ages!
I like the buy the fruit mix version of mice and hamster food which has dry pieces of banana in it. It also smells a lot nicer! This costs me £1.29 usually buy also lasts a while.
The mice cage should be big enough for the mice to move around and run around, it's also good for them to have a wheel or something to play with such as a seesaw as we used to have.
I take the wheel out of mine at night as they make plenty of noise without it!
The cage should be cleaned at least once a week, and it's also advised that their 'potty corner' be cleaned out every other day.
I'll be honest and say I'm not the best owner, I clean mine out between 10-14 days although I feed and water them every day. It can't seem to be doing anything to their health though as they are in perfect condition with tons of energy!
I bought a special water holder for my mice as they are in a plastic cage with no metal bars so I can't clip a water bottle to it.
I bought a special mushroom toy which holds the water but the mice can get to it from the space at the bottom (hard to explain) but the water lasts ages in here, although I do change it every day, or every other day!
I also bought a cute little bed/house which has the words 'mice house' above the door. This had two openings; it now has about 5 as they have cleverly made more themselves!
My mice are little pests to say the least! They just love to climb on their water bottle and work together to push it over! It's as if they love to create a swimming pool in their home! Although sometimes if they do this at night time, I won't find it until morning and by then, the water has been soaked up and it just looks as if the water has vanished.
We got our mice when they were little babies and at first we handled them a lot. I hardly ever get them out to play anymore but they are still as friendly as ever. They have never once bit me or even shown any signs of trying to bite.
I certainly do think mice are the best pets to keep out of the hamster's gerbils and mice range! I have kept all three and so far the mice have been the least troublesome!
Hamsters bite! Or when kept together.. Fight till death! They also stink and just aren't as cute. Gerbils grow like on steroids! I once had a very cute tiny gerbil, he was very friendly until one week he shot up twice his size and began biting!
Mice aren't too smelly, of course they won't smell of roses when they are kept in their own poop, but they don't smell as bad as hamsters in my opinion.
Overall, I think mice are probably the best out of the small rodent's part but I certainly won't be keeping anymore after these!
I recommend keeping the mice in a different room if you want to get any as mine like to shout and squeal and bang around allll night long!
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This time last year, me and my husband were walking around Warrington Market when I was swung into the Pet Shop (as usual!), there looking at us were Micky and Minnie the mice, they were Fancy Mice, whice are the variety of mice which are used for showing. They were extremelly cute and so at £5 each they came home with us.
We bought them a mouse cage as we were told they could sqeeze through the gaps on a bigger cage, and a little wheel along with some mouse food.
Micky and Minnie fitted in very well in our home, and were loved by me and my husband.
Mice are very very easy to look after, one thing you must remember though is never mix sexes of mice together...for the obvious reason of probably millions of babies in no time at all!
Mice can live together, and infact prefer it that way, so your better to buy a couple of mice, we had two and they were very happy, but you can have more if you wish :) Just make sure you double check their sex!
Mice need to live on sawdust (I recommend the scented variety as male mice...stink!!!), with a little bedding (the wool kind is best!). They need a small water bottle which should be quite low down in their cage so as they can reach! And a food bowl, mice can eat hamster food, but I would recommend either mice food or before you give the mice their food crush it so they can easily eat the pieces! :-D
Mice are very friendly, but they are very timid at first, so when your handling them you do need to be careful that you have them securly held, without hurting them. Don't pick the mice up by their tail, although this won't hurt them physically, it does scare them, so only do it when completely necessary!
As I mentioned earlier, male mice do have a very strong smell, which means you do need to clean them out every 2 days if you don't want your houe stinking!!!!
Mice are a nice little pet, some people think they're boring, but they do start to have a real little personality to them! They live for around 10-18 months, mine recently died as they were around 6 months old when we bought them. It was very sad when they did leave us :( But they were a lovely little addition to our family!!!
Mice are so sweet so i had to have some as a pet. I decided to get two so they would keep each other company as i heard that they should be kept in pairs, but it is a bad idea to keep a male and female together unless you are planning on breeding them, so i got two male mice which i had no problem with (apart from they smell slightly more than females).
They are a noctural animal which is ashame as we are not, so it is pretty normal not to actually see your mouse for a couple of days, and isn't a great idea to keep them in your bedroom as they will run around their wheel at night. Even still. they are an excellent choice for a pet, especially for a child, as they don't require major amounts of care unlike a dog, but will still teach your child responsibility. They rarely bite and are pretty timid animals, and don't take a lot of space up. They only need to be cleaned out about once a week and don't need to be fed everyday (just top their food bowl up when it gets a little low) but the best part is you can pimp up their accomondation. There are many different types of cages available now (in my opinion the best ones are rotastack) and thousands of different types of toys, tubes and things to run through, this is entertaining by itself. You can also buy lots of differnt types of nibbles for them, my mice favourites were flavoured popcorn, and they also loved a little bit of brocolli now and again.
The mouse (Murinae Mus) was originally domesticated in the early Chinese empire, the earliest record being from around 1100BC, however their breeding achieved. In order to distinguish them from wild mice they have been given the name "Fancy Mice", although technically speaking they are the same species as their wild brethren. The general life expectancy is around 2-3 years in the average mouse.
