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Special care for brindle mice?

Post by River on Thu 21 Dec 2017, 6:11 pm

I know they're more prone to obesity and tumors, especially the pet store variety. Is there any specific preventative care you take with brindles? We want to make sure Garcia has the healthiest life she can have.

We feed vegetables almost every day, mealworms twice a week and a treat almost every day, if that's important.
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Re: Special care for brindle mice?

Post by Frizzle on Thu 21 Dec 2017, 6:56 pm

You'll probably want to either find or make a low-fat diet(if you Google for lab diet protein, fat, and fiber breakdowns, that should give you a good idea), provide an exercise wheel, and nix the mealworms (very fatty). Limiting food doesn't work. Some brindles just get fat, and there won't be much you can do to impact it!

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Post by CallaLily on Fri 22 Dec 2017, 9:11 am

For the tubby mice that I've had (2 brindle, 2 agouti) I limited treats and tried to give them more out of cage exercise. You could also put their food dish up higher or scatter feed to make them work for it a little, but like said above food shouldn't be limited. I don't think a few mealworms twice a week would hurt but you could do a little cooked chicken instead or a lower fat feeder insect.

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