Do Mice Make Good Pets?

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So you’re thinking about getting a new pet? What a great idea! Pets keep us happy, keep us company when we are alone, and they help improve our everyday lives!

But maybe you don’t want a regular cat or dog as a pet like everyone else has. So what other options can you consider? What about a mouse? If you are thinking about getting a mouse to keep as a pet, then continue reading below.

Here are the good and bad aspects of owning a mouse

Mice don’t take up a lot of room

Anyone who lives and works in a major city will tell you that the apartments, homes, and studio apartment within a city are cramped and overpriced. The vast majority of people who live in the city cannot afford a place that is actually roomy and nice. So keeping a cat or dog is quite difficult, no matter their size. They need room to rock around, and dogs need to be walked. But if you have a mouse, it will stay in its cage and play with its little mouse toys. It does not need a lot of room as long as its cage is not cramped and is a good size.

If you live in a regular house, but you have a small room, a mouse’s cage can easily be placed in the corner or on top of a shelf. They can also be placed at the head of your bed, so they are always by your side.

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They are apartment or housing friendly. 

Cat and dog owners will tell you that there is nothing harder than searching for apartments or homes to rent that accepts animals. This is one of the main reasons why a lot of animal owners stay in there current accommodations no matter how terrible they are. They can’t find a better place that accepts animals. But if you have a mouse, you don’t need to follow these regulations. Mice are easy to keep. They are small, so they can be hidden away when the landlord comes by. If there are no animals allowed at all, just sneak your mouse in at night.

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Positive: They don’t make much noise

Mice are generally quiet throughout the day as long as they’re not frightened or bothered. Mice do asleep about 14 hours a day, and they like to play at night. If you are a heavy sleeper that doesn’t wake up easily, this won’t be a problem for you, so you can keep them in your room. However, when they have a lot of energy, mice tend to be a bit noisier. They will play by running on their wheels and scurrying about in their cage.

Positive: They are easy for visitors to care for 

Dog and cat owners often bemoaned the fact that it is hard to find someone to take care of their furry friends when they need to leave their home for a few days. They could keep them in a shelter, but many pet owners of horses option because of the many problems that shelters have. In shelters, fleas and ticks are easily spread, animals can get into fights, animals can’t sleep because of the constant noise. Shelters are not peaceful places for our beloved pets. 

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So pet owners try to find someone who will go to their house and feed their cats and walk their dogs. However, if you own a mouse, you will not have this problem. You can simply give the cage to a friend and ride them with food and bedding. Mice are quiet most of the time, so there won’t be any extra noise. Also, their temporary caretaker might even enjoy having an animal in their home that won’t mess up the furniture!

Negative: Some vets won’t take them as patients

Those who are looking to own a mouse will be surprised to learn that many veterinarians don’t accept them as patients. These same vets typically do no accept rabbits as well. If you’re seriously considering getting a mouse, you need to call around and find a veterinarian who can properly care for them beforehand. Rodent health is not common in veterinary schools. It is a separate course. This is why many veterinarians don’t know how to take care of them. If a vet cannot be found, then it’s not a good idea to accept a mouse as a pet, as they will not be able to receive medical assistance.

Negative: They cost a lot of money in the beginning

If a person chooses to own a mouse for the first time in their life, they will find out that mice need a lot of equipment. The new mouse caretakers will have to buy 

  • A cage
  • Littler liners
  • Paper litter 
  • cage bedding
  • A small hidey house so they have somewhere to hide under if they feel scared
  • A water dispenser
  • An exercise wheel
  • Several interactive toys
  • Food
  • Snacks
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The cage, hidey-hole, water dispenser, exercise wheel, and toys are all one-time purchases, so you won’t have to buy them again. But the litter liners and paper litter, along with the food and water, have to be replenished whenever they fall short. It may seem expensive to have a mouse, but their lifespans are usually a few years, so you’ll be able to get your money’s worth. The years in a mouse’s life corresponds directly to how you treat the mouse and care for it. 

However, if you are a frugal person, there are many ways you can find mouse supplies that are cheap but still sturdy. We suggest going to Craigslist, or you can use letgo and other similar apps to look around your local neighborhood for great deals.


  • There are pros and cons to caring for a mouse
  • Even in their cages, mice don’t take up a lot of room
  • They can be placed on top of furniture or in corners
  • Places that don’t allow cats or dogs will allow furniture
  • Your landlord won’t find out the mouse is in your home if you keep it in the bedroom
  • They are not loud pets
  • They sleep 14 hours a day
  • Mice are easy for visitors to care for
  • There aren’t many vets who know how to care for them
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