Video Treat: Cozy Mouse

I have had many pet mice, and I tell you, they make fantastic pets. And when you think about it, what must you look like to a mouse? Who can imagine it?

Pet mice will indeed be affectionate toward you, and the longer I had my mice, the more astounded I was by their intelligence and adaptability. A mouse is long-lived if he makes it to his second birthday. If they lived longer, they’d be reading, writing, and telling us what to do. They can learn all sorts of things very quickly.

I once had a mommy mouse who used to groom my mustache. She was a methodical little soul. She had nine babies and divided them into groups of three so she could nurse them more efficiently. I’ve known middle school kids who couldn’t have figured that out.

But of course you pay a price for any pet that’s only going to be with you for a short time. You’d better believe you can learn to love a mouse.

Our Father made us that way.

8 comments on “Video Treat: Cozy Mouse

  1. What a cute little guy! That’s one pet I’ve never had. Are the mice and rats that are available as pets somehow different than the ones that roam around wild? They always appear to be different colors than the ones kept as pets. And, if so, I wonder what difference that would make in their suitability as pets and their personalities.

    1. Yes, Linda, domestic rats and mice are quite different from wild ones. After all, they’ve been bred for domestic use for thousands of generations. Mostly this makes them tame easier.

    2. Thanks, Lee. They probably would make good pets for older folks who don’t want to walk a dog – unless they have cats, of course 🙂

      It made me think of the chipmunks that visit me everyday for their treats of peanuts, corn, sunflower seeds, grapes, etc. Although they’re wild, they hop right into my hand to feast and then stuff their chubby cheeks to scurry home with some goodies for storage. I wish I could figure out how to post a picture here of the little cuties eating right from my hand. People say chipmunks are cantankerous and unpredictable but I have never found that to be the case.

    3. Chipmunks are rare in my neighborhood, but Patty and I each saw one during the week. Beautiful! We’ll have to figure out some way to get them to stay.

    4. Just sit quietly outside with food ready. It helps if you start placing some a little distance from you where you know they travel. Gradually lessen the distance and then let them see you toss a few morsels. Soon, place some near you and when they’re comfortable with all of that (it doesn’t take long), put some in your hand and lower it slowly, speaking softly to them throughout the process. They recognize you and your voice.

  2. I grew up on a farm in southern Illinois. We had lots of pet mice .. no, we didn’t buy them at the pet store; they just moved in and made themselves at home. They felt quite safe, secure, comfortable and well fed, because farmers don’t see them as pests. They frequently ran around in the living room, and when I was in my favorite rocking chair, I often rocked on a mouse’s tail! Ouch! Squeak!

    In the spring, when my dad plowed the fields, I would follow behind the plow and collect the field mice that were plowed out of the ground. Yes, indeedy, I took them to the house and let them loose, that is, until my daddy learned what I was doing. LOL.

    1. Reminds me of the mice who lived in the Ford plant–wild mice, but really very tame because all the guys fed them and played with them.

    2. That’s a cute story, Goldbug! I was always rescuing something as a youngster, too 🙂 – I even ‘rescued’ a snake once until my mother found out!

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