9.15.2008

Keeping Voles as Pets

Hi!



If you are like me and think that mice, rats, voles, and the like are cute! You probably either would own or want to own one, if you thought the above was true. I like catching wild voles for pets. We have managed to catch one so far, and I hope to catch more. look for the burrowing under mulch or in fields. Either set humane traps, or go the cheaper way that I do. I find some in the winter runnign around in snow tunnels and I catch them then, or they are easier to catch when you mow down a field or garden, we caught ours, dubbed 'Junior', when my mom mowed down the garden and several ran out. We used sticks to herd it into a bucket, then transfered it into a small cage while we prepared the tank. A good vole house would be a 10 or 20 gallon glass tank with a lid that fits completly over the top, snugly. 5 gallons can be used for temperary houses, such as keeping for several days at a time. The bottom should be lined with gravel, about and inch or two, to keep water from collecting in the tank. Then up until about a couple inches from the top fill it with mulch. The vole will make tunnels in this. Put in a bowl of water, and also food. The food mix that works for me is equal amounts of 2 different brands or cat food, a cob of corn, and equal amounts of bird seed, rabbit pellets, and dog food, as well as cat treats and some hay and grasses. This way there is a lot of stuff to chose from, but high protien food of either dog or cat, and seeds and some type of grasses or hays. Make sure that the water dish is shallow so the vole won't drown. Also, put some sort of hide away in there, I used a old, small, bird feeder gourd, which our vole loves!!! As well as a hide away, put in some cloth and/or fur. They will use this to nest. Also, I haven't put more than one vole together, so you would have to check up on that. These instructions are for a meadow vole. Also, I would be happy to answer any other questions I could.



A Girl

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

i think its cruel that you catch them and keep them as pets they are used to living in the wild, i have no problem with keep animals which have been breed in to captivity thats all they have known but catching them like that is cruel and inhumane , i hope you realize that one day

Anonymous said...

doing that do dogs, cats.. its just as inhumane... oh wait. thats 'ok' in today's society,so is experimenting on rats etc... oh.. yah and the pest control people probably call to get rid of bugs and such.. thats ok their just pest

;_: at least she giving a voles a happy home... and they don't live long anyway... better than them getting eaten by the many predictors they have.. ^.^ i just caught one today ;_; he was trapped..

Anonymous said...

Voles are cool. I found a nest of babies and mother that had been destroyed. Only one baby was alive and was so young that it's eyes were hardly open. I fed it goat's milk and raised it. It's now too cold to release it so we'll probably keep it. They only live for about a year or so and besides it's a way better pet than a hamster or mouse. My vole comes when I call it and it wrestles with my finger! It's so cool. I've thought about catching more at some point? Good luck with yours. :) Vole Lovers Unite!!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe anythig came up when I typed in "voles as pets?" but here you are. Wow! I have a vole that I rescued from our cat after a long chase through the field next door and under a few cars in the driveway but I eventually wrestled the vole out of the cat's mouth and into a cardboard box. Do not know how injured is was but have kept it alive for two months now; I assume its OK. Never see it though, it only comes out of its nest once a day around 1:00am. It has been too cold here to release it because I am beginning to think it would normally be hibernating or at least buried deep in the ground for the cold of winter (?). Can I keep a vole as a pet? Can I touch it? Will it bite? I did not even know what it was for the first week I had it in the house, in fact we immediately called it "Brown Thing" and the name stuck. Do they make good pets???

Anonymous said...

My cat just brought it's second in. The first was four years ago and I cared for it easily. It is wonderfully tempered and doesn't bite at all. It's a neat specimen, particularly for a classroom.

Anonymous said...

well i was also looking for voles as pets on google and found this site i dont know if anyone checks this anymore but i was walking my dog one evening and i saw a tiny rodent running down the road it wasnt moving fast so i went up to it and put it in my boyfriends hat and carried it home. when i did get home i realized it was hurt the left side of its face seemed to be crushed his little eye was shut i dont know what had happened to this little guy but what i did what put him in a tank with hamster bedding game his a small water dish and fresh food like roots sprouts and berries i treated his injury with anti-bactirial ointment and he seems to be doing ok now we will see how things go.

