Mouse Cage : How to chose one ?
Domestic rodent breeding
The domestication of rodents has existed for 2,000 years, in the Inca ethnic groups with the breeding of guinea pigs. However, the practice has evolved over the years and different species of rodents have also been domesticated, namely the mouse, rat, hamster, rabbit or guinea pig, mostly for-profit.
Specificity of a mouse
Among the domestic rodents, the mouse is undoubtedly the most dynamic and the most sociable. It likes to play and be cajoled. Because of this, it is important that you plan for special mouse shelter toys. However, it is a pet that requires a lot of attention because it is quite fragile. First, it is best to install the mouse cage in a room at room temperature, between 19 and 21 ° C. Also, take your mouse at the base of the tail while supporting it with the other hand and avoid long-term manipulation. For professional breeders, it is essential to have some knowledge about rodent breeding. For example, they should know that a mouse reaches the age of sexual maturity between 1.5 months and 2 months. Gestation lasts about 21 days and a female can produce up to 10 pups per litter.
Which mouse cage to choose?
No need to remind that the quality of the habitat of your domestic rodent is essential for its development. There are many types and models of mouse cage, depending on size, material, price, as well as accessories and toys.
The size of the mouse cage depends on the number of mice that you will install there. A mouse needs a floor area of at least 600cm². For example, a cage for breeding 2 mice should have a minimum surface of 1200cm², but the ideal would be to opt for a cage 60cm long, 30cm wide and 25cm high so that they can truly flourish.
Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. A rod cage allows the installation of various accessories and a change of air easy, but difficult to clean, can rust and does not protect your mouse from air flows. The plastic one is practical to clean, however the addition of toys is more complicated. The wooden mouse cage is probably the most original, but requires however a frequent cleaning. Another model, the glass mouse cage has the advantage of being easy to wash and secure, but not ventilated enough.
The price of a mouse cage varies according to its brand, its volume and the material of which it was conceived. The most affordable are usually the rod and plastic mouse cages, from $20. If you prefer a glass design mouse cage, equipped and spacious, it will cost a little more, because prices range from $50 to $200. However, it is possible to make your own mouse cage. This alternative makes it possible to obtain an original mouse cage by spending less. Indeed, you can for example make a shelter of a dimension of 70cm of length, 35cm of width and a height of 140cm with a budget located between $50 and $60, two times less the price in store.
Accessories and toys
Special mouse cage toys, such as a mouse cage wheel, ladder, suspension bridge, stairs and many others are like the furniture and electronics of a house for your mouse. It is therefore essential to install as many accessories as possible so that your mouse can release its energy freely.