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Small Pet (Mus musculus domesticus)

Experience Level: Beginner

Fancy Mouse in habitat

Nutrition and Maintenance

Nutrition and Maintenance
• Mice are herbivores and the largest portion of the diet should be rodent block or pellets.

• Seeds should only be an additive or treat, not the primary food.

• Food should always be placed in a bowl and not directly on the bedding to avoid accidental ingestion of the bedding.

• Fresh fruits and vegetables should be removed after four hours to prevent spoilage.

• Mineral wheels should be provided in the habitat.

• Water must be available in the cage at all times.

• Food and water bowls/bottles should be cleaned once daily.

 

  Dietary Options
  Examples Feeding Frequency
Prepared Diets* Pelleted diets Refresh food daily, keeping the bowl approximately ¾ full.
Vegetables Dark, leafy greens(kale, collard,mustard, dandelion,escarole) andvegetables (zucchini, broccoli, squash, shredded carrots) Every other day; should constitute 20% of diet. Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours.
Fruits Papaya, banana, melon Once weekly; should only constitute 5% of diet. Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours.
*Pelleted diets are fortified with optimal levels of vitamins andminerals like calcium and vitamin D3 for the health of yourpet. Pelleted diets may also have additives to supportdigestive health.

Safety and Cleanliness

Use caution when handling pets and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. To pick your mouse up, let your pet run into your open hand that is on the ground or on the floor of the cage and then slowly lift your hand as you support your pet. Never lift your mouse by the tail. Take care to not hold your mouse too tightly. Supervise children around pets. Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning their home.