Anonymous said...

I have two Voles Living in my Basement window well. I don't know if they fell in there, (it's about 3-4 feet deep), or if they tunneled in there, because on the corners are two openings to tunnels. They are darn cute, one is about 4" or 5" long, the other is smaller about 3".
I have been giving them some hamster food and fresh salad greens. Also water in a lid.The base of the well is little pebbles.
Should I try and get them out of there, so they can be free. Or make them pets. They sleep together almost all day in the well. I don't know what they do at night, but they seem to always stay in the well.

Anonymous said...

I have 2 voles. The oldest is called Roli. My girlfriends cat caught him but she rescued him :) He had a big cut down his back, his rear left leg was damaged and his front left leg was bad. He made a full recovery but felt he was to fragile to be let go so we kept him. He is now 2 years old!! I repeat 2 YEARS! so to all these people and say they only live a year then I'm afraid to say you are wrong which I am glad about as he is gorgeous :) My other one is called Tiny and she was very tiny when rescued from the cat..again. She was so so small. My girlfriend brought her round in a yellow duster and she was just wriggling around in it. OMG so sweet :) anyway she had a small puncture in her side but she also recovered. But she has always walked a bit funny. But she has such a personality, always doing funny things. Nothing like Roli, He just likes to eat sleep n wee. They both get fed gerbil food and love it. They also love fresh veg, lettice, carrots. And they love blueberries. Tiny is over a year old now. They are not tame as such so we are not able to pick them up.( but when they were both 1st injured they would just lay in your hand and take food from you. Oh one last note Tiny loves a hamster ball. Runs around all over the floor when I get her out to clean her, so funny. Anyway just wanted to tell you about my voles :)

Andy

Peter said...

Wow a vole Blog! The cat brought us our first vole "Voli" about 9 mouths ago. Soon after Scampers turned up in the cats' mouth. They where both very young and lived quite happy together, until Turbo , a female with a manic passion for the wheel, came on the scene. The two males fought and we had to separate them. Voli now resides by himself, he has never quite got the hang of the wheel thing. He is extremely friendly and likes being petted. Scampers is also very tame but Turbo was much older when she came to us and has never liked being handled. About a month they had a single male pup. He is very cute, very active, and totally tame. He has never bitten. All three ride the wheel together. The little one gets flung off at high speed, and is great fun to watch their family antics. Voles seem to be amazingly clean, with no smell. I'd highly recommend them as pets with a lot of personality.

Anonymous said...

my cat caught a vole the other day. I thought that it was someones pet gerbil at first because it let me pick it up.well i bought a hamster cage for him. he hasnt moved much except to eat and drink, but i cant believe other people have kept them as pets too. will he actually run on a wheel,like a hamster or gerbil.

Peter said...

A quick update on my Vole family. The young pup is now quite grown up. We've called him Einstein. He's quite the smarty pants and extremely tame. He still has never bitten even once. If you put him in a strangers hand he dashes up their sleeve. This can be quite amusing since he moves so quickly. I had to move him to his own place at about six weeks old. Scampers turned on him one morning and I have no doubt that he would have killed him otherwise. Today, Turbo and Scampers had another pup(s). It's very small and I'm a bit concerned since it's so lethargic. Voli is now one year old. He has mastered the wheel, except that he stands up and turns it from the outside. He does this for an hour or more. He also only likes the steel wheel and will not have anything to do with a plastic one. One final thing of interest is that Turbo can jump and catch flies. With the cold weather coming they have been trying to get into the house. Well one got into their gage. She chased it up and down, then in a flash she jumped, caught it between her front paws and promptly ate it. She is not called Turbo for no reason, and all while pregnant.

zac said...

that was tuching:)

Anonymous said...

