Small pets usually love to nibble and chew on things.
It’s related to their natural instincts to both create their own bedding and to ensure that their ever-growing teeth remain a healthy size.
Mice are no different, and given the chance, most mice will happily chew away on a piece of cardboard or paper.
But these are manmade products, so it’s reasonable to ask yourself there your mice should be chewing on them, or could cardboard and paper be dangerous for your mouse?
In this article, I’ll explore whether mice should chew and eat cardboard and papers and whether there whether are any types that you should avoid giving to your mouse.
Mice can safely chew on plain cardboard and paper. They won’t generally swallow cardboard or paper but if accidentally swallowed in small amounts it won’t cause an issue. Any cardboard or paper with ink or dye coloring should not be given to a mouse.
Should mice chew on cardboard
Chewing cardboard is safe for mice.
Mice need to chew on things to maintain their teeth, and they also often like to use the chewed up material as bedding.
Chewing things also gives your mouse some mental stimulus and they will enjoy the activity.
That make cardboard a great material to use to entertain your mouse, you can even get creative and build little toys or even mouse houses out of cardboard!
You should only give your mouse plain cardboard. Cardboard that has been printed on will contain ink that could be harmful to your mouse.
Therefore, it’s important to only use plain brown cardboard, no colored cardboard, and nothing with printed text and logos.
Can mice eat cardboard
Mice won’t generally eat cardboard, they tend to just chew it up.
Mice like to tear cardboard up rather than actually ingest it.
There is a chance that your mouse could swallow some of the cardboard by accident.
If that happens then their digestive system should easily be able to cope with it.
A mouse may be at risk of digestive blockages if they eat too much cardboard, but this is pretty unlikely.
The risk of them eating cardboard could be increased if they are hungry and without access to other food, or if there are food remains on the cardboard itself.
However; generally a mouse won’t be interested in actually eating a plain piece of cardboard, they just want to tear it up!
Do mice like chewing cardboard
Mice love to chew on cardboard, it’s a very natural instinct for them to chew on things.
Cardboard gives them something with a slightly resistant texture that they can really enjoy chewing up, but once chewed it also makes great bedding.
That’s great news for mouse owners because it makes a super inexpensive toy for your mouse!
Chewing on things like cardboard is good for your mouse’s dental health, so if you have a bit of plain cardboard lying around don’t throw it away, give it your mouse as a treat.
Are toilet paper rolls safe for mice
Empty toilet paper rolls are perfectly safe for a mouse.
They are made with plain, ordinary cardboard so they are perfectly safe for your mouse to chew.
Toilet roll does have a little bit of glue to bind the roll together, but as mice don’t tend to actually eat cardboard then this won’t cause much of an issue.
Toilet rolls also make a brilliant toy.
One idea is to put a few treats in the middle and then fold in each side to make a container.
Your mouse will have lots of fun and mental stimulation chewing away at the cardboard to get to the treat.
It’s a much better way of stimulating your mouse both physically and mentally than just handing them a treat with no challenge.
Can mice eat toilet paper
I would recommend not giving your mouse toilet paper to chew on.
Toilet paper can contain ink or other chemicals, especially if it is scented or has added properties such as Aloe Vera.
Additionally, as toilet paper is specifically made to be absorbent it will quickly turn to a tough sticky mess when your mouse chews it and it’s not something you would want in their digestive system.
Mice probably won’t swallow toilet paper, but if they accidentally did it’s much more likely to cause a blockage than cardboard.
Can mice eat colored cardboard or paper
You should not let your mouse eat colored cardboard or paper.
If there is printed text or an image on the cardboard or paper or the whole lot is a single block color then it must either be ink or dye.
Either way, ingesting ink or dye can be harmful to your mouse and may have some toxic effects so you should only ever give them plain, ordinary cardboard.
Can you put cardboard in a mouse’s cage
Cardboard is great to put in a mouse’s cage.
Mice love to chew on cardboard. It’s good for their dental health and it makes great bedding once they are done!
You could also avoid potentially dangerous materials that often come with cardboard, such as staples, packaging tape or ink colored cardboard. All of these could be harmful to your mouse.
Only ever give plain, brown cardboard to your mouse.
Can mice eat paper
It is perfectly safe for mice to chew paper.
Just like cardboard, mice won’t tend to eat paper as they don’t view it as food.
A mouse may accidentally eat a small amount of paper whilst chewing it but their digestive system should easily be able to cope with a small amount of swallowed paper.
Can mice eat newspaper
You should not give your mouse newspaper to chew or eat.
Newspaper can be dangerous for your mouse due to the high amount of ink in the paper.
This ink could have toxic effects for your mouse so you should never let them chew newspaper.
That’s the same for any magazines which can contain all sorts of chemicals that would be bad for your mouse.
If you want to give your mouse paper you should only give them plain white paper, with no ink or any other treatment.
Which cardboard should I avoid for my mouse
Always use plain cardboard or paper for your mouse.
The main things you should avoid are:
- Packaging tape
- Thick industrial cardboard
Generally, the thinner types of cardboard are better, the type used for general household deliveries.
You should avoid giving very thick industrial cardboard to your mouse, this is much more likely to cause a digestive upset or blockage for your mouse if accidentally swallowed.
If you stick to a small amount of plain paper or cardboard then it will be perfectly safe for your mouse to chew on or even eat.