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Hi again,
my mouse Mowta, the one who ran away, misses the outside I think:(

I thought I could put some nature items in his cage to cheer him up, but I know some things
are poisoness.

What things would be good for him?

(I know I have to heat them in the oven or freeze them first)

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I hate giving lists of links, but the answer is more about what things to avoid, so here are three links:

Dangerous or Toxic Plants for Rats and Mice:
http://ratamania.50megs.com/2002/April/midapril/midapril.html
http://ratfanclub.org/plants.html

Toxic woods that shouldn't be used for chewing:
http://animals.pawnation.com/woods-bad-rats-chew-6223.html

By avoiding the plants and woods on this list you can be sure that whatever you find for him to climb on or chew won't hurt his tummy or make him sick.  If it's not on the list, feel free to freeze/oven-treat branches (especially if the bark has been removed) and such.  I would avoid using dirt because it can contain a lot of pests that can be very hardy and might not be killed by heat treating or freezing, so stick to normal bedding for sure.  You can also get sphagnum moss from pet shops that might give him more options for cover.

Hope I helped!  :)

-Tam

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