I found one in my catch and release mouse trap under my kitchen sink....Had no clue what it was..My son found it on the web..Would like to keep it but hubby said no,,,I watched to see what it ate and noticed it likes fresh fruit and vegetables. Its really cute..Not sure why it was inside or if it has a family..Did not want to release it since it is snowing...Maybe it will be ok. Great site..Nice to know others who do not HAVE to kill every thing they find...

Anonymous said...

Can you handle these little guys? I have one but he rolls on his back and sort of growls at me. And some place said to always wear gloves? Why?
Tried to sign up here but dont know how
Cyndi In Nevada

Jackie Trotter said...

I'm so tickled I found you and the other crazy lovely souls out there who love voles. I'm in a tizzy because a neighbor complained to my Alderman that "rats" were seen on our property. He called and I explained that they are voles and not rats. I've never seen more than one at a time but I'm sure there must be a family of them under our back porch. I did some further research and the only thing negative I could find is that they can ruin the landscape by digging holes, eating bulbs and tree bark etc. but they do not carry diseases any more than rabbits, squirrels or other small mammals. I don't believe in a perfect lawn or garden (and I'm an avid gardener); if they eat a few tulip bulbs or whatever it's alright. They are very cute and I don't in the least consider them a nuisance. I found out they are actually "protected" in some states (such as Utah). Well, today I received a notice of violation from the City of Milwaukee giving us 3 days to correct the problem or a number of bad things could happen (penalties & fees for not complying within a certain amount of time up to $10,000 (can you believe it?) and even threatening a lien on our property if we don't comply. We were also told to remove all food sources (we have a squirrel feeder with peanuts and several bird feeders). I'm insulted by the tone of the violation notice and feel these cute & harmless critters are discriminated against just because they have "rat-like" tails and like to eat vegetation. It's my personal philosophy that we are not necessarily the "supreme beings" of this planet. There's something horribly wrong with the majority believing they have the right to exterminate voles simply because their manicured lawn is more important. Should we exterminate all things that are considered to be a nuisance? Barking dogs? Nests of baby bunnies? Our in-laws? It's unfair that I cannot afford NOT to comply. They are on MY property-no one else's and if I choose to feed the squirrels & birds and the voles want to partake it should be my right to allow it (and my pleasure). Sorry for the long rant. I know you can't help me but I needed to vent. I'm also pleased to find others who think the way I do (actually I'm SHOCKED). I thought I was all alone on this. You're NUTS and I love it.

incinderator said...

ok Guys just for your information I am going to court for owning a vole. Someone turned me in to the department of fish and game.According to California penal code 3005.5 it is illegal to own any wild species of california. Doesnt matter what it is...Just a warning...

Anonymous said...

I just rescued a vole from one of our cats minutes ago. At this point I have no way of knowing if it will survive. Can't believe something so tiny can squeak so loud, or bite so hard! The poor thing was obviously very scared.
Glad I found this site, most every other article was about extermination of these "pests". I was trying to find out what to feed it, and it's currently being kept in a mouse habitat.
Curious to hear how things are going with the two posters who were being taken to court?

Tracy Callard said...

My kids just caught a baby vole in our fireplace here at our summer place in the Catskill Mountains! We heard its loud squeak & saw it just sitting in the living room - He didn't even seem scared of people! He's in their former "tadpole" tank with some walnuts, birdseed, some blueberries, & an ear of dried corn that we feed to the squirrels... He loves those walnuts!
We'll probably release him tomorrow, but the kids are excited to have "Desperaux" stay at the house tonight as a sleepover guest!
Thanks for the tips! Gotta love Google that leads you to a site like this when you type "vole pet" into the search box :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to have found this site! About two months ago, my brother ran into a voles nest and killed two baby voles and maybe even the mother(we never found her). But we did find two of the babies that were still alive and unharmed. The babies seemed just weened so we stuck them in a 10 gallon tank with some soft bedding. They burrowed down into the bedding and fell asleep. My Dad told me not to pick them up because it would make them unhappy. I gave them some lettuce and other veggies and they ate it all so I just kept feeding them different vegetables. Yesterday, my Mom's cat killed Trouble, my favorite vole. We found out he could open the cage so now we have the top duct-taped down. So now we only have Nibbles, my other vole. He's very sweet and he doesn't seem to be lonely only a little frightened. Should I let him go? He's gotten very big and fluffy and he lets me pick him up. He loves people and gets along with my dog, but he hates cats! I didn't try to let him near my rats or rabbit and I'm not going to. I'm glad to see there's other people on here that actually care about the sweet little creatures.

