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Alfalfa cubes?

Post by River on Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:38 pm

We have them for underweight/nursing/pregnant rabbits. I was wondering if they're fine for mice to have as a treat? They aren't recommended for adult rabbits since they're high in calcium/calories/protein, is it the same for mice?

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Re: Alfalfa cubes?

Post by MouseLover on Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:59 am

It's safe for mice to eat, but I'm pretty sure that mice can't digest alfalfa as well as rabbits, so it doesn't provide them with many nutrients and just acts as a source of fiber. So I wouldn't bother personally.

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Re: Alfalfa cubes?

Post by Animal lover on Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:33 am

I believe Alfalfa hay is fattier than Timothy hay? I can't quite remember but it definitely isn't as healthy as Timothy hay. You can buy Timothy hay cubes (or just loose Timothy hay) for mice. It's a great source of fibre, and just be safe, it's recommended to put the hay in a freezer for at least 24 hours to kill any possible pests. It makes good nesting material, and hay is also good for wearing down mouse teeth!

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Re: Alfalfa cubes?

Post by CallaLily on Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:03 am

@Animal lover wrote:I believe Alfalfa hay is fattier than Timothy hay?

Alfalfa has higher protein and calcium. I think it's actually slightly lower in fat (not that either is super fatty).

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Post by scaredymouse on Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:29 pm

i have recently learned that adult chinchillas aren't supposed to have much alfalfa hay because it's fattening. That's all i know about that!

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Re: Alfalfa cubes?

Post by CallaLily on Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:05 pm

Since the mice likely won't eat much, if any, I'm not sure it's an issue that it's higher in calories/protein/calcium. I don't know for sure though.

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Re: Alfalfa cubes?

Post by River on Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:47 pm

@scaredymouse wrote:i have recently learned that adult chinchillas aren't supposed to have much alfalfa hay because it's fattening.  That's all i know about that!

Adult chinchillas - much like rabbits and guinea pigs - actually should not have alfalfa, since it's not actually a grass hay and doesn't seem to aid them as well as timothy does. Alfalfa pellets aided with timothy hay are fine, though.

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Re: Alfalfa cubes?

Post by scaredymouse on Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:40 pm

Correct, my girls get oxbow pellets in addition to timothy hay. Anyway, I imagine alfalfa has the same effect on mice as it does on rabbits and chinnys. However, I can't imagine they would eat enough for it to really make much of different to them nutritionally.

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