Mice and even rats are probably more popular as pets than you might think. Their low cost, constant curiosity and hardiness have won over many pet owners. Read on to learn a little more about keeping mice and rats as pets.
While not the first small animal that comes to mind for most when you mention warm and cuddly mice and rats are highly social animals that prefer to live in groups and actually seem to enjoy the company of a responsible owner. However, many people have an unfounded fear of these pets which can really complicate their keeping. After all how many times have you seen someone jump up on a chair if a rabbit hops into the room.
The worldwide distribution of mice and their larger cousins rats is a testament to their hardiness and tolerance for a wide range of living conditions. This makes their care among the easiest of all small mammals.
Purchase and maintenance cost are also on the lower end of this group. Both Mice and Rats have a typical lifespan of 2-3 years. Like many of their other small relatives mice and rats come in a variety of both solid and mixed earth tones and a selection of coat textures.
Temperament can vary widely and some have a tendency to nip but like most other pets their environment and owner socialization tend to have a major impact on negative behaviors. Though not your typical first pet appropriate ages for owners are inline with Gerbils, Hamsters and Guinea Pigs.