If you’re thinking of getting a pet mouse, now’s the time to look into getting the right type of mouse shelter. After creating the appropriate home environment — dimly lit, between 65 and 80 degrees with humidity between 30 and 70 percent — it’s time to pick the perfect house for your pet mouse.

Best mouse houses

  • Aquariums: As long as the lid is secured with the proper clips, this is the safest place to keep your pet mouse. Aquariums are chew-proof, easy to clean, ventilated properly and won’t cloud up or fade.
  • Kritter Keepers: Medium to large Kritter Keepers are the right size for a single mouse. This is the most convenient option to hang a water bottle within the mouse’s living space. Ropes and a hammock can even be hung from the ceiling. You may need to modify the lid with wire mesh so the little animal can’t chew his way through the plastic.
  • Wire cages: These provide the best ventilation, which is critical for your mouse’s health. Vertical bars are the safest option since mice can’t climb these. Make sure the bars are spaced at least 1/8-inch apart or smaller to prevent mice from slipping through the bars to freedom.

Houses to avoid

  • Plastic tubes: Mice love to burrow and dig, so they love running through the plastic tube tunnels. However, there are some serious disadvantages to plastic tubes. For example, ventilation is poor and the tubes provide limited space inside. Consider these drawbacks before you choose housing made purely from plastic tubes.
  • Wood structures: While wood structures look nice, mice can chew through wood quite easily. This material also absorbs urine and makes the habitat unsanitary.
  • Free range: This concept refers to keeping your mouse up high on a dresser or other surface with no walls. Some assume the height deters them from jumping. However, animals are unpredictable and you can’t rely on this assumption to keep your pet mouse safe in a free-range home!

For more information on how to keep your pet mouse happy in their house, refer to our Smart Pet Guide.