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Mice can be fed on a commercially prepared complete diet with a rodent mix or hamster diet also being acceptable. Pellets are available for mice and are wholly balanced, but this is a dull diet. Grain and seed based loose mixes along with many other seeds and also dried fruits make more interest to the mice and will probably be more willingly eaten. However, your mice may pick out their favourite bits and leave the rest, leading to an unbalanced diet. It maybe preferable to feed a combination of balanced pellets and a mixed diet, but only offer small amounts of the loose mixed diet at a time and make sure it is almost all eaten before offering more.

Their basic diet can be complemented with small quantities of fresh fruits and vegetable (greens, apple, carrot, etc.). Watch out for diarrhoea and if a particular food item does cause diarrhoea, stop feeding it that particular food. Sunflower seeds are a favourite treat of many mice but are quite fatty and should be limited as well as other seeds like millet spray. Cooked pasta and whole grain bread or crackers can also be given, maybe with a tiny amount of peanut butter as a special treat as they really like peanut butter. Treat sticks bought from a shop make a good treat but only occasionally as they are often quite sweet. Avoid feeding your mice junk foods such as sweets and crisps and never feed chocolate as it is toxic to mice and other small pets. You may also find they are less interested in cheese as you may have thought, it is a myth that they prefer cheese over all else when in fact other foods such as peanut butter are preferred.

These are a few more foods they have been found to eat:
apples
apple tree bark
pears
pear tree bark
peaches
peppers
potatoes
tulip bulbs
tomatoes
seeds of any kind...grass seed, pumpkin seeds etc.
oats
corn
wheat
black beans
white beans
navy beans
kidney beans
peas
bread
cookies (Oreos... if they can get them...)
olive oil
corn oil
walnuts
peanuts
almonds
macadamia nuts
chestnuts
macaroni (cooked or uncooked)
dog foods
cat foods

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 defecate 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 mouse’s 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 dollars’ worth of damage in the US alone each year.

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