Scientific name: Mus musculus
With their big ears, expressive eyes, and friendly nature it’s hard to believe that the Fancy Mouse is the domesticated variety of the common “house mouse”! Though the Fancy Mouse Satin Variety may be even fancier than the rest, “fancy” actually refers to the mice bred for “fancy”, or “show”. The Satin Fancy Mouse is distinguished by its silky and lustrous fur.
Fancy Mice are a small package of big personality – they’re curious, dynamic, and interactive companions. They’re popular pets both for their personality, and because they don’t require a lot of room or specialized care. The Satin Fancy Mouse is fairly common among breeders though you may not find them readily available in pet shops.
Though mice are sometimes perceived as being dirty or diseased, Fancy Mice are actually very clean by nature. You won’t have to give your mouse a bath – they are very fastidious of their own hygiene and will frequently be seen grooming and washing. Fancy Mice even seem to prefer a tidy cage, and may be seen to gather up loose items to be placed in one area of the cage. Mice do not naturally smell, and if odor is a problem it is because of dirty bedding or a cage that is too small.
Appearance / health:
The Satin Fancy Mouse has dense fur that is very fine, ultra-soft and silky, with a remarkable lustrous sheen. The fur covers the whole body, including behind the ears, around the front legs, on the groin, and on the belly.
Satin Fancy Mice come in the same array of colors and patterns as the Standard Variety, the difference being the glossy sheen of the coat. Colors include black, white, cream, red, chocolate, lilac, blue, fawn, silver, dove, champagne, cinnamon, golden agouti, and silver agouti. On darker coats, the satin sheen may be less visible. They may be a solid color, tan (belly color is a reddish-tan with a contrasting color over the rest of the body), fox (belly color is near white with a contrasting color over the rest of the body), and marked (various spotted or banded patterns).
Fancy Mice average 6-7 inches in length including the tail, although some adult show mice are about 8-12 inches long, weighing up to 3.5 ounces. Standards for show mice include long and slim bodies, large bold eyes and expressive ears, and a long tapering tail.
The Satin Fancy Mouse may be more likely to develop an immune disorder that makes them susceptible to viruses and tumors. The most common ailments suffered by all Fancy Mice are skin parasites (ticks and mites), intestinal parasites, colds (from drafty situations), obesity (leading to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and arthritis), occlusion (from overgrown teeth), bacterial infections (from unsanitary conditions), and other major health problems such as cancers and tumors. Nervousness and stress can lead mice to over-groom themselves causing injury. Ensuring a healthy environment and proper diet prevents most of these ailments. Persistent problems are best handled by veterinarians.The lifespan of the Fancy Mouse Satin Variety is 1 - 2 years.
Behavior / temperament:
All mice are naturally active and inquisitive, and a well-socialized mouse can be gentle and affectionate. They like to run, jump, and climb. They are primarily nocturnal, though they may wake during the day to forage and exercise. They are social creatures and are best kept in pairs or groups brought together while juvenile. Females are more likely to live peaceably with one another, while males may become fiercely territorial and dangerously hostile towards one another. Introducing new adults to an already established group can result in aggressive behavior, though adult females can be introduced with appropriate care and precautions.
Fancy mice rarely bite unless hurt or very frightened. The most common cause of biting is improper handling. Fancy mice are not suitable pets for small children who might be too rough on their delicate bodies. A well-socialized fancy mouse may enjoy climbing and exploring on their owner, though unfortunately they can’t be “housetrained” and may urinate and defecate when being handled. Mice have rather poor eyesight and could easily fall from the edge of table, so supervision is necessary when they’re roaming outside of their cage.
Mice enjoy chewing, and should always be provided with items to gnaw on to prevent tooth overgrowth. Acorns, walnuts, and other hard nuts are acceptable for dental health and as a treat. The wood from fruit trees or wood sticks from the pet store are an option that won’t add excess calories to your mouse’s diet.
Fancy Mice are best housed in glass aquariums with a mesh cover or wire bar cages with plastic flooring. The mesh and wire bars should be such that juveniles cannot slip through (no greater than 9mm). Wire mesh floors can cause injury and infection and should not be used. The cage should be kept in a temperature-controlled location, away from drafts or direct sunlight. Keep in mind that mice are nocturnal, so keeping their cage in a bedroom might result in unrestful sleep for the human occupants!
Bedding or nesting material is essential. Aspen shavings, corn cob bedding, or commercially available paper products are preferred, though paper strips, paper towels, cotton, tissue paper, and rags can provide additional bedding or nesting material. Cedar and pine shaving volatile aromatic oils that can cause damage and irritation to the respiratory system, and should not be used.
Hide-aways such as cardboard shelters and wood boxes should be provided for seclusion and privacy. Toys such as obstacle courses and wheels are also recommended to keep the mice stimulated and active. Wheels should have a solid floor and be big enough that your mouse can run with back straight.
