Discussion in 'Cat and Pet Forum' started by neapolitanpitbull, Dec 8, 2006.
What is it like and what efforts does it take to tame wild mice? I am just wondering.
I don't know........ But I would guess it isn't a great idea. Never know where they have been or what disease they have been exposed to... Not to even mention I think we have enough already tame animals to pick from....leave the wild creatures wild.
Now with that, I did have a wild house mouse as a pet for a couple weeks, but I could see it wasn't right to do that.... I was about 10 or so. My dad brought it home from a computer tower he was working on. :yikes:
Needless to say.... I ended up letting the poor guy loose in the woods behind our house.
And now as an adult.....I wouldn't even consider it. I think a mouse in the house is the worst! And I would have a trap set in light speed. Although I really don't mind pet rodents... and I really admire pet rats. I guess I am wierd.
Why did you let it go? Was it too much of an effort to tame it? Did it bite a lot?
well first off you wouldn't know if it was sick or carrying anything. I mean, what would be the point really? It's a wild animal so leave it as one. On the other hand, if you found an injured one or your cat brought one in what wasn't dead yet, you might be able to rehabilitate it. I am a fan of rehabilitating wild animals but not taking them from teh wild just for the heck of it.
I guess what we are curious about is why do you ask? Pure curiousity? Do you already have one? Were you planning to capture one?
I would advise against it. Wild mice carry all sorts of nasty thigns that can get passed on to you and/or the rest of your furry family.
If you want a pet mouse get an actual pet mouse. They aren't expensive and have been handled. I don't see the point in taming a wild mouse. They don't even live that long and why traumatize a mouse or put yourself and your other fur family at risk?
With the possibility of things like hanta, I have issues with wild mice. You have no idea what you are possibly coming in contact with till much much later.
I let it go because I could see the mouse was "wild" and was happy that way. Please don't try to handle a wild mouse....you will be sorry. No I never held the mouse....And effort really had nothing to do with it. It was more of everything has a place and a cage is not a place for a wild mouse.....Sounds terrible, but they are really better off dead.
Wild mice are really dirty disease carrying rodents........ I really wouldn't mess with them.
Even without disease...that would be an incredibly unfair thing for the mouse. To be taken away from it's home, where it has absolute freedom, and then it's placed in a tiny cage? No way would it become tame and it certainly wouldn't be happy.
There are plenty of domestic mice out there.
They have a big chance of dying in the wild, you know, with all the snakes slithering around here. At least 5 snakes I find everyday, full with something in their tummies, probably mice. That is what brought this to mind. I was wondering what it is like to tame wild mice and would the efforts would pay off to be like.
I wouldn't do it. Its just unsafe for you especially. But im not gonna repeat whats already been said a bunch of times.
Look at it this way...risk your health and the health of your family and animals or let nature take it's course and get over the fact that snakes have to eat too. If mice are smart they will move location if there are too many snakes in that area.
Hey...snakes need to eat too! Just let nature take its course.
Unless they are in my house...then they are fair game for a mouse trap.
As I have said before a mouse doesn't want to be tamed, and it shouldn't!
We have plenty of barn mice and if weren't for the fact that snakes give me the heebie-jeebies, I'd seriously welcome one into the barn to help out the barn cats. Wild mice are darned destructive, messy creatures!