Jun 29 2016

June 2016’s Animal Of The Month – Mice

June is coming to an end and so is our time with the mouse as our Animal of the Month. If you were following us on Twitter @ExoticPetVets, we hope you enjoyed our tweets about these smart little creatures. In case you missed any of our fun and fascinating mouse facts, here is a summary. Did you know?:

    • Mice belong to the Muridea family of rodents, which includes rats and hamsters, in scientific classification.
    • Most pet mice are known as “fancy mice,” domesticated versions of the house mouse (Mus musculus).
    • There’s a long history of mice as pets, with some written and pictorial references dating back to ancient China and Egypt.
    • In Japan in the 1700’s, keeping mice as pets and selectively breeding them to create different varieties became popular.
    • The domesticated and different coloured mice made their way to Europe in the 1800’s.
    • The National Mouse Club in England was formed in 1895.
    • According to the National Mouse Club, there are 40 standard varieties of fancy mice, with up to 200 variations.
    • Not only do fancy mice have a variety of colours and patterns, they also have different eye colours and fur types.
    • Mice are intelligent and social, but somewhat timid as pets.
    • If they are socialized well from a young age, mice can be affectionate and easy to handle pets.
    • Mice are nimble, fast and may not be suitable in families with young kids who lack the motor skills to handle mice safely.
    • Mice make better pets in families with children who are older than 10.
    • Female mice in captivity can live peacefully together as they rarely fight.
    • Male mice are usually housed alone as they are likely to fight.
    • Mice also frequently reproduce so male and female mice are typically not housed together.
    • Mice can be active for short periods during the day, but tend to be nocturnal.
    • Mice are very intelligent and can be entertaining members of the family.
    • Mice can also be taught tricks!
    • Mice can be found everywhere in folklore, popular culture and language.
    • Examples of famous animated mice include Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mighty Mouse and Jerry of the “Tom and Jerry” cartoons.
    • “Mouse” can also describe a timid, quiet person or a small device that points and selects items on a computer screen.

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