I have a list of foods “to feed” and foods “not to feed” next to my pet mouse’s cage. It is so nonsensical to me, but I follow it. It says not to feed oranges, lemons and various other items…….which my logical brain has trouble understanding.
You see, I also have a farmhouse amidst the fields of Gettysburg. Mice get into farmhouses; anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying or oblivious to their visitations. At the farmhouse, I keep all food safely tucked away. One winter, I learned that mice eat candles and soap. They finished off my expensive bar of French milled lavender, leaving my soap dish on the floor as a thank you. My scented candles had little mice feet scrape marks where they had chewed the wax………
Now, if mice can ingest candles and soap, would an orange segment cause dire disruption to their digestive systems. The emotional side of my brain fears so, and the deadly list of items will remain posted. Peanut butter is a no, it can get stuck in their throats…..On that wintry day, I bet peanut butter would have gone down very easily and happily in their hungry throats.
But, he is pampered and spoiled, with organic lettuce leaves and home grown figs and enough treats to last him through a sparse winter season.
I wonder if we had a list of what “to feed” and what “not to feed” next to our refrigerator, things would look a whole lot sparser on those shelves…………. 😦
Here is one spoiled little mouse……Yes, he lives in a pineapple on top of the sea, next to his organic strawberry 🙂
Blaze, the spoiled mouse, and his mom Shirl.