Category: Nutrition and Diet

Forbidden Foods for Rats

Generally, if you would eat a food, you can give it to your rats. Here are some exceptions and notables: raw dry beans or peanuts—contains antinutrients that destroy vitamin A and enzymes needed to digest protein and starches, and causes red blood cells to clump.  Roasted peanuts are fine. raw sweet potato—contains compounds that form [...]

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Easy Homemade Rat Treats

By Phyllis O’Beollain Making your own homemade pet treats ensures the freshest natural ingredients without too much sugar. DO NOT give rats chocolate, sugary candy, cookies, chips or other junk food. Dry, low sugar cereals such as toasted oat cereals, puffed rice or wheat cereals, or shredded wheat are good choices for treats, as are [...]

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Diet Do’s and Don’ts for Rats

Nutrition is the basis for maintaining good health in your rat, and a good base diet that contains essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, along with a variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetables will do just that. Rats are omnivorous requiring both plant and animal food sources in their diets (much like humans), and specially formulated [...]

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How Do I Get My Rabbit To Drink More Water?

by Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner At any given time, rabbits require a good deal of water – proportionately more than other species. A rabbit weighing five pounds will drink as much water as a dog weighing 25 pounds! With hot weather or the dry air of air conditioned rooms, rabbits will drink even [...]

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HAY ~ NUTRITIONAL VALUE CHART

This chart was found by Flash Gordon and posted on another rabbit website.  It is copied here with his permission. All Hay Sun-cured Values in % or Ratio Dry Matter % Crude Protein % Calcium % Phosph. % Magnes. %   Ca:P Ratio Alfalfa —- All 90 16.0 1.28 0.24 0.30 5.3:1 Alfalfa – Prebloom 90 [...]

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