The average pet mouse is on average 20cm long from head to tip of the tail, although the tail is usually the same length as the body, so it does skew the measurements somewhat. Perhaps a more accurate portrayal of size is by weight; an average mouse will weigh around 50g which is surprisingly light when you are holding them in your hand. Mice can have a wide variety of colours and patterns; from ones with a solid colour to ones with more of a "patchwork" effect on their hair. You should ask the breeder how large you expect them to grow as well as perhaps asking for a specific hair colour or type if you are "booking in advance" for your mice.
Mice are friendly yet shy creatures, however once they become adapted to interacting with humans are calm and sociable. It is perhaps unfortunate that mice as a whole have gained such a negative stereotype through TV and films as Fancy Mice are in fact very gentle creatures which are good to keep as pets. Despite mice being sociable it is almost impossible to form any real "attachment" with them, as they much prefer the company of their own species. This is a vital point for any future mouse owner, as mice should always be kept in small groups even if it is just of two or three mice. It is possible to teach mice a few "tricks", but they don't particularly enjoy them unless there is a food reward at the end of it. Training takes a lot of time and patience and there are many guides on the internet on how to do so, as simple Google search will bring up dozens of guides. An interesting thing that is actually fairly easy to teach, as well as useful, is to condition the mice to associate a particular noise with food. For example you may snap your fingers a few times when feeding them sunflower seeds or their favourite snack. After many times of doing this you should be able to click your fingers (or a similar noise) and the mice will come out of where they are if they are awake. This makes getting them out of the cage a lot easier.
Mice should always be kept within same sex groups however as otherwise you will have more mice than you know what to do with within a very limited period of time. The gestation period of a female mouse is actually only 20 days, and they begin breeding within 50 days of their own birth. As you may have figured out from these figures a very, very small mouse population will increase literally thousands given enough space within a very limited period of time. For novice mouse keepers however it would be advisable to keep female mice as they are generally cleaner and are less prone to fight with each other. It would also be sensible to buy related mice that have been kept together since birth or from a very good age, as mice that have never met before really aren't all that good at introductions.
As for housing mice need quite a large cage, your local pet shop will be able to advise you more exactly, but generally speaking the bigger the tank the better (if you have the patience to clean it out). You should line the cage with wood shavings, not fine sawdust as the fine particles can give the mice lung problems. It would also be advisable to invest in a small food ball and a simple hanging water bottle to hand or stick on the side of the enclosure. After this all you have to do if buy some cool toys for the mice to play with. If you can't find any items around the house are great substitutes. Cardboard tubes provide places for the mice to run through as well as hide, encouraging natural behaviour. You may also want to find a small cardboard box or a purpose built container to serve as the bed for the mice, which should be fairly large as they like to sleep in groups. It should then be filled with shredded newspaper or bedding material that can be purchased at most good pet shops. You should make sure this material isn't prone to tangling however as mice can hurt their limbs.
As for food you should be able to buy food from your local pet store; however it is difficult to find food which is purposely designed for mice, but for small animals in general. There is not usually a problem with this but some mice can have an allergic reaction to the peanuts which are contained within the foods that are suitable for other rodents. You may want to remove any peanuts from the food to begin with, or if any red blotches appear on the mice's skin then you should remove the peanuts from the food immediately as that is the most likely cause. If you yourself or one of your children is allergic to peanuts you may not want peanuts in the house at all in which case I would advise you look up some mixes that breeders have published onto the internet which ironically are actually better for the mice, usually cheaper and in studies have often been proved to increase the lifespan of mice. You may also want to supplement the mouse's diet with a vitamin block which are available cheaply in pet stores and in supermarkets, as this gives them something to chew as well as being healthy. Mice also like occasional snacks of fruit or vegetables, their favourites tend to be sunflower seeds, peas and small pieces of apple. Don't give them too large pieces though as high amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables in the diet can give them diarrhoea. You may also want to take not that they actually aren't that big on cheese despite popular belief, it is in fact fairly bad for them when it is included in their diet.
The final, important thing for keeping mice is that they are themselves very clean creatures. Their excrement however tends to be quite smelly so you should perhaps try to clean them out once a week, or maybe twice a week in a small cage where it can get quite smelly. If you are handling them they don't bite or scratch and are generally quite calm, but as with most animals they have very limited control over their bladder and bowels so they will still urinate (and defecate) on you. The urine in particular, despite being much more infrequent than the faeces, is very pungent. To solve this I advise you put on old tea towel over your lap when handling them and don't wear too expensive clothes when handling them. One thing I've tried is putting my mice straight back in the cage if they urinate on me, this has served as some kind of "punishment" if the urinate whilst out of their cage but it has only lowered the frequency very slightly, although this may also be due to age or the fact they've gotten used to being out of their cage as well as other factors I haven't taken into account. There really isn't too many problems with faeces however as they are solid blocks which unless they have problems with the digestive system won't be runny and won't stain your clothes, if you aren't too squeamish you can just pick off any faeces with your fingers and wrap it up in some kitchen roll. If you have a cage with separate compartments it is actually common for mice to allocate an area as a "toilet" and this makes cleaning of the whole cage much easier and less frequent, so you should also take this into account when buying an enclosure for your mice.
