Rescue / shelter organization
Posted May 16, 2016
I got my first mouse when I was in my third year of high school, after I rescued her from a life of neglect in a childcare center. At the time she was already four years old, which was the standard life expectancy for the average mouse. Thus, I unfortunately wasn't able to spend a lot of time with her, as it was only a few months later that she passed away from old age. I'm comforted by the fact that I gave her a peaceful end to her life though, as she could have died alone at the back of a room full of loud babies and forgetful staff.
In those few months though, I was able to discover just how amazing rodents are. Growing up, although I did find mice rather adorable, I was still skeptical that they'd be good pets. The media's idea that they were diseased didn't affect me, but it was hard to conjure up an image of a cuddly mouse that didn't nip and scurry around everywhere. After Neopolitan though, that all changed! Despite being a little difficult to get out of her tank, when she was settled in my palm, I was amazed at just how warm and soft she was. After laying down, she'd snuggle into me and wrap her little tail around my finger, which was incredibly heart-warming.
Aside from personality, mice overall are easy pets to keep. Their tanks just have to be filled with hay and insulation, they're happy with a wheel, a small house and some chew toys, and they don't require constant attention. The little critters also enjoy eating with you, so if you're having spaghetti, just put some pasta aside and they'll be happy. Therefore, if you're looking for a new, low-maintenance pet, the standard mouse is definitely an animal to think about.
P.S, we named her Neopolitan because her fur was brown and white, and she had pink eyes (like the ice-cream!)