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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-01-2009, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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I was just curious where you buy your frozen mice from and if anyone knows how they are killed? Can you get them at petsmart or petco?
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Re: Mice

You can get them there, but they are usually pricier than online. I get mine here:

http://www.hare-today.com/

Prices are better at http://www.rodentpro.com/ but since I don't need a TON of mice, I prefer to order from Hare Today b/c then I can get other stuff I need for the dogs.

They are humanely euth'd w/ CO2.

I'm vegan and honestly, this whole raw thing has been VERY hard for me. More than most people, I think, I have real issues w/ the whole thing. BUT since I choose to live w/ carnivores, I have to deal w/ the fact that they eat meat. And it's not "worse" for them to eat a dead mouse than for them to eat whatever animals died for a can of Evo, you know? In fact, since I can control my sources, I feel that I'm a BETTER vegan now than when I was feeding commercial. I try to get mostly grass-fed/humanely raised/free-range meat where possible. It's a balancing act.

I order several dozen mice at a time, portion them out (with tongs and with my eyes closed -- not b/c I'm grossed out but b/c I have had rats and mice as pets and seeing the litte bodies is esp. hard on me ) into 4 per bag so I can thaw one baggie at a time.

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I don't have any experience with the first website, but I have ordered things from Rodent-Pro before. The raptor rehab I volunteer with orders from them, and I have ordered mice from them for my snake.
Three adult mice at Petco costs $4-5 where I live. Shipping kinda stinks with any of the online companies; I'm not sure if Petco would be cheaper for you than the shipping charges.
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Are the mice from petco alive or already dead and frozen when you get them?

Wondering if I should give my two new feral cats some mice. They aren't sure about eating raw but I think they would like a mouse vs. canned food. After all that is what they are used to and the plus for me is that it is raw!
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Are the mice from petco alive or already dead and frozen when you get them?
Dead of COURSE. I got some from PetStupid last night (b/c I needed pinkies for Jonah ASAP). They sell a "brand" called Arctic Mouse and they come 6 to a box, with each one in individual tiny baggie.
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I'd like to add that if there are any reptile shows around you, that is the absolute BEST place to get frozen mice or rats in bulk locally. I always go to the reptile shows in my area. They sell frozen pinkies, fuzzies, hoppers, etc. for snakes and other reptiles that eat them.
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Thank you guys! I'm still toying with the idea, it does both me a bit to see them get eaten, we'll see. Eventually I'll probably end up trying it out.
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Thank you guys! I'm still toying with the idea, it does both me a bit to see them get eaten, we'll see. Eventually I'll probably end up trying it out.
Join the club! I'm VEGAN, so you can imagine how hard it was for me. I remind myself that canned/kibble is full of dead animals, too, but I have no control over the sourcing there. At least feeding raw I can get more humanely raised/killed meat to feed my obligate carnivores!
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I gave a few mice too the two newest cats I have and they LOVED them. It is amazing how fast they can eat mice

However at Petsmart the feeder mice are expensive! Or at least it is too me...$10.99 for 4 adult mice? I'll have to check for other sources. Shipping from rodentpro looks really expensive
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I gave a few mice too the two newest cats I have and they LOVED them. It is amazing how fast they can eat mice
Yup! My Calvin is so fast I have to feed him and Lincoln in separate rooms when I feed mice. They eat other food at about the same rate, but Calvin tosses his down and then grabs Lincoln's!
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However at Petsmart the feeder mice are expensive! Or at least it is too me...$10.99 for 4 adult mice? I'll have to check for other sources. Shipping from rodentpro looks really expensive
Yes, PetStupid is ABSURD. Try http://www.hare-today.com. Depending on your location, their shipping (as long as you order 50 #s) is very reasonable. They only have large mice, though (which is fine if your cat is eating them well already -- usually have to start on smaller ones). If you don't want 50# of mice, you can get some chicks and other stuff as well. Their bone-in rabbit chunks are HUGELY popular w/ my guys. They also sell rabbit pieces (i.e., quartered rabbits, basically), which we will be trying soon.
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