Mouse Care

HOW TO HOUSE YOUR MICE

Groups of females mice can be housed in a 10 gallon aquarium with mesh lid. Males should be housed singly as males (especially males who are unfamiliar with each other) will likely fight.

Some mouse owners create suitable habitats out of plastic bins. There are many tutorials available on Youtube.

Hamster-style solid plastic cages do not provide sufficient ventilation and are difficult to clean. These should generally be avoided.

If you choose a wire cage make sure the gap between the wires is no more than quarter of an inch as mice can easily escape through larger gaps. It is not recommended to keep baby or juvenile individuals in wire cages due to the likelihood they will escape.

BEDDING FOR YOUR MOUSE ENCLOSURE

Bedding will help control odors and give your mouse something to burrow through and nest in. Recommended beddings include aspen, sanichips, carefresh, soft ‘n cozy, and pelleted bedding made from paper or alfalfa.

HOW TO FEED YOUR MICE

Mice need a daily supply of food and water. Its recommended that you use a glass or plastic water bottle to supply water instead of a bowl. Be cautious if mice can access a the plastic portion of a plastic water bottle they may chew threw it.

There are many types of mouse food available at pet stores that have been designed for mice. THese include lab block style foods and seed mixed. Avoid foods marketed for hamsters or gerbils.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT

Environmental enrichment involves giving your mice stimulating things to play with in their enclosure. Mice enjoy tissue paper, toilet paper rolls, pieces are cardboard or egg carton.

Mice may also use traditional running wheels or saucer-style running wheels. Some mouse owners also include things like store bought or homemade branches, ladders, and similar items that are designed for birds or reptiles.

Avoid very soft plastic items or threaded fabric items.

Unless otherwise noted, Mouse Care is based on the Fancy Mouse Breeder’s Association care recommendations located at https://www.fancymousebreedersassociation.com/care.html.