In conclusion, mice are great pets which are sociable and easy to look after. They require some cleaning although they themselves are very hygienic which makes them perfect for children to handle although I would still advise supervision when handling them. Don't expect a long term partner such as you would get in a dog, but expect some fun and mischief!
For the mouse is a creature of great personal valour...
If you've got as far as reading reviews, then you're probably most of the way there as far as deciding to buy a mouse is concerned, so a few mouse tales (or tails...) from a long term mouse keeper may offer you some helpful, if off the wall hints for keeping your own mice happy.
Mice don't live long (a year to 18 months)
Mice are bright and naturally sweet natured
Mice are usually up for a game
Mice are easy to keep well and happy cheaply
Mice see anything as a toy
Mouse Tails One
My first mice were a pretty little champagne (we thought male...) and a black and white male. They quickly became 30 odd mice, so unless Champagne Charlie had had a sex change, the pet shop didn't have a scooby. Mice are world champion chewers, and lesson one in mouse-keeping was that a cage will not do. A fish tank (with something heavy on the lid...), is better.
Mouse Tails Two
Mice love to play, and are highly intelligent, social, and friendly. I noticed early on that mice actually seem to enjoy learning things, and as a child, I would make them small mazes, and also let them run free in my doll's house. Something for your mouse to do is essential, even if it's a constant stream of toilet roll innards and heavy duty paper bags for them to scissor up - this will also keep their teeth down, which grow constantly. I once made the error of giving one particularly hyperactive chocolate coloured mouse a wooden cotton reel, which he loved to pick up and hurl against anything that made a satisfying "clang". I gave him something quieter to play with very quickly. Good toys include anything mouseproof (or more accurately, chewproof) that can be put in for a day or two, and thoroughly explored - teacups and stone flowerpots do the trick cheaply.
Mouse Tails Three
Although mice like a lot of space to run about it, they like somewhere dark, enclosed, and warm to sleep in. Again, a stone flowerpot, or even an old mug on its side is a good mouse-nest. Plenty of paper to chew up makes good nesting material.
Mouse Tails Four
Mice are not fussy eaters, unless you've spent a small fortune on commercially packaged mouse mix. Then they put any Hollywood actress on the fresh air and lettuce leaf diet to shame. This is one thing you'll have to experiment with. As a treat, my mice seemed to universally like a little smooth peanut butter to lick off a finger. It's an indication of their sweet and trusting nature that they would never nip when taking food from my fingers.
Mouse Tails Five
Mice like company. Either yours, or that of another mouse. Males will fight, as they need to establish who is boss. Female mice kept together will bicker a bit, and you can spot who is Queen Mouse quite easily when any grooming is going on. Otherwise, female mice will largely be placid. If your mouse is going to be alone for any length of time, make sure it has plenty to do.
Mouse Tails Six
Mice can attract mice. I once found three white mice grooming a sweet little brown field mouse in their tank one morning (to this day, I don't know how it got there). I didn't have the heart to remove their "pet", and they lived out their natural span in perfect harmony together.
Mouse Tails Seven
Mice can cost a small fortune at the vet. They seem to be prone to tumours, which can be enormously traumatic for the mouse if you try to have them removed. My rule of thumb was always if the mouse is still eating and playing and generally enjoying itself, then leave it be.
Mouse Tails Eight
Contrary to popular belief, mice are extremely fastidious. Clean them as often as you can. They will love you for it. Mine used to love running around in the bath when they were being cleaned out.
Mouse Tails Nine
Mice are endlessly fascinating to other household pets. Make sure they're kept apart safely. Your mice will often be tame enough to allow to run around on the floor, and happily come back to you to be returned to their home. It sounds obvious, but make sure cats and dogs aren't in the room when your mouse is exploring wider territory.
Mouse Tails Ten
Try not to be too sad when your mouse dies. They don't live long, and if you've kept them happy, healthy, well fed, warm, and with plenty to play with, then they've had a really lovely life.
Lastly, enjoy keeping your mice - they're fabulous little creatures, full of personality, and an extremely rewarding little pet!
Before I had my Russian Hamsters I had 2 mice. My mum and I went to Pets At Home and decided to have a look at the small animals section. I noticed that they had 2 mice sitting in a cage and I fell in love with them instantly. I decided that I would have one of them. My mum really hates any animals that are small and furry, even birds too. So I was really surprised when she told me that it was a shame to only take one home and leave the other one in the cage. So I agreed.
I then had to go and look for a cage to keep them in and found a really cheap but suitable one. In total I think that the mice and the cage cost me £30. The cage included all the essentials that are required for starting out.
When I got home I allowed the mice to settle into their new surrounding at their own pace. This is very important so that they feel safe.
After about a week I noticed that one of my mice had a really big tummy, and I later found out that she was pregnant, and must have been when she was at Pets At Home.
