Emotional support animals bring a huge amount of value to the lives of their owners. People with a wide variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, and various phobias, have ESAs to soothe their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Dogs and cats are the most common types of emotional support pet in America today. But other species, such as pot-bellied pigs, miniature horses, hamsters, and rats, are becoming more popular and providing excellent emotional support to their owners. Some people even go way outside the box and get their emotional support from exotic ESAs such as snakes, tarantulas, lizards, and parrots.
But what about the humble mouse? Mice often get bad press, with people seeing them as pests and setting traps for any wild mice living in their attic or under their floorboards. But is this reputation deserved? We say no, it most certainly is not!
Domesticated mice are playful, loving, and intelligent little creatures who do not deserve their bad reputations. Mice have a lot going for them and can make excellent emotional support pets. If you’ve been wondering “Would a mouse make a good emotional support animal for me?”, read on!
Which Animals Can Be Used For Emotional Support?
Any animal that can be legally kept as a pet in the United States can be used for emotional support. However, not all species are allowed to avail of certain ESA rights.
For instance, only dogs, cats, miniature horses, and pot-bellied pigs tend to be allowed to travel in the cabins of airplanes and to live in properties that are otherwise “no pets allowed”. Other, more unusual ESAs, such as snakes, parrots, and goats, are usually not allowed in these areas.
Small ESAs, such as domesticated rats and mice, are usually allowed to avail of these special ESA rights due to their small, unobtrusive size.
Can A Mouse Be An Emotional Support Animal?
A mouse can absolutely be an emotional support animal. And due to their miniature size, there is usually no problem with them traveling along with their owner or airplanes and on public transport. They are usually allowed to live in properties that are otherwise “no pets allowed” as well.
Would A Mouse Make A Good Emotional Support Animal?
Mice make great emotional support animals. Here are some reasons why…
They Make Good Companions
Mice are very sociable creatures. They bond with their human owners as well as with other mice. Mice do not like to be left alone, so it is always best to keep at least two mice together. It is even better to keep a group of mice, as they adore and crave company.
They Like Being Stroked
Mice love to be stroked. Scientists have identified the neurons that fire in a mouse’s brain when it is stroked; confirming that they produce feelings of pleasure and contentment. So an ESA mouse will provide its owner with plenty of tactile support.
They Are Intelligent
Mice, like rats, are highly intelligent. They are easy to train and can be taught to perform cool tricks. Mice can understand concepts and love learning. Due to this high level of intelligence, they are enjoyable to interact with.
They Are Playful And Fun
As social and intelligent animals, mice love playing. They have a cheeky nature and are great fun to spend time with. You can have a lot of fun creating little obstacle courses for your ESA mice.
They Are Cheap And Easy To Look After
Mice are relatively cheap emotional support pets. They cost between $2–$20 to buy and their cage and food are also cheap compared with what you will need to spend on other species of ESA. Mice are also low maintenance; they don’t need walking and can live happily indoors in any size home.
They Are Good-Natured
Mice are good-natured. They enjoy being handled and held if they are used to it. They rarely bite or nip, and usually very much enjoy spending time with their human owners.
How To Look After ESA Mice
It is essential that you are diligent and responsible in caring for your ESA mice properly. Your ESA mice depend on you completely for their wellbeing.
Here are a few mouse care tips:
- An ESA mouse needs to be fed a healthy diet of small rodent feed, which is available from pet stores.
- Make sure your mice do not overeat, as they are prone to eating too much and putting on weight.
- Provide your mice with enough water.
- Mice need a comfortable home, and it should be cleaned once a week.
- Mice should be kept either in a pair or in a group because they need company.
- Take your mice for regular vet check-ups.
What Kind Of Person Would Suit A Pet Mouse?
An ESA mouse would suit a gentle and loving owner who is caring and will enjoy connecting and playing with their mice. Mice love to be stroked and they bond easily with humans, so most people will enjoy the company of an emotional support mouse.
What Kind Of Living Environment Would Suit A Pet Mouse?
An ESA mouse is suitable for any type of living environment. Mice are small and live in a wire, plastic, wood, or glass home. The only factor that may prevent your home from being suitable for an ESA mouse is other pets that may harm or frighten a mouse, such as a cat or dog.
How To Get An ESA Letter
The best way to get an ESA letter is to arrange an online consultation with a state-licensed mental health professional through Moosh.