Mice make for adorable pets. If you find a wild house in your house, however, you shouldn’t keep it as a pet.
A lot of people ask, ‘Can you tame a wild baby mouse and keep it as a pet?‘
No, you can’t. There are a few reasons why as I’ll explain.
Wild Mice Are Not Used to Being Handled
If you’ve had pet mice you will know how long it takes to build up trust when handling them from an early age.
Wild mice have grown up without any human interaction and will often not take kindly to being handled.
Just imagine how you’d feel being thrown into a small cage after having the freedom of the outdoors. Don’t be surprised if you get bitten!
Wild Mice Are Likely to Bite You
As mentioned above, wild mice are very likely to bite you if you try and handle them. They will be scared, confused, and just want to escape.
There is nothing fun for the owner or the animal if your ‘pet’ is scared of you and just wants to return to its natural habitat.
Wild Mice Can Carry Diseases
This reason is and should be enough to scare you all from taking on a wild mouse as a pet.
There is always a risk of a disease being transferred from the mouse to you, and that means sickness, pain, and some potentially some pretty horrible symptoms.
Some of the potential illnesses include:
- Lyme Disease
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Bubonic Plague
If you want a pet mouse, buy a fancy mouse or another species of mouse being sold by a breeder or a trustworthy pet store. Fancy mice are inexpensive, easy to look after, and readily available.
If you find wild mice in your garden leave them alone. If you find a baby mouse however, this post will help you understand what to do to ensure it’s safe.