About 3 weeks later 'Minnie' gave birth to about 5 baby mice. My dad used to work in a pet shop so he advised me that we needed to take out the male, as he would kill the babies and eat them. My dad proceeded to find an old fish tank that we had and get it ready for Ellesse (who was the father). It was really weird having tiny baby mice, they were always making lots of lovely little squeaking noises, but, they were really ugly looking. They just looked liked bits of pink stuff , that had no fur!
I came home from school one day and never heard them squeaking, and to my horror when I moved their bedding the little pink babies were all dead, they had been eaten. When my dad was taking out the father, mum must have come out for food and dad slipped into the house without being spotted and we took out mum instead of dad.
I was heart broken, and never again felt the same about Ellesse. I know that its just nature but it really made me feel sick.
The only bad thing that I found about having mice is that when they do get ill they do deteriorate very quickly, this can result in either the mice dying or very expensive vets bills. You normally find that your mice will stay healthy.
The life span of mice tend to be about 1-1 and a half years old, which is about normal for any rodent.
They are really easy to handle and tend to have a really placid nature which means that they are great for small children. I always found that my mice were really intelligent and were always escaping from their cages. So be warned get a cage that doesn't have really big spaces between the bars as mice can also squash their bones down to get through very small spaces.
I always found that my mice were very clean animals, but like any other pet they need cleaned out the same amount of times a week, one - two times depending on the activities of the mouse.
Mice need to have wooden toys to chew on so that there teeth do not grow to long, as this can stop them from being able to eat properly. They are also very active and will need a wheel to run on. The only problem i found was that they are very heavy compared to most small animals, and their wheels kept bending and it became really noisy.
I went to buy a mouse the last time I was looking for a new pet, and couldn't find one anywhere. I have recently found out that you will struggle to find mice anywhere as they don't like to breed them for selling, most people tend to buy rats now, so the market has changed to accommodate this.
Mice make quite entertaining pets, a lot more fun than hamsters and can be kept together so they do not require as much human company.
Mice are easy to tame and very rarely bite.
They live for around one and a half to two years which is a shame as they are lovely but they are also nocturnal so if you get one as a pet dont put it in your bedroom as it will keep you awake all night.
Two girls are best as they wont fight, cant breed and will keep each other company.
Unfamiliar males will fight so you can only keep brothers from the same litter together.
Mice are actually cleaner than hamsters only weeing and pooing in one corner of there cage which makes spot cleaning realy easy.
I would recomend buying proper mice food from a pet shop, it is only around £2 but you can give them treat bits of anything you want except chocolate, mine quite like jam doughnuts.
I breed my mice and supply local pet stores, i get £1.25 each for my mice and the pet stores sell them for around £4.
Although i dont get a lot for each mouse when you take into account you can have upto 15 litters a year off your mouse successfully if she is looked after properley, there will be between 6 and 13 babys per litter and i have 86 female mice of breeding age it is quite a little buisiness.
i keep all my female mice together once they become pregnant, all the mice will feed all the babys so it is less strain on one mouse,
Mice realy do make great pets and come in a wide variety of colours from plane white , yellow, orange, red, brown, blue, purple and black.
About two years ago I bought two young Mice from my local Pet Shop.
They were reasonably priced at around £2.00 each (but I got them free because I payed about £30.00 for a cage :S).
When you are trying to look for a cage to house your mice/mouse first of all I would recommend that you chose one with not too many tubes and small places . . .
A: Because when you are cleaning them out it can be a nightmare to try and clean inside the tubes as well.
B: Because Mice are very timid creatures and they will hide in small places so that you cant get them out and when they are first adjusting to new surroundings this can be very difficult.
You also need a cage that is adequately big enough for your mouse/mice but not too big especially if you only have one because bigger cages cost loads and the Mouse can feel lonely because it is natural for them to be around other mice as they are born in large litters.
I recommend that you buy a separate water bottle to the one that comes with the cage because they are usually diddy little things that hardly hold any water.
mice need bowls to eat from preferably pot because they cant eat that although I never had a problem with them . . . they must not have liked plastic!
Oh and ALWAYS check the sexes of the Mice (if you are purchasing 2 this is essential!)
as I found out when one morning I woke up to find 6 lovely, little, sniffling, bald Baby Mice!
Mum wasn't impressed!
The thing about baby Mice is that they grow so fast and whereas some people would try and have an unfortunate "accident" to get rid of them I decided to keep them!
Mouse food which you can get from pet stores is usually £1.50-£2.00 depending on what brand you get.
The only problem with Mice is that they do smell really bad especially males and even after washing their cages the smell lingers!
But you get used to it.
Mice are sort of semi-nocturnal this can be annoying especially when they have a wheel (which I strongly advise) but I just move mine into a different room e.g my parents!
They are nice to hold but as you are probably aware they have no bladders and do have the rather annoying habit of peeing on you.
They would make an ideal first pet for children around 8+ but they would have to be reminded that its a very serious job and that after they have put the bedding in (sawdust or wood chippings and some fluff.)
