MEET THE MOUSE

Humans have been keeping mice as pets since 1100 BC and it's no surprise why. They are smart, personable, clean pets who are fairly easy to care for. Plus, who can resist those little faces?

Lifespan

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2 - 3 years

Diet Difficulty

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Low

Good With Kids

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Yes

Care Difficulty

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Low

Space Requirement

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Small

Cleanliness

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High

Time Needed Outside Cage

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Medium

Human Interaction Needs

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High

Potty Trainability

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Low

Cuddliness

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Medium

CARE GUIDE

SUPPLY LIST

ADOPTABLE

MICE

ENCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

MNPPR Recommends

Bin Cage

Aquarium tanks of at least 20 gallons have enough room but can be heavy. We recommend making a DIY tub/bin cage as they are appropriately sized, inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to clean. Store-bought cages such as Habitrails or similar are not recommended because even with the connecting tubes, they do not have enough floor space.

Other Notes

Mice prefer deep cages with at least 6 inches of bedding, tunnels, nesting materials, and climbing toys.

 

Cages should have plenty of ventilation but be sure your mouse can’t escape through or chew on the holes. Any cage should have a solid floor since standing on wire can cause injuries and bumblefoot. 

Inspect your mouse’s cage every day for any signs of chewing.

Mice enjoy burrowing and building nests. Unscented soft recycled paper, shredded paper, and paper pellets are all great bedding options either by themselves or mixed. MNPPR strongly recommends avoiding all wood-based beddings due to the general sensitivity of pocket pets.

Minimum Dimensions
One - two mice: 30" L x 12" W x 12"H

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ENRICHMENT REQUIREMENTS

Essentials

water bottle

food bowl

lots of chew toys (wood or lava)

wheel

at least one shelter/hide

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Variety
toilet paper tubes
fiddlesticks
tunnels
bird toys
bits of fabric
ladders
cardboard
treat balls
homemade toys

Other Items
pet carrier
unscented bedding (soft recycled paper
such as CareFresh, shredded paper, or paper pellets)

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FEEDING REQUIREMENTS

Staple Diet

Always keep your mouse’s food bowl full of high-quality rat/mouse kibble, pellets, or blocks such as Oxbow or Mazuri. Seed mix food should not be used because they are often missing vital nutrients and many mice will only eat their favorite tasting pieces causing an unbalanced diet. If your mouse is overweight they may need fewer treats or more exercise.

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Treats

There are many options for store-bought treats made for mice but fresh food can also make great treats. Be sure they are not storing anything in their nests that could rot. Mice should never get more than 1/4 tablespoon of treats a day or they may become obese.

apples

bananas

bell peppers

blueberries

broccoli

carrots

cauliflower

Cheerios

cranberries

cucumbers

cooked eggs

Unsafe Treats

any citrus fruit

apple seeds

cabbage

cheese

corn

fizzy drinks

garlic

milk

onions

peanuts

poppy seeds

raisins

raw beans

raw meat

rhubarb

walnuts

green beans

mealworms

parsley

peas

pumpkin seeds

plain popcorn

raspberries

sunflower seeds 

timothy hay

unsalted crackers

yogurt

Safe Treats

DISCLAIMER

All information shared by MN Pocket Pet Rescue is researched, up to date, and accurate to the best of our ability. We are not a licensed veterinary organization and do not intend to present ourselves as such. All educational material contains our best recommendations for care specific to each species. However, all animals are different and some may have unique needs. MN Pocket Pet Rescue does not assume any liability for the well-being of any animal not under our care. Always use your best judgment and follow veterinary recommendations whenever necessary. If you have any questions or find inaccurate information please contact us.