The cage should be cleaned often to minimize exposure to ammonia and waste products. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the bedding used and the number of mice. Male mice have a more pungent urine than female mice, and it may be necessary to clean their cage more frequently. To prevent disease, the entire enclosure should be disinfected at least twice a month.
The recommended food for Fancy Mice are called “lab blocks” or laboratory pellets specifically formulated to give mice the balanced nutrition they require as well as the gnawing experience that keeps their teeth from growing too long. Fresh foods like fruits and vegetables can be offered daily, but uneaten fresh food should be removed at the end of the day. You can supplement your mouse’s diet with nuts, seeds, pasta, grain mixes, and wheat bread, though these should be given sparingly, as a treat. Obesity can considerably shorten your mouse’s life span, so excess weight gain should be carefully avoided.
Fresh water should always be available and best provided in hanging gravity bottle feeders.
Beautiful mice, fantastic timewasters, cute little fuzzies, social creatures, satin coat, Cute
urinate, short life span, cleaning, shortlived animals, smell
school science class, quiet mice, inexpensive
"I had bought some mice to keep my cat, Tank, occupied. His best friend, my other cat, Popsicle passed away and Tank was driving me crazy. <br><br>The first few mice I bought were so interesting to Tank. He would sit by the cage for hours and watch them. Of course his favorite thing to do was to try and catch them through the bars of the cage. If they got loose, well, it was time to get another. <br><br>The 2 most recent mice were 1 boy and 1 girl. I didn't know this until the female mouse gave birth to 9 babies! I've learned that mice grow quickly, but not that quick! <br><br>After searching the internet, I discovered most sites say to separate the male and female after the babies are born. NOT TRUE! When I separated them, the female was very upset. However, the babies are doing well and growing fairly quickly. After speaking with the store about the separation, they explained that mice are not like hamsters and gerbils. They work as a community to care for the babies. However, after being separated for a few days, I was told NOT to return the male to the cage. He could become aggressive and hurt the babies. <br><br>Mice are very cute and inexpensive, but I would not recommend them as pets simply because they are very tiny and can move very quickly! They will eat foods similar to gerbils and live in similar habitats. I recommend an aquarium simply because they can squeeze into the smallest places - especially between the bars of a cage. Trust me; you will know when you've lost a mouse!."
From mom483 Nov 1 2014 6:04PM
"----- Pros -----<br>* Cute and cuddly when the hype is down. If you can manage to calm one down a mouse will cuddle with you and enjoy strokes across their main.<br>* Easy to feed and care for<br>* Enjoy placing them in a small enough hamster ball and watch them scurry through the house.<br>* Cheap to own <br><br>----- Cons -----<br>* Most mice can squeeze through any of the pet cages you find at a store. We ended up building out own out of solid wood to prevent them from escaping. (They can and will fit through the metal bars on the cage even if extremely small!)<br>* Impossible to catch or find after they escape. <br>* May possibly bite/nibble<br>* May use the restroom in hands regularly (Rats on the other hand do not do this as much, and can be trained)<br>* Short life span."
From Bonesdog Dec 20 2015 10:54PM
"I could never hold my mice, they were extremely defensive, and kept guard for each other if any hands came within a certain distance, then it alerted the other one and they tried to find shelter together. It was cute to watch, but when you can not grab this cuteness and embrace it when you want to. Well, they got to be independent and it was kind of cute how they watched out for each other, and they were very easy to clean and feed. If I held them, they both tried to bite, I could tell one of them not to, and it would lay off, but I could also feel they were both very scared.<br><br>I am a light sleeper and got woken up very often during the night, but couldn't pinpoint what I was waking up to. Often thinking it was the mice, I got up and looked at them, but they played it cool and didn't move. Eventually I saw what was happening one night when I hadn't fallen asleep, -the male one was doing some kind of a warrior dance, a mating ritual for the other one. Well, that was cute but it never happened during the day, always after hours.<br><br>After about 10months of owning them I set them free in a forrest not far from where I live, where I knew there weren't any big animals or birds around. I found a quiet spot where they could make shelter on their own, and they did as soon as I let them go. I imagined they were better off there than in a cage. After about a month, I was passing by the forrest and decided to take a look if I'd see anything. To my surprise, as soon as I arrived at the spot I left them at, I saw the two of them walk out of a small "cave" they had built out of leaves and wood chips. They both got up on their back feet and I almost cried cause I thought they recognised me and were saying hello. As far as I know though, it could have been some kind of a warrior dance to scare me off, or a sign to tell me they were starving. <br><br>But to me they looked very happy, happier than any mouse I have seen caged up.."
From allisig82 Sep 2 2015 5:31PM