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Rat Food Portion Sizes And Storage Tips

Learn the ideal portion sizes to offer pet rats, and how to safely store food.

By Audrey Pavia

Portion Sizes
Rats need a supply of fresh commercial pellets (called laboratory mix or blocks) available in their cage at all times.

They should also get a small amount (one or two tablespoons each) per day of fruit, vegetables and whole grain bread. These foods make the best treats. You can also give your rat ½ ounce of grain or hamster seed mix as a treat each day.
Unlimited fresh water must be available at all times in the rat’s enclosure.

Storage Tips
Store your rat’s commercial diet in a secure container in an area of the house that is cool and dry. Don’t buy more than one or two months’ worth of food at a time because the food loses its nutritional value when stored for too long.

Wash your rat’s food and water bowls daily, being sure to throw away fresh food that hasn’t been eaten after a few hours.

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Thank you for the info!
Caroline and Kerry, Campbellville, ON
Posted: 11/16/2010 4:09:55 PM
It is actualy best to give your rat lab blocks and supplement with a healthy homemade grain mix (such as suebees) and fruits and veggies are good too. Never buy hamster mixes for your rats, rats are rats and hamsters are hamsters. They have different nutritional needs. Seed mixes from the pet store are junk food full of fat and too much protein which can lead to kidney disease. The dried corn actually has dangerous mold in it. The seeds and nuts add too much fat. The best rat foods are harlan teklad and regal rat by oxbow.
Maddi, Huntington Beach, CA
Posted: 4/13/2010 7:34:39 PM
Pretty good, but lab blocks are good for six months. And veggies and fruits aren't really needed because blocks are a complete diet, but veggies and fruits are good for them :)
Asa, Wisconsin, WI
Posted: 3/30/2010 12:24:52 PM
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