Feeding your rat

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Feeding your rat

What do rats eat? Nuggets and Muesli Water Treats Greens Root Vegetables Fruit Dangerous Foods Your rat will need a balanced diet to keep them happy and healthy and we have a useful guide to help you choose the best food available for your rat. What do rats eat? Rats are omnivores – just like us – which means that they need both meat and vegetables in their diet.   You can feed rat-specific nuggets or muesli twice a day, during the early morning and late evening. You can also offer very small amounts of vegetables, greens and fruits but avoid giving large amounts as this can cause diarrhea. Rats also enjoy small amounts of cooked egg and cooked lean meat as a supplement to their diet. Rats really like sweet and fatty food. However these can lead to obesity and other health problems if eaten in large amounts. Food should be placed in heavy ceramic or metal shallow bowls that will not tip over and are strong enough to withstand being chewed!  Your rat will take food from their bowl and eat it whilst sitting on their haunches, grasping it with their tiny front feet. Always introduce new foods to your rat gradually over a period of 10 days. View our Rat Products section for a selection of nutritious nuggets and muesli BackTo Top Nuggets and Muesli Always give rat-specific nuggets or muesli to your rat as these have been designed to provide all the minerals, vitamins, fibre and nutrients they need. Rat nuggets and muesli typically contain wheat, maize, wheat bran, chicken meal, sugar beet, soya, poultry fat, egg, toasted barley, oat, bean and pea flakes.  Dried food like these also help to keep your rats teeth trim. View our Rat Products section for a selection of nutritious nuggets and muesli BackTo Top Water Always provide fresh clean drinking water daily for your rat and check the supply each day.  Water should be provided in water bottles and not in bowls as these are easily fouled.   View our Rat Products section for a selection of water bottles and feeding accessories BackTo Top Treats Rats love sweet sugary treats but these are not healthy in large amounts and can cause obesity.  There are a wide variety of treats available which are sold as snacks, biscuits and forage mixes which contain apple twigs, shrimp, blackcurrant leaves, red clover, ribwort plantain, rose hips, rowan berry, birch bark, willow bark, rose, marigold, alfalfa, lemon balm, birch leaves, parsley, meadow grass and herbs. Treats in the form of mineral blocks, stuffed wood rolls (logs), bark and twig bites are great for chewing on and help your rats teeth stay in good shape. View our Rat Products section for a selection of nutritious nuggets and treats BackTo Top Greens Always feed greens in very small amounts as rats can get stomach upsets and diarrhea from eating too many fresh greens.   Cabbage, celery, and lettuce contain too much water for their volume and can have a dangerous laxative effect on rats. Make sure any greens have been washed before you feed them to your rat. Recommended greens are:  kale, broccoli leaves, stems and florets, peas and parsley. BackTo Top Root Vegetables Root vegetables can be fed - in small amounts - such as carrot, parsnip and turnip.   Sweet Potatoes should be avoided. BackTo Top Fruit Fruit can be fed in small amounts to rats but do not feed citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes and grapefruit as they are too acidic. Recommended fruits are:  apple (remove pips), pear, banana, blackberry, cherry (remove stone), peach (remove stone), plum (remove stone), raspberry and strawberry. BackTo Top Dangerous Foods Never feed your rat chocolate as it is toxic to most animals. Toxic foods include:  green potatoes, kidney beans, rhubarb, avocado, rhubarb, raw sweet potato. Garlic, onion, leeks and chives are dangerous and can cause haemolytic anaemia. Grapes and raisins can contribute to acute kidney failure. Call Vet Clinic at Petstop for a consultation BackTo Top