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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-07-2006, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey, i have a question !!

We always give our rats treats..like at dinner, we might give them a couple morsels of mac&cheese, or some chicken.....we give them lots of people food treats...nothing bad for them..but we spoil them...my concern is they have become un-interested in the normal pellets...its been this way for a while now..they dig thru their bowl looking for something else..turning their nose up to the normal rat food....so in turn i always make sure if we give them treats it makes for a well enough balanced diet...but i wonder if this is contributing to them not wanting to eat the pellets...they do however love dog food bits....but still, thats not their pellets either!
Have we spoiled tehm too much, and do you think this is bad for them?? thanks for any advice
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Ok...I think you should stop with the human food, at least for abit...they are obviously spoiled, which is a good and a bad thing.I admit to giving my rats parts of my food too, I just cannot help it when they beg! But I do not overdue it, as in the long run it can be unhealthy.If they are not getting their proper vitamins and nutriants, not good at all...




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When I had my ratties, they never got stuff with milk into it. Essentially they were almost Vegan, except for the occassional fish and meat product, as rats are not normally compleatly vegetarian. I always gave my ratties spagetti when I had it. No butter or oils on the pasta and a little bit of pasta sause & veggies on the top, they liked to lick it off and then eat the veggies and pasta.

My first rat Nibbler was SO spoiled with human food, but since what I made was fresh and vegetarian it is okay! But not to the point where he would not eat his food and nutriblock. And he lived to almost 4 years old!

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-08-2006, 01:24 AM
 
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Ok, I've never had rats, but when I was younger we used to feed our gerbils everything just to see if they would eat it! We gave them ice cream, crisps, everything The only thing we ever found that they wouldn't eat was BBQ flavoured hula hoops...they ate prawn cocktail flavoured crisps though But we never fed them so much that they wouldn't eat their gerbil food, and like you've said geishagirl they were healthy and lived a long time.

Now I am more responsible (???) I don't give my gerbils so much human food, but they love breakfast cereals (nothing with too much sugar), and mashed potatoes and peas. It's nice to be able to give them an exciting treat now and then, because that dry food mix looks really dull, I wouldn't want to have to eat only that every day
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yeah i agree. slow down on the human food. my rats ate mostly healthy people food and lived a ripe old age. just make sure what human food you are feeding meets there nutritional requirments and is healthy.
done right, you dont even need a rat food! but its still best to make sure there diet is balance. but unless you are feeding a good kind of rat food wouldnt worry about it, becuase many many many rat foods dont meet the requirments they should.
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yeah i agree. slow down on the human food. my rats ate mostly healthy people food and lived a ripe old age. just make sure what human food you are feeding meets there nutritional requirments and is healthy.
done right, you dont even need a rat food! but its still best to make sure there diet is balance. but unless you are feeding a good kind of rat food wouldnt worry about it, becuase many many many rat foods dont meet the requirments they should.
Ratty, your right...alot of rat food doesn't meet the needs that they should...sadly.

Fresh veggies,pastas,rice and fruit are all good things you can give your rats.I also like to give mine dog biscuits (good for teeth)peas,dry pasta and cooked pasta,rice,carrot and fish.Cheerios or shreddies are a good treat, but I rarely buy them, so my rats don't get that much...





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I had that problem with my first rat, he refused to eat any rat food after me spoiling him with hiuman stuff, he'd sift throughhis rat food and gave me a pitiful look, then he got sick and I was afraid that his stubbornness of not eating what I gave him would make it worse so I gave in and gave him rice.
Eventually he got better and he decieded to try his regular old rat food again. My advice, get him back on his rat food as soon as possible, I don't know if the firm cold turkey approach will work. They are pretty stubborn..
Hm, try treating the lab blocks as treats ^-^ use a little reverse pyschology, heh.
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