Today I went to pick up some toys for the girls today at Petco. I had gotten three different packs of chew toys, a couple new ladders, and a couple balls for them to run in. Twice I was told by employees how it was so great how well I treat my mice. And how their fate is usually nowhere near as kind. And then there was a woman behind me in line at the check out and she heard me talking to the cashier about my mice (and other animals). She spoke up and said "she didn't know that mice were smart enough to play or clean enough to handle. And weren't they mean"? I told her that clearly they are smart enough to learn how to play. I pointed out that they are much smarter than people give them credit for. I also told her that my mice were perfectly friendly and since they were females without a musky smell. She was shocked and said she only ever thought of them as feeders and pests Why is it so shocking/surprising that mice have personalities, feelings, and learning ability? I wish more people would give the little critters more of a chance.