Common Mouse Behaviors You Can Expect from Your New Furry Friend

Mice get kind of a bad rap for being dirty little pests that plague many homes. Although this can be true, it’s also true that these furry little critters make great pets, especially for children. The trouble is, since it’s such an uncommon choice, most people don’t know what to expect when they bring one home.

Not to worry! A professional veterinarian has you covered. Here are a few common behaviors you can expect from your new mouse.


Because mice have a reputation for being dirty little pests, it can be quite surprising for new pet parents to discover that these litter critters are actually very good groomers.

It isn’t uncommon for a mouse to groom himself multiple times a day. Hopefully you have more than one, because they’re very social animals, but being social means social grooming. Not only will your little rodent friends groom themselves, they will also groom each other.

Teeth grinding

If you heard your dog or your cat grinding their teeth, you’d probably want to schedule an appointment with your veterinary clinic. There’s nothing to worry about if your mouse is grinding his teeth.

A mouse’s teeth continually grow. Your pet will need plenty of hard things to chew on in his cage, but part of good dental hygiene for this animal is grinding their teeth, so don’t be alarmed.

Chasing and fighting

As mentioned earlier, mice are very social, so it’s a good idea to keep more than one. However, as soon as your pets start chasing each other around the cage and fighting, you might want to change your mind.

There’s nothing to worry about. Mice are very playful animals! They love to chase each other around, and when caught, they may squeak and squeal as they play-fight.

Standing on their hind legs

When you imagine a mouse in your mind, you probably see one scampering around on all fours. That’s definitely how these critters get around, but they’re more nimble than most people expect. If your pet sees something that catches his attention, or he smells something interesting in the air, he may stand up tall on his hind legs.

Concerned about your mouse’s behavior? Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. They can tell you more about normal and abnormal rodent behaviors. Learn more here.


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