About Mice

One day we sort of accidentally got a mouse. And we sort of accidentally fell in love.

Mice are wonderful pets. They will learn who you are and know that you are their caretaker. However, mice have very particular steps of care that must be taken prior to adoption. Please see the below list of habitat, feeding, and socialization suggestions prior to filling out an adoption application.

  • 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.
  • Bigger is not always better when it comes to mouse enclosures. Mice prefer smaller, cluttered spaces. If you have a larger habitat, be sure to provide many hides, chews, and other enrichment pieces.
  • 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 Kruse’s Perfection Brand Rat & Mouse Food. 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. Small amounts of vanilla extract applied to each mouse will help make bonding go more smoothly as the extract will neutralize each mouse’s unique scent.
  • Mice not bred at ChattaMice are quarantined for 3 weeks upon arrival. We recommend quarantining your new mice before introducing them to your current mice.
  • We suggest cleaning mice habitats at least weekly, depending on the amount of mice and the amount of waste produced.
  • Owning any pet comes with risks. Make sure you have thoroughly educated yourself on potential diseases, injuries, or other hazards that can come with owning mice. ChattaMice also has pet cats, dogs, rabbits, and rats that live in our home.
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