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    A few of you may already know, most of you may not. I've started a research project into rat nutrition. I've noticed over the years there isn't a lot of valuable information about the nutritional needs of rats available to the pet community. It is out there in scientific journals and lab settings, but that information is either simply not available or not very easily to understand for your average pet owner. It seems one of the biggest debates in the pet rat community is "what makes a proper diet?" with opinions about as plentiful as eyeballs. So I have decided to take it upon myself to start a research project. To date I have collected over 60 journal articles on various aspects of rat nutrition, ranging from general nutritional needs and requirements to nutrition as it relates to health (such as the areas of immune response, tumor development and growth, and stroke). Through this research, I hope to be able to lay out the information in an easy to understand format, as well as develop a formula to help the average pet owner develop a diet appropriate for their pet rat. I have created a blog where I will outline and summarize my research for all who are interested in keeping tabs on it. Once my research has been concluded I will probably lay it out on a website in an easy to read manner. Although I have over 60 articles already, I am continuing to collect more. So if anyone has any articles they'd like to share, please let me know! The more information the better. I don't want websites so much as real scientific articles that give me the experimental procedure, results, and subsequent discussion of those results, along with any additional background information that is relevant, and citations for sources used to gather information. Anyone can make a website, but it typically takes a bit more work to develop and conduct an experiment and then get it published. Wink

    So without further adieu... the link to my blog is
    http://nom-ology.blogspot.com/
    NOM-ology A study in rat nutrition.
    http://nom-ology.blogspot.com

    Confessions of a Rat Breeder
    http://bwr-rats.blogspot.com/

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    *Bookmarked*

    I can't wait to read everything you come up with.

    Bonding scarves! - http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,118/forum,rat/topic,4072611.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by TamSmith
    *Bookmarked*

    I can't wait to read everything you come up with.

    QFT

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    I`m excited to learn more.. its high time that somebody produced some useful, easy to understand information about rat nutrition!!

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    I will be following your blog, I am very interested to see the results and see where I can improve on my own rats diet. I know what you mean about most of the good information being printed very technically, I have been researching nutrition to try improve my homemade grain mix and I only understood about 60% of some of the articles and I found a lot of contradicting information.

    Good luck with your project
    Does: Lucy and Cookie &lt;3 <br /><br />Bucks: Buck, Finnigan, Oliver, Monroe, Higgins &lt;3<br /><br />My Ratty Angel: Stella &lt;3

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    Sounds great!
    I am gonna keep up with that

    And would you mind if I edited your post to be more sectioned? I am dyslexic, and reading the large blobs of txt is difficult for me.

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    I haven't finished reading this in it's entirity but it is a very good resource for those of us in the UK. Things may differ between the UK and US/CAN but I would imagine dietary principals would remain the same

    http://www.shunamiterats.co.uk/scuttling.shtml

    ETA: You don't have to buy the book - I got a PDF version from her at less than quarter of the price by emailing her and asking for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ration1802
    I haven't finished reading this in it's entirity but it is a very good resource for those of us in the UK. Things may differ between the UK and US/CAN but I would imagine dietary principals would remain the same

    http://www.shunamiterats.co.uk/scuttling.shtml

    ETA: You don't have to buy the book - I got a PDF version from her at less than quarter of the price by emailing her and asking for it
    Someone else mentioned that book on a different forum. There is unfortunately not a lot of information listed for it, so I am reluctant to use it as a source. I want to concentrate on scientific journals which describe the procedure for the experiment and how the data was analyzed in addition to giving the results and discussion of those results. I want to avoid using second-hand research in my project, but instead go straight to the source.
    NOM-ology A study in rat nutrition.
    http://nom-ology.blogspot.com

    Confessions of a Rat Breeder
    http://bwr-rats.blogspot.com/

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    Sorraia have you came across anything that would suggest soy was bad for rats? I always thought it was good for them, then someone mention (on ratshack I think) that they fed strictly no soy diets... so I looked into it and there was a lot of information to back up some of what they were saying.
    Does: Lucy and Cookie &lt;3 <br /><br />Bucks: Buck, Finnigan, Oliver, Monroe, Higgins &lt;3<br /><br />My Ratty Angel: Stella &lt;3

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    Quote Originally Posted by ema-leigh
    Sorraia have you came across anything that would suggest soy was bad for rats? I always thought it was good for them, then someone mention (on ratshack I think) that they fed strictly no soy diets... so I looked into it and there was a lot of information to back up some of what they were saying.
    Haven't looked yet, but plan to. In the past I have read studies that go both ways. Some studies say soy is bad, others say it is good. I have an idea its probably like so many other things out there... eggs are good and bad, red meat is good and bad, red wine is good and bad, coffee is good and bad. If what I have read in the past is still current (i.e. no new studies proving undeniably otherwise), then it is probably neither good nor bad just depends on other factors and in what amount it is fed.

    One thing I HAVE read in my current article however...
    Soy contains a chemical call "phytate". Phytates are known to affect the absorption of certain minerals. This does not necessarily mean soy is bad, it just means that when feeding it you have to be aware of what amount you are feeding and how it affects the absorption of those minerals. It might mean you need to supplement for those minerals (and thus supplement for other minerals as well to keep a proper balance) when maybe you would not have otherwise had to. I will be able to explain more when I get some more reading done.
    NOM-ology A study in rat nutrition.
    http://nom-ology.blogspot.com

    Confessions of a Rat Breeder
    http://bwr-rats.blogspot.com/

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