How To Play with a Pet Mouse

Pet mice are fun to watch. They have a lot of energy and enjoy playing and running. However, due to their size, it is sometimes hard to know how to play with them. There are several things to keep in mind as you spend time with your pet mouse. First of all, some pet mice don't like being held. Others don't mind it, and a few even enjoy it. You should treat your pet mouse according to its needs and personality.

Step 1

Stand back and watch. It is fun to watch an excited mouse play. Provide a lot of toys for your pet mouse. Include a small rodent wheel (or more than one if you have several mice). Add tunnels, including paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls. Add small parrot ropes and toys that are made for other critters. It is important that you avoid plastics because the mice might chew on them and plastic isn't healthy for them. However, you can use wood and textile-based toys. Give them bedding materials and nesting supplies. No matter what your mouse is like, this will be fun for both of you.

Step 2

In a box or basket play. Sometimes mice are hard to play with. After all, if you drop them, they can be hard to catch. If you really want to play with them, you can place them in a box and then play with them there. Make sure you watch them at all times (since they could still get out of the box) and play by adding your hands to the box. Different mice will do different things with humans. If your mouse is afraid, he or she may bite you. This isn't particularly dangerous, but doesn't feel that great. Most mice will let you pet them and add things to their box for play.

Step 3

On a table. You can put your mouse on a table to play. This can be a lot of fun. You should still watch because some mice will jump off of the table and try to get away. You also should note that they may very well go to the bathroom here. You can add obstacles and play games with the mouse on the table.

Step 4

Pocket play. You can place your mouse in your pocket and let him move up and down your shirt. You will need to be careful and keep an eye on him, but this can be a lot of fun. You will want to be warned that your mouse might go to the bathroom in your pocket.

While your mouse's personality is going to be a huge factor in how you play with him or her, these are options that most mice will enjoy. Some are still afraid and a few are ones who will always want to get away, no matter what. Avoid playing with escape artists and biters out in the open. Instead, provide lots for them to do inside and enjoy watching them or slowly work with them until they feel more comfortable. Other mice can be a lot of fun to play with and are super-soft friends, but make sure all your mice are of one gender or you will have lots and lots of babies!


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