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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-10-2004, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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What fruits can I feed my rat?

My rat loves fruits, but I heard orange juice is bad for them, and I need to know what kind of fruits I should be feeding my rat.

Also, my rat loves peanut butter, ever since she tasted it. Is peanut butter bad for her?
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Peanut butter is ok...just don't over feed...don't know about the orange juice...sorry!

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Re:what fruits can I feed my rat?

You can give your rat any fruit you like but you should only give them a small amount of citrus fruits including orange as if you give them to much they can get diarhea (sp?). Also as already said peanut butter is okay for your rat but only in a small quantity.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-13-2004, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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OK. Thanks for the info! I'll cut back on the peanut butter!
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i have read to never feed them any citrus friut in two books that i have about rats, so i dont do it.
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Does Melon count as citrus?
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nope wouldnt say so
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Orange juice should never be given to a male rat, as oranges contain d-limonene in the skin oil, and when the orange is squeezed it goes into the orange juice. It can cause kidney damage and kidney cancer because only male rats have a certain protein in their kidneys. Females do not have this protein so it does not effect them. Orange slices may be OK IF the oil is washed off after the orange is peeled.

Doe's benefit from oranges and some vets believe that oranges help fight off mammory tumours. Weird how that works, isn't it?

I personally feel that the risk is too great to even give a piece to my males, so I avoid it. My females get orange slices on occasion, but like everything else, moderation is the key.

If you want to learn more about feeding rats you can visit my Rattery article at:
http://www15.brinkster.com/luckies4me/feeding.html
 
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I did not know that Cass. I have to admit to having fed rats orange pieces in the past, even my boys. Thank goodness nothing bad ever happened because of it. I think that it may be like the chocolate scare perhaps. I would not give them Orange Juice though. My ratties get almost all the foods that we have, but that is as snacks, as they are fed a rat mix as their primary food. I do though have a few pudgy rats, hehe. I am not sure how to put pictures up but will try to figure it out.
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Now not all my ratties are that pudgy. Adam is the fattest of the bunch. His cage mates are not fat, and I do not see the need to remove him from his group of buddies and put him on a diet as he is in otherwise great health.
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hehe he isn't fat, he's squishy!
 
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Hehe, but you have not seen his body, only the fat bulge where his neck should be. But I am sure it is just genetic with him, as that obese girl Izma is his aunt, and every rat just about from that line gets heavy with age.
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Well gee, no wonder he's fat LOL!
 
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