Fancy Mouse 101

Quick Facts
LIFESPAN: Approximately 10-20 years
SIZE: Up to 7” (18 cm) long

Socialization & General Care

  • It’s important to get your new friend used to you, and used to being handled. Start by feeding your fancy mouse treats; once he’s comfortable accepting treats from your hand, you can gently and securely pick him up. Hold him for a short time at first, and then gradually increase your time. Remember that all pets may bite or scratch, especially when stressed.
  • Never pick up your fancy mouse by his tail.

Male fancy mice are called “bucks”


  • Fancy mice are herbivores and their diet should consist of a high quality pellet or rodent block supplemented with seeds.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables should be offered every two or three days and any uneaten food should be removed before it spoils.  Acceptable choices are peas, carrots, broccoli, apples and bananas.
  • Fresh water should be available at all times and food dishes and water bottles should be cleaned daily.
  • Never give your fancy mouse onions, cabbage, peanuts, beans, or junk food including chocolate.
  • Mineral wheels should be provided in their cage.

Health Issues to Watch For

  • Sneezing, discharge from nose or eyes
  • Cloudy, sunken or swollen eyes
  • Diarrhea or discoloured droppings
  • Bare patches in fur
  • Lethargic behaviour
  • Weight loss; not eating or drinking normally
  • Overgrown front teeth
  • Shaking

If you notice any of the symptoms above seek veterinary care.

Fun Fancy Mouse Facts

  • A baby fancy mouse is called a pinky or a kitten.
  • Female fancy mice are called “does”.
  • Male fancy mice are called “bucks”.

Shopping List

❏ Wire Cage (minimum size 12”x12”x12”); maximum bar width ½“
❏ Water Bottle
❏ Crock Food Dish
❏ Hiding/Sleep House
❏ Tunnels/Tubes
❏ Chew Toys
❏ Exercise Wheel (solid, no rungs)
❏ Exercise Ball
❏ Nesting Material
❏ Fortified Fancy Mouse Diet
❏ Fancy Mouse Treats
❏ Salt Wheel
❏ Bedding

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