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24 Fascinating & Fun Mice Facts You Never Knew

Nicole Cosgrove

Mice are quickly becoming popular pets for families as they are typically low-maintenance and don’t take up a lot of space. Long thought to be “filthy animals,” mice are actually very clean and make good pets as they can be socialized to interact with humans. With the rise of mice as pets, you’re probably curious about these furry little animals. Here are some fun and fascinating facts about mice that you can pull out at your next trivia night.

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General Facts About Mice:

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Image Credit: Pixabay

Interesting Differences Between Rats and Mice:

Rat vs Mouse
Left: Rat, Right: Mouse | Image Credit: Pixabay

Mice in Popular Culture and Media:

  • Arguably the most recognizable mouse in the world, Mickey Mouse will turn 93 on November 18, 2021.
  • The #1 rated children’s picture book with mice on Goodreads is “If You Give a Mouse A Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff.
  • For 22 years, fans of Pokemon thought that the famous character Pikachu was a mouse. Many thought its name was derived from the Asian rodent Pika and Pikachu was listed as a mouse in the Pokedex. In 2018, the graphic artist Atsuko Nishida confessed that Pikachu is actually a squirrel.
  • Chuck E. Cheese started as a rat in the late 1970s but was revamped into a mouse in the 1990s.
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Image Credit: Guillaume1966, Pixabay

Featured Image Credit: Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.