Normal Behaviors to Expect from Your New Pet Mouse

Mice are an uncommon pet option, but that doesn’t make them a bad choice! However, because they aren’t popular, many new owners aren’t sure what to expect.

Here are a few normal behaviors that you can expect from your new mouse, according to a professional animal hospital.

Nesting

What is your new mouse doing at the bottom of his cage? If you catch your pet piling up material in a corner, it’s because he’s building a nest.

This is normal behavior for a mouse. It’s what they would do in the wild to create a comfortable place to sleep. To make things even more comfortable for your critter, provide him with a nesting box. Make sure there is plenty of bedding in the bottom of the cage so he has plenty to make a nest out of.

Hiding food

Did you just feed your mouse, but now all his food is gone? Chances are, he didn’t eat it all. Look at the bottom of the cage and you’ll likely find it hidden under a bunch of bedding.

This behavior is completely normal. In the wild, a mouse would need to build up a source of food to get him through the winter, as well as other times during the year when food is less available. It’s completely natural for your pet to find a new spot to store his food.

Grooming

Who knew mice clean themselves! Contrary to what most people believe, these furry critters are actually very good groomers. They’re so good, in fact, that if you keep the cage clean, you won’t ever have to give your pet a bath.

If you have more than one mouse, and you should, because they are very social creatures, you shouldn’t be surprised to catch them cleaning each other either. It’s the way these animals build and maintain relationships with each other.

Chasing and playing

Is one of your mice chasing the other around the cage? There’s nothing to worry about. They’re likely just playing, even if they’re creating quite a ruckus!

You can tell if this is the case when neither one gets hurt. If there is tail wagging or biting, that may not be the case.

To learn more about your new pet, or to make sure he’s in good health, schedule an appointment with your local animal hospital.

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