A fancy mouse (“fancy” means “hobby” in this context) is a domesticated form of the house mouse (Mus musculus), usually bred as a pet. Fancy mice are also called "feeder mice" when they are sold as live or frozen food for carnivorous pet animals such as snakes. Fancy mice have also been specially bred for exhibiting, with shows being held internationally.
Fancy mice are inexpensive compared to other larger pets, but they are also short-lived compared to other animals.
Food for fancy mice can range from specially formulated feed mix to kitchen scraps. Carrot, spinach, lettuce and other vegetables are often enjoyed by mice but should be given sparingly as such foods can result in diarrhea and life-threatening dehydration. Bread crumbs, wheat and rice can also be good for mice. Mice can also eat oats, oily seeds, clean eggshell, breakfast cereal, and stale bread. Fruit and vegetables are part of a more natural and healthy diet. Some owners give it to them as a treat after they do a trick. Mice often chew wood and other hard substances which keeps their teeth from growing too long; salt licks are also an option.
Fancy Mice are playful, social, and intelligent animals and are like a little pocket pets. They are great with children. Very calm, if handled regularly but they like to be kept in pairs. If you’re looking for an unusual pet with lots to offer, a...