Basic equipment for a Mouse
Mice are social animals, they like to climb and are a lot of challenge. However, the biggest challenge with mice is the smell of the pee. Mice have a specific urine smell and place small puddles everywhere in the enclosure to mark their territory. We have taken this into account and specific solutions in the basic layout below.
We have opted for a glass enclosure for the mice that has already been partly furnished. The wooden walkways are great for the active animals and provide an extra challenge! The enclosure has very good ventilation, which is very important for a mouse enclosure. As mentioned, mice produce a slightly stronger urine air, which must be well ventilated so that the airways of the animals remain healthy.
The minimum dimensions for a mouse enclosure are 80 x 40 cm for two mice. For four or more mice, a 100 x 40 or 100 x 50 cm enclosure is best.
As a ground cover we have chosen the Cotton & Cotton below, this is a very pleasant ground cover that is very well accepted by all mice. Mice regularly suffer from respiratory problems, which means that these animals should receive a dust-free bedding such as cotton. Thanks to the good absorption, this bedding also saves a lot of time and money for the owner!
Mice preferably need one sleeping house and several shelters. Mice are social animals that generally like to sleep together. There must therefore be at least one house large enough for the entire group (the basic house). We have taken the Rodipet multi-room house below as the basic house. The handy thing about this house is that the roof is removable, so you can always take a look at the animals if necessary. However, mice like multiple houses, so we have also added coconut houses to the base. Your mice will thank you!
Mice are real nest builders, so the animals really always need nesting material to be able to display their natural behaviour. As nesting material we have chosen Crinkle Nesting material. Paper absorbs moisture very well and is also very playful. The animals can not only make a nest out of it, but also play with it.
TIP! For example, create a play and digging area in the enclosure by filling a box with Crinkle Nest material and sprinkle some treats in it. The animals will love it!
As an exercise wheel we have chosen the popular Wooden Rodipet wheel. This running wheel actually fits into any natural decor and is large enough for mice. You would think that a mouse is very small and therefore also needs a small running wheel, but nothing could be further from the truth. Mice have a fairly long body and long tail that should come along safely when running. The disadvantage of wood is that it gets dirty faster, but luckily we also solved that problem with the CSI Spray . It is also possible to paint a wooden running wheel, making it water-repellent. We really recommend this for mice. Unfortunately, not every type of lacquer is suitable for this, but luckily we have one that is 100 % safe for animals -> Clear lacquer
Of course your mice also need food, but not just any food, the best food! We have found out for you which food this is. We have listed all the power supplies and compared the compositions. The Bunny Nature Mice Expert came out on top and that is why it should not be missing in the basic equipment.
Mice spend much of their time collecting food in the wild. They often go into the fields and take different kinds of seeds with them. Collecting (we also call it harvesting) seeds is part of the natural behavior of the animals. We looked very specifically at which plant species promote this behavior and the linseed plant is one of them, so let the harvesting begin!
As gnawing material we have chosen responsible gnawing material consisting of 100% natural hazelnut wood sprinkled with dried vegetables and herbs. The animals like to nibble on it and can also frame their teeth in this way.
We have pumpkin seeds as a snack. Mice love pumpkin seeds and these are also responsible and healthy! Because mice can quickly become overweight, it is important to give the animals responsible and preferably natural snacks. Pumpkin seeds are very healthy and contain good fats that ensure a radiant coat.
They are the simplest bottles, but they work the best! Depending on the group, the ideal drinking bottle has a capacity of 75 - 150 ml.
drinking bottle holder
Nowadays we mainly keep mice in glasses and it is a drama to place a bottle in these and that is why we have developed special drinking bottle holders that you can easily place on the glass with a magnet.
Why a cork tunnel? A cork tunnel is a very versatile item! You can simply place it on the ground cover, but you can also bury it diagonally against a higher part or under the ground cover so that the animals have an underground burrow. In short, you can go in all directions with the cork tunnel. Of course, there is also a challenge here with keeping the tunnel clean, because mice pee everywhere, but that problem has also been tackled thanks to the CSI Spray.
Mice are real climbers. We have assumed in our basic design that the mice will live in a glass terrarium, which is why we have a playground here that you can place on the floor or on a plateau. As mentioned, mice like to climb. Their long tail makes them great for balancing and scrambling around. The playground we have chosen can be filled with a different ground cover to further increase the playful effect. For example, you can also fill it with the Crinkle Nest material and scatter the pumpkin seeds in it.
You can view the products below and easily order what you like! If you have any questions or need help, we are of course happy to help!