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How to Tame a Mouse

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Although initially fearful, mice quickly become accustomed to human presence. You must be patient and warm to gain their trust. Over time, a bond will develop and last. Here are some valuable tips to make the most of your experience.

Table of Contents

  • Understanding their nature to tame them
  • The steps to follow
  • Mice and cleanliness
  • Dealing with very fearful mice
  • Things to avoid
  • Your mouse bites you
  • Summary

Understanding their nature to tame them

Your mouse is a timid rodent. Very fearful, it needs to feel comfortable in its environment first. However, it can be easily trained and becomes docile and affectionate with you. Generally, male mice require more attention than female mice, who find a partner among their peers to communicate with.

Once the initial barriers are crossed, your mouse readily accepts human contact. It also enjoys the presence of children and their gentleness.

The steps to follow

Upon the arrival of your mouse, you should leave it alone in its cage for a few days. This allows it to familiarize itself with its new environment. Being naturally fearful, your mouse will gradually gain confidence. Place its cage in a quiet area, away from a television, elevated, and in a room with a comfortable temperature.

After 48 to 72 hours, you can start getting closer to its cage and let it hear the sound of your voice. Call it gently by its name. Then, you can place your hand on the cage so that your mouse can smell your body odor. You can also place a small treat, such as a piece of fruit or vegetable, in your hand. Your mouse will come to taste it. It may nibble on you, but don’t worry, it is not a sign of aggression. Gradually, it will gain confidence and eventually climb into your hand after a few attempts.

Get your mouse accustomed to your presence every day. Show interest in it and take care of it. By doing so, with a small treat in the palm of your hand, your mouse will know that smelling your scent and hearing your voice will lead to a pleasant experience.

How to Tame a Mouse

Mice and cleanliness

You should not have any issues with cleanliness when it comes to your mouse. Mice are very clean rodents. They groom themselves every day. The bedding in their cage allows them to relieve themselves properly.

Dealing with very fearful mice

Your mouse may be more fearful than others and therefore more resistant to nestling in the palm of your hand. In this case, a trick is to place a toilet paper roll in its cage. This will resemble a tunnel for your mouse, which will come and settle inside. Then, take the roll in your hand. You can also place an item of your clothing (such as an old shirt) in your mouse’s cage. It will smell your scent, which will facilitate your relationship and help overcome its fear.

How to Tame a Mouse

Things to avoid

In order to not hinder the taming process of your mouse, you should avoid:

  • Yelling when you are near it
  • Playing loud music
  • Placing it next to a television
  • Moving the cage while the mouse is inside
  • Forcibly grabbing it and placing it on yourself. Your mouse may become more afraid and wary of your hand.
  • Not picking up your mouse when it is in its habitat or nest. This is when your mouse is resting, napping, or simply feeling secure. Disturbing it will only scare it.
  • Removing its food bowl in the hope that it will more easily come and take a treat from your hand. Your mouse constantly needs to eat its hay and pellets.
  • Never grab your mouse by its tail. This could cause harm to its vertebrae.

Your mouse bites you

Your mouse may bite you for several reasons:

  • Fear
  • Apprehension
  • Anxiety

It never bites without reason. Do not instinctively pull your hand away if it bites you. The fall could be fatal. Simply put it back in its cage, leave it alone, and reassure it.


Your mouse is a sociable, curious, and affectionate animal. The taming process is relatively short. You must proceed with method and patience. You should not force it to climb into your hand. It needs to feel confident and not be afraid anymore. Take it step by step and avoid any gestures or movements that could unsettle it.

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- Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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