If you are thinking about getting pet mice, you need to pass a "test", which is really something you should think about every time you commit to something. Ask yourself these questions:
Am I sure that I am fine with the idea of that mice do not live long?
Am I a person who does not mind touching and holding a rodent?
Do I enjoy noises that mice make?
Am I careful that I will not injure the mouse on purpose?
Have I figured out what to get for my mouse?
Have I found an ideal place for him to live?
Do I describe mice as nice?
If you answered "no" to any of these questions, then you should possibly re-think your choice of pet!
But if you said "yes" to all of them, it is time to go to the next step!
Pt. 2: Getting the supplies
The next thing you should do is get all your supplies and then pick out your mice.
- A wire cage with half-an-inch bars
- Pelleted/ recycled fluffy paper bedding(Pelleted for the litter area and fluffy for the sleeping area)
- Small Nesting box or a flower-pot on its side: store-bought or home-made
- A good exercise wheel without rungs
- Tubes(In one of the videos I posted, I talked about hamster cages. The cage Peanut has is great for mice!)
- Pellet Food---Mouse or hamster food works well
- Grass hay for the mouse to nibble on or nest in
- Hanging water bottle(Tip: Attach it so the tank itself is on the outside but the tip is sticking in. Why? Because mice like to climb the wire hangers and that can be unsafe!)
- A wood block or a dog biscuit to chew on
- Swings, hammocks and ropes for fun play
- A ceramic food dish(to avoid tooth action-- the plastic food bowls are always chewed)
After you purchase the supplies, pick out your mice--choose the ones with bright eyes, clear noses, shiny fur and non-crusty skin, and well-trimmed teeth and nails. The mouse should be playful and wide awake, not cowering in the corner. Bring your pet home in a special carry-home box provided at the pet-store. This can be used for a cool sleeping house for the time-being!