Anonymous said...

My dad saw my cat with a little vole hanging in her jaws,a little saw dark brown one(SO CUTE!!!!!!)and i cleaned it up and i was a male one named Miikki but sadly he died the day after since he was so weak and injured(my cat clawed his ears off and you could see the bone and he had a gash in his side)but just for you vole lovers out there who need vole diets and needs Miikki liked lettuce,soup nuts(crinkled brown berries that look like nuts),WALNUTS!(alot!),leaves,grass,flowers,juicy leaves(small fat leaves with juices inside) and for a temporary habitat was a carboard shoebox with wet dirt at the bottom with grass,straw,twigs, and i planted some small weeds in there and took a branch of a bush(well a few branches) and put them on the sides of the shoebox and then folded a leaf and put juicy leaves and cotton in the leaf for a nest for him and cleared an area off the side for him to poo.VOLES ARE CUTE I RECOMEND THEM AS PETS!

Anonymous said...

i need help catching a vole ive put out live traps with bait,digging at tunnels,putting bait in their tunnels, and can't catch ANYTHING!i miss Miikki(ya im the person from the last comment) and i need a new vole and ive been sitting traps for almost a week now and the only things ive caught are cochroaches,slugs,ants, and crickets whitch are useless to me oh and i also we have mowed the lawn and no voles came out!please tell me soon!

Anonymous said...

Use a water hose to get them to come out of their tunnels. They will come to the top for air. If you are patient enough, they will eventually go onto the top of the grass where they can't run so fast. They are easy to catch there.Use a water house to get them to come out of their tunnels. They will come to the top for air. If you are patient enough, they will eventually go onto the top of the grass where they can't run so fast. They are easy to catch there.

Anonymous said...

How do you tame them???? My mice never bit, but i know nothing about handeling voles except for the fact that they bite, HARD!!!!

Anonymous said...

two questions
can u take voles to the vet?
how do u tell the gender of them or sex them?do u do it the same way as mice or hamsters?

Anonymous said...

need help catching vole again(comment craze!)plz i really need help ive tried everything and im really angry i can't catch one!:(

EMglad said...

For the person who misses Miikki- Voles don't like live-mouse traps. Get a Havahart type rat trap. Bait it with peanut butter, chocolate or cut tomato (they have strong, attractive smells). Put the traps along quite outside walls where voles scurry from place to place, or near a burrow or beaten vole path. They don't like stopping out in the open, so don't stick a trap in the middle of the yard. Remember too, it's November, they are less active on the surface right now. Or latest Vole had been in the garage for a few days avoiding the cold when my son picked her up. Last winter, it was a Kangaroo rat that walked in the garage and proceeded to sit on my foot! So if all else fails, a warm garage may tempt a cold vole, set the trap against the wall, right inside the garage door and leave the door up a few inches.

Anonymous said...

I used to take the voles out of my cat's mouth when he caught them, I had two but my oldest one which was around 4 yrs old died yesterday. Now the other one is all alone and I don't know what to do with it. My cat doesn't bring any around anymore so I probably won't be able to add another one. I wish I could just let it go, but winter is setting in. I wonder if it would know how to survive in the wild?

Anonymous said...

I caught a vole on my porch a number of years ago. Really strange, but he let me pick him up while he was eating out of the dog food bowl. I was a Zoology major so I was not afraid to pick him up, lol. I kept him and called him Nipper. Contrary to his name, he never once bit me. I had Nipper for a year until he died. I housed him with a pet rescue mouse and they got along great. I would let him run around my bed and then hold my hand out and he would immediately come jump into my hand where I would give him treats. He was an awesome pet!! The only thing I noticed was that he needed extreme amounts of water. I do not think I could ever have this experience again- he was very unusual! I wish there was a way to post pics on here.