Unfortunately their lifespans are pretty rubbish usually only around 1 year a bit more perhaps but they are fun while they last!
They are gorgous no other word to describe it. I can be lost for hours just watching them make there homes and run around working. Very very cheap aswell cages are about 15 quid and the mice are 1.50 each. For anyone who wants to just begin mice are my top tip to start with. by far the cheapest. i started with 2 lovely mice and they were related i knew that much one was brown and one was white and grey (Such a wide variety of colours) but i felt bad they looked all upset so i went and got the other 6 members of the family. Here is my only word of warning. If you only want the mice you buy have hem sexed they dont care if it mumy or sister they sleep with coz they will. i started with 8 now have 54 i dont mind coz i love em to bits but the smell can sometimes be strong when pregnant or when babys are born. they are quite to keep cheap to keep fun to watch easy to handle rarely bite unless the feel threatened and there is so much you can do for them, make/buy little play pens for them and they have lots of little treats to get sorry it not a long reveiw but theres not much to say excep buy one or two, they are so much fun to watch. and they are not all germy and diseased.
Right, before you read this I think that I should point out a few things: Well, this op contains absolutely no information about caring for mice or buying them or anything, but I cant post the op that I want to so I've given in and posted this. If you want to just scoll down to the bottom and give me an NU go ahead, I don't mind. (no one's gonna read it anyway) I just think it's quite funny. Also, I am not mad, I am not on any medication, not drunk, on drugs or suffering from LSD flashbacks. I'm not under any psychiatric care (although you may end up thinking I should be). I'm normal, honest. But, you see I have a sister. My sister is fifteen and therefore has an answer for everything. Winning an argument of wit with my sister is becoming harder and harder so I make things up, outrageous things, to perplex her because I can keep a straight face and it's fun (she usually ends up stomping out of the room LOL!). She is studying ancient Egyptian history; she seems to think I know a lot about this kind of thing so asks me for help. I suddenly get this flash of memory that somewhere I've read a theory that the pyramids were built by mice (I may have imagined it though). I tell her this in jest and she gets this look in her eyes and I know she thinks I?m serious, so I run with it. "Did you not know that Jo?" "No, that's just stupid, you're lying" "I am not! I read it in the paper, a proper one to, not the Sun" "Rubbish!" "No, really, I'll tell you the story?" Many years ago, before the ancient Egyptians that we know of, a tribe of giant mice ruled the known world. They build great mouse cities in North Africa and worshipped the stars; they used magic to built great temples in their honour. The emperor and empress of this great nation were called Mavis and Ken. "What! Mavis, that
39;s just daft" "No, really, that's what I read Jo" Anyway, Mavis and Ken were good rulers and loved by all their subjects, all except their son, Justin. You see Justin felt they never took any notice of him. That they were too busy for him and they didn't care about him. Justin tried hard to get them to notice him, he took drugs and stole things, he even frequented the mouse city's most degenerate gay bars, but they never scolded him for it (little did he know that the servants made sure they never found out) "A gay mouse named Justin?" "Yeah, stop interrupting me" Mavis longed for a grandchild to love and Ken wanted his son to produce an heir, so they married him off to the most beautiful princess from Asia, Diana. Justin wasn't interested though, she could only tempt him by wearing a lumberjack shirt and fake moustache and even then when it came to do the deed he turned away. The marriage was a disaster, unable to cope with the rejection Diana threw herself from the city tower and Justin never married again. "Mom! Tell her, she's being dumb!" "I am not, I read it in the paper, one of the big ones you have to fold into four!" "Stop tormenting your sister and go wash your cup, I?m not here to run round after you lot y'know!" "Can't, I'm telling Jo a story" Where was I? Oh yeah. Eventually Mavis and Ken died, sad and unhappy, having never known the love of grandchildren. Justin became the emperor of the mouse nation. Justin's boyfriend, Simon, thought this was a great thing as it now meant that Justin could declare his love for him in public and they wouldn't have to hide anymore. But Justin was a coward and worried about what people would think of him, so he rejected Simon. "Oh, I?m not talking to you anymore!" "No, Jo, this is serio
us, just sit down and listen!" Simon was inconsolable, he drank too much and started sleeping with anyone who would have him to try and block out the rejection, but I was no good. In the end, Simon just couldn?t cope and he killed himself by smothering himself in fish paste and entering the giant cat cages (they used those for entertainment) When he heard the news Justin realised that he have managed to drive away everyone that ever cared about him and whom he had ever loved. He had been the cause of the death of his wife and lover, he had driven his parents to an early grave. In an effort to put right his wrongs he decided to come out to the nation. His subjects were a little apprehensive at first, especially when they saw that the new national costume was a tiny, sequinned thong. But, in time they grew to love him as much as his parents and after a while found the thong quite comfortable (we all find that when we first try it don't we?) "A thong?" "Shut up!" And so, Justin led a long and happy life yet he never produced an heir. When he died the mouse nation fell into chaos and their civilisation crumbled. Eventually a new tribe of people took over the cities and pyramids and made them their own, even copied a few of them. Yet even now, some mice still wear the thongs. You'll never see it as it's a very small one and is hidden under the fur. If you pick one up you may be able to see the little sequinned panel, but these mice are now so rare I doubt you?ll ever find one. "Mom! Tell her to stop it!" "Leave her alone, d'you have to wind her up all the time!" "Oh fine, but don't say I never told you" PS: I have proof I am not mad. I found an article online about Saharan and Australian mice who build small pyramids out of pebbles for shade. I knew I'd got it from somewhere. http://www.science-frontie
rs.com/sf081/sf081b08.htm And I apologise again for inflicting this on you.
