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Do Mice Make Good Pets, And What Cage Do They Need?

What are mice like as pets, and what sort of cage do they need?

What are mice like as pets, and what sort of cage do they need?

Q: Is a pet mouse a good pet to have? I have a cage that my guinea pig is living in right now. I was planning to get mice after she passes away, but I don’t know if it is the right kind of cage.

A: Like most small animals, mice are wonderful pets if it’s the right pet for you and your family.

When choosing a small pet, it’s very important to do a lot of research and put a lot of time into deciding what you want and expect from your pet, then choose a pet that fits those needs and expectations. If you want a pet that is going to be excited to see you every time you walk into a room, then a mouse or hamster might be a disappointment. But if you want a quiet pet that is happy in a fairly small space and enjoys occasional interaction but doesn’t require it, then a mouse could be perfect for you.

When it comes to housing, a guinea pig’s needs are very different from a mouse’s needs. Your guinea pig is probably housed in a cage with widely spaced wire that a mouse could easily walk through. A pair or trio of female mice (my recommendation when keeping mice as pets) will be much happier and safer in a 20-gallon tank with a secure, ventilated lid, and lots of toys and hiding places.

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