Anonymous said...

In November I had a random hamster obsession, then it was gerbils, then rats, now it's mice!! I had a pet mouse over the Summer (wild-caught) and I felt bad for keeping the poor thing; it was terrified of me! But he escaped after a day xD
My mom will let me get a rodent because I'm pretty sure she's afraid of them, though she thinks they're adorable. But, then again, I already have a dog, 2 cats, 2 birds, 2 goldfish, a betta, a horse, and 2 ghost shrimp xD Voles seemed pretty adaptable and adorable, so I decided, "Hey, why not catch one??" and I looked up "how to keep a vole as a pet" and I gasped when I saw there was an actual site with this! Anyway, they're PESTS, like MICE, so I see no harm in keeping them. After all, if they're tame and eat what you give them, it should be OK. I'm thinking of using a bin cage for a vole. Basically a plastic storage bin home with gravel, sand, then potting soil lain over that planted with some flowers and weeds. My cousin had a hamster so he'll give me a wheel. Cat and dog food are easy enough to come by for, so I'm also thinking of feeding these when I catch my vole...
1. Carrot
2. Broccoli
3. Strawberry
4. Budgie food (the little pellets mixed in with the seed)
5. Budgie food seeds
6. Oats as in dry oatmeal
7. Spinach
8. Turnip
9. Basil
10. Cabbage
11. Apple
12. Banana
13. Peanuts
14. Grape/strawberry Jelly
15. Grapes
16. Cauliflower
17. Green pepper (also yellow and red)
18. Cucumber
19. Cheddar cheese (not sure because hamsters can't have cheese, so voles might not be able to either)
20. Small soda-cap-fulls of organic vanilla yogurt as a daily treat
21. Hamster treats
22. Acorns
23. Hard-boiled eggs
24. Walnuts
25. Sunflower seeds
26. Sweet, human-consumption almonds
27. Dandelion flowers
28. Cantaloupe
29. Whole wheat bread
30. Corn (cooked, dried, unsalted)
31. Frozen peas (defrosted, and warmed up)
32. Raspberries
33. (For those of you that live on a farm, near a field, or on land with fields) Find wheat and chop off the wheat-heads
34. Maybe a DROP of molasses.
And for a warning to all of you... this is hamster info but just be careful. There are food that are dangerous. Check hamster hideout forum for a list.


A wildlife website says voles can carry rabies. Overly friendly voles probably have it. They can also have fleas, mites, ticks, etc which can bite people and get them VERY sick.

I'd probably end up taming the vole and sitting with it on the couch watching TV lol. Hopefully I'll get a 1. Baby or 2. Pregnant female so I can be sure it won't try to bite me!!
Some foods I might try together for a daily meal are..
1. Dry cat food
2. Dry dog food
3. Budgie seed mix
4. LOTS of budgie food pellets (my birds don't like them anyways)
5. Oatmeal
6. Cabbage, spinach, lettuce, etc
7. Chopped sunflower seeds (wild bird seed)
8. Hamster water bottle with Avitron bird vitamins. The bottle says for birds 2 drops per tbsp. which is a lot... I give like 4 drops for a whole dish.
"Rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs: 3 drops per day.
Mice: 1 drop per day"
And I hope it'll keep my little vole healthy ^_^
Anyway voles live barely a year in the wild, but someone here had one live 4 years! Maybe we'll lengthen the life span by adding vitamins and such? :)
Also hamster food seems like a good bet. Or rat food.

Remember that they might also like bedding instead of dirt!
http://hamsterhideout.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=65559&st=15
the link teaches how to MAKE bedding.
So make sure you keep them away from your cats, too. I'd say whatever is safe for a hamster is safe for a vole! hamster hideout forum is probably what I'd use to check food safety.. I'd also say that the same cage setup for a hamster could be used for a vole!

Anonymous said...

