Time Out Of The Cage
Most mice will enjoy having play time outside of their cage. It provides interest for them to have somewhere new to explore, will stop them getting bored and will also help them get used to you. I will take the oppertunity here to say that although they may seem like a good idea the plastic hamster exercise balls are not something I would recommend. I’ve found that most mice don’t like them and can become quite frightened when put inside one. There is also the risk of tails and paws being caught in the air vents in them and of the door coming loose and the mouse getting out. I personally think that supervised play in a safe place is a much better option. Small animal playpens can be bought but a sofa, bed or low table can work just as well, although you may want to cover furniture with an old towel or sheet to protect from ‘accidents’. Another thing worth remembering is that mice can squeeze through the tiniest of gaps, so you’ll need to make sure they are somewhere where they can’t escape or hurt themselves, and its always best to make sure there are no other pets around.
In the past I’ve also made ‘playgrounds’ for my mice, including mazes, box mountains and assault courses. Your imagination really is the limit and your mice will love having things to explore and climb over out of the cage as well as in, but they can be nervous of new things so it may help to move something that already smells of them near by for them to retreat to whilst out playing.