FOOD AND TREATS
Lab blocks provide 100% of a rat's daily nutrients and they should always be available for your rat. Unlike other animals, rats will stop eating when they're full. This means that it's safe, and recommended, to keep their bowl full at all times. By ensuring that food is always available, hoarding or food based aggression may be limited.
The two foods below are regarded as some of the best lab blocks in the fancy rat world.
Rat & Mouse Diet
Regal Rat Food
RATS SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE ACCESS TO FOOD & WATER!
Fresh Fruits & Veggies
While the lab blocks above provide 100% of your rat's needed nutrients, it's important to give your rats fruits and veggies daily. It's boring to eat the same thing everyday - so add some variety to their diet!
Foods to avoid:
Mixed foods are common in pet stores but they are not a healthy choice for rats as it allows them to pick and choose their favorite pieces, creating an unbalanced diet.
Avoid food with corn fillers and dried corn that can have toxic mold spores.
Peas are a known favorite of rats!
Fresh or frozen, a handful of peas is always a good choice.
Other favorites are grapes, carrots, apples, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers.
Treats should be given in moderation.
- Hard Boiled Eggs (in moderation)
- Dry Pasta
Yogies (yogurt drops)
Baby food is healthy for your rats & they love it too!
Baby Puff Cereal
Some foods can kill your rats or make them seriously sick.
Raw Bulk Tofu
DO NOT FEED YOUR RATS THESE FOODS
Some foods are unhealthy, some are toxic, and some are a choking hazard, so always do your research before feeding your rats. A quick google search will provide tons of information.
*It is widely disputed that males shouldn’t have citrus, but that females can. Many studies have noted that citrus rinds can cause cancer in male rats (although we'd probably never feed our rats enough citrus to cause any problems). To err on the side of caution, you can avoid feeding male rats citrus fruits, as well as the rinds. Better safe than sorry!
This list was created as a generic guide.
OTHER FOODS TO AVOID
Avoid foods that are:
- high in sugar
- generally unhealthy
Do not feed your rats anything sticky as it is a choking hazard.
That means no marshmallows or jelly beans.
Rats are lactose intolerant.
Limit milk, yogurt, cheese, etc
Rats cannot properly digest alfafa or timothy hay! Check the ingredients of treats and food before giving it to your rats - whether the package says it's meant for rats or not.
A bowel obstruction can mean death.