We caught a wild Vole and now my kids want one as a pet. Do you know where or how I can purchase a vole for them???

Thanks

M said...

Just yesterday, we heard a squeaking on a hike. Saw a snake. Snake saw us, so it left. But, we still heard the squeaking. A baby rodent-looking thing was found and we moved it away from the "snake area," telling ourselves if it's still alive when we hike back, great. If not, oh well, that's nature, right?

Well, we saw it on the way back, upside-down and gasping. I couldn't leave it there, so we've "rescued" what looks like a prairie vole (based on photos online) that doesn't even have its eyes open yet. Its mouth is so small, I am only able to rub KMR on its lips with a syringe as it tries to avoid it or lick it off. For the most part, it wants to sleep, curled up in the small towel we've given it in a tupperware container. It poops, pees, and has enough strength to move about, but doesn't seem old enough to walk yet.

My question is, if it survives long enough, what do I do with it!? It's illegal to keep it in California, and we really don't have money to invest in a habitat like a tank and whatnot. Especially for something that only lives for 1 year or two?? =\

This is the only place I've found any pertinent info on even keeping a vole. Everything seems to be about it's mating habits, geez.

Curtis said...

I was outside working yesterday with my dad im 17 years and anyway we live on a farm type property and we were in the dryshed and i seen 3 of them, at the time i thought they were moles. Each one was just lying there with there eyes closed or very close to so i put one in a container and brought it inside and put it in my tank, there was nothing in it anyway it has the rocks that are in the bottom of fish tanks so i layered down paper towels on a section and put him/her (i cant tell) there. At the time i didnt know what it was so i tried putting down warm milk, i think it drank some i dont know for sure but its mouth is also barely open and its not able to walk on its legs but when im not paying attention it seems to move around, not by much but im guessing it uses its body. Im curious on if the milk i gave it will harm it because im at school right now just finding out it is a vole and im really hoping i could keep it as a pet seeming as how everyone has good things to say, i am just hoping that it is not passed away when i returned home. I have pet it and it seems fragile ish its body hasnt developed much i am assuming, i did have to pick it up to place him in the tank but i tried to do so as gently as possible. When i pet it it starts moving his legs a bit but like i said i dont think its strong enough to move with them, so i am wondering if theres anyway i can kind of nurse it back to health and also try to max out its lifespan so i dont have to see it pass so soon... If anyone could help out you can reply on here or shoot me an email at: curtisgivlin@hotmail.com

Amber Fields said...

My sister found an abandoned baby vole outside of her school the other day. She was in tears because she wanted to save it and our mother said no.. long story short, I now have Lucky (the baby vole) at my house. When I first got him he was extremely dehydrated and his bottom half was shriveled. Poor Lucky's eyes aren't even open yet. Anyway he is doing great now and here is what I've done....
BEDDING: I took a breathable closing container, layered the bottom with hamster bedding then warm fabric and then layered grass around where Lucky lays. I put the container on a heating pad (lowest) setting with a light kitchen towel in between.
FOOD: I got kitten formula and use an unopened syringe my fiance got when he had his wisdom teeth out (the tip curves) Lucky gets fed every two hours except ay night. His last regular feeding is at 10 pm then again @1,5&8am then back to every two hours.
Potty/CLEANING: After every feeding I take q-tips dipped in warm water, and clean his whole body( like a mother licking). He is not old enough to potty on his own so I take another q-tip dipped in warm water and massage his lower stomach and genitals. He now pees every time and poops every second or third time. (He was so dehydrated it took over a day for him to go).
I was really worried that he would not make it, he was in bad shape but now I have no doubts he will be ok. If I put him down he will scoot to my hand and nuzzle up to me. I love this little joy so much! Hope this helps!
berfields05@gmail.com

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melro said...

