Restraint: Mouse can be picked up very gently by the palm of the hand over the back with the fingers supporting underside of the body. Rats should not
be lifted by the tail alone. It can be restrained by holding the end of the tail with one hand and place the other hand over the neck and wither. The important principle in controlling mice is that their movements should be restricted slowly, gently and without sudden jerks. Care should be taken during capturing of spiny mice. This is due to the fact that the tail may easily break off during handling.
Housing and management: Mice are adapted readily in captivity. They are widely used in laboratories for experimental purposes. Usually, there are three types of mouse cages. The large cages are made for mating and housing does. The second type of cage is the smaller breeding cages in which individual doe with young is kept. The third type of cage is usually kept for maintenance of mice during scientific studies. Smaller species of mice are normally housed in wire mesh or glass sided cages with removable wire tops.