Monday, January 25, 2010

Small Animal Saturday

Mice As Pets

Welcome to the first edition of Small Animal Saturday. Yes I know I'm a few days late. I composed this on Saturday and forgot to post it.

Today I would like to talk about having a mouse as a pet. There is no thing more comical at a pet store then watching a bunch of mice running around their enclosure.

It is highly entertaining to watch as several of them try to run in the exercise wheel at once. They are cute little bundles of fur but they are also one of the stinkiest pets you can buy. This is definitely something a new mouse owner needs to be aware of. We had a couple of mice dumped in our store. The owners weren't prepared for the care the mice required. The cage was filthy and they had shoved dryer sheets into the cage. The chemicals could have killed them. They didn't realize that a pet mouse may require having their cages cleaned several times during the week. You can also try a light layer of baking soda in the bottom of the cage to help control the odor. Don't think I am trying to talk you out of a pet mouse they can be a cute addition to your family if you are prepared for them. Not to mention I would love to see more go home as pets instead of the alternative.

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