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.