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Is it good or bad for them? And what are you absalutily NOT soposed to give them?

My mom needs to know this not me. :wink:
 

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Cat food is too high in protein for rats. It can actually cause problems with weight gain, their kidneys, liver, and bladder. It does in dogs quite often. Cat food is one of those things that should only be fed to cats.

Dog food on the other hand is usually alright for ratties. It is recommended usually above all those fatty seed mixes you can buy in petstores. I use Nutro Lite for my ratties and make my own mix. Using low calorie dog food is ideal, but others like beneful and iams are alright as well. The lower in fat the better.

I feed my ratties Nutro Lite dog food, some seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, etc. They also get Total bran cereal flakes, dry oats, organic puffed rice (no sugar added), organic puffed wheat (no sugar added), organic puffed corn (very little and only occasionally as corn isn't the best for ratties), vegetables (fresh and frozen), some fruit, Kashi Go Lean cereal, and a few other things here or there.

They can also eat yogurt as a treat. And yogurt drops. On rare occasion they can have a little chocolate. They really like soy milk. I will even buy baby food and baby cereal and mix it with soy milk. And soy milk has seemed to make their coat so much shinier and smooth.

http://ratguide.com/care/nutrition/diet.php
http://www.petratscanada.com/forbidden_foods.htm (Printed and on my fridge)
 

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With dog food, low fat and low protein are key in feeding it to your rats. Just remember that with dog kibble your rats won't be getting enough Vitamin K (which is in the good quality lab blocks) so you will need to supplement their diet with foods that will give that to them.

Cat food is a resounding No.
 

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I'm feeding my baby on Nature's Diet puppy (chicken and rice) at the moment, as well as him normal dry mix. My older rat has some as a treat but otherwise i find that a dry mix made of similar things to Rodere's in it is more than enough.
 

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Puppy mix may be a little high in fat and protein since it's for growing pups. I've found that senior dog food is often the right amount of fat and protein... Inova senior has like 18% protein and 8% fat... but I might add that they're changing the formula to a higher fat, higher protein formula, so that kind won't be around much longer. I've heard a lot of people like the Nutro Lite
 

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I know, my older rat has Senior Nature's Diet as a treat every now and then, i meant that i'm feeding my kitten on puppy food, not my adult.
 

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kitten? you mean the ritten? er, baby rat? or did you mean a baby cat?

you know IS there one word for baby rats? i like ritten myself but i've also heard them called pups, kitts and kittens.
 

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Ritten...kitten...i meant a baby rat lol. I think kitten's correct, or kitt.
 

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Ok NO cat food.

low fat dog food's ok.

What foods are you NOT soposed to give a rat under ANY cercomstances?You know people food stuff. :?
 

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Well...rats are like living garbage disposals. Admitedly, some foods can be the rattie version of "junk food", but there's very few foods they can't eat. There's a list--but it's not very long. I feed Yuki & Choco scraps from the dinner table, ESPECIALLY chicken bones.
 

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Thanks cyrescaer.:)
 

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I use Kaytee forti diet...some people say its horrible some people say its great. Personally, I have never had a problem with it and my rats love it!
 

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yea my girls love it as well. i made the mistake at first of buying a huge bag of seed mix, when i found out it was bad for them i got them the blocks. they had no problem switching to the blocks.
 

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orange juice contains d-limonene which can cause kidney cancer in male rats


I happened to notice this. why wouldnt it cause it in females also? ofcourse im not gunna go doing it or anything but i was jsut wondering.
 

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Male rats react badly to citrus apparently. I just avoid giving them citrus in general, not just orange juice.
 
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