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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-20-2010, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Nursing Rat Losing Weight--Advice Appreciated!

My Slipperkins is nursing and "oops" litter of 12 rittens (full detains on "An Unforseen Disaster" thread), who are a week old today and growing well.

But she is getting SO thin! She ate everything in sight during her pregnancy, and now she is so finnicky, she seems to hardly nibble her favorites I am providing a good variety: greens, peas, eggs, chicken, oatmeal, bread soaked in ensure, grapes, bananas, and a variety of baby food and cereal. Also her stable "chow" of dog food and oats...which Lilspaz is helping me transition to quality lab block.

Any ideas? I hate to see her getting used up nursing...I even tried to supplemental feed the ritten with kitten milk but they did not cooperate.
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I don't have experience with pregnant rats, but have you tried cooked pasta? Other foods that rats tend to like a lot that also help to put weight back on are mayonnaise and avocado (in small amounts and not from the part near the seed). The other common foods you have already listed, so hopefully those will work. For the baby food, mine especially like butternut squash, sweet potato, apple/blueberry mix, green beans.


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Gosh, I don't have any experience with nursing mothers either, but from all the foods you listed and the ones Breyer suggested, it sounds like your ratty mother has a full menu to choose from for fattening up. But she is finicky with the food eh? I hope others on the forum will chime in on this topic. Wish I could help! I will be interested to see what others say about this.

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how are her teeth? if they are too long/short then youre rat may not eat?

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how are her teeth? if they are too long/short then youre rat may not eat?
Unlikely for this...short and long teeth mean nothing, its teeth that are growing crooked and not aligning with their corresponding tooth that are the problem. Bronny did this to me as well. Offer her everything you can think of, don't worry too much about nutritional content...I think Bronny ended up eating nachos with me and then her appetite returned. Watch our for diarrhea as well.

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i have no idea, but i've heard scrambled/boiled eggs are good.

maybe i can find some information online for you, however i tihnk you're pretty good off listening to lil spaz

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is she still getting plenty of water?

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