Mice....the word sends shivers down some people spines... personally I cannot see why people hate (and are even petrified of them!). I think they're lovely creatures. I assume it is the tail that puts many people off, then again spiders don't have tails and I HATE them so who knows!! I've not currently got any mice, however I have had many, many mice. When I reached the age of about 10 I suddenly got the brain-wave idea of wanting pet mice (I'd been reading a library book about them). Once I'd persuaded the parents, namely my mum, (seen as my dad didn't object!), to let me get some mice I finally took that eventful walk to the local pet shop. There I purchased a cage, sawdust, bedding, toys and 2 little mice. (Two females I might add!) Well it turned out they were both males! (But hey as long as they were both the same sex I didn't mind!). Well I simply adored them. They were just so cute, and so easy to tame! I had them tame within 2 days, which I didn't expect seen as all the book's I'd read had all said it takes a while for them to become tame. Unfortunately though one of them died about 5 months after my buying him. So I then used the "but muuuum, they're sociable creatures...they need company" line and within a few days I had another mouse - purely as a friend to the other one! Anyway, this process continued for a good few years, by which time I had entirely new mice! Well one day I went down to the pet shop to buy a friend after one had passed away (RIP Larry) :( ...and well to my surprise the pet shop had a "buy one for £1 and get the second free"...bargain that - so I simply had to get 2! So I now had 3 mice. Well lets just say, the probabilities of getting mixed sex groups rises the more mice you have (oooh putting into use GCSE Maths there!). So...2 females and one male - just right for perfect timing of litters. One mo
rning I awoke to "squeek squeek" coming from the cage....unusual I thought, seen as mine never squeeked. Well there to my delight lay 8 blind, bald and to the non-mice lovers - the most disgusting lot of babies you've ever seen in your life! But to me - awwwwwwww lovely! Well...it then came time to "break the news" to mum. She took it quite well! (considering she HATES mice!). So this process continued for a year or so - until the male sadly passed away :( He had to be my all-time favourite mouse. I generally do not take favourites when it comes to pets - but he was a case! All of the mice were piebalds (black and white spotted) and this last male had longer than average fur. He was near enough all black and he had the nicest eyes (ok, so all dooyoo’ers now think I'm totally loony!) He used to be quite an acrobat too! No, honestly!! I had this piece of wood that had been laminated for some reason or another, and if I placed this piece of wood on an angle against something and place Larry at the top [I know it sounds cruel!] he used to jump onto my hand - he had great aim! Ok, so that’s enough of me reminising now! I’m sure you’ll all want some now won’t you? Yes I thought so! Well first you should know……. ================= Quick facts about mice: ================= ~ Lifespan ~ On average this is about 1.5 - 2 years. Mind you one of my mice lived until he was about 3 years old. ~ Do they like company? ~ Yep they sure do! You should keep at least 2 mice together. If you read books/websites you will generally find that they recommend you not keeping two males together because they fight. Personally I never had any trouble what-so-ever with any of my mice. I guess you can be unlucky though. You should probably stick to two females just to be
safe. However as I learnt the hard way, people in pet shop's often do not have a clue how to sex mice. (It is difficult though!) ~ What happens if you get a male and female?~ Well, quite obviously....you get hundreds of 'lil baby mice!! Both sexes can start breeding at 6 weeks of age and continue until they are about 12 months old. A female’s first litter often produces a smaller number of babies, as do those from females over 9 months of age. If you have a single male and a few females (which is what I had) they generally produce babies every 18 - 28 days. What is really sweet about doing it this method is that if you are lucky enough to have both of your female mice pregnant at the same time, and they then give birth within a few days of one another you will find that both females take turns in feeding, caring, moving, grooming, etc. of the babies. Giving the other mother mouse a chance for a break. It's so cute watching 2 mothers with about 20 babies between them, all succling while the father looks really proud about his off-spring!! [you'll have to trust me on this one...it *is* cute!!] If you are prepared to take this risk of having multiple births you *have* to take into account what you plan to do with the babies after they are weaned. It is all too simple to have the "oh, i'll sort it out when the time comes" attitude. But believe me, one minute the babies are bald and helpless, the next they're running around fully furred and are within weeks of breeding themselves. I rang up a few pet shops to ask if they wanted them. Fortunately one pet shop wanted them and so each litter I gave to them. Did I get money for them? Well no! Although I did get a bag of food for some litters, particularly as my mice were the piebald variety (slightly unusual) plus the male had quite long fur. My mice all sold like hot cakes apparantly!! Now
