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Critters USA: A Mouse In The House

Discover how to keep your mouse healthy, happy and comfortable.

By Sharon Banderlip, DVM

The miniscule mouse, an inquisitive, bright-eyed and beautiful creature, has a big story to tell. Living in close association with humans throughout the ages, the diminutive mouse looms like a giant in the human imagination. Mice have been the subject of myths, folklore and art; the object of fear, worship and sacrifice; and even the key ingredient in magic potions! Mice have been the subject of nursery rhymes and stories — the stars of animations and movies. They have been transported across oceans and continents, and they have been blasted into outer space. And, for more than a century, mice have been one of the world’s most popular pocket pets.

Soft-furred and secretive, mice played contrasting roles throughout history. Once vilified as vermin responsible for the spread of diseases like the plague, the mouse is now regarded as a hero for its enormous contributions to medical research that have greatly benefited humans and animals. No other animal has been studied as much as the mouse.

Mice come in a wide variety of attractive colors and patterns. They are fascinating to watch, fun to hold, easy to care for, quiet, inexpensive and require little space. No wonder so many people enjoy having a pet mouse in the house!

Keeping Mice Healthy
Preventing health problems is much easier than treating existing ones. This is especially true for mice. If a mouse gets sick, its condition often deteriorates rapidly. When that happens, it is very difficult to treat successfully. The best way to make sure a mouse lives a full, healthy life is to prevent problems before they start. Fortunately, that’s easy to do.

**For the full article, pick up the 2008 issue of Critters USA or click here to buy the issue.**


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