What does a mouse eat ?
Like most rodents, a mouse can eat almost everything. Besides seeds, fruits and vegetables, it also seems to appreciate a lot of our food. Even though in nature our little companion is very fond of wheat, corn and barley, it is by no means a vegetarian. Instead, a mouse can be considered omnivorous, as it feeds on both plants and food of animal origin (insects, for example). The mouse also likes to have a choice of different types of food, so we highly recommend offering a mouse a rich and varied menu.
Dry seeds are the main meal of a mouse. Pet shops offer some specially designed mixtures for this rodent, made from wheat, corn, oats, barley, white sunflower, black sunflower and red millet.
These are excellent, provided you do not give it too much, especially if the mouse is used to dry foods. Among the most recommended vegetables are carrots, fennel, spinach, radishes, green beans and peas.
On the other hand, we advise you to avoid parsley, cabbage leaves and raw potatoes.
Nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and peanuts are real sweetmeats because the mouse eats them after playing with it for a long time.
Be careful, however, not to offer too many peanuts. This small rodent also appreciates the fresh fruits (carefully washed, dried and of an irreproachable freshness).
However, it is better not to offer it every day, on pain of causing it intestinal disorders.
The mouse must never run out of water. It is absolutely wrong to believe that it gets enough liquid from the fruits and vegetables at its disposal. The best solution is to hang a bibber at the bars of the cage.
Given its size, this tiny rodent absorbs quantities of water that may seem derisory. Nevertheless, it is important to change it daily, so that it is always clean and fresh.
Also, don’t forget to regularly check the proper functioning of the water system.
Tap water is generally more than sufficient for the mouse, unless it contains too much chlorine. In that case, you should opt for mineral water (non-carbonated, obviously), because the animal will refuse to consume a drink with an unpleasant smell.