If you are looking at getting a pet mouse, there are a few things you should know about finding the perfect mouse cage. First of all, mice are predators to almost all other animals, so pet mice should only be housed with other pet mice. Even a wild mouse should be kept away from your pet mouse! In addition, mice are nocturnal creatures, so providing a variety of activities to keep them occupied while you are asleep is important. Finally, you should know that mice are curious creatures that like to explore. If a pet mouse wants to squeeze or chew through an obstacle, it can and will do so unless you have properly prepared for having such a unique pet!
Now that you know some basics about pet mice, here are some suggested mouse cages that will allow you to live happily with your new pet:
Kritter Keepers as Mouse Cages
Kritter Keeper stackable mouse cages are popular mouse homes, as they offer very convenient features. These lightweight mouse cages have tubs that are made of very hard plastic, which will prevent your mouse from being able to chew through to freedom. In addition, everything your pet mouse will need can fit in the Kritter Keeper, which includes an exercise wheel, food dish, water bottle, hideout, and toys. The lid can also accomodate having toys or hammocks hung from it. Please note, though, that each home is for a single mouse. If you have more than one mouse, you either need more than one Kritter Keeper or should think about a different housing option.
Wire Mouse Cages
There are many benefits for using a wire mouse cage for your pet mouse’s house. For one thing, you will never have to worry about ventilation! Your mouse will also get a lot of exercise, as mice like to climb, and a wire mouse cage will provide plenty of climbing opportunities. However, there is one thing to think about when using a wire mouse cage. Almost all mice are able to fit through anything their skulls can fit through. Make sure you get a wire mouse cage with close bar-spacing to prevent any possible escapes.
A benefit to the wire mouse cages at PetSolutions is that they also have tubes, tunnels, trails, and hideouts attached to them! Since mice love to tunnel, these accessories will be well-used by your active pet mouse. Having a mixture of wire and plastic tunnels in your mouse cage provides your pet mouse with both ventilation and fun activities.
Reptile Tanks as Mouse Cages
A reptile tank is actually a fantastic mouse cage. With the plexi-glass or glass walls and mesh-wire lid, a reptile tank is chew proof, has ventilation, and is fairly easy to clean. In addition, there is room to put different toys, bedding, and hideouts for your pet mouse. A small-wide Exo Terra Terrarium would be perfect for a few mice. There are other size options with “wide” available that would work well, too. The key is to make sure the mesh lid is locked and in place so the mouse can not chew on it or lift it off! You can also hang toys from the mesh lid to add to your mouse’s entertainment.
Materials to Avoid for Mouse Cages
Two materials to avoid when looking at mouse cages are cardboard and wood. Since mice are natural chewers, a cardboard “house” will essentially be a cardboard chew toy for your pet mouse. Wooden enclosures can be used in some situations, such as if the enclosure has mesh ventilation or the wood is extremely thick. However, your mouse will eventually chew through the wood, and wood is not known to be easily cleaned and disinfected.