onto whether you want mice...ask yourself these questions: ~ Do you like mice? ~ That may sound like a daft questions but it's surprising just how many mouse owners find out they cannot stand the thought of picking them up because of their tails! ~ Does everyone in the family like mice? ~ This point is quite important (but it didn't really matter for me because I was one (and still am!) one of the few people that when they say: "but mum i'll look after it" actually means it. If you're likely to get bored and you're parents hate mice then who'll look after them? ~ Are you willing to look after them, pay for food, bedding, sawdust? ~ That’s vital - after all they're YOUR responsibility - so YOU should look after them. Although you probably don't mind buying everything to start with, how about in a few years. Will you still want to spend £3 on sawdust and food? ~ Have you read about exactly how to care for mice? ~ This didn’t really apply to me because I was always reading about how to care for various pets. Besides it was the library book about them that got my started! ========== Shopping list ========== [No, not your mum's weekly run round Asda!] ~ Cage or tank, of suitable dimensions ~ You should always buy the biggest cage/tank that you can afford. As a guide you should look to buy a cage/tank of about 60cm x 30cm x 25cm. Although they're small - mice still deserve a decent home! ~ Sawdust (preferably the wood chip variety) ~ ~ Bedding ~ They seem to prefer shredded paper. Although the "Nestledown" type's look comfy to us, it can cause harm if they decide to eat any. ~ A bed ~ In the form of a plastic one from a pet shop or a box, upside down terracota plant pot...etc. ~ A wheel (without slots) ~ It really sh
ould be a solid plastic one, after all, you don't want to find your mouse hanging upside down with its foot or its tail stuck in one of the rungs. ~ A variety of toys ~ If you are a dab-hand when it comes to woodwork then you could make your own! I did this quite often. Otherwise there are plenty to choose from at pet shops. Failing that any sort of tubing, boxes, stones, etc. will be suitable. ~ Chew blocks for their ever growing teeth ~ ~ Food bowl ~ Preferably of the pot type partly because mice are partial to a good chew on plastic ones. Also because when you have a few all clambering around trying to get the best bits of food it is inevitable that the bowl will fall over! ~ Drinking bottle ~ I definitely recommend the bottles over bowls. You'll find out why if you attempt to use a bowl...lets just say - the sawdust soon gets wet! ~ And of course...last but by no means least....food!! ~ There is plenty of choice about this. You will find out what variety your mice prefer [yes, they have taste bud's too!] ================== ~ How to care for mice ~ ================== * Clean the cage out once a week. * If using a tank, make sure you have a 2-3 inch layer of sawdust on the floor. * Use a pet safe disinfectant every time you clean the cage out. * Clean all food bowls/drinking bottles every day. * Supply enough food and water to last a day. You'll get to know how much your mice eat on an average day. ======= ~ Costs ~ ======= Well this is one good thing about mice. They sure aren’t expensive! You can get a decent cage/tank for around £20. Mice usually cost £1-£3. Toys can cost up to about £5. But like I said before, toilet/kitchen rolls seem to be the most popular ones! Food costs about £2 and will last you a good few months. Water isn’t going to set you back much! A
ll-in-all, the start up costs are relatively low and running costs are very low. Please bear in mind that if your pet ever becomes ill you really should take it to the vet ASAP. ============ ~ General tips ~ ============ You may find that you're mice smell. I’m not going to deny this fact. However much I love mice - they (or rather their urine!) DOES smell. It doesn't matter how often you scrub that cage - it will still smell. My mum made me keep mine in the garage. (Ok in Summer - but in Winter I felt really guilty!) It is ok to keep mice in garages or sheds, just so long as there are no drafts. As long as they are dry and away from drafts they don’t seem to mind the cold. One thought I did have though was this: So you're mice smell, you clean the cage out, they still smell so you scrub the cage out again. This process continues and the smell doesn’t go. Right? Well think of it from the mouse's point of view. You come along with you're scrubbing brush, hot water and disinfectant. You then scrub away all of the smells. The mouse is a naturally territorial animal. It uses it's urine to scent mark its territory. So the more you clean the more it wee's! Hence the more you scrub the more the smell accumulates. So don't (like me!) get yourself into the vicious circle! I realised that a good few weeks into the process. What I found best was this: Leave the cage 2-3 weeks without entirely cleaning it out. (During the latter end of this stage it will get very smelly so be warned!) Then clean it out bit by bit, not all in one drastic move. Carry on doing this and eventually you will have what's known in the equine world of a "deep litter system". You'll end up with what is effectively a clean cage - yet doesn’t make the mice want to scent mark all over again. Worth a try don't you think? =========== ~ Bad points ~ =========== Apart from the smell (which, to be honest, I personally didn’t find too bad at all. It certainly wouldn’t put me off having any more in the future). There is just one other bad point to mice. All 5 of my mice died, what seemed to be, in a not very pleasant way. What I mean is this. Rather than decline rapidly (over a day or so) and die overnight, all of mine seemed to decline slowly, which was fine up until they were on their last legs. When they reached the point where it was obvious they were going to die, they seemed to linger around for ages. It used to break my heart. I should(?) with hindsight have taken them to be put down but I always thought they’d die by the next day…. Sometimes they did, sometimes they’d hang around for another couple of days. I probably prolonged it though because I tried my very best to keep them alive (i.e. syringe feeding them for one thing). It really is upsetting, if you get attached to your pets half as much as I do anyway. So, after all that, do you still want mice? Of course you do! I'd recommend them any day!!
