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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-07-2012, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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What do you feed your rats?

What does your staple diet consist of?

I feed a tweaked version of the 'Sue Bee's rat diet"

Does anyone add a seed mix? What lite dog food kibble do you use?
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I don't do a seed mix. I feed about 70% harlan teklad (I always misspell it) which provides all the protein and vit/min my boys really need. I buy it online either from Mainly Rat Rescue, or from Amazon under it's commercial name Native Earth. I supplement with fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, kashi cereals, and about once a week they get treated with soy yogurt.



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When I had rats, I fed harlan Teklad along with fresh fruits, veggies, and occasional meat. When I didn't have healthy meat (like chicken, worms, turkey) I fed Innova Evo (prior to P&G buying them out) then Blue.

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My mix is basically this:

Muesli

Dried Bananas

Total cereal

Cheerios

Dry tri-colored pasta

Dry rolled oats

Blue Buffalo Lite (dog kibble)

Unsalted sunflowed seeds

Seed mix

Mazuri Lab blocks

Kaytee rat food (used very sparingly)
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When you use a mix with dog food you don't use lab blocks as well...the whole mix is to replace lab blocks. Its actually throwing off the balance if you use both.

I feed Harlan Teklad 2014 (when I can get it) and Mazuri 6F as my 2nd choice (easier for me to get)...with veggies, and very little fruit.

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When you use a mix with dog food you don't use lab blocks as well...the whole mix is to replace lab blocks. Its actually throwing off the balance if you use both.

I feed Harlan Teklad 2014 (when I can get it) and Mazuri 6F as my 2nd choice (easier for me to get)...with veggies, and very little fruit.
I usually switch off...like my mix/dog food one night and blocks another night. Is that still not okay?

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I usually switch off...like my mix/dog food one night and blocks another night. Is that still not okay?
Are your rats overweight or active and lithe?

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Perfect size...I only have 2 pudgy rats, but they are over 2 years old. All my rats are extremely active getting hours of play time a day. They maintain a healthy body weight for sure- none of my males are over 600 Gs. It's important to me.
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except my 2 pudgers...Windham and Remmy. They are so squishy! haha..remmy is more "big boned" though.
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I feed my rats this:

Cheerios
Rice cereal
100% natural oatmeal
I can't remember the name of the other food I give them, but you can find them in a tall can like container in the baby food section. They are shaped like flowers and they're banana flavored. (I sneak a couple of them out of the can every once in a while! They taste so good!)

I also give them fresh broccoli, coli flower, carrots, I sometimes give them grapes too. c:

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