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What should I feed my pet mouse/mice?

Article ID: 269
Last updated: 14 Aug, 2014
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Mice are omnivores (they eat plant and animal material). They will eat a wide variety of food if offered.

Mouse feeding guide:

  • Mice should be fed a combination of ad lib fresh fruits and vegetables and small amounts of good quality mouse/rat pellets or cubes (ensure they have a protein content of at least 16% & fat content of 4-5%)..
  • Some examples of fruit and vegetables include: apples, pears, banana, melons, stone fruits, citrus fruits, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, endive, carrots, Bok Choy/other Asian greens, celery, parsley, berries, tomato, fresh corn, beans, peas.
  • Avoid feeding mice a seed/grain mix as these are too high in fat and sugar. Mice are very prone to becoming obese and malnourished on these mixes. They tend to ‘select’ their favourite bits in the mix and therefore miss out on some important nutrients..
  • Access to fresh clean water at all times.
  • The following should be considered as treats and should only be offered in very small amounts: cereals, grains, seeds, breads, biscuits, sweets, cooked pasta and rice and breakfast cereals.
  •  Please ensure that any changes to the diet are made gradually to avoid gastrointestinal upset.

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