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Veggie and Fruit Amounts for 7 week olds?

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Question on fruits and veggies. My two baby boys are now 7 weeks old and I know that veggies and fruits are to be given sparingly to avoid diarreah (sp?), so I have been trying to feed very tiny amounts but I never know how much is not enough or too much?

For instance, they love tomato and dark green leafy type lettuce but I was so concerned with not overdoing it that I for one snack I gave them roughly two pieces of tomato that could each fit on a fingernail and 4 bits of lettuce that were probably no bigger than a quarter sized coin each. Am I being too cautious?

How many days a week can I give them small bits of fruit and veggie without causing stomach upsets and so forth? They love those frozen peas and carrots and a single piece is so small, can I give them one or two of those a day or is that too much?

I would rather be able to let them have fruit pieces and veggie bits in very small portions and be able to give it to them more often, rather than a big amount one or two days a week if you know what I mean. Any opinions on how much and how often? Thanks in advance!
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Thanks for asking this! I've also been wondering what quantities other people give their rats, and now wonder if I'm giving too many vegetables to my seven-week-olds. I give them dry food all day long, and then at my dinner time between the two of them they get a small saucer-sized plate with kale and then another vegetable, plus some type of carbohydrate (pasta, rice, whole wheat bread with olive oil).

Too much?? (Neither one of them is overweight, and I actually think Russell could stand to gain a bit...)

Oh, I should also state that neither of them has had a problem with diarrhea... I guess that's been my gauge for the amount...


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Yeah, I guess one of the best gauges would be whether their poop is runny or not, so that would be a dead giveaway if they are getting too much of the fruits and veggies, true!
Speaking of bread and olive oil that you mentioned, my little guys love having a small chunk of wheat/grain bread with some olive oil on it and I tried that after reading someone's post about giving it to her babies, but I can't remember if bread and oil is okay for a daily thing or is it once a week?
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I haven't given it to them daily, but I don't see why you couldn't as long as it's not a big part of their overall diet. (Oil is very good for their skin and fur, so giving a tiny bit of that daily could definitely be good.) Basically, you want fresh fruits and vegetables to be somewhere around 20% of their main diet overall. Some people in a British forum that I visit actually make their own rat diet, called the "Shunamite Diet", and then supplement that with the fresh food.


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I give my ratties olive oil. Bella and Velvet, the hairless and the double rex, get an olive oil rub down every couple of days when they start to look a little dry. It really helps with their skin. Other than that, they get a little every couple of days with their veggies. I make a kind of salad for them and put a little oil on it. They seem to enjoy licking it off of each other better though.
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What worrywarts we have around here!

You can feed them a bit of veggies throughout the day. They won't over-stuff themselves, they'll eat just what they want (and love it). There ARE certain veggies/fruit not to give them, but other then that, there's really no set amount.

It's okay. Really. One fun thing to do is hardboil an egg, crack open a spot just so they can smell it and get a taste, and let them go with it. It's so much fun to watch!
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Yep, there is no worrywart quite like a new rat mom!
Well, better to worry and try to get it right than to not care, right? If they get runny poop, I will know I went overboard a bit with the veggies, eep! Ahh the joys of mommyhood...
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Indeed!

And it's great you care! There should be more people in the world that are as caring about animals as the people here on PT.
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Here is a list of what foods not to feed your rats just incase any of the ones you are wanting to feed to them you can't.
http://www.petratscanada.com/forbidden_foods.htm

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Ah, thanks for that list! I have a similar list in one of my rat books but this one has a couple of extra items not listed in my book. Good to know!
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