Mice are wonderful pets for people of all ages, they are very playful and you can actually fell food by just watching them play. So, if you are going to buy a mouse then you are at the right place as i will tell you everything about them.
1. GET PREPARED :-
Before getting a pet in your home, it is very important to get all the things you’ll need. Set up his cage and fill the water bottle and food bowl. Your mice might take some time to adjust in when he come home, so you should be prepared before as this can make the transition less stressful for your mouse and mice.
Before purchasing mice, you should do research about them so that you can know exactly what to do after bringing home a new pet.
2. DECIDE IF YOU WANT A SINGLE MALE OR TRIO OF FEMALES :-
Females should be kept with females so this is the best ratio. Also, Female mice are easier to keep. The trio of female mice is best to keep, so even if one mouse passes away then one companion will be left for the other mouse. But if you want to keep a male mouse, then they, too, has some characteristics which makes them wonderful pet for people. Males should be kept alone to decrease the risk of fighting with other male mice, but some people have even reported success by keeping more than one male mouse if they were introduced at a young age.
3. HOUSING :-
The best cages for mice are wired – cages with bar – spacing of less than one cm. Wire – cages do not have serious problems of ventilation that a tank does, and also they provide opportunities for advancement. Even if you are going to get a tank then you will need to make mesh lid in order to increase air circulation for your mouse. If you will be using barred cages then make sure the space between bars must be less than 1 cm, otherwise, your mouse might escape. Remember if your mouse fits his head between bars then his body, too, can be fitted.
4. FEEDING :-
Food should be available to your mouse all the time. Their metabolisms are quite high so always try to provide fresh food. Pre-made mixes designed for rats and mice contain too much of protein, a safer option to feed them is pre – made hamster mix. When you purchase food, look for twelve percent of protein or less than it. You should also avoid mixes which contain high number of sunflower – seeds as they are very fattening and are used in fillers in cheap mixes of food. Now, giving treats is essential too, you should give them treat once in week as it can actually kill your mouse by dehydration. Suitable treats include scrambled eggs, cooked rice, chopped carrots, cheerios, veggies etc.
5. PROVIDE EXERCISE :-
Make available a wheel to mice all the time. Do not use metal bars wheel as your mouse can cut off his tail by spokes. Make sure that the wheel is large enough so that your mouse do not arch his back while running, it can actually cause permanent damage so be careful.The medium sized silent spinner is a better choice and for your comfort, try to buy that one which do not makes much noise.
6. PROVIDE TOYS :-
Mice are quite curious animals and needs a lot of stimulation in order to stay happy. Buy a diverse set of toys before purchasing mouse. So that, you can alternate their toys whenever you clean their cage. The more you make available toys to them, the more they will be happier. The best mice toys are often not available in a pet store. Baskets of small wires meant for organisation, make fantastic climbing toys. Other cheap toys include unused egg cartons, card board boxes, toilet paper rolls, clay pot cups or tea pot cups, woods, bottles and jars of all kinds, unused tissue box, all of these toys will provide a lot of entertainment to your mouse and you as well.
7. GIVE YOUR MICE TIME TO ADJUST :-
When you bring mice at your home then it is advised to give them at least four to five days alone in their cage in order to adjust in the new surroundings and when he begins to show normal activity like running on the wheel, drinking, playing, eating, grooming etc then it will be safe to hand taming. No matter how excited you are to hold them and play with your new companion, this alone time is very important in order to building a trusting bond with your mouse.
8. BE PATIENT :-
Being patient is very important when you bring mouse at your home. Every animal needs to adjust in new surroundings. Don’t expect your mouse to feel comfortable on the day you start training. Let them learn that they are safe and you will not hurt them and once this strong bond has been made then you can expect a happy and long relationship with your cute little pet mouse.