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.