I also have a vole I rescued before its eyes were open. It was so tiny I had to wear #300 glasses to see it clearly enough to feed with an artist’s paint brush. I found a website called Deer Mouse Ranch with videos on how to care for a baby. I just made it. The little thing would have died. Its eyes opened in about a day and a half. I weaned it off on its own quickly. It ended up having a wound near its genitals and abcessed. What a mess. I used Hibicleans, Neosporin, and had antibiotics from my cat. It healed fine. She's clean, fat, and sassy now. Started her out in a stainless cake pan with a dome that was a mesh wire colander. I lined the bottom with felt I change a lot and gave her a TP tube with a paper towel in it to nest. I set the cake pan on top of a heating pad for 2 weeks. When she was about 3 weeks I transferred her to a 5 gal container. I use wood pulp for mulch, enough for her to burrow and included cotton disks for makeup she shreds for a soft bed. She managed to make it look like a cloud with an opening. I use soda bottle caps as food and water containers sitting on a plastic lid from a container. She loves peanuts, sunflower seeds, millet, my parrot’s leftover cookable mash with all kinds of fruit/veggie/nuts in it. Voles have to chew to keep their teeth down. I added a wood block my parrot chewed on and a little piece of driftwood she loves to sit on while eating. Oh and they will arrange a paper towel tube so they can run from their nest, grab some food, get to their wheel and water without being seen much. She loves it. Drags her fave foods in there to eat and buries the rest for later in a certain spot. I think she's even set up a latrine area (one of the cotton clouds.) At 4-5 weeks, I added a wheel and she was thrilled. Voles travel 1/2 mile per night and need exercise. I didn't intend to keep her. I live near a DNR game reserve. But it’s cold outside and she's kind of spoiled now. Comes out to see what new gourmet feast I have for her. Stands on her hind legs to touch my finger, but seems to want to bite. I quit handling her, thinking I'd let her go. But now that I see so many others with voles, she's a pet. But I still think I'll let her exhibit as many natural habits as I can, and not touch her so much. She's way too quick to handle and I have 3 cats. Too bad because I had a white pet mouse when I was young that would cuddle by my ear under my hair. Might want to read up on viruses and voles. They can carry them, but outside of getting bit, slim chance. As far as problems from feces and urine, if you change their cage as you should, there shouldn’t be a big problem. Will be back. Thanks for the website fellow vole keeper.

melro said...

I was just at my local Pet Supplies Plus and noticed a tank full of white mice like I had as a pet when I was young. I'm keeping a vole right now. So I was delighted to watch them. One jumped up on the ledge of the tank to me. They looked in bad shape, overcrowded, and injured because they are fighting with each other. Then I looked down. $1.58 feeder mice. I was so instantly sad. Those didn't look like feeder mice to me but what used to be sold as pets. I just wrote a threat to Pet Supplies Plus HQ in MI that I will not shop there and will put what they're doing on Care2.com a network of over 20 million advocates. The thought of the those bigger than my vole white, what should be pet mice as food for a cold blooded, usually illegal snake is disgusting. Maybe voles aren't the way to go. Little white and CHEAP breeder mice need rescuing fellow vole keepers.

I'm waiting for a reply from Pet Supplies Plus and will be back in that shop. The little mouse that jumped up there does it again, it's mine. Two mice are just as easy to keep as one.

Ravioli said...

I'm the Anonymous commenter from January 30th, 2012. So just as an update, I was mowing the lawn for the last time before it snows (I was doing this yesterday) and I saw some voles scampering about the front yard, where they seem to be plentiful. Today I got a small rodent/rat Havahart trap so I think I'll have some fun with it, catching voles and such. I'll update eventually on my progress.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever considered the fact that when a vole is caught for a pet they will generally live longer, have more food, better shelter and be healthier than in the wild? That same vole might have frozen to death or been snatched up by an owl the very same night if it wasn't captured as a pet.

Anonymous said...

I have a vole, that if all go's well i'll keep as a pet i just helped her out of shock and well all she's doing is sleeping and i don,t know what,s wrong I've never had a vole before i specialize in wild mice not voles, i plan on keeping her in my cages that i kept my mice in....but i think she's a baby , just opened her eyes i guess and i,m sort of hoping i dont have
to give any formula i have to go somewhere this weekend.gue

Anonymous said...

