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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-20-2008, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Food For Rats .. ?

Does Anyone Know What Other things rats like to eat or what else i can put into there food bowl other than boring dry rat food LOL i use rat nuggets as i am from the UK thats all the rat food we use but its safe as the petstore provided it for me
can you feed them puppy treats or dog food or anything if so what type ?
what can you put in the dish all the time along with there orignal rat food ?
i have fed them some carrot wheatabix rice crispies , cabbage and tomatoes and potatoes are they all fine ?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-20-2008, 03:03 PM
 
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What my girls like to eat

Im from the UK too. I feed rat nuggets and the rat mix they sell in Wilko's. They also get treats of cheese, meat (just a bit of whatever I've had for dinner), carrot, apple, rice crispies, special K, choc drop treats, dried banana chips, cooked pasta etc. I did read something about not giving them lettuce as some of them can have some sort of reaction to it, but not sure how reliable that was.

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all the things you said are fine. Do not feed your rats oranges of any sort or kidney beans- they can cause problems- nothing to high in protein should all be good


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I feed my rats everything! Cereal, oatmeal, wet dog food, small pieces of meat. There are certain things you should not feed them, like raw sweet potatoes and chocolate. I forgot to mention I also feed mine fresh fruits and veggies.
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yep all of the above! plus leftover dinner plate stuff, hard boiled egg, peas, corn, uncooked pasta, cooked rice. my boy licks my dinner plate every night!!

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http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bclee/ratfood.html

This is a link that tells what your rat can and cant eat hope it helps!
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thanks everyone for your help
i feed mine raw potatoe but not SWEET RAW POTATOE is this still ok ?
yeah i know not to feed them lettuce
and that link you send me (sarah) is brill thanks
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The potato plant is toxic. As for the actual part that we eat, there are claims that go both ways.


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Originally Posted by http://www.drlam.com/opinion/rawpotato.cfm
Excessive ingestion of raw potato can produce gastro-intestinal, liver, as well as heart damage.
However, (searching briefly) I did not find anything in more "official" sources like WebMD about it being poisonous. Maybe I'll look into it more later, but I'm on my way out right now.

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yeah i wont be risking feeding them potatoes anymore thanks for the info !
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http://www.ratfanclub.org/diet.html Here's another link with an even better list, I usually refer to this one. ( No offense rat freak the link was great this one is a bit more intensive!) Also I actually don't feed lab blocks for the most part because i'm not thrilled with the high corn and or grain content. I supplement my mix with a good high quality dog food ( usually nutro natural light or chicken soup) be careful of excessive protein levels but most rats tolerate it just fine. And also childrens chewable vitamins.
Also not sure if it's on the list, no peanut butter, as rats salivary glands are in the back of their mouths pb can easily choke them. Well that's all I can think of. Looks like you've got some good advice all together!!
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My boys enjoy softer foods, like gerbers pea and carrot baby food, and yogurt as a treat. It's great for training because you can take it away after they have a taste and they cant run off with it. lol.
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perfect timing lol... I found a list of forbidden foods for rats and saved it on my laptop, thought I'd share...

Forbidden food


Bleu cheese, Liquorice, Raw dry beans or peanuts, raw sweet potato, raw red cabbage and Brussels sprouts, raw artichokes, green bananas, green potato skin and eyes, wild insects, rhubarb, orange juice (for male rats only). Raw bean & potato & red cabbage must be cooked well before giving them.

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