We feed our mice Mazuri Breeder 6F in addition to a mix of grains and fresh foods. Avoid food mixes that are also for Gerbils or Hamsters as their nutritional requirements are different from Mice. You can find a list of safe/unsafe foods here.
Mice should have access to fresh water at all times. While they can drink from a dish, mice love to burrow so are likely to kick bedding into their water bowl.
There are many bedding options available. The key things to remember when choosing a bedding for mice is that they love to burrow and dust can cause respiratory issues. We use paper bedding, but aspen or pine shavings (kiln-dried only), or even a combination work very well. We also give our mice Orchard Grass Hay that they both eat and make nests out of.
Mice are very busy creatures. They love to run in wheels and play with toys. Chew toys such as wood blocks are a necessity to ensure their teeth stay worn down. You can also buy millet and oat sprays (usually in the bird section) to scatter in their cages to encourage foraging behavior and promote activity.
While you can house up to four female mice in a 10 gallon aquarium with a mesh lid, we recommend bin cages. You can see an example of one here. Store bought cages are usually very small and either made of easily chewed plastic, or have bars spaced too far apart. Mice need sufficient air flow through their enclosure to minimize respiratory issues.
Mice are very small prey animals, and as such many things frighten them. You can get your pet mouse used to being handled and some can be great companions that can even learn tricks. Be aware, however, that every mouse is different and some prefer less interaction away from the safety of their cage. Food can be an excellent way to bond with your pet.
We always encourage you to do your own research before getting a new pet, and checking multiple sources for information. This page is meant to be merely a starting point. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us or send us a message on Facebook. You can find more information at these links.
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