I’ve seen so many posts about clown care, but there are so much more misconceptions about Mimes that people need to know about!!
First, Mimes are considered an EXOTIC pet, make sure your vet care specializes in exotic pets. Mimes were created through selective breeding, and therefore a domestic breed, it cannot thrive in the wild! Their quiet and timid nature makes it seem like its a perfect first-clown-owner pet, but it really isnt! jocks, jesters and even the smaller Mardi Gras breed are better first time pets. while Mimes, clowns, and Harlequins are for more experienced caretakers.
Make sure you feed your mime well, they need at least a handful of escargot a day and a glass of wine, ONLY if its a pure bread, more locally bread Mimes have come to like more local foods and home brewed beverages. Please check if your Mime is a pure bread, or give them plenty of options to find out what they like.
Mimes do very well on their own, usually more than one is not needed. but i suggest not having an outdoor enclosure for them. while they do like their personal space to perform, keeping them alone and especially outside could cause your Mime to run away, seeking some one to perform to. ive seen so many instances where people try to “release” their mime or let it be a wandering mime! i blame movies and shows for this, but Mimes are not wild creatures! they cant breed with other clowns and their quietness can make them easy prey since they can not make any noise to alert for help! Keeping your Mime inside the house is a better idea, since they feel safe with the presence of other people. My Mime is very house broken, and i only need to clean hand prints and smudges off the walls every once in awhile. Its very cute to come home at the end of the day to see a very excited Mime that had missed you!
They get along with other animals, but the way they interact with their own breed is tricky, Mimes are very difficult to sex, their markings and stripes are similar with all their genders. They all interact with each gender differently, while some can get along, some can be rather territorial. Mime breeders have to be very careful. Plus, their litters are small, up to 1-2 mimelings, BUT they can mate multiple times a mating season, and their children can mature very quickly and leave the nest within months.
That being said, make sure your Mime can preform for you for at least 1-2 hours a day, with a public performance once every 1-2 weeks. it doesnt have to be that big of a crowd, from a small neighborhood or family gathering to going downtown, your mime will be happy if its more than one person. When taking your Mime outside to perform, do not use a leash, since it can hinder its performance. BUT since theyre not leashed, you have to keep a very close eye on your Mime, for they can be quick and swift, while being very quiet. Make sure you stay close, but give them enough space, that way they can feel independent.
when your Mime preforms for you, you dont really need to pay too much attention, and can multi task if need be. they dont seem to mind, though they do seem happier when you pay attention to them. My Mime seems to preform unprompted! i’ll be watching tv or on my laptop when they get in front of me and start doing a skit! Sometimes though, they do seem to enjoy sitting and watching you work or doing daily tasks. when you really get a bond with your Mime, it seems that they will even mimic what your doing next to you! this is a sign of a healthy, happy mime, they only do those things when they feel the safest! so youre doing something right when that happens, please do not be annoyed at them.
and lastly, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, please, PLEASE learn Mime language! they dont speak English, (or even French for that matter,) and dont speak any “ASL” or other sign language that we humans created. ive seen so many people frustrated with their Mime, thinking that their Mime is “refusing” to communicate with them, when in reality they are not getting the cues and learning THEIR language. books like “How to read Mime” and things like that can be found easily online, and the cues are very easy to understand. so many skip this step thinking that Mimes are an easy pet! Not only does their body language let you know when basic needs are needed to be met, but also when theyre trying to interact with you! Mimes want to interact with you in any way that they can! it is truly considered an honor when a Mime tries to make you a part of their performance, its a sign of deep trust that can hurt deeply if broken. if a Mime pretends to lasso me you BEST BELIEVE I’m gonna pretend in being pull towards them! from simple things like that, to pretending to free them from their little box, they simply love it. It doesnt even have to be done very well, Mimes know youre not an expert like themselves, but they get very happy to know that youre trying. please remember this!