You may have been attracted to the idea of adopting a mouse. Perhaps, you already have a few of these unique pets at home and are still wondering whether the food that you are providing them are just good enough for them to stay in top shape. Although it will only take up to about three years before a healthy mouse would have to live, owning one is still a great responsibility. One of the best ways to ensure that your pet mouse is always in good health, you need to make sure that the food that you offer to your pet is well-balanced as this will keep your pet healthy and will also help in its proper development.
Foods That Should NOT Be Given To A Pet Mouse
Not all foods are good for mice. There are foods that we generally consider as safe and healthy for humans that are actually not safe for your pet mouse. These include the following: acidic fruits like oranges and lemons, chocolate, peanuts, acidic vegetables like onions and garlic, as well as raw meat may trigger an allergic or adverse reaction when consumed by your pet mouse. The most common of these unacceptable effects are skin irritation and diarrhea.
Alcohol. Alcoholic drinks can cause death to mice.
Green Bananas. These fruits are said to inhibit starch-digesting enzymes, hence may cause indigestion to your pet.
Dried or Raw Beans. Well-cooked may be served to mice but never raw or dried beans as they contain hemagglutinin or lectin. This is a poisonous anti-nutrient that destroys vitamin A and enzymes that are needed to digest protein and starches and leads to clumping of red blood cells.
Toxic plants. There are several plant forms that are also dangerous to mice, such as the following: Amaryllis, Azalea, Christmas Rose, Chrysanthemum, Crocus, Cyclamen, Dieffenbachia, Geranium, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Ivy, Lily of the Valley, Mistletoe, Narcissus, Plants in the Nightshade Family (leaves and stem contains toxic solanine), Oleander, Poinsettia, and Primrose. Tomato (green only, not fruit) is also noted to be toxic to mice.
Sticky foods, especially those are made to be rather thick, such as peanut butter, is a choking hazard. If you need or would like to offer peanut butter or similar food items to your pet, make sure that you watch your pet while it is eating. You also need to make sure that you serve only a very small portion any time and with water or liquid.
Fluorinated and/or Chlorinated Water
Treated water can cause brain damage in mice, which means you can only give filtered tap water or non-fluorinated bottled water to your pet.
Spoiled or old food. These foods contain toxic bacteria that may cause an upset stomach, even death.
Though mice are quite easy to deal with and to care for, they still have specific dietary requirements that you need to meet to ensure that your pet/s will leave even beyond their average lifespan. Make sure that you provide only those foods that will address your pet’s health requirements.
Mice are considered “opportunistic omnivores.” Even though they mainly consume seeds, grains, as well as plants, they will also eat meat sources. They enjoy a mixture of a well-balanced diet that naturally includes protein, vegetables, processed mice food, fresh water, and other treats.
Providing your pet with a combination of these foods will help ensure that it will live healthy and well.
Foods to Feed Your Pet Mice
Crunchy vegetables and fruits. Your pet mice will surely enjoy digging into tiny pieces of crunchy vegetables and fruits. Vegetables like broccoli and carrots provide a healthy balance of vitamins, minerals, as well as carbohydrates that your pet mice need to be healthy. You can also offer a piece of apple from time to time as a healthy treat.
Crunchy foods serve a purpose other than the right nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, however. Your pet mouse will definitely benefit from the cleaning action that biting into crunchy vegetables and fruits provide.
Processed Foods Available In Pet Stores
For some easy meals that you may offer to your pet mouse, there are many variations in terms of formulation and price that are available at your local pet store. It does not matter whether the commercially-prepared mice food you serve is cheap or high-end quality, however. Your pet will still need a frequent serving of crunchy vegetables and fruit to make sure that your pet will always be in top shape.
Your pet’s tummy can hold a tiny portion of food, so you need to make sure that it will not consume more than it can consume. Smaller species of mice can only eat about 4 grams per day, while the larger ones may require twice as much of this.
Managing your pet’s diet is easy, but you need to make sure that you offer the right food with the right amount any time you do so. For other concerns related to food and diet of your mice, always consider the recommendation of a certified veterinarian.