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Share Table Foods With Rats

Find out how to safely share table foods with a pet rat.

By Audrey Pavia

Rats should not be given food containing too much protein or fat. However, you may feed dry, high protein foods, such as puppy or cat food, for the first 10 weeks of life to aid young rats in their initial growth period, especially if they come from a very large litter.  Thereafter, puppy food and wet cat food should be avoided. Don’t give your rat anything containing processed sugar or caffeine.

Avoid the following foods in your rat’s diet because they contain ingredients that are unhealthy for your pet:

  • Peanuts and raw, dry beans
  • Green potato skin and eyes because they contain solanine, a toxin.
  • Wild insects because they may carry internal parasites and diseases that will harm your rat.
  • Raw sweet potatoes
  • Green bananas
  • Orange juice because it’s high in sugar and acidity.
  • Dairy products
  • Raw eggs


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Pretty good. But actually the orange juice is bad only for males because of the d-limonene which causes cancer in kidneys. Rhubarb, raw bulk tofu, raw brussels sprouts/raw cabbage/raw artichokes/raw onion and raw nuts are also forbidden foods. I think dairy products are ok as long as your rats not lactose intolerent.
m, hb, CA
Posted: 6/25/2010 12:45:15 AM
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