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June 2016’s Animal Of The Month – Mice

By June 29, 2016 October 4th, 2023 No Comments

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 gerbils, 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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