Mice and rats are scavengers and not very picky eaters. They are easy to feed a varied diet to. The very best feed I've found is at every horse barn in the world: horse grain! If you have access to a barn in your area, simply go ask the owners if you can have a variety of horse grain, oats, sweetfeed – whatever they have – and trade them apples or carrots for their horses. If this isn't possible, you can mix your own mouse and rat food at home. Commercial foods are not necessary – you can find plenty of food around your house for your mice and/or rats.
- Experiment with different things and you'll find what your particular mouse or rat likes best. Just remember – they do not like vegetables or fruits and prefer grains. Here is a list of foods your rodent may enjoy:
- Black oil sunflower seed (that you feed wild birds)
- All kinds of nuts – walnuts, peanuts, almonds (low salt is best)
- Uncooked oatmeal such as Quaker quick cooking oats. Simply put a small amount in his bowl.
- Small pieces of dog or cat food
- Leftovers of many things from your dinner table, such as cooked white rice
- Breads of all kinds
- French Fries or baked potato
- Pizza crust
- Mushrooms (cooked or not)
- Cooked macaroni or pasta
- Cheese, but as a treat only. Some cheeses (like cheddar) will make your rodent's urine smell stronger. So if you don't want to clean the cage every week, then not too much cheese…
- Chips such as Triscuits or Wheat Thins (but only small pieces every now and then – too much salt is not good)
- An occasional small bite of a cookie
Enjoy your furry friends!