If you have a rat as your pet, you need to care about the wellbeing of your little critter. More importantly, you need to know its dietary requirements as well as the correct food to feed your pet. As explained by Rat Central a proper diet is mandatory for your critter’s sound health. www.Acvn.org stresses that appropriate and a healthy diet is vital for pet rats.
Being a member of the rodent family rats are omnivorous as they eat both plants and animal substances. As a rat owner do not restrict your pet to a vegetarian diet as it needs animal protein since protein from plants is not sufficient for its normal growth. Like us, rats are also fond of junk foods. There are innumerable numbers of healthy treats that you can provide to your pet rats. Like us, rats too prefer different types of foods on their daily diets as the same items every day will be boredom.
As a rat owner, you need to know some facts about the commercial rat’s foods that are being sold in the market. Remember, these foods are unhealthy for rats as most of them contain dangerous additives – waste food and harmful chemical preservatives. Rats cannot select their foods and eat whatever is available in front of them.
Commercially sold corns might have fungus and mould on it which are hard for your pets to digest. Instead of these commercial foods, you can try ‘lab-block’ which are completely nutritional and can be given safely to your rats. Brands such as Harlan Teklad, Hagen Nutri-blocks, are found to be good and can be the good staple diet for your pet critters. Such diets also keep the teeth of these rats overgrown.
Fresh vegetables are recommended as a healthy rat-diet which include spinach, collard greens, squash, mustard greens, cucumber, asparagus, carrots, yams, sweet potato and many more. Fruits can be given without seeds which are hard to digest. Too much fruit can cause diarrhoea and few veggies like cauliflower, asparagus are to be given in moderation as they can cause gas formation.
As said earlier, some foods are to be avoided to maintain a healthy rat. Too much of cheese, peanuts are to be avoided, and the items like orange juice, iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, raw banana, poppy seeds, candy, chocolate are to be avoided entirely. Chocolate given in excess can cause immediate respiratory issues.
The above-stated information about the rat diets will help you in deciding what to give and what not to give for your pet. These items in the said list are only the guideline and can be used for general reference. Remember, these items are not to be used as replacement items suggested by your vet.
While buying any commercial food for a temporary period, buy the same from the reputed online stores. Always read the reviews before buying them even for a short period. It is better to read the testimonials shared in these websites to find the reputation of the online stores.