There are some distinct benefits, and likewise some specific downsides to holding mice as pets. They’re easy to take care of, not prolonged lived, and easily contained in a small home. Nonetheless, they’re moreover nervous, not prolonged lived, and by no means very interactive in a lot of circumstances.
Mice can keep pretty contently in a 10-gallon aquarium with a mesh prime or a cage of comparable dimension. They need a meals dish, a water bottle, someplace to cowl, and possibly a wheel to run on and/or a chewing block. Litter of some sort needs to be positioned throughout the bottom of the cage to soak up urine, and usually solely desires to change about as quickly as each week.
Mouse urine is form of pungent, significantly that of mature males. This can be tempered a bit by holding solely females, or by spot-cleaning the cage on every day or every-other-day basis. Nonetheless mice often odor like one factor, so must you hate the odor, possibly one different pet or no pet may very well be increased for you.
The lifespan of a mouse should not be very prolonged, usually solely a number of yr to a yr and a half. This can be powerful within the occasion that they alter into beloved pets, nonetheless, it moreover means they are much much less of a dedication. This makes them good pets for kids which may be old enough to be accountable, nonetheless, might lose curiosity in a yr or so.
Meals and litter for a mouse or two should not be very expensive. They’re tiny and don’t eat so much, and don’t want lots of litter for his or her cages, each. Nonetheless, veterinary care in your mouse is just not going to be so much cheap than for a cat or small canine, significantly since you would need to hunt out an exotics specialist.
A solitary mouse should not be liable to be glad, on account of these are deeply social creatures. Nonetheless, they’re timid enough that it may very well be exhausting to get a mouse with a companion to bond with you. Two infants or already-friendly adults are often best, on account of they’re going to bond with you, and however nonetheless admire each other’s agency. On a regular basis choose two of the equivalent gender.
Interaction with a mouse is proscribed. People can keep them and usually permit them to run spherical desktops or completely different secure areas, nonetheless, care needs to be taken that they do not escape. And older mice that are not already tame may be powerful to cope with the least bit. Nonetheless, people who principally get pleasure from watching their pets run round and play will completely get pleasure from having a mouse or two.