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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Food Likes And Dislikes Of Pet Rats

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her rats named Mouse, Slinky and Diddy.

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A whiff of cucumber will send Diddy the rat scampering the other way!

This week I’ve noticed just how finicky my rats can be about food. You might think that rats would be willing to eat almost anything (and for the most part, they really will), but every so often I come across a food that they turn up their nose at in disgust.

For instance, Diddy can’t stand even a little whiff of cucumber, whereas Mouse and Slinky love it. On the other hand, the three of them will only eat certain bits of the food selection they get from the pet shop rat mix, too. I never really thought rats had much in the way of taste buds, but they obviously do!

I also worked out this week just how much my rats love yogurt! They have a habit of trying to reach for whatever food is around them if they're on any shoulders, and that especially applies to any yogurts. Knowing this, I normally let them lick the spoon clean because it's a treat that isn't too bad for them, but I worked out that they actually love sticking their heads in the empty pots to lick up the remnants. After that, they get to play with the pots, too!

Diddy seems to enjoy that most of all, carrying the pot around very proudly. They're definitely a lot quieter than the metal food bowl they like to hurl around the cage, but I did have to take the pot off them after awhile as some of the edges can be quite sharp, and they like to chew things!

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My rabbit loves yogurt treats too! but we stopped feeding him them because they are like junk food and would just make him fat.
Aiyanna, Eugene, OR
Posted: 10/5/2010 8:16:46 AM
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