Caring for mice, naturally

The way that you care for and interact with your mouse should reflect their natural behaviour as a prey species. How does this influence the behaviour of mice in the home?

  • Love to burrow underground
  • Live in stable, sociable groups
  • May mask signs of illness – making it difficult to tell when they are ill
  • Nocturnal and like to play at night
  • Easily frightened by potential predators – need to feel protected and secure

 

Use this understanding to find ways to keep them happy and healthy…

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Why our mouse foods are second to none

Mouse diets don’t just deliver nutrition but taste and enjoyment too. Mice are active chewers and need to do so to keep their constantly growing teeth trimmed.

  • Wholegrain goodness – for active chewing
  • No added sugar – tasty because of the flavour of high-quality natural ingredients
  • Nutritionally balanced with all the vitamins and minerals they need

Frequently asked questions about Mice

When are mice most active?

Mice are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk and tend to sleep during the day.

Can mice eat cheese?

The image of a mouse tucking into a chunk of cheese is a bit of a myth! A very small piece of cheese is ok as an occasional snack, but it’s not particularly healthy and they tend to prefer other treats. Remember that treats should make up a very small part of their daily intake, and mice need a nutritionally balanced complete pet food alongside plenty of fresh water. Mice also love to forage, and you can mimic this by hiding their food and treats around their cage.

What temperature should mice be kept at?

In general, room temperature inside a UK house should be suitable for mice. However, care should be taken that the temperature does not drop too cold over winter and it is best to aim for an ambient temperature of around 20-24C. Keep in mind that they will need plenty of nesting material to help with their body temperature regulation. This is due to the thermoneutral zone (TNZ) of mice, the temperature range in which their normal metabolic activities are enough to keep them warm. The TNZ of mice is higher than room temperature, around 30C, and bedding material helps them to keep their nest closer to these temperatures. Keep in mind that if the room becomes too hot, there nest will be even hotter – so temperatures of over 30C can cause significant heat stress to your pets. Speak to your local pet retailer for advice on keeping your small pets cool on hot summer days.

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Need to know more?

For more detailed information about Mice, you can contact us and we will get back to you with our experts’ advice. However,
if you have any concerns about the health and well-being of your mouse, you should seek veterinary advice immediately. The RSPCA has also provided many helpful mouse guides you can find here.