\n\n\n\nWhen you first get your pet mouse home, one of the things most on your mind is, what do they eat! It really is fun feeding mice, as they enjoy a whole host of different foods, and this is part of the run of owning a pet mouse. But here's a common question for you...can mice eat apples?\n\n\n\nMice love to eat apples. More than that, they adore nibbling on the twigs and the small branches of apple trees. You can pick up fallen branches near apple trees and give them to your mouse as a treat. Or you can buy pre-prepared chewy branches from various fruit trees that they enjoy. \n\n\n\nThere are a couple of reasons why mice love apples and their branches. \n\n\n\nTo mice, apples taste lovely and sweet, so you could say they are the sweets of the animal world. Then chewing the branches helps their teeth. \n\n\n\nI'm going to take a look at all the reasons why mice like apples, and then lots of top tips about mice diets and how to keep them as healthy as you possibly can!\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Benefits Of Eating Apples For Mice\n\n\n\nApples have numerous health benefits, including:\n\n\n\nThey are high in fiberThey contain a range of natural sugarsThey contain high levels of potassium, which has been linked to heart healthThey are famously a good provider of Vitamin C\n\n\n\nThe range of nutrients found in apples have a positive effect on mice, which can include a positive impact on several organs, including the heart.\n\n\n\nMice Have Constantly Growing Teeth\n\n\n\nApples, apple stalks, and apple branches are also an excellent food source for mice because they help them to gnaw.\n\n\n\nMice have to nibble; their health depends on it. \n\n\n\nA mouse has the constant job of filing down its front teeth simply because they just never stop growing!\n\n\n\nIf they were to stop nibbling and filing their teeth down, they would die, since their teeth would be too long to allow them to close their mouths, and they would not be able to chew properly. [Source]\n\n\n\nThe things that mice can chew through will shock you.\n\n\n\nMice have such a dogged determination to nibble, which is inherent in their natural makeup, that they can chew things that would probably surprise you. This includes aluminum, brick, wood, concrete and plastic. \n\n\n\nThat is why, if you are avoiding infestations of wild mice, you have to make sure they have special sealants on various house materials. \n\n\n\nThey have even been known to have a go at steel wool, which seems a bit unbelievable, but they do tend to avoid things that hurt their nose or don\u2019t feel good against their noses. \n\n\n\nMice use their nose as a type of sight, and their whiskers too. \n\n\n\nDomestic Mice And Apples\n\n\n\nDomestic mice will also chew through anything given half the chance, but they are fortunate to have us to look after them.\n\n\n\nBesides mice are so fun to look after it is worth the bother. \n\n\n\nThey are probably not as hardy as their wild counterparts, so if you do pick up apple twigs, make sure they are washed well to avoid pesticides entering their system. You can dry them quickly in the oven on bake to avoid mildew build-up or even mold. \n\n\n\nThey love a variety of fruits and vegetables, this includes not only apples, but berries, dried bananas, dried fruits, pears, coconut shells and the flesh as well. \n\n\n\nThe trick with mice is to not overfeed them fruit or vegetables, although it can be tempting to do so. Too much fruit and vegetables can lead to stomach upsets. [Source]\n\n\n\nHaving a tummy upset is not great for your mouse, but it is also not great for the bacteria to build up in their cages either. \n\n\n\nGive Them Plenty of Fresh Water \n\n\n\nMore important than food, although naturally both are important, fresh water for mice is paramount. It might shock you to know that mice can die quite quickly without water and can survive longer without food than water. \n\n\n\nThe best way to serve mice water is to put it into a special decanter bottle made for this purpose. I personally like the ones that do not get bunged up with food. This saves me from checking on them all the time. \n\n\n\nThis happens because when mice chew, they often drink with a full mouth, and it can cause the food to backwash into the feeder pipe, causing a blockage. Special ones have a valve to stop this from occurring. \n\n\n\nThey can be hooked onto the sidewalls of the tank, and your mouse can have a drink at any time they want. I place quite a few around the cage, as this is best when you have a large cage and sometimes mice, busy with the fun things of life, can forget if it is not visible to them. \n\n\n\nThese funnel decanted water bottles also encourage your mouse to stand up when he drinks, which is also a bit of extra exercise. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nTreats are for Fun too \n\n\n\nTreats like apples can also be used for fun. \n\n\n\nCut an apple into smaller pieces and throw it around the cage. This way, finding the treats can be a bit of an adventure for them, which adds to their exercise. \n\n\n\nJust make sure you clear away any unwanted food as soon as you can. \n\n\n\nMice must have plenty of exercise. If they do not, they will become overweight, which is the last thing you want. An overweight mouse will present eventually with health problems. \n\n\n\nDo Mice Only Eat Fruit Then? \n\n\n\nAlthough mice love fruit, they also love vegetables and some animal products too, like an egg! \n\n\n\nThese types of foods are given in moderation though, because a mouse\u2019s diet must be high in carbs, low in sugar, and have various seeds and other feeds present, like millet. \n\n\n\nThe Correct Diet for Mice \n\n\n\nPurchased mice feed is not expensive, and it also helps to know that the homework has been done for you. This means that the correct portions of each feed have been prepared in advance for your mouse\u2019s excellent health. \n\n\n\nBasic Mouse Feed\n\n\n\nMouse feed will vary according to which one you buy, but generally, they contain some protein, like soy or beans, barley and millet. \n\n\n\nMice love seeds and nuts, but these are high in fat, so should be of a lesser amount in their muesli type of feed. Some owners buy nougats to avoid overeating seeds for this reason. \n\n\n\nMice are high energy, so a diet of high carbohydrates, protein and a bit of fat is good for them. Commercially prepared foods should form the bulk of their diet. \n\n\n\nMaking Your Own Basic Mouse Feed\n\n\n\nThe sky is the limit when making your own mice muesli. You can use cornflakes, millet, seeds, barley, a bit of dried fruit, dried pasta, rice, nuts and other goodies, but make sure you get the portions for optimum health right. \n\n\n\nYou might find your mouse focuses on the thing they love, like dried fruit. This is a bit like humans right! Leaving out other necessary nutrients in favor of this. \n\n\n\nOn top of this diet, plenty of fresh water, lots of fruit, vegetables and chewy things will round off their diet. \n\n\n\nKeep their fruits and vegetables to two servings a week and not too much at once. \n\n\n\nMouse Take-Away\n\n\n\nSo, what you can take away from this! Mice can also enjoy a few of our own foods too. Beans, peas, a tiny bit of sweet biscuit now and then, but no chocolate. Chocolate is very toxic to mice. \n\n\n\nMice will eat apples and various other fruits too, they love them, they are the sweeties of the mice world. Don\u2019t forget the whole apple tree though, so to speak, as the branches and twigs of various fruit trees go down a treat. \n\n\n\nMice need to chew, and these can assist them with keeping their teeth nicely trimmed down. \n\n\n\nMice also love all sorts of fruits, even dried fruit and coconuts as they love to chew on the coconut shells. \n\n\n\nThey will also enjoy a bit of human food, like peas, beans and biscuits. They will share some of your dog\u2019s biscuits too!\n\n\n\nThey never say no to vegetables either. \n\n\n\nWhen feeding mice, do it in such a way as to mimic natural foraging. This way, it keeps them healthy and entertained too. Make sure there is plenty of fresh water. Not having fresh water can make a mouse unwell quickly, so I suggest getting a few water bottles with a protective inbuilt value to stop it from getting choked up. You could be out and they might not be able to access their water. \n\n\n\nAbove all, do some reading about their diet. It's interesting and fun, and the happier your mouse is, the more fun things you get to experience with them.