- Mice like to gnaw, so a cage made of wire with a plastic bottom, or an aquarium with a mesh roof is recommended.
- Ventilation is very important as the build-up of ammonia from the mouse's urine can lead to the development of respiratory disease.
- Cages should be cleaned frequently and all uneaten food and faeces removed daily.
- A form of absorbent bedding and nesting material such as shredded newspaper should be provided.
- Provide shelter for hiding and sleep eg, a plastic house from a pet shop or a piece of plastic drain pipe (both are easy to clean).
- Mice are active animals and will enjoy a variety of toys such as tunnels, boxes and ladders. If exercise wheels are used, ensure they have a solid back to prevent tails getting caught in the side supports as the wheel turns.
- Ideally your mouse should be offered a balanced selection of fresh vegetables and fruit such as peas, beans, corn, carrots, broccoli, apples, grapes etc. A commercial rodent diet should be made available occasionally.
- Once to twice weekly you can offer small amounts of pasta, rice, toast, eggs, chicken and other meats.
- Fresh water should be available at all times.
- Common health problems in mice are respiratory disease (bacteria or viral), mammary (breast) tumours, and skin disease such as mite infestations.
- "Red tears" are a sign of stress and can indicate pain or an underlying disease.
We welcome you to book an appointment or visit us to discuss how to keep your mouse in optimal health.