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The Staring Mouse

Why would a mouse stare at its owner?

By Carol Lawton
Posted: August 13, 2010, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: I have a pet mouse. It jumps on the bar supporting the exercise wheel and clings to it and stares at me. What's that about?

A: All pets (and humans) have favorite places to eat, sleep and observe what's going on in their world. Most people enjoy relaxing in a favorite chair, my cat prefers to spy on everyone from the top shelf of her cat tree, one of my rats loves to sleep inside his feeder ... and your mouse likes to people-watch from the bar of his exercise wheel. It might seem a little odd from the human perspective, but I would be willing to bet that the wheel is where your mouse spends a lot of his time.
 
What's great about this is that your mouse is obviously interested in what's going on in the world; that means he's probably going to be very willing to socialize with you. And since he's so inquisitive, you will want to offer him a steady supply of new and interesting toys, houses and healthy treats to keep him active, healthy and happy.

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