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You need to keep your mouse in a suitable cage as they like to chew and can escape easily. The various types all have advantages and disadvantages, choosing a case means weighing up the good and bad points to decide which you think is the most appropriate. This will probably depend on personal preference, while important factors should be taken in to consideration. If the cage has a glass front, make sure that there is a gap to let air in, or drill little holes in the roof of the cage to allow for ventilation.

It may be that the type of cage you have or money dictates the mice you get, or it may be that the mice you want dictate the type of cage.
Males or Females?
Male mice are generally bigger than females and are less likely to live together happily, so a pair of male mice will require more space compared to a pair of females.
Bar spacing may need to be smaller for females than males, if choosing a wire cage.
How many & what age?

A group of eight mice will obviously require more room than a group of two or three. Baby or young mice, apart from obviously being smaller, are quicker and more active than older mice. They are more likely to escape through small gaps and are more motivated towards climbing and jumping.
Where will they be kept?
This will be important as firstly the size of the cage you get and also for whether a barred or solid cage will be more suitable. If space is limited a small based but tall cage may be the obvious choice or if you have a large surface area but height is restricted a wide, short cage may be better. If being kept in a room where other animals such as cats or rats have access, a solid walled cage may offer the mice better protection from paws, claws or tails from poking through. A solid cage will also shield against drafts if the cage is to be housed in a cool or slightly draftee room, where as a room where it is difficult to open windows regular may require a barred cage for improved ventilation.

What can you afford?
Whilst most types of cage can be bought cheaply second hand with a large market online, the amount you have to spend will most likely have to cover all the toys and accessories too. The cage systems with tubes and different rooms often require less adapting and fewer extras such as toys as they are to some extent a playground in themselves. An old fish tank is often very cheap but will most certainly need more kitting out with toys to make the most of the space and to make it interesting for the mice. A hamster cage will normally come with the basics such as water bottle, feeding bowls and a wheel and can be relatively cheap from new, although not all will be suitable for mice.

Bedding
Sawdust should be used for the cage bottom, and hay or paper to nest in. Shredded paper isn't very warm with newspapers being thick and cosy.
You should clean your mice out at least once a week making sure you have somewhere secure to keep the mice while the cage is being cleaned, possibly another cage.

A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem! Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.

  • Mice will normally sleep for over 12 hours a day.
  • Mice eat, or at least chew anything that is softer than their teeth.
  • Mice are very neat as they will sleep, eat and defecate in different places.
  • Mice do not like rats as rats are known to prey on mice however in the wild they do live together.
  • Mice can jump straight up to about 18 inches and are also very good climbers and swimmers.
  • A male mouse is called a buck.
  • A female mouse is called a doe.
  • The offspring of mice are called pups or kitten.
  • A group of mice are called a family, horde or a nest.
  • A wild mouse will live no longer than 1 year.
  • A pet mouse may live for between 2 and 3 years.
  • A mouse’s tail is almost as long as its body.
  • Mice do not see in colour.
  • Mice are nocturnal creatures.
  • Mice can and will chew through anything softer than their teeth.
  • Mice cause more than 1 billion dollars’ worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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