I acquired two mice from the RSPCA as no-one else would have them due to their age. My summary of them would be cute, inquisitive and VERY smelly. I have two male mice with very different characteristics. I was expecting white mice (like you see on TV) or grey mice (like the ones my cat brings in – whoops), but my two are beautiful. One is black and white, skinny, very active, friendly and inquisitive and the other is fawn, shy, very lazy and fat. Neither bite at all and they are quite happy to sit in your hands or run up and down your arm. Mice are not at all toilet trained, so may not be suitable for small children, and washing your hands afterwards is a must. They are housed in a wire hamster cage (with a wheel) inside a larger plastic cage (for climbing in and on) with a wire grille on top (for air circulation). Mice love cages with lots of activities and climbing. I have added toilet tubes, jars, cardboard boxes, wooden bedding boxes, egg cartons and even a rope maze to keep them occupied. The cage bars should not be any bigger than your little fingers or they could escape. Each time I clean the cage out I move things about to make it different and challenging and they love it. They can also be housed in complicated hamster cages – the more tubes and places to explore the better. You can use sawdust in the cage or deodorised paper based cat litter and I use shredded paper bedding (except one of mine ignores it and buries under the hamster cage). Male mice smell more than female mice, as they ‘mark’. The problem with cleaning them out too frequently is that you will encourage them to mark more and end up in the vicious circle of cleaning them out more, so they mark more, etc. Up to twice a week should suffice, but leave a little of their original bedding in the clean cage to discourage marking. They are very cheap and easy to feed. Use either hamster or rat food, and occasional chunks of
vegetable. They need a water bottle to drink from and get through a surprising amount. The more you handle them, the more friendly they will get. My mice were used to cats from their previous home and hardly notice when my cat jumps on top of the cage. Rats can also harm mice if they can get to them. Although generally nocturnal, they don’t mind being woken up (like hamsters do) and are always willing to come out to play. They can move very fast though. They are not generally sickly animals and usually live between 1 year and 2 years. Mice can breed like mad, so although they should be kept in at least pairs, make sure the group is all of the same sex. Male mice should only live together if they have been introduced at a young age. Mice make lovely pets if you don’t mind the dreadful smell. Unless I end up rescuing more, they are not a pet I will buy myself, but this is solely due to the smell. There are many mice addicts around and even mice shows. An excellent mouse website for further information is: firstname.lastname@example.org/mouse.htm
My son is two and about a month ago my husband and I went out and bought him a couple of mice. It was a bit spur of the moment but they seem to be fairly low maintenance. We went into the pet shop on the Saturday and just enquired about them. We asked what sort of cage they needed. Apparently the guideline is if you can get your little finger between the bars of a cage then it's not suitable as the mice can get out!! Try it and you'll soon see how small a gap they can get through. Because of this we decided that we wouldn't buy a cage, but more of a tank. We found a suitably sized one called Small Pals Pen, which had lots of air flow through the lid. Off we went and bought some sawdust, mouse bedding, water bottle, food bowl and a wooden tunnel for them to play/hide in as well as two exercise balls. We asked if there were any differences between males and females (despite the obvious!) and were told that males were friendlier (also mice don't tend to bite as much as hamsters or gerbils). As we wanted to be able to handle them we decided on two boys. I have since learnt that the male's urine can be smellier, but we haven't really noticed. We placed their tank in a fairly dark corner of our lounge as they don't like too much light being nocturnal. I must admit that they do spend most of the day asleep but they do come to live around dusk. I clean them out twice a week to make sure that they don't get too smelly and it only takes about 10 minutes tops. My son gets lots of enjoyment out of them, he watches them eating and playing about in their cage; we put them in their exercise balls and he follows them around the room and he loves it when his daddy and I hold them although he's not brave enough to handle them himself as yet. They are really easy to handle and we usually have them out every day, the only downside is that they do poo frequently and they don't mind where! Because of t
his attention to hygiene is very important, so hand washing after handling the mice is a must. I think that they are an ideal, low budget, low maintenance pet, their home is the biggest expense but even that only cost £9.99. Their food and bedding is really cheap and as long as they're cleaned and fed regularly they really don't demand that much time. In my opinion they're an ideal first pet for a child.
I used to live in a multi storey flat, and had quite a few mice, the problem was they weren't pets. Lets be honest mice are vermin, pests and disgusting, they spread diseases by urinating on surfaces such as worktops and naturally carry several nasty diseases. My advice is if you have mice or think you have look under mattresses etc and youll find their droppings. To remove them, buy traps and a kit kat (they love em) take the plinth off several kitchen base units and put a small bit of kitkat on a trap ,screw the plinths back and check every day. theyll soon be dead hee hee good riddance, either that or get a loving cat.