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Hi,
I have bought two little mice a couple of days ago and as it is my first time to have little mice for pets, I want to make sure I keep them clean, healthy and happy.
My question is, how often do I clean their home and change the food in their bowl?

The girl at the shop told me that I should clean it twice a week but she seemed to be saying that quite casually as there were too many people there at that moment and she was alone so I thought she may just be trying to get me to rush :o)

Thank you for your help.

Answer
Hi Paula,

Very good idea to doubt the pet store attendants! They can make the stupidest mistakes.

Change the food when there isn't much left; clean the cage once a week if it is a 20 gallon (minimum for happy mice) and twice a month for 30 gallons or over.


Check out my video:

"Your First Mouse " by Natasha Millikan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA


As well as these informative links:

Finn Mouse: We're Going to get a Mouse!
http://www.hiiret.fi/eng/mice/new.html

The Fun Mouse: Bringing your new mouse home
http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/newmouse.cfm

Pet-mice.com: General care and health info
http://pet-mice.com/

Fancy Mice: General Information
http://www.fancymice.info/generalfrontpage.htm

Mouse Basics: A Primer on Mouse-Ownership
http://www.northstarrescue.org/pet-care-information/pet-mouse-care/77-mouse-basi

Fancy Mice Info: General care and Q & A
http://www.fancymice.info/goodpets.htm

Dublin Animal Hospital: Mouse FAQs
http://dublinanimalhospital.com/faq/mouse-faqs/

RMCA: Pet Mouse FAQ
http://www.rmca.org/Resources/mouse-faq.txt

2nd Chance info: A Mouse In The House or Two Mice are Nice:
http://www.2ndchance.info/miceaspets.htm



And if you are on Facebook, join my group Rats and Mice are Awesome for access to a ton more information, mouse people, and cute pics!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RatsandMiceareAwesome/

PM me (Ratasha MouseRat) and tell me who you are so I can make sure you get in.

Have fun!!!

Squeaks n giggles,

Natasha  

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I can answer questions about raising mice and caring for them as pets, with knowledge from my 38 years of having fancy mice as pets. I have NO MEDICAL TRAINING and you should take a sick mouse to the vet; but if you simply can't, I will try to help you. I LOVE PHOTOS!!! I ALSO LOVE UPDATES! Let me know how the little tyke is doing later on, for better or worse, especially orphans. It also helps me to help the next person. Please first search first: use 'Natasha Mice Mouse' with whatever else your question includes. Or check out these links: **** YOUR FIRST MOUSE (my video; rough draft): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share **** TEN VIDEOS ON RAISING ORPHANS: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising **** SEXING MICE: http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/sexing.cfm **** And some GREAT MOUSE INFO SITES: http://thefunmouse.com/info/index.cfm http://www.rmca.org/Resources/mousefaq.htm

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I have had mice for 40 years (since I was 5!). I raised them when I was a child but now I keep all females, and never fewer than three so that if one dies the others are not devastated, because they have each other.

Organizations
I run Rats and Mice are Awesome on Facebook. The official name is Rats are Awesome.

Education/Credentials
B.A., M.A., M.A. in Linguistics: Yale University and University of Connecticut

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