Mouse – Manx

Growth Size

Mice generally grow to around 10cm in length, with the tail adding an additional 10cm. They typically weigh about 100g.

Lifespan

1 – 3 years.

Temperament

Domesticated Mice are more curious and people orientated than their undomesticated counterparts. They love investigating new things and can form a bond with their owner.

Training Difficulty

Mice can be trained to recognise some basic commands, but it's rare for them to learn any tricks.

Recommended Owners

Mice will adapt to any home situation, so they will do well in any environment. Due to their fragile nature, young children should be supervised when handling Mice.

Origin

Mice are thought to have been kept as pets since ancient Egyptian times. These were most likely caught because they displayed interesting or unique colouring, which is a common occurrence amongst wild Mice. In the 1700s, breeding of Mice really took off as people started experimenting with developing different colours. A century or so later, these 'Fancy Mice' started making their way to Europe and the rest of the world.

Diet

Many different types of fresh fruit and vegetables can be fed to Mice. These can include: apple, banana, beans, melon, stone and citrus fruit, broccoli, carrot, Asian greens, celery, tomato, corn, and peas. In addition, commercial Rat or Mouse pellets can be fed. Contrary to the stereotype, it is not a good idea to feed your Mouse cheese, and it probably won't be interested anyway.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Mice do not require regular grooming.

Comments

The Manx Mouse, like the Manx Cat, has a gene which shortens the spine. This means that the tail varies in length from short to no visible tail at all.