|Purred: Sat Apr 16, '11 9:11am PST |
|First, how many mice is suitable for say 7 or 8 month old kittens per day?
That depends on the weight of your cat and the size of the mice. Typically, you should feed your cat between 2% and 4% of your cat's ideal adult weight, per day. In other words, a ten pound cat would have between 3.2 and 6.4 oz. per day. Then, you divide that by how many meals you feed your cat each day. For mice, they are sold in a variety of sizes - pinky (approx. 1.5 - 3 grams), fuzzy (approx. 3-7 grams), hopper (8-12), weaned (approx. 13-19 grams) and adult (approx. 20-50 grams). Kittens should have up to twice that amount. I'm sure you can find some more specifics for kitten guidelines on this forum. It's been a while since my cats have been kittens.
Where would I get these mice? Can I buy them from a pet store (I'd have to suck it up and kill the mice first myself frown I don't know what else to do!) or do they have to be feeder mice? Y'all know Hare Today charges muh eyeballs in shipping. Although pet store mice may be even more expensive than having them shipped out here!
Like many others have said, many local pet stores will actually sell the mice frozen, particularly stores that also sell reptiles. Many Petco's will sell them but they are extremely expensive. If you have extra room in your freezer it's good to buy them in bulk. Look for a local supplier of feeder mice that sells them wholesale in your area. They can usually sell them in quantities of 25, 50, 100, etc. and they are already dead and frozen. They are much cheaper. If you really have extra freezer space or don't have any wholesalers near you, you can order feeder mice from places such as rodentpro.com or hare-today.com. They are both high-quality, reputable companies. Of course, the shipping costs can be high but it is meant for people who buy large quantities.
Mice mice mice I'm wondering if my cats can get their nutrition from the mice or maybe they'd prefer the mice guts to the chicken guts.
Cats can definitely meet all of their nutritional needs by eating mice. A mouse is a cat's natural prey in the wild and is a complete, balanced meal. Many of the commonly found "recipes" of raw cat food are actually based on the nutritional values provided by a whole mouse. Of course, you always want to rotate the food with any carnivore. Feed a variety of food such as mice, chicken, quail, turkey, etc.
If your cat is new to eating mice, I'd start them slowly to get them adjusted first. Thaw the frozen mice in the fridge for a few hours (in a plastic bag or container, of course) and/or place the bag into a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes. If your cat is hesitant, you could slice the mouse into a 2 or three pieces and even add a little flavorful canned food on it. It's probably easiest to start with the pinky mice. Also, if you decide to feed it often, it wouldn't be a bad idea to sprinkle a little taurine on the mice. Meat tends to lose taurine when frozen and that is essential for cats.
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