DIETARY FACT SHEET - Mice & Rats
Mice and rats are omnivorous which means they will eat almost anything that humans do. However, a balanced diet should consist of dry feed, fresh fruit and vegetables and water.
Dry Feed: Peters Mouse & Rat foods are specially formulated for adult mice and rats. The ingredients in our product range are carefully selected for their taste and texture, shape, size and colour, to provide variety and interest in your pet’s diet.
Fresh Fruit & Vegetables: Offer a small amount of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. We suggest the following assortment, which your pet will enjoy:-
Apples, beetroot, raw carrots, defrosted uncooked peas, cooked soya beans and stale wholemeal bread.
Too much lettuce, cabbage and broccoli can cause diarrhoea so feed sparingly.
Ensure the fruit and vegetables are fresh and washed clean. Place the roughly chopped food in a heavy ceramic bowl that can’t be tipped over and remove uneaten food each night. Introduce new foods slowly and in small amounts to avoid stomach upsets. This will also help you to identify your pet’s favourites.
Other Foods: Do not feed any mouldy or spoiled food. Too much milk or cheese can lead to constipation. Meats and fats are not particularly good for rats and can cause unpleasant odours. Avoid feeding citrus fruits or onions as the acidity could upset your pet’s digestion.
Rats and mice enjoy nuts and dried fruit. Provide the nuts in their shells to help satisfy the chewing urge (peanuts can cause skin irritations in some mice). Chopped boiled eggs, pieces of bacon rind and marmalade jam are also enjoyable. Provide these foods as an occasional treat.
Treats: Peters small animal treats will provide hours of contented nibbling activity when your pet is confined to its enclosure. Great as a reward or training aid, Peters treats can be hung in the enclosure or mixed into the dry feed to add variety and interest to your pet’s diet.
The Gnawing Urge: Rats and mice belong to the rodent family and have a single pair of incisor teeth that grow constantly. They need something hard to nibble on to wear down their teeth in order to prevent eating problems. Pet rat owners might consider placing a block of hard, untreated wood in the enclosure as a gnawing block. Rats and mice also enjoy gnawing on chicken bones.
Water: Ensure your pet has plenty of fresh water; rats in particular get quite thirsty. We recommend a gravity flow plastic bottle with a metal tube (sipper tube) as this keeps water clean. Replace daily.