How to Appreciate Mice

Mice are so small and common that sometimes we can take them for granted. Some people even fear mice! If you'd like to enhance your appreciation of mice, read on.


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    Look at pictures of mice online. This simple way to start can really spark your interest in mice. One way to see a variety of pictures would be to visit a search engine, and use the image search tool to find such keywords as "cute mice," "pet mice," "wild mice," or "fancy mice." You may want to include "-computer" (a minus sign and then the word "computer") in order to filter out technological mice.
    • Use a search engine to find online video of mice, as well! Some pet owners post videos of their mice interacting with elaborate cages or toys, and some videos of mice doing unusual or extraordinary things are available.
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    Find a pet store in your area that carries mice and go see them in person. Most pet stores will have tanks containing bulk mice, separated by gender to avoid unneeded breeding. Some stores will also carry "fancy mice," which often have more unusual colorings.
    • Observe the different toys or obstacles that have been placed in the mice's environment, and watch how the mice interact with those items.
    • Take note of the different behaviors the mice display. Often, tanks of mice contain so many animals that you can see nearly every potential mouse action all at once! Watch as mice eat, drink, sleep, play, or simply run around.
    • Ask the pet store staff if they would be willing to retrieve a mouse for you to hold. Interacting with a mouse one-on-one can be a great way to appreciate and learn about the species, but do not attempt this if you are skittish around mice and may drop the animal. Do not ask to hold a mouse if you cannot have one as a pet, and fear you may become attached. Never touch pets in a pet store without assistance!
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    Research mice. Go to the library and pick up some books about mice, or simply look up information about them online. There are many fun and fascinating facts to be found about mouse biology, mouse ownership, and wild mouse behavior!
    • Be aware that information found on personal web pages is not always true. If you are researching online, try to stick to the most academic sites you can find.
    • Be cautious in your research if you have a tender heart. You may stumble upon information about how to eradicate pest mice, or how to feed mice to other animals. If you feel that this would really bother you, look at the library for books specifically about mouse ownership, and stick to those.
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    Try to conquer your fear of mice, if you have one! Think about what it is about mice that bothers you, then try to alleviate that fear through research or precautionary measures. For instance, perhaps you are afraid that a mouse could enter your house and spread disease: Try leaving out humane traps to assure yourself that no mice are coming in. If mice simply give you an "icky-gross" feeling, then looking at enough of them, or hearing how much someone cares about their pet mouse, may help. If absolutely nothing works, simply avoid mice and admire their good qualities from afar! Even if you do not want to be around them, they are still an important part of our ecosystem.
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    Consider getting a pet mouse, if you are able. Pet mice can be fun and rewarding to have, and interesting to watch! However, no matter how cute you may think mice are, very carefully consider the following before getting a pet mouse:
    • Get permission from ALL people who live with you before you adopt any pet. This includes roommates. Never try to hide a pet from anyone, including your parents.
    • Realize that a pet mouse may be difficult to re home if circumstances arise that would prohibit you from taking care of the mouse anymore. Make sure you can commit to owning a mouse for at least two years.
    • Consider the cost of all mouse supplies, and whether or not a pet mouse will fit into your budget. Startup costs may be relatively low, but bedding and food will be a continuing expense.
    • Think about whether you have time to spend caring for a mouse, cleaning its cage, and socializing and playing with it.
    • Be aware that many veterinarians will not deal with small pets such as mice--and that those who do often charge a great deal for the service. If something goes wrong, you may be forced to deal with it alone.
    • Ponder the mouse's eventual death. Mice do not live very long, so you may want to avoid getting attached to a pet that will die within a couple years.
    • Stop thinking about getting a mouse if you already have a cat. It is not fair to the cat to taunt it with an animal it sees as prey, and it is not fair for the mouse to have to live in constant fear of a predator. No matter how secure of environment you plan for your mouse, you could still find a messy and upsetting accident on your hands.


  • Do not get a mouse if you are not sure how to take care of it. This is very common with beginners, because they usually give them the wrong types of food, or they don't put toys in the cage to play with.
  • Do not spend a lot of time bothering pet store staff if you have no intention of buying a mouse. It is great to be curious, but not to keep staff from their duties, or to ask to hold mouse after mouse.

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