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Mice - April 23rd 2019, 01:17 AM

So an acquaintance of mine's mouse had babies I asked her if I could have one and she said yes Does anyone here have any tips as to how to take care of one? How different are they from hamsters? I've had multiple hamsters. Can they eat hamster food? I currently have my dwarf in a 20 gallon, would that be suitable for a mouse as well? Obviously I'm not putting them together, however, I was thinking about getting another 20 gallon for my new fur baby. OR can they can go in those plastic hamster cages? I have one or two of those. I also could switch my dwarf into the plastic one, she's lived in one before and thrived like she is now, and put the new mouse into its old aquarium once I get it cleaned. My new baby won't be ready for about 4 more weeks so I have some time to plan.

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Re: Mice - April 25th 2019, 06:54 AM

Hello there.

It's always exciting getting a new pet.

I, unfortunately, cannot offer any valuable advice due to never owning a pet mouse before but I have included a link that could be beneficial. You can also ask a vet or animal store employee that might offer more tips to help you.

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Re: Mice - April 25th 2019, 02:21 PM

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It's always exciting getting a new pet.

I, unfortunately, cannot offer any valuable advice due to never owning a pet mouse before but I have included a link that could be beneficial. You can also ask a vet or animal store employee that might offer more tips to help you.

https://www.vetbabble.com/small-pets/mice/
?Thanks for the link! It was definitely helpful! I was going to get an aquarium, but now that I've read that about the ammonia build up I plan on getting one of those plastic ones


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Re: Mice - April 28th 2019, 09:51 AM

I never had a mouse but I am sure that you will have so much fun taking good care of this little animal. A friend of mine uses rat cages at home where she keeps her pets.

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Re: Mice - April 30th 2019, 07:35 PM

Believe it or not, mice actually make amazing pets!! I worked at Petsmart for a while, so I do know some information on them. If you're getting a female, try and get a couple of them, as they like to have friends. If you have a male, you must only have one, or they will become territorial.

I wouldn't keep them in a tank as they need ample circulation, so I would go for a hamster cage that has a hard plastic bottom. Make sure you wash your hands after handling them before touching anything else on your body.

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Get them a hamster wheel!! I used to laugh for hours watching them run on one. It was such an amazing sight.

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Re: Mice - May 6th 2019, 09:14 PM

Hey Court,

I'm a bit late to this, but mice are wonderful little critters! A 20-gallon tank is very suitable for them, especially a 20-gallon long. Unlike rats, you can keep mice in tanks as their respiratory systems are a little less sensitive, but make sure to keep it clean and use an absorbent bedding. As I'm sure you know from owning a hamster, aspen or paper-based products are best - no pine or cedar as this is harmful to them.

I wouldn't put them in the little hamster cages that they sell in pet stores as those are usually too small for them (and for hamsters). At a minimum, they need a 10-gallon tank or 1.5 (for one to two mice), but I don't recommend this. Bigger is always better! If you'd prefer, you can look up how to make a bin cage from storage bins, as this is a less expensive (and lighter) option for a lot of people. If you do decide to get them a cage, make sure it has adequate space and that the bar spacing is no more than 1/4" apart as they can squeeze out otherwise.

As Brittany said, you must house females together as they are social (at least two, but three is a good number) and males alone, and a wheel works great! Just make sure it's a wheel that has a solid, not wire, surface so they don't get bumblefoot. Mice require a minimum of a 6" wheel (I believe the smallest Silent Spinner is a 6.5"), but 8" is also great. Don't buy the 4" wheels that they sell in the stores; these are not big enough for ANY animal and can cause back issues.

Mice are different from hamsters in that they are social and should be kept together (if female), and they are more agile. Unlike hamsters, it is best if they have areas to climb. If you use a tank or a bin cage for them, get them climbing structures and hang hammocks from the lid. They cannot eat hamster food; they will need a specialty mouse diet. Oxbow is a good brand that I usually recommend for rats or mice. Mice are also smarter than hamsters, so make sure to get them a lot of toys!

Oh, and... BE AWARE THAT MALE MICE STINK!! They have a very pungent odor once they are sexually mature, so keep that in mind if you do decide to get a male. Don't think that just because they can be housed alone that they are easy, because they aren't! I wouldn't use anything wooden (such as wooden hideaways) in a male's cage because they will urinate on it and you will never get the odor out.

I hope this helps a bit! Best of luck, and let me know if you have any other questions!

All the best,
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