Learn about the best foods to feed your new rat.
We always recommend that you make sure to feed your rats high quality, organic foods free from all of the harmful ingredients in most commercial foods. But which ones are okay to feed, and which ones aren't? Below we will give you some examples of what to feed, and what not to feed, your furry friends.
We personally recommend Mazuri rodent block or Oxbow Complete Diet if you plan on feeding lab block. Both can be found online and in most pet stores.
*Note: Regardless of what some may say, it is never a good idea to only feed your rats once or twice a day on a set schedule. Some health benefits may come from this fasting-type of feeding (specifically for medical conditions that call for it, obesity, etc.), however due to the rat's high metabolism, they need 24/7 access to food and water at all times. Not providing them constant access to food can cause them the become easily emaciated and underweight, especially with rats that are 6 months of age or younger as they are still growing and typically must eat more frequently. Feeding them a home made blend of fresh foods is OK, and this may be offered once or twice a day, but they must have access to a staple diet such as the bloc foods listed above in between this. We at WGR do not advocate, nor condone, schedule feeding and will not endorse anyone who does so.
In addition to lab block, you can also provide them with fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins! Below is a list of safe foods for your rats.
And of course, always be sure to give them fresh, filtered water every day!
Now, here is the list of unsafe foods to feed your rats. Under no circumstances should these foods ever be given to your rats. Feeding these foods to them can result in serious illness, or even death.
* Note: It is never advised to feed food or treats through the bars of your cage, as this can cause rats to assume that any contact through their cage will be from offering food and may lead to accidental finger grabbing, nips, etc. Instead, provide treats from inside the cage, by opening the door and placing your hand inside with the treats either on the palm of your upturned hand, or between your fingers.
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