I have a vole, that if all go's well i'll keep as a pet i just helped her out of shock and well all she's doing is sleeping and i don,t know what,s wrong I've never had a vole before i specialize in wild mice not voles, i plan on keeping her in my cages that i kept my mice in....but i think she's a baby , just opened her eyes i guess and i,m sort of hoping i dont have
to give any formula i have to go somewhere this weekend. What do i do?

Brandie Robinson said...

My 12 yr. old daughter just bought a vole home with her. I asked her what was it and she thought it was a mouse at first until she looked it up in one of her animal books. She says she found if in the ally and that a cat was chasing it. I went to Wal-Mart to get a plastic cage for it for now. My husband said it was so cute that she was allowed to keep it. I have done looked it up online and have found different ways to have a cage for it. Now, I have had hamsters before and it doesn't look much different from that. So will a hamster cage and tubes be good for it? An how do I tell if it is male or female or even how old it is?

Anonymous said...

This is for Brandy Robinson:
Plastic hamster habitrails won't last long with Voles.
They are CHEWERS and will gnaw the plastic edges away in no time.
Better to have a large glass aquarium as stated in other posts.
A wire cage would work well IF you can find or build one with 1/4" hardware cloth.
Anything with larger holes would allow the voles to squeeze through.
Good Luck !

Anonymous said...

There is a vole who was coming up to our porch occasionally looking for bits of food. The other day I was sitting outside and he came up not even 2 feet from me and started eating a bit of strawberry the kids left on the ground. We started putting out bits of fruit and bread for him and he now comes everyday and will let us feed him and get close but if anyone tries to touch him he runs. He really likes pumpernickel bread and will choose that above anything else.

Purrfit said...

My cat Batman, who is an indoor cat with strict backyard privileges (the pool takes up the whole yard, the rest is concrete with some gravel stones around the edges of the pool). He's been quite the mouser, even with such limited access. There are plenty of mice who often get trapped in the pool filter and drowning :o( Anyway, in the last week Batman has caught three voles. One he injured a back leg slightly and when I went over to scoot Batman away I reached down to pick him up and he immediately tried to run up my sleeve. I got him in my hands and released him on the other side of my fence. Interesting to note he did not bite me during the whole ordeal! I checked an hour later and he was gone. The next one, a couple days later, I didn't get to save. I was in the house for a bit and when I came back out Batman had already killed it and left it for me at the top of the stairs (I'm in a basement apt). Today, Batman was out for just a few minutes when I heard him scream/growl. I ran outside to see he had caught another vole but dropped it presumably because it bit him. I scooted Batman away and managed to catch the poor thing. Its injuries are quite severe. The skin around his neck and chest area are ripped open. I suspect a puncture in his neck area. I put some Polysporin on the wound and set him up in a box with a dry cloth a mini gift bag to hide in, a face cloth and some weeds and grasses from where they frequent. I don't expect him to survive the night but at least the cat torture is over. Will keep you posted. Voles really are adorable. I'm surprised they haven't been "domesticated" yet like just about every other rodent...

Purrfit said...

Update... sadly the little vole died. The injuries were too severe. RIP little guy :o(

Anonymous said...

I have 2 Vole girls I rescued from the dogs.they are much easier to hold than my pet nice.really nice little animals.No biting at all.they don't look distressed about being captivity.quite happy in the tank.even have a mouse wheel for excerise!

M3G@N said...

I saved two newborn voles after my cat tried to eat one. It ended up dying but the other is doing great, super friendly, loves being held.

M3G@N said...

Well the other one died, the vet said it was sad after losing it's companion.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I live on a island in Scotland. My children rescued a vole (I think it is a bank vole) from a cat. Now it is over the shock it seems very happy and content. My children are keen to look after it as there are lots of cats where we live (not ideal for releasing it!). Do you think it will be lonely for the company of other voles if we keep it? He seems to like it when we talk to him and he approaches us. Any advice would be appreciated :-) Ellie.