Mice and Rats Make Great Pets
A popular pet choice in Australia, Mice and Rats are intelligent and make gentle companion animals. Being a relatively low maintenance pet, rodents are great pets for people of all ages, especially children and those who live in smaller homes. Mice and rats are very sociable animals and can even recognise their owners!
There are many different varieties of mice and rats that make excellent pets in Australia, and at Sugarland Animal Hospital, we can help you care for all of them!
Why Choose Sugarland for your rodent’s health?
At Sugarland, it’s our aim to ensure that your pet is healthy, happy, and nurtured. That’s why every pet that visits us is treated as if they are our own.
Like any other pet, a visit to the vet for a rat or mouse can be stressful, so we work hard to ensure that both you and your pet is comfortable.
Our highly qualified veterinarian team will work closely with you every step of the way to make sure that both yours and your pocket pet’s needs are met! If you’re looking for the best care for your pet mouse or rat in Bundaberg, the veterinary team here at Sugarland Animal Hospital is team for you.Book an Appointment Now
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of housing is best for my pet rodent?
Mice and rats don’t really need a fancy set up to be comfortable and happy. A wire style bird cage that has a detachable floor is a great option because there is a lot of space for your little squeaky pal, and plenty of ventilation.
Ventilation is key for mice and rats as they are prone to respiratory conditions, and with a wire cage, they have access to fresh air.
The cage should have wooden shavings or shredded paper in the on the floor, which should be changed every couple of days. You also want to provide levels, or toys and tunnels for them to play in.
What is the lifespan of pet mice and rats?
On average a pet rat will live between 2-3 years while a pet mouse on average will live around 1.5-2.5 years. The lifespan of your rodent will be dependent on many factors including, any existing health conditions, their genetics, and how well they are cared for.
Though their lifespan may be shorter than other animals, pet mice and rats are rewarding pets to have.
What are the signs that my pet rat or mouse may be sick?
Just like many other small animals, rats and mice are extremely good at hiding when they are unwell, which can make it challenging to know that they are sick. In many instances, by the time you start noticing changes in their behaviour or other signs of illness, they may have been sick for quite a while.
Some of the things you can keep an eye out for that are signs of illness in rodents include:
- Difficulty or strained breathing
- Hair Loss
- Lumps or bumps on the body
- Regular scratching
- An increase in the redness around the eyes and nose area
- Snuffling or raspy sounds when breathing
- Faster breathing
- No longer grooming
In addition to keeping an eye out for any of these changes, it’s a good idea to have your pet rodent visit the vet at least once a year.
How often should my pet mouse or rat visit the vet?
When you first get your pet race or mouse, we recommend coming in to see us, that way we can identify any health conditions that may exist.
If your rodent is showing signs of full health after this initial check-up, we recommend an annual health check to monitor their health.
If you do notice any of the signs of illness or changes in their appearance or behaviour, then you should book in to see us as well!
Do I need to get my pet rodent vaccinated?
No, there are no required vaccinations for pet mice or rats.