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
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
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.