7 Reasons Why Rats and Mice Make Great Pets | petMD

Mice can be excellent pets: they are intelligent, they can be affectionate and are highly sociable
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One of the most prolific members of the rodent family, a pet mouse can reproduce quickly, breeding as often as every 20 days. With an average lifespan of 18 months, and an average of 10 babies per litter, a single female mouse can produce more than 300 offspring in her lifetime, making careful sexing a necessity unless you wish to become a mouse breeder. While pet mice are entertaining, fun and inexpensive pets, they do require constant maintenance, cleaning and care, so use caution in housing the same gender together.
Mice can make wonderful pets but there are some things you should know before getting one..
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The first written reference to mice kept as pets occurs in the , the oldest extant , from a mention in an 1100 BC version. In Europe the breeding of fancy mice became popular through the introduction of stock in the early 17th century. By 1895, founded the National Mouse Club in , with its first official show held in that year. Since that time, mouse clubs have formed worldwide. Shows are held so can display their mice, where they are judged on color, body shape and behavior. Mice can be fun pets
Photo provided by FlickrMice are highly intelligent creatures and can be trained like many other pets. In fact, white mice are tamed rather quickly. If you pick your mouse up, do so slowly.
Photo provided by FlickrHamsters, mice, rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other small rodents can be entertaining and engaging pets
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Inquisitive, entertaining, friendly, and just the perfect pocket size- mice can certainly make perky little pets. As a little known fact, mice have actually been bred as pets since an estimated 500 years AC. Today, pet mice are not as popular in pet shops as they use to be at one time. But contrary to this state of affairs, the fact remains that mice make great pets. Because the pet mouse is low maintenance, it does not require a lot of space and is cheap to feed too. For these reasons and many others, the pet mouse might just become your next best furry companion.• The decision to breed mice is a big one. They will require a good amount of time and attention, however it is a very rewarding experience and baby mice are quite adorable. Most mice are extremely fertile, having 8-15 babies per litter! And a pair of mice can produce a litter every 3-4 weeks, I’ll let you do the math on that, it’s a lot of babies. Because mice are not yet as popular pets as dogs or cats it can be quite difficult to find homes for even the most adorable mice. So before you begin, make sure you have room or homes for a possible 15 mice! A female usually will become pregnant within a week of being placed with a fertile male. The gestation period is between 2-3 weeks and it is difficult to tell a female is pregnant until very late in her term when her stomach begins to bulge out. When introducing two mice to each other make sure you always put the female into the male’s enclosure and not the other way around. 2. Are you or anyone living in your home allergic to animals? If you are not sure if mice my also cause allergic reactions it is best to find out before adopting if everyone in the house can tolerate mice as pets. Have everyone play with a friend's adult mouse or visit a breeder. Baby mice often will not bother some people with allergies but adult mice will. Allergies can surface in different ways. The mouse's dander can be a problem for some causing watery, itchy eyes and respiratory distress/asthma or worse but also the protein in the mouse saliva and urine can cause raised welts on the skin for those with allergies. Sometimes a hairless mouse will not cause an allergic reaction to those sensitive to furred animals but there may still be an allergic reaction to the saliva and urine. Knowing a head of time will save tears when you find you cannot keep the little baby mouse that you've grown to love.Rats and mice in the wild can be one of the worst pests for mankind, notwithstanding their indispensable part within the ecosystem. Domestic rats and mice, on the other hand, contributea great deal to the advancement of research for the benefit of man. Domestic rats and mice are not the same as their wild counterparts, having been domesticated for over 100 years. Rats and mice AS PETS suffer from bad “press” with much prejudice and misunderstanding directed toward them.