Finding the best Rat Foods commercially available is easy. A simple search in a pet store will tell an owner the nutritional contents of the rodent feed. But the feed of a rat should just not be made of blocks or pellets. It leads to boredom. A rat needs to be curious about the food and stimulated enough to eat it, says a piece on www.Acvn.org. In here, the focus is on all the other foods an owner can provide their pet rodent.
How many times have anyone of us seen a movie where a person shared his/her own food with their pet? Sharing the joy of food with a pet rat should not be any different. An individual can easily share fresh vegetables and fruits with their pet rat. The only consideration should be the size of the serving. Though rats eat about 10-20% of their body weight every day, the portion size should be small. A half inch cube or a teaspoon worth of food is more than enough.
If a rat overheats, it can suffer from stomach ache or diarrhoea. It is just not for the variety that a pet rat should be given different kinds of treats but also to maintain a balanced diet with optimal nutrient content. Some of the foods one can feed a pet rodent are:
Bananas, apples, strawberries, grapes, melons, cherries, plums and any other type of berry are good options as long as they are fresh. Fruits like green bananas are a strict no for pet rats. Additionally, orange peels, lemons, mangoes or juices are prohibited for male rats because they contain d-limonene.
Peas, squash, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, kale, cooked beans like soya, cooked sweet potatoes and parsley come in the recommended diet for rats. But certain vegetables should not be given to rats like raw beans, raw sweet potatoes, cabbage, green potatoes and Brussel sprouts.
Only very lean meats that are cooked are safe for rats. Cooked liver is also a good option.
Yogurt is a healthy treat especially if it still has live cultures. Bread and pasta made of whole-wheat can also be fed to rats. Brown rice, dog biscuits (small), mealworms, breakfast cereals (unsweetened) and nuts that are still in their shells make excellent snacks for pet rodents. Though nutritional, almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds should be given only rarely to rats.
Feeding a leftover meal to the pet is considered alright as long as the portion is small and does not have the ingredients that should be avoided. Besides the ones mentioned above, some other food types should not be given to rats as snacks and treats. Foods that can be harmful to your pet rodent are:
• Any form of junk food. Say a no to food items that have high sugar content.
• Beverages that are carbonated or caffeinated
• Seeds like poppy
• Black pepper and nutmeg are no for male rats as they contain d-limonene
• Wild insects because they have pesticides and parasites