You can buy a mouse from a variety of sources including breeders, pet shops and rescue centres.
Cost of keeping a mouse
In addition to the initial cost of buying a mouse, don't forget about ongoing costs such as food and bedding.
Choosing a mouse
Before you buy a mouse it’s wise to think long and hard about whether your new pet will suit your personality and lifestyle. Considerations should include:
- Whether you’d like to purchase a male or female?
- Are you happy buying a pet which is nocturnal (sleeps during the day and is awake at night)?
- Does the mouse you’re considering suit your home, family etc?
- Are you prepared to play with your mouse?
- Lastly, whether you can afford to keep a pet.
The secret to choosing a mouse is to do lots of research and it’s also advisable to find out more about potential health problems and characteristics.
Mice are classified in 5 sections – selfs (one colour on top, belly and sides), tans (one colour on top with a rich tan belly), marked (patched with a standard colour in combination with white in various patterns), satins (metallic sheen) and AOVs (any other variety).
Hints and tips on new ownership
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to purchase a mouse, do a bit of planning so that your pet’s first days in its new home are as easy and pleasurable as possible.
Equipment for your mouse should include a cage or terraria big enough for mice to run around in and food and water bowls or bottles
Buy some pet food for your mouse. Complete food provides all the nutrients in the correct amounts and proportions.