CARING FOR YOUR RAT OR MOUSE

Rats & mice are social creatures & adapt well to human contact. Mice are generally cuter to look at than rats, but rats are ore intelligent & thrive on human interaction. They are similar in their general health, care & feeding requirements.


General

Rats and mice are classified as rodents. They do have sharp teeth for gnawing hard foods in their diet, but they will rarely bite their owners as long as they are handled carefully. Rats and mice that are sold in pet shops are clean and do not carry the germs associated with wild rodents.

 

Choosing you rat or mouse

Look for lively, alert and plump animals with clear eyes and no sign of diarrhea.

Mice will tend to run away from our hands when we put them into the cage at first, where as baby rats will be inquisitive and sniff at our fingers.

Mice come in a variety of colours and coat lengths and generally live for about 2 years.

Rats are not as smelly as mice and they come in combinations of white, black, brown and cream as well as albinos. Rats can live between 2 to 4 years of age.

 

Housing

Your rodent’s cage should be made from glass or wire and should be long and wide, rather than high. Wire cages provide better ventilation than glass cages. Odourless pellets are a good substrate to use in the cage, as they help eliminate odors, are easy to clean and are biodegradable.

It is best to use ceramic or metal bowls rather than plastic as rats and mice will chew anything they can. Water tubes such as “drinkie” are the best type of water container, as the mice and rats cannot dirty their water like they do if it is in a bowl.

 

Feeding

Rats and mice should have a small dish of food available to them at all times. We suggest a good small animal mix. You can feed your rat or mouse crunchy vegetables such as carrots, apples, zucchini, corn, celery etc two to three times a week. Make sure the produce is free of chemical sprays. It should be fresh; basically if you wouldn’t eat it your rat or mouse shouldn’t be given it!

 

Handling

The safest and easiest way to pick up your rat or mouse is to slide your hand under its belly and gently pick him up. Until he gets used to you it is a good idea to gently hold onto the tail also, so the rat or mouse doesn’t run away.

 

Breeding

If you do not want many rats or mice do not mix the sexes as they are prolific breeders. They can breed from 6 weeks old!

 

Worming

Rats and mice need to be wormed on a regular 3 monthly basis. You can buy a sweet liquid wormer for this purpose.

  • Well ventilated, escape proof cage
  • Correct food given fresh daily
  • Wood blocks, branches to gnaw on
  • Regular weekly cleaning of cage
  • Handled gently and regularly
  • Separated sexes to prevent unnecessary breeding
  • Invest in a good book from your pet shop for more helpful information
  • Regular 3 monthly worming

 

Some Facts

Rats & mice are social creatures & adapt well to human contact. Mice are generally cuter to look at than rats, but rats are ore intelligent & thrive on human interaction. They are similar in their general health, care & feeding requirements.

  • Mice are quite intelligent, so they need other mice or toys to play with. They also need regular exercise to stay healthy.
  • Boys tend to fight. If you’re planning on having a couple of boys make sure they are the same age and preferably from the same litter
  • Mice live for one to two years. They can start having babies at 6-8 weeks old and have 5-10 in each litter (pregnancy lasts 3 weeks). Babies are born hairless with their eyes closed. One mother mouse can produce over 100 babies a year.

Never pick up your mouse or rat by its tail

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