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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2012, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Greenies/Nylabones for Rats OK?

Hi all,

Quick question came up when I was shopping for stocking stuffers for my two ratty boys.


Do you know those chew sticks for dogs called, "Greenies"? Are those okay for rats as a chew toy? What about Nylabones?


I thought I may have heard someone on the forum talking about giving those to their rats for a treat but I did not know if they are safe for rats or if there are any issues to be aware of?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2012, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I learned my lesson! Research and try to find an answer yourself before posting on the forum, ha ha.

I read up on some posts and articles on Greenies and Nylabones and I found my answers! Sorry about posting first without trying to find the answer myself!

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Hahah I was trying to remember the huge debates we had on greenies from years ago, and I think some were an "okay" treat if you found the ones with low protein? *scratches head*

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Ha ha! Yep, the general information I got from some research was somewhere along the lines of, "welll....they are too high in protein for rats, but for a very once in awhile thing (like a stocking stuffer, and if the Greenie is a TINY one) then it won't be the end of the world.

Some others were like, "Oh yeah, my rats love those!" but, high protein, no, that scares me. I have a tiny sample size one I picked up while shopping for stocking stuffers for my sister's dog so I will let my boys have a lil nibble on it, then call it good. Just for a one time taste treat for them.

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I actually tried to give Russ and Stan one of those when they were less than a year old, but they actually didn't like it! (Much to my surprise!) It shouldn't hurt them as long as it's in small quantities, and under supervision.


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Yes, agreed! My boys really don't need yet another treat (they have more than plenty, the lil chub monkeys) but just for a taste, for something new for them to nibble, just for the holidays.


And yes, with supervision, you betcha! (I have hawk eyes when it comes to stuff like that!)

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Rats also LOVE rawhide dog bones too. My girls gnaw on theirs all the time. I'm sure they are high in protien but seeing as it takes them a few months for them to chew it up completely, even with 3 working on it, I don't think it's too serious a problem.
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