June 11, 2010
Welcoming Your New Mouse
Home at last
When you first bring your new mouse home, they're likely to feel stressed by the transition to an unfamiliar environment. They may be away from their littermates for the first time and will be inundated with strange sounds and smells.
You can ease your mouse's stress by following a few simple steps:
- Set up your mouse's aquarium with appropriate accessories before you bring them home.
- Use the same type of food, bedding, and nesting materials they're used to (unless they're inappropriate for mice) and introduce new products slowly.
- Cover the aquarium with a light cloth for the first day or two to allow your mouse to explore their new home with greater privacy and fewer distractions.
- Don't rush to handle your new mouse; provide fresh food and water every day, but give them a day or two to acclimate to their new home before you start petting them or picking them up.
- Discourage friends and visitors from handling your new mouse during this adjustment period.
- If you've acquired a new mouse as a companion for another or an addition to a group, you shouldn't introduce them right away; a two-week quarantine period is needed to ensure that your new mouse is healthy and won't transmit any diseases to your resident mice.