Mice can be very interactive and sociable animals who readily accept human companionship. Some tips on how best to house mice are:
- Mice can be housed in a range of cage types. Provide a cage as large as possible and ensure that it is easy to clean and well ventilated.
- Bird cage type enclosures are generally better than plastic or glass tubs as they are better ventilated and provide more climbing surfaces.
- Ensure that the area that they are kept in will not become too hot or too cold as mice are prone to heat and cold stress.
- Regularly clean the cage and change their bedding to avoid ammonia build up (if you can smell ammonia, the cage needs cleaning!).
- Suitable bedding materials include shredded paper or pelleted recycled paper ‘cat-litter’. Mice love to burrow, so make sure a good thickness of bedding is provided.
- Make certain that the cage is predator-proof and escape-proof!
- Mice like to have ‘hiding’ places – you can provide small cardboard boxes and tubes for them to use and hide in.
- Dripper-type water bottles are better than water bowls as they are less likely to become soiled and can be filled up without having to open the cage.
Mice are highly sociable animals, so you should consider housing at least two mice together. You will need to take care to avoid mixing males with females to avoid having any unintended litters of baby mice (paired females tend to get on better than paired males).