Mouse

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Mulberry Lane Vet Hospital
294 Lords Place
Orange
NSW 2800

Phone:
02 6360 3071

Vital statistics

Life expectancy 1-2 years Weaning 18-21 days
Breeding 6 weeks Pregnancy 19-21 days
Litter size   Adult body weight 20-60g

 

Mice are in the rodent family. They are ideal pets as they are quiet in nature, small in size and are to care for, They are very sociable animals that love interaction with humans and enjoy the companionship. They become very used to handling especially if handling is started at a young age. Mice come in a variety of of coat colours and coat lenghts.

 

Housing:

• Provide a cage as large as possible and ensure that it is easy to clean. Bird cage type enclosures are recommended to plastic/glass tubs, as they allow good ventilation.

• Ensure that the area you decide to keep your pet mouse in is not going to become to hot as mice are prone to heat stress

• Clean the cage/enclosure and change their bedding on a regular basis to avoid ammonia build up

• Bedding materials that are suitable to keep in your mouse cage include: shredded paper, pelleted recycled paper ( Cat litter). Mice love to burrow and hide, ensure that the bedding is of reasonable thickness to allow this.

• Make certain that your pet mouse enclosure is safe from predators.

• Provide your pet mouse with little hammocks, boxes, tunnels assorted toys, this will allow great places for your mouse to hide.

• Mice are sociable animals, you could consider housing two or more together (Paired females tend to get on better then paired males.

• Water drippers are preferred over water bowls as they are easy to clean and don’t become soiled.

 

Feeding:

• Mice are omnivores ( they eat plant and animal material). They will eat a wide variety of foods

• Mice should be offered small amounts of good quality Mice pellets or mouse/rat cubes ( ensure that they have a protein content of at least 16% and fat content of 4-5%). Mice love fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Examples include: carrots, celery, endive, Bok Choy, berries, apples, bananas, pears, melons, stone fruits, citrus fruits, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, fresh corn, peas, beans and tomatoes.

• Avoid feeding seed or grain mixes, as Mice are prone to becoming obese and malnourished on these mixes.

 

Health and veterinary care:

• Have any newly acquired pet mouse checked by a vet, especially if you are adding your new mouse with other pet mice at home, and annually there after.

• Always monitor your mouse's food intake , body condition, mouth ears, eyes, toileting behavior and feet.

 

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