Name: Mouse or mice (plural), a rodent.
Animal Type: a small nocturnal mammal.
Lifespan: 1.5 – 2 years
Reproductive age: from 6 weeks Gestation (pregnancy) period: 19-21 days
Average Litter: 8-12
With that in mind, think before you bring one home. Worse if you buy a pair. A Pet is for life. Are you prepared to commit your time and your family’s continued affection and interest for 2 years? Mice can produce a litter of 8-12 each time. If you are prepared, this is what you must have: Housing: Mice are great escape artiste and they can run very fast and hide in small openings. So the housing has got to be escape proof. Wire cages are not suitable; they can squeeze through the bars and hurt themselves. A glass aquarium with a secure wire/plastic cover is ideal. You can keep 8 in a 45 litre tank (usual 2 ft tank). Food: They eat almost anything – from compound food to nuts to fruits and vegetables. They are always chewing to shorten their teeth that grow throughout their lives. If they get too long, they cannot eat and will starve to death. Give them softwood or cuttlefish bones to chew. A water bottle is necessary and it must be hung or secured in such a way that it does not act as a ladder for them to climb out. Good odour absorbing bedding like Carefresh and Good Mews are excellent choices. Make it about 2.5 – 5 cm deep. Care: Pet mice whether it is white or black or spotted are social animals. The danger of putting all in one tank is that they will breed. You can tell the male from female by looking at them belly up. Males have 2 “openings” near their rear end, further apart compared with females. Some people buy them to feed pet snakes but this is not always true. Mice make excellent pets. They have a huge following. There is even a National Mouse Club, NMC (UK), formed over 100 years ago that encourages the breeding/exhibiting of fancy mice with rules and standards by which mice are judged. Refer to: www.nationalmouseclub.co.uk/standards.html More information available at our website: www.petmart.com.sg under Info Desk © Petmart Pte Ltd.
The SKINNY PIG is a guinea pig. The big difference is that it has almost no hair, except for some on its nose area and legs.
It looks like an almost perfectly clean shaven guinea pig. While some people may be put off by its baldness, the SKINNY PIG, often referred to as the hairless guinea pig is adored by an increasing number of pet lovers all over the world. It has become popular in Europe and the United States.
The modern day SKINNY PIG is a cross between the haired variety and a hairless laboratory strain. Guinea pigs have always been used in experiments in the laboratory for research work.
It was introduced recently in Singapore and is now available at Petmart Pte Ltd and some other pet stores. Like the haired variety, the SKINNY PIGS can be bred at home.
Just like the regular haired guinea pigs, they make good pets with almost the same requirements in food and housing. But because the SKINNY PIG’s body is without hair, it is more vulnerable to temperature extremes. You should therefore not expose it to direct sunlight.
They eat the same food as the haired variety. Staple diet is Timothy hay, for adults, and Alfalfa grass, which is higher in calcium, for youngsters. They also eat fruits and vegetables like the haired variety. They need vitamin C too.
Special commercial diet for SKINNY PIGS is available at Petmart Pte Ltd. Tel: 94500947
More information on the SKINNY PIG is available from our shop or you can get them from the internet.
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