I thinking of getting a mouse as a pet. I've nearly convinced my Mum and Dad but only if I get one. Will it effect the mouses health if it lives in solitary. I understand that females are more effected with this. Also are they good pets and any helpful tips would be appreciated. Thank-You
As someone with 7 mice, I don't recommend getting a single mouse. It's almost impossible to even buy a male mouse for this reason, they are the absolute most social animals I've ever met, more social than humans, and need to be around others. Boys will impregnate girls, and fight other boys, I'd know.
Mice are awesome though, it's not too big of a deal to get two. If you have the space and money for one mouse, you have the space for two or three. If you have any questions about what mice need, love to play with, or the best kind of mouse to get, I'm your gal.
I would actually recommend a rat or two instead of a mouse. They don't take up that much more space, and I find them to be much more personable. My rats have never bitten me or had a fight with their roommates, unlike pet mice I've had in the past.
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i think i'll get two mice same gender.
which bedding is better like woodchips, shredded papers, ect?
im not too sure on rats though, only because i had one bite me
thanks again guys big help
I've had little experience with rats, though I do enjoy them. But I have not had one bad experience with mice, and I have had 9 total, 7 right now. Like I said, you'll want two females. While paper bedding is often prettier and softer on the mice, cedar shavings tend to hold smell better. As for myself, smell doesn't bother me because I'm so used to it. (I work with animals) but my mother insists that cedar shavings help the most.
I'm practically an expert on mouse care, so hit me up
I highly advise against getting a male mouse at all. It was an accident for me to get mine really, for a few reasons. As I said before, mice are highly sociable and should be kept in at least pairs. So that's be fine right, to get two male mice? Nope, males will fight each other. To the death.
You say that feral mice will impregnate females? I REALLY highly suggest against letting your mice play with other mice, it is way too dangerous on so many levels. Mice are not animals you can just let play outside, or inside, you need to watch them constantly or keep them in their cage. They are not a dog or a cat, if you let them outside, they will get caught by another animal and you've lost your mouse. Even if you're watching it.
You really don't toilet train mice at all... They poop in their cedar or paper litter in their cage. If you get it young enough you might be able to get it to poop in a certain corner, but I highly doubt that. I've never had any luck with any 9 of my mice to be toilet trained. I just clean out the litter every week. It's like a hamster, you keep it in a cage or hold it. Nothing else. Don't just let it play around your house. It's dangerous to your mouse, and dangerous to your house. They can and will chew on wires, walls, your food, ext.