Q: Mice Treats

November 14, 2008 | By Tracy C. | 3 answers | Expired: 2631 days ago

Tracy C.

What kinds of fruits and vegetables are best for mice? What kinds do they seem to prefer?

Readers' Answers (3)

Nov 14, 2008

Small amounts of fruit and veg are a valuable addition to any of the above feeding regimes. Only feed small quantities of green veg (lettuce, cabbage, broccoli) at a time - too much causes diarrhoea, and mice can get dehydrated by this very quickly. Crunchy fruit & veg such as carrots & apples provide vitamins and an interesting texture, and do not usually cause diarrhoea.

The received wisdom is to avoid citrus fruits in case they irritate the digestive system, but try offering a small amount first - if the mice like it, and they don't get the runs, let them have it as a treat.

Mice love garden peas. Frozen ones are fine, but defrost them first in water (you don't have to cook them).

All fruit & veg are best fed raw to preserve nutritional content.

Cooked beans make a good treat - my mice love Soya beans. Note that most beans must be soaked & cooked before feeding - there will be instructions on the packet.

What are the best treats for my mice?
Wholemeal pasta, esp. wriggly spaghetti, small amounts of leftovers, live mealworms (not the giant ones - they frighten the mice!), sunflower seeds, their favourite fruit or veg, pieces of millet spray sold for birds, bird treats such as millet/seed & honey bars. You can also feed them the commercial small rodent treats sold in pet stores (eg chocolate drops), but they are often fatty and expensive so check the label first.

Cheese doesn't make a good treat for mice. They don't need dairy products, and many don't even like them. Cheese is convenient for baiting mousetraps, which is probably why it got the reputation of being a mouse treat. Your mice would prefer sunflower seeds.

Are there any foods I shouldn't feed my mice?
Try to avoid fatty foods where possible, except for growing or convalescent animals, or where the food is otherwise very nutritious, such as sunflower seeds.
Peanuts are fattier and less nutritious than sunflower seeds, and provoke a skin reaction in some mice.
Chocolate may be toxic to rodents in large amounts, although I have not seen the research. There is no need to feed chocolate to mice anyway - they would prefer sunflower seeds.
Anything you wouldn't eat yourself because it might give you food poisoning - mice are susceptible to salmonella & other bacterial infections too!
Unwashed fruit/veg might carry pesticides etc - wash or peel it first, unless it is organic. Washing/peeling will only remove surface residues, but it's all you can do.

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Nov 14, 2008

My daughter used to feed her rat spaghetti. Was fun to watch the rat eat it. She'd feed it just one piece at a time - just give it the end to one piece and watch.

Lettuce doesn't have much nutrition - feed some grains and some veggies like carrots, corn, cabbage.

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Nov 14, 2008

My friend feeds his mouse frsh cherries from the stroe when they are available as well as green and purple grapes.

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