Decorative mouse – small rodents family of mouse. Body size of these animals does not exceed ten centimeters. Decorative mouse ears are more rounded, long, slightly hairy tail, muzzle slightly elongated, resembles a triangle. Paws small, without fur, light pink. The colors decorative different mice. The coat can be one color, contain other colors. The most popular is considered to be a white mouse, no stains, all other colors. Also, there are many subspecies of decorative mice. They are distinguished primarily for color, length, shape wool. In recent years, gaining much popularity with the mouse chinchilla. There are also hairless rodents. Most choose pets with short tails.
The nature of non-aggressive. The animal friendly, agile, quickly gets used to the new environment, it is easy to contact people. Specific activity of animals of this breed manifests itself at night. Rodents early mature.
Keep rodents of this breed is not difficult. There are some basic rules that will help to make the life of your pet safe, comfortable. The first thing you need to buy a “house” in which to live mouse. I must say. What is best to buy a glass terrarium with a wide bottom, cover (air must flow to the small animal). You can, of course, take an ordinary cell for rodents, but then you torment catch a mouse in the house. The thing is that she can chew a wooden wall, crawl through the metal lattice. Glass Terrarium – what you need. The bottom of the “asylum” is recommended paved with wood chips, hay, torn pieces of paper. You must be present feeding, watering, and various toys (the running wheel, ladder, driftwood, rope). Animal activity, so constant need of movement.
Cleaning of cells, it is desirable to carry out every day, bedding changed every three days.
Feed miniature mouse in captivity ordinary food for rodents. Choose a food that suits the breed of your pet. Periodically indulge animal vegetables, fruits, dairy products, protein food. Do not give him a variety of herbs, because some plants are deadly for the body of a young mouse. It is advisable to buy a special vitamin stick to the teeth point. The water in drinkers are changed daily. It is better to give to defend the water. Feeders wash every day. It is not advisable to lie around for a long time in the food feeders. So pour as much as will master pet.
Mouse – shy animals. At first, they may be afraid of you, do not fend for themselves. It is important not to put pressure on them, over time, become accustomed to the rodent hosts may even resist training. Do not worry if at first small animal will behave discreetly. Such behavior is possible only in the first days of a rodent living in the new house. If the mouse is sluggish, sleepy, better show it to the vet. In the early days of dating show interest to a “newbie.” Throw him the ball, and other toys. Do not scare him during the game, feeding, cleaning. The mouse should get used to you, begin to trust. To recognize small animal you constantly talk to them. Do not shout, speak calmly and lovingly. Animal sensitive, understands every hint. Aggression may scare the animal away from you for a long time. By smell, voice quickly learns the favorite host to a crowd of strangers. It is important that you first view of it was positive.
Decorative mouse afraid of loneliness. Better to buy a couple. Otherwise, you need to give your pet plenty of time. If you are rarely home, buy a couple of small animal (of the same sex, if you do not want to offspring). The first time it is recommended to monitor pets. There are times when the friendship between “neighbors” is not formed. They can be aggressive attitude. Most animals show sympathy for each other. They get along well, the slaughter of his “roommate” play. The best way to bring happiness to a pet – to buy him another.
As described above, the rodents of this breed early maturing. The female can give birth to cubs at the age of six weeks. Males grow more slowly, but are capable of producing offspring until the end of his life. Under adverse conditions, puberty may occur at a later date. Pregnancy in such cases occurs hardly. Always remember about cleanliness in the terrarium, there is no draft, normal room temperature.
If the female is ready to give birth, she will begin to build a nest out of scrap materials. Give birth to a mouse in a secluded place. Away from prying eyes. It can be a wooden house, a snag. Pregnancy lasts for about a month. During this period, after the birth of a female needed special care. The drinkers should always present a fresh cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is not recommended to give the breed rodents. Over time the adult mouse is able to give birth to nine babies. Cubs are born without fur, almost can not see. Recently the pups begin to see, hear, can respond to the environment. A few weeks later their body becomes completely covered with fur. After that young become independent: eating from the feeder, move the cage without the help of her mother. They grow rapidly, are gaining weight. Distinguish floor newborns only in adulthood. Boys are usually more girls. A month later, you need to share the offspring. Boys, girls sit on different cells. It is not advisable to live together young mice of the opposite sex. Young parents all the free time is given to the children that they bring, are taught to search for food. It is forbidden to take into the hands of newborn mice. Feeling strange smell, parents may destroy the offspring. Once again do not come to the cage.