This article about the health and safety risks facing your pet mouse as opposed to the health and safety risks your pet mouse poses for you or your children.

Risks number one – starvation
pet mice are often given as a first pet to a young child. They are cheap, they need little space, they are easy to look after ever Charles shows are able to look after a mouse this is a good indicator that they’ll be a to look after a pet that requires a greater level of care such as a cat or dog. Parents may instruct their children that they are responsible for feeding their mice – they alone. All good in principle if you forget to feed your puppy is certainly going to let you know. If you forget to feed your mouse and he is in his cage on top of the shelf in the laundry than the first sign that someone has been forgetting to feed the mouse may be the smell of dead mouse emanating from the top shelf. Mice are very active and require a high protein diet and lots of it. What appears to be a full tray of seed may in fact be a full tray of seed husks to its important to check daily mice have sufficient food and water and certainly don’t leave it up to the children.

Risk Number Two – Tail damage
whilst the tale of a mouse may look like the tale of a possum or monkey is not prehensile and is not meant to suspend the weight of the mouse. Picking out by the tale is painful and distressing to the mouse and can lead to injury. Further the distressed and in pain mouse may react by trying to climb its own tail to bite the holder. Yes this may cause a minor injury to the finger of the holder that the injury to the mouse is likely to be more severe and it falls from height.

Instruct your children to always hold their mouse securely with hands cupped underneath it and never by the tail

Risk number three – boredom
Mice are social creatures, very social. Keeping a mouse on its own is cruel. If you’re making a decision to buy mouse the child make it a happy mouse and get two. Two females unless you wish to do quickly become 200.

Risk number four – excessive pregnancies
if you have decided to breed your mice I’m sure you have heard how quickly they can procreate complete a pregnancy raise their children and be pregnant all over again. Mice are programmed to breed and breed in times of plenty and in most cases there is never a more planned a full-time that time inside a cage with food and water needs are constantly being met. That does not mean that a young female mouse who raises 4 litters in half a year is going to be healthy. Distressed female mouse forced to have pregnancy after pregnancy may end up killing and even eating her own children.

Pregnancy giving birth and raising children is stressful for the mouse. If you are a breed your mice space the pregnancies out to no more than one every three months.

Risk number five – Aggression
Keeping two males in one cage can often lead to disagreements as one seeks to assert its dominance. Even with only females in the cage is generally one that will seek to dominate the others though with less aggression that will be shown by the males.  Many males will kill all babies in order to be able to mate with the females earlier.

The novice mice keeper I recommend getting very young mice, only females and only mice that had been handled from a very young age to ensure they are not afraid of being handled when they arrive home with you. Mice are afraid of being handled will bite. Mice that bite generally get dropped from height.

Risk number six – other pets
Cats eat mice. Cats and mice are both nocturnal. It matters not at all that your May be old and usually unmoving from the couch. If you add mice into his territory he will find and he’ll hunt them. Your cat may be clever enough to work out how to extract the mice from their cage. He made it his paw or he may simply push the entire cage to the floor. He may kill simply from shock by deciding to lie on top of the cage and peer down at them. Remember Tom and Jerry. Cats and mice don’t get along. You might need to be kept in a room which your cat has no access to.

Dogs are generally no problem unless they are terriers. Of course your carpet python is then present some problems too. Mice are right at the bottom of the food chain and it’s your job to protect them.

Risk number seven – Disease
Being such social little creatures and living in such close proximity to each other, disease can be a real problem for your pet mice.  I one gets sick very often they will pass the sickness on the other mice in the cage.  Often, the sickness is not the fault of the owner – domestic mice are especially prone to cancer and very often develop large tumors which eventually claim their lives.  Some disease on the other hand is the result of unsanitary living conditions. An enclosure full of mice poop and urine, a fowled water bowl – these are almost certain to cause a shortened life span for your mice.  It’s very important to ensure your mouse cage is cleaned out at least twice a week with new bedding supplied each time.  Plastic cages that can be hosed out on the lawn are ideal. Special your own absorbing litter is also good at keeping her cage for dry as well is removing odors. Beware of using wood shavings of our messy and often boil in the wood is toxic to your mice

whilst this is a long list most of it is just common sense. If you provide a clean stress free home to your mice, don’t let them get eaten, then let them starve die of thirst, overheat or live in their own filth getting mice as pets will be a happy and rewarding experience

Veterinary Surgeon, London at Blue Cross UK | + posts

A London based Veterinary surgeon, Sanja is also an avid writer and pet advocate.