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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-15-2006, 01:53 PM
 
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Yep, they'r semi predators, meaning they eat anything smaller then them. I was surprised when I set my rat down next to a roach (I wanted him to scare it away) Instead he snatched it up and crunched it a few times XD
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Rats are predators (of small things of course) in the wild and RELISH getting a live cricket or mealie. They can kill larger things, of course that's not something you'd want to allow as they don't need to eat something that big..but an adult rat (pet) has been known to kill things like pet birds (forget if a Cockatiel or Parakeet/Budgie?)..but they had a brief encounter and the rat quickly killed the bird, to the owner's dismay.
We used to mix Pretty Bird pellets, some human grade seed mixes, dry cereals,pastas,some dried veggies and beans..and dried fruits. That, and fresh fruits/veggies/little meat/cooked things from time to time...basically just a wide variety.
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Yessum Fez,they will actually hunt out the crickets and eat them.A few times,the crickets would try and hide under something in the cage,but it wouldn't take long for the rats to sniff the crickets out and catch them.

I also noticed something really smart...they will eat the crickets head first,so the crickets won't put up a fight or bite or anything like that! It is kind of smart thinking when you think about it.





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Actually too much protein in general can cause scabby skin and skin problems.
I am still battling this with my scofield. There is no happy medium for him. Really to get his scabs to go away I can't give him anything but lab blocks and the lab blocks have to be low in protein.

There is a dispute on my other forum about suebees...Really it's not a balanced diet. A lab block should be part as well (Like mixed with the suebees)

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Yessum Fez,they will actually hunt out the crickets and eat them.A few times,the crickets would try and hide under something in the cage,but it wouldn't take long for the rats to sniff the crickets out and catch them.

I also noticed something really smart...they will eat the crickets head first,so the crickets won't put up a fight or bite or anything like that! It is kind of smart thinking when you think about it.

Jack ate a stink bug one night. He bit into in before I could get it away from him. I had to give him lots of water and snacks because I'm sure it BURNED.

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Jack ate a stink bug one night. He bit into in before I could get it away from him. I had to give him lots of water and snacks because I'm sure it BURNED.
Awww...poor thing.That musta been nasty!

Yeah,I heard that Suebee's mix is not very good.I started my mix off like hers at first,but have since changed it a little bit.They get lab blocks (Nutriblock) too tho,plus all kinds of other stuff in between,like veggies and fruit and that kind of thing.





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mine love granola i dont give them much often but they love it
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mine love granola i dont give them much often but they love it
Oh yes! every now and again I give my rats a piece of granola and they LOVE it!




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I never fed my rats crickets or mealworks before,guess I could try that =]
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I think granola would be great as long as it's not the sticky granola you get at the grocery store.

Theres a health food store here and they sell regular granola. It's lose (like what you would put milk on) and really cheap. I eat it all the time. i think that would be good.

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I think granola would be great as long as it's not the sticky granola you get at the grocery store.

Theres a health food store here and they sell regular granola. It's lose (like what you would put milk on) and really cheap. I eat it all the time. i think that would be good.
I actually buy the loose stuff.I buy that in bulk.I don't eat it,but Chloe and Jason do,along with the mice and rats.I sometimes cook it and sometimes just put it in their dishes.

But the sticky stuff is good as an occassional treat,the fruit ones are best.





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mine like oatmeal rasin with honey

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