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Feeding your mice properly is relatively easy as a basic diet of hamster seed mixes or special mouse lab blocks will on the whole suffice. If you are feeding your mice a seed mix itís important to remove excess sunflower seeds and nuts as too many of these will make your mouse overweight. When choosing feed for your mice try and choose the healthiest and most versatile mix available. Make sure your mice have fresh mix as the mix may lose its vitamins and the fatty seeds may go rancid. An alternative is muesli.

Check the freshness of mix using information on the packet, or by testing how well the seeds sprout. Fresh seeds will sprout easily and within a few days after being placed into moist dirt, old ones do not. Lab blocks should be kept until there expiration date. This should be found out from a pet shop owner who you are purchasing them from. You may also like to know where the blocks and seed mix has been stored. They should be kept in low temperatures and dry. If you find insects or maggots in the seeds or lab blocks you should complain to the shop where you purchased them from and demand your money back.
Lab blocks are a good alternative to other feeds as they contain all the nutrients mice need. Lab blocks are also good for picky mice as they are unable to pick and choose only the parts of the diet it happens to like. There are normally two kinds of blocks available for mice, one for growing and another for grown-ups. A basic diet should be given twice a day.
A diet of seed alone is not sufficient to ensure your mice have a good life and a healthy one. Your mice will stay alive, but they will do better with a more varied diet. Any additional food given is best served in the evening as they are nocturnal and are becoming more active at this time. Remember to remove all kinds of leftovers from fresh food the next day. Green vegetables will provide your mouse with vitamins. You can give your mouse different vegetables, fruit - salad, cucumber, peas, apple, and pear. By giving them small amounts, you will help avoid your mice getting diarrhoea. A good source of protein can be given such as dog kibble but only a couple times a week. Low fat, non spicy and unsalted, cooked meat or chicken or dried fish are also popular. Keep in mind that too much animal protein may cause your mice to have skin problems, so don't overdo it.

Other foods to treat your mice may include porridges, boiled pasta and rice or mashed potato. Natural yogurt mixed in will make a very tasty meal and give your mice plenty of calcium.
Calcium is also import for your mice and can be given using a calcium stone or by mixing powdered calcium in soft foods. Egg shells are also a very good source of calcium and contain plenty. Treat your mouse by filling half an eggshell with porridge or mashed potato.
Gnawing is natural for any rodent. A way to make sure your mice gnaw at the right thing is to dry some breed (without it going mouldy) or give them toast. Dog biscuits are also suitable.
Do not feed your mice salty, sugary, spicy or fried foods. Sweets are not a part of a mouse diet along with potato chips and similar snacks. Treats such as yogurt drops are more suitable along with different kinds of seed bars available with which you can attach around the cage so that your mice have to climb around in order to get the treats.
When it comes to drinking, mice drink water and nothing else. Water should always be available and changed daily. If you live in an area where bottled water is preferred, considering give your mice the same. In very hot weather the water should be changed several times a day. When the water is changed daily, the water bottle should also be rinsed with a thorough wash at least once a week using a liquid dish washing soap and a bottle brush. Be sure to wash the bottle thoroughly so not to leave any soap inside after washing.

A mouse can be annoying where mice can be a bigger problem! Getting rid of mice can be done in many ways such as the use of traps that kill or catch and poisons. Controlling mice in and around your home must be taken seriously as they can introduce illnesses to your family as well as transfer fleas to pets.

  • Mice will normally sleep for over 12 hours a day.
  • Mice eat, or at least chew anything that is softer than their teeth.
  • Mice are very neat as they will sleep, eat and excrete in different places.
  • Mice do not like rats as rats are known to prey on mice however in the wild they do live together.
  • Mice can jump straight up to about 18 inches and are also very good climbers and swimmers.
  • A male mouse is called a buck.
  • A female mouse is called a doe.
  • The offspring of mice are called pups or kitten.
  • A group of mice are called a family, horde or a nest.
  • A wild mouse will live no longer than 1 year.
  • A pet mouse may live for between 2 and 3 years.
  • A mouseís tail is almost as long as its body.
  • Mice do not see in colour.
  • Mice are nocturnal creatures.
  • Mice can and will chew through anything softer than their teeth.
  • Mice cause more than 1 billion dollarsí worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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