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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-28-2013, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Extra Salt Needed for Herbivore Ratties?

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I have a quick question that just came up? I was checking a safe foods list for rats (I had a question about whether walnuts and almonds were safe or not as a once-in-awhile treat for my boys, as I could not remember) and I noticed a snippet on the information page that said,


"Rats get all the salt they need in their diets and do not need a salt lick, except for strict herbivores". Hmmm. Is this true?


We have never given our rats any foods with meat/dairy/egg products so aside from their lab blocks, they eat only plant based treats and supplemental food (fruits, veggies, grains (pasta, bread, cereals) and sometimes a nut or seed for a special treat).


So, what is all this about salt licks for strictly herbivore ratties? I have never heard of this before. I believe the info I read was from a rat rescue site that had nutritional information on it for rats.


Anyone ever hear of this? I assumed my rats got plenty of salt from things like their lab blocks and breads, etc.

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it was bad phrasing, your rats are getting enough sodium

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Ah, okay, that is what I thought, but I wanted to be sure!

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Sorry I'm late to this! No additional salt needed for rats, and yes--walnuts and almonds should be fine for your boys. Mine loved them as occasional treats, especially walnuts! Hope you are all doing well!!!!!


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HEY!! Breyer! How are you? Boy, we miss you here! It is so nice to "see" you pop in!


Awesome, I am glad that walnuts and almonds are okay for my boys. I did not see them on the forbidden foods list, but I also did not see them on the "okay" lists, so I figured, "Well, no list can name every single food on the planet."


My boys love walnuts but yes, I have to make sure it is not a daily thing. Just a once in awhile treat, and small!


Let us know how things are going with you? :

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