Owning a pet mouse is undoubtedly great fun. But it does require some thought. Diet is one such aspect of care to consider. If you are looking to offer a treat, you may be wondering what fruits are generally safe.
Below, we will be covering some of the most commonly consumed fruits and whether you can look to offer them to your mouse.
Can Mice Eat Fruit?
Mice can eat a small amount and a variety of most fruits each day. Citrus fruits, on the other hand, should be avoided at all costs. Some mice can develop preferences for specific fruits, so it is important to routinely change what you offer.
Along with fruits, mice should be offered a variety of fresh vegetables, with the rest of the diet coming from a high-quality pellet.
Can Mice Eat Apples?
Mice can eat apples, so long as the seeds have been removed prior to serving. Apple seeds contain cyanide which can prove toxic to a mouse if consumed in excess.
Can Mice Eat Avocado?
Mice can eat a small amount of avocado, but it should be offered infrequently due to the high-fat content. Its important to only offer the flesh (the green part of the avocado).
Generally, there are better fruits to offer but a small amount should be safe.
Can Mice Eat Bananas?
Mice can eat bananas, and they are considered one of the more ideal fruits to offer. Even then they should be offered and give in moderation.
Can Mice Eat Blueberries?
Mice can eat fresh blueberries. They are a good fruit to offer a mouse due to the fact that they are lower in carbohydrates (including sugar), and are easy for a mouse to eat.
Can Mice Eat Cantaloupe?
Mice can eat the flesh of a cantaloupe melon. It is best to offer the cantaloupe pre-prepared and cut up without the harder, external fibrous flesh that should not be eaten.
Can Mice Eat Cherries?
Mice can eat cherries, although the pit should be removed before serving. Cherries are naturally quite high in sugar, so you will want to offer only a small amount at each serving.
Can Mice Eat Grapes?
Mice should not eat grapes or any other grape-based food such as raisins. Grapes are poisonous to mice, and if consumed can severely cause digestive upset, or in worst-case scenarios, death.
Can Mice Eat Oranges?
Mice should not be fed oranges, or any other citrus fruits (such as lemons, limes, and grapefruit). Citrus fruits, along with oranges, are particularly high in acidity which can cause diarrhea and other digestive complications.
Can Mice Eat Pineapple?
Mice can eat pineapple, but only in very small amounts. It is naturally very high in sugar so you need to be careful with the serving sizes.
Can Mice Eat Mango?
Mice can eat the flesh of fresh mango, and generally enjoy doing so. Mango is a great fruit to offer due to its soft texture. The skin should not be offered.
Can Mice Eat Nectarines?
Mice can eat nectarines, so long as they are properly ripe and cut up prior to serving. Its important to remove the pit, as this can fragment and be dangerous.
Can Mice Eat Kiwi?
Mice can eat kiwi, along with the small seeds, although should do so less frequently than some other fruits due to acidity. Although the level of acidity is much lower than citrus fruits so it is generally safer.
Can Mice Eat Strawberries?
Mice can eat the fresh flesh of a strawberry. The top of the stalk should be removed prior to serving, and it is advised to wash them first to remove any dirt or other debris.
Can Mice Eat Raspberries?
Mice can eat raspberries. In fact, they are one of the best fruits to offer a mouse. As a berry they are naturally lower in sugar and as they are soft in texture, are easy for a mouse to consume.
Can Mice Eat Rhubarb?
Mice should not eat rhubarb. Rhubarb is poisonous to mice, with the leaves being particularly toxic. If consumed, rhubarb can cause digestive upset and even death in large enough doses.
Can Mice Eat Watermelon?
Mice can eat the flesh of a watermelon, although the seeds should be removed prior to serving. It is also advised not to offer too much watermelon (as it is primarily water) and remove the harder, external fibrous flesh before offering.
Mice are opportunistic omnivores.
This means that they can eat a combination of both plant and animal based foods; and do best with both in the diet.
It also means that they eat what they can find and what they are given.
They’re not particularly fussy – even if the food could be be potentially harmful.
This is why it is so essential as a pet mouse owner to do the research before offering any food, or treat.
Thankfully most fruits and vegetables are safe.
But there are exceptions.
And some are less obvious than others.
Hopefully this list here today has given you some insight.
There are certainly better fruits, as you can see.
I am an experienced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets, from traditional pets like dogs and cats, to the more exotic like reptiles and rodents. I currently own a Cockapoo (pictured) called Bailey. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site dedicated to sharing evidence-based insights and guidance, based on my vast pet ownership knowledge, experience, and extensive research.