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If you catch a wild mouse living in your house can you keep it as a pet?

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yes i found one today!

you could but they have learned to live as wild mice and will not be a good pet. it is better to buy one from a pet store

This is not necessarily true. House mice do not tend to get the same sort of diseases as rats for instance. Mice are usually friendly little things, and very rarely bite, and then only out of fear.

A house mouse could be kept as a pet but would recommend freeing it some where safe and away from cats it before it gets too dependent on human handouts. A young mouse would settle into captivity easier than an older one. However if you really want to keep the little fella, get as big a cage as you possibly can, provide lots of toys they are active and intelligent, and provide the right foods and water at all times, treat it pretty much as you would any pet mouse (LOTS of infoon that if you just google it), as for handling,, start off with just stroking gently offer it something tasty (such as tiny amount of chicken, or thumb nail sized piece of wholemeal bread with a smidge of butter on it from your hand, (of course do drop it for the mouse if it doesn't take it from your hand) and it will come to associate you with pleasant things, and could well come to allow you to handle it as a pet might do.

I have one living with me at the moment, we call it Neville for some reason, and he's gorgeous.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSE -- I completely agree with the answer above. I found a very young brownish grey female mouse in the lobby of my apartment building in New York City. This was 16 months ago and Stu, (I thought she was a male at first), has become a much beloved member of my family which includes a dog, cat, and two humans. I bought a large aquarium as she was so small that she could have gotten through the bars in a traditional cage. I added several inches of bedding (AVOID the toxic cedar chips!) an exercise wheel, plastic tubing with several exits and entrances, a ladder, etc. It took a while, but after a few months of slow patient training, Stu learned to answer to her name and became completely tame. She could not be more friendly, keeps herself extremely clean, and is constantly entertaining. Although she has aged and is not as energetic as she once was, she is more loving than ever -- loves being held, stroked on the head and ears, and has been known to fall asleep cupped in my hand. I could never have imagined that I would become as attached as I have to a mouse. One thing to know if you do get a wild mouse, do NOT bring it into contact with a store bought mouse as store mice carry lots of diseases as well as mites, that a wild mouse is not immune to and will definitely make them seriously ill. Contrary to what you might think, a wild mouse is much healthier than one you could buy in a store and will live much longer -- but they will be made ill by store mice. Also, NEVER house two male mice together -- store bought or wild, as they will attack one another as soon as they are mature.

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