Domestic mice have been kept as pets for centuries

This article will help teach you some of the aspects of care for pet mice and rats.
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Mice and rats, just like dogs, are supplied to pet stores by mass breeders, who aggravate the problem of these species’ overpopulation and the resulting abandonment and abuse. Shipped to distributors in small, cramped containers that are breeding grounds for parasites and viral and bacterial infections, mice and rats often reach the pet store ill, malnourished, and/or pregnant.
Place the housing is on an elevated surface, safe from other pets who may see your mice as prey.
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Regardless of all their other terrific features, rats and mice make great pets simply because there are so many varieties from which to choose. These curious, cuddly animals come in all different colors – ranging from white to gray to black to different shades of brown and variations in between. Rats have different fur lengths and textures (from short smooth coats to curly long coats and even hairless varieties for people with allergies to fur). Mice, too, have fur ranging in texture from the typical smooth coated to silky satin coated to long-haired Angoras. Both rats and mice have a coat color and texture to suit any owner’s preference. Mice as Classroom Pets? Well, maybe!! Find out what is involved in having a one in your preschool classroom.
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Photo provided by FlickrIn various countries mice are used as food for pets such as , , ,  and , and many pet stores carry mice for this purpose.
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Welcome to , we're here to bring you useful and up to date information on the care of mice as pets. We hope you find everything you need to care for your mouse.• Myth: Mice carry diseases.
• Ever since mice were fingered as the culprits in the transmission bubonic plague hundreds of years ago, they have had a certain stigma as diseased animals. In fact, the mice (and probably some humans) simply carried fleas infected with the plague bacterium. To say that a mouse is inherently prone to carrying disease is absurd. Most wild animals are infected with diseases and parasites. This is a cruel fact of nature and unfortunately many of these animal’s lives are cut short because of it. Our pets have the benefit of clean environments, uninfected food and water, and veterinary medicine and care. This is the reason that domestic pets have much longer and healthier lives than their wild counterparts. Perhaps because mice have only recently become more popular as pets that they still carry this stigma.
• Mice, and rodents in general, are subject to some unfair prejudices in our culture. Many people see them as pests and think they carry diseases, when this is very untrue. Though they are just as fuzzy and docile as other small mammals, like hamsters or rabbits, they are still seen in a negative light. Yet, more and more people are starting to realize that they are lovable creatures and make great pets. In this section we will present some common “Mouse Myths” that many people still believe.White mice are one of the tiniest pets to own. Plus, they are relatively inexpensive to purchase, take care of, and feed. Moreover, since they live in cages, rarely does anyone jump up on a chair and scream when they catch a glimpse of this tiny creature in your home.• Myth: Mice are stupid.
• This is perhaps the most incorrect myth of them all. If you measure the size of a mouse’s brain compared to its body weight it’s bigger than dolphins, apes, and even humans! Mice are very intelligent creatures and have survived in the wild by their cunning along for millions of years. Such a tiny animal cannot fight off predators; it can only use its smarts and sneakiness to survive. This struggle has ensured that mice are quite smart and make great pets for this reason and more.

Feeding time is a relatively simple task with white mice. They are easy to please and their dinner fare is easy to purchase. Unlike their cartoon counterparts, white mice do not exist on a diet of cheese stolen from human homeowners. Instead, they enjoy nibbling on seeds, uncooked cereal grain, and lettuce.

In fact, it’s easy to create a healthy mix of your own special brand of pet mouse food using dry food products. Most of your supplies can be purchased at any pet store, discount store, or grocery store. Make sure that you also purchase an airtight container that can be used to store the food mix.

Simply purchase a package of canary or parakeet seed mix. Several different brands are available and the ingredients may vary somewhat. Also, purchase some rabbit or guinea pig food mix. This is available in a wide variety of combinations and ranges from simple to deluxe combinations. Raw sunflower seeds, not the roasted ones, can also be used. Purchase a package of uncooked oats as well. Get the regular type of oats not the quick cook variety of oats.

Even though this mix will provide healthy nutrition, it is important to add a piece of lettuce to the diet of your pet mouse once or twice a week. Taking proper care of your mouse also means that you clean the food dish on a regular basis.

Although white mice are not big water drinkers, a fresh supply of clean water should be provided daily. This means that each day, the water dish should be emptied and replaced.

Mice like to stay warm, so an aquarium actually makes a better home for them than a wire cage. Provide plenty of clean cedar shavings or shredded paper towels for their bedding area. Change the bedding materials on a weekly basis or more frequently if necessary. Wire cages can also be used for a home for your pet mouse, but it will require a bit more maintenance than an aquarium. Additionally, it will be especially important to keep it away from any possible drafts.

Mice 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. To pick up your mouse, it is best to scoop him up or grasp him firmly by the base of the tail. Never swing or dangle your mouse by his tail.

Did you know that most mice are color blind? The world around them appears in shades of black and white. This doesn’t restrict them in any way however. When white mice are cared for properly, they can live for as long as four years. Some may even live longer.