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Small pets need special care. Learn how to tend to your little four-legged friend with these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- A mouse or two
- A wire cage or ten-gallon glass aquarium
- Aspen shavings, shredded paper, or hay
- Rodent food
- A water bottle
- Untreated wood blocks
- Empty coffee cans, shoeboxes, overturned flowerpots, and cardboard tubes
- Paper towels
- An exercise wheel
- Mouse toys
Do your homework
Before you bring home even a little tiny mouse, do your homework. Pet stores can sell you books and magazines about mice. You can also find lots of mouse sites online.
Buy mice in pairs
Mice are social animals and shouldn’t live alone. Two female mice make great friends. Two male mice can be buddies if they’re introduced at an early age. Just don’t combine males and females, or you’ll soon be overrun!
Prepare a nice mouse home
Keep your mice in a wire cage or a ten-gallon glass aquarium, away from direct sunlight and drafts. Line the cage with plenty of bedding—aspen shavings, shredded paper, or hay work best.
Offer rodent food
Feed your mice rodent food—which is specially formulated for their nutritional needs and is available at pet stores—as well as small amounts of greens and vegetables. Provide fresh, clean water and remove uneaten fresh food daily.
Use untreated wood for chewing
Mice’s teeth grow continuously throughout their lives. So make sure your mouse buddies have plenty of untreated wood to chew.
Set up hiding places
Mice need lots of hiding places to play and sleep in. Try empty coffee cans, shoeboxes, overturned flower pots, and cardboard tubes.
Offer paper towels for bedding
Provide your mice with plenty of clean paper towels that they can shred up and use for bedding.
Buy exercise wheel
Mice love to run on exercise wheels. Put a wheel or two in your mice’s cage and make sure they can use them easily.
Play with your mice
Tame your mice by handling them every day and letting them run around in a safe, enclosed area.
Offer mouse toys
Like all rodents, mice love toys and tubes. Give your mice as many toys as their cage will hold.
Treat your mouse well
There’s more to a pet mouse than you’d expect. Treat him well, and you’ll enjoy this adorable pet for a long time to come.