One day we sort of accidentally got a mouse. And we sort of accidentally fell in love.
- Male mice (bucks) should NEVER be kept together. Bucks bond well with their humans and will fight violently if kept in the same habitat. We recommend a 10 gallon aquarium tank or bin cage for a singular male.
- Female mice (does) should be kept in groups of 3 or more. They love to socialize and can experience symptoms of depression if they are alone, but they will still bond with their humans. We recommend at least a 20 gallon aquarium tank or bin cage for a colony of 3-5 does.
- Bucks and does should NEVER be kept together unless you have intentions to breed. They will reproduce very quickly.
- Mice are very intelligent and active. They should have at least a 6.5 inch wheel or medium saucer, toys, a structure to hide in, and multiple levels to run about on. Many mouse accessories can be made out of popsicle sticks and hot glue.
- A mouse’s teeth never stop growing, so it is important to always provide them something to chew on, such as willow sticks.
- Mice do best on a pellet based diet to avoid wet tail, which can be fatal. We currently feed our mice Mazuri Rat & Mouse. You can add a variety of other snacks in small quantities such as oats, mealworms, or cornflakes.
- The best odor control we have found is aspen bedding. We give our mice some paper bedding on top to nest with. Bucks will urinate more during the first few weeks of their new home in order to mark their territory, but after this, the bucks tend to not create as much waste. Does do not urinate as often as bucks.
- Any new introductions between mice require a bonding period in a neutral environment.
- We suggest cleaning mice habitats at least weekly, depending on the amount of mice and the amount of waste produced.