Mice are small rodents who can be very active, generally at night and around dawn and dusk. They are a prey species and therefore prefer to stay close to cover.
They are highly motivated to build nests to help them regulate their body temperature and are sensitive to light and noise. They are very quick to move and need to be handled carefully to avoid injuring them.
Take a look at the mice we have available for rehoming.
Your duty of care
Owning and caring for mice can be very rewarding. Typically, mice can live for about three years. Although this may appear a short time in comparison to other pet animals, owning mice is still a big responsibility and commitment. If you own or are responsible for mice, even on a temporary basis, you are required by law under the Animal Welfare Act to care for them properly.
Understanding mice’s needs
There is no one “perfect” way to care for all mice, because every mouse and every situation is different. It is up to you how you look after your mice but you must take reasonable steps to ensure that you meet all their needs.
Read our expert reviewed pet care information to find out more about the needs of mice and how to make sure that they are happy and healthy: Environment, Diet, Behaviour, Company, and Health and welfare.
Clarification of terminology
Bedding material is used to describe the material or substrate that is used to cover the bottom of the cage.
Nesting material is used to describe the material provided in addition to bedding material, which is given to mice for nest building and nesting behaviour.