>Hi. We would like to adopt or buy a pet mouse.
All the mice I've bought came from the snake snack cage. They're doomed,
cheap, and I've been quite happy with them all.
>I believe I would prefer a female because of the urine odor. Can they be
>litter trained, like rabbits can?
One hears rumors that they can -- if you put a bunch of their droppings in a
can, they will tend to go there rather than anywhere else. I've never bothered
>Will a hamster cage work, or will the bars be too far apart?
To test, put the mouse on top of the cage, then put a small cup over the mouse
such that he feels crowded, then wait one minute. If he can get between the
bars, he will.
>What is a
>better type of cage, and can one be purchased at, say, Pets.com?
I've been happy with those large plastic storage boxes you can get from stores
like WalMart. They must have 18'' sides, or the mice will jump out. The boxes
cost half as much as a cage, you can leave the top off and see and grab your
mice at any time, and they're good for other things when your mice finally go
to that big cheese warehouse in the sky. You'll need a water dish (messy), and
an exercise wheel. Plastic wheels are cheap, and for a water dish you can use
a tuna can or any other short can. You'll have to clean it every other day
>What is the optimum amount of space needed for a single mouse? We are
>concerned that a "Habitrail"-type cage, or one of those clear plastic cages
>with a snap-on lide (about 12" long) will not be large enough.
Personally, _I'd_ be concerned about cleaning it. Remember, whatever your mice
live in or play with will either have to be cleaned or thrown away every week.
1 foot square per mouse is quite sufficient.
For mouse houses, just use empty cardboard boxes and toilet paper. For mouse
toys, just use toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes. They love 'em, you
have a constant supply, and you can toss the used ones whenever necessary.
Combine those with an exercise wheel, and they'll be fine.
>What about those clear exercise balls for fun?
I've tried one, the mouse couldn't get it to roll. Others report success. Up
>And finally, what is a good standard diet? What can I supplement it with?
Other people really get into the "proper" mouse diet. I don't believe the mice
care much. I generally feed mine a piece of wheat bread with a few drops of
vegetable oil, and they live for years on it, but I also toss in oatmeal, dry
cat food, dry dog food, spaghetti, tortillas, chips, small bits of cheese,
little dabs of peanut butter, rice, seeds, french fries, and probably other
things I can't remember. Try giving your mice some vegetables once in a while,
like lettuce, carrots, apples, potatos, or whatever else. If they eat them,
then make it a regular part of their diet -- but most of the mice I've seen
won't touch them.
>Any advice would be appreciated, as would any sources for pet mice in
>Wisconsin. We would prefer to adopt if possible.
Head for any pet store, check out the "feeder mice", i.e. the ones destined for
snake snacks. They're a buck each, at most.
what we need right now is a full frontal ***.