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Q: field mouse

July 14, 2009 | By Kaylaritenour | 7 answers | Expired: 1914 days ago

Kaylaritenour

I rescued a young field mouse. I have no where to release it because there are cats everywhere up here. the poor little guy probably wouldn't survive out there. anyway I have him in a hampster cage, I was wondering what all i feed him. so far i have put in blueberries,grass,nuts and leafy greens.


Hey everyone thanks for the great answers! They are so helpful. I am going to keep him. He's doing really well eating and drinking. I have replaced the hampster cage with a glass one, its bigger, so he can run around more.

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Mackenzie S.
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Jul 16, 2009

yeah we once rescued a field mouse too...we basically just fed it hamster food but they sometimes like pizza crust too =) just make sure there's something heavy on top of the cage cause ours got loose a few times..
they also like to climb up the inside of your shirt sleeves so if you're wearing a long sleeved shirt you should roll up the sleeves before you stick your hands in the cage..=)

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ashley
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Jul 15, 2009

My field mouse just died. :( But I fed her normal rat/mouse feed and got her treats that were like fruits and stuff. Gave her coastal hay and grass as some bedding in the cage. Make sure u have a wheel that dont have the little wire parts. Get a plastic one that doesnt have holes. My field mouse hurt her leg a while ago on it but did get better. He would even use a litter box. Mine did. There is a log thing that u can buy. I think its called snack shak. The log is edible every bit of it lucky loved it. Mine was in an aquarium with top. Looks like everyone gets them. :) I got a log that was full of hay seeds treats and I think yours would love it to. Its something that would keep him busy and to chew on. Make sure there is always something heavy on top of the aquarium cage cuz they can jump high and will knock it right off! But good luck with him!

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daryl b.
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Jul 15, 2009

for years i had resued ittle field mice but had none that survived in captivity. i guess regular mouse feed would be best but i would also try some natural roughage from outside. like something they would eat when wild. good luck to you and your little buddy

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Lisa B.
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Jul 14, 2009

Carrots are good too for their teeth. I rescued on too awhile ago and fed it peanuts until I could get to the feed store and bought some hamster food for him.

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Mwea
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Jul 14, 2009

Hi, I rescued a field mouse a few years ago and he actually survived and became our pet.
I fed him formula for small pets --found at wal-mart. You can feed him mouse food and veggies as well if he's old enough to eat food.
I put him in an aquarium(cheap is fine) as he will get out of a hamster cage, make sure you put a cover on it as they can jump pretty high.
They only live for about 1-2 years, but are cute little pets.

Let me know if you need any more help.


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Tracy
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Jul 14, 2009

I too resuced a baby field mouse 5 years ago ( Chester). I put him in a small aquarium cage with a cover and gave him a food dish and water dish as well as a 'house' coconut shell with some cotton balls for him to make a bed with and a wheel. For food you can buy hamster/gerbil food in any store and that would be fine. I also gave Chester carrots and grapes as treats. He lived for 5 years before passing away a few months back. Please feel free to email me on here if you would like to know more or have questions. :)

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Jillian
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Jul 14, 2009

veggies, nuts, seeds, and some fruits should be fine, but the cage is not. you took a wild animal and stuck him in a cage. sometimes the safer life isn't the one worth living. a field mouse, no matter where they live, has many obstacles in their paths, rescuing them from some stray cats isn't going to save his life. i would let him go right where you found him. he's not completely helpless, his species have been around for a long time. just b/c you're keeping him safe doesn't mean you're keeping him happy.

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