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I have a lone rat called otto after his cage mate Eli died 4 days ago (2.3 years old). He and his brother have always been fed on science selective rat food along with fresh fruit and veggies and other treats throughout the week. However, a couple of weeks before Eli got ill both him and otto seemed to eat less of the pellets and would take a long time to eat them but went crazy for their veg etc. Now otto is on his own he isn’t so keen on the pellets still he seems to need encouragement to eat them yet with other stuff he goes mad for and has no problem eating. I know he might be eating less due to grief however I have been wondering for a while now if I should change his diet, even when Eli was still here. I heard about the shunamite diet years ago but always found it so confusing until recently watching a video by YouTuber emiology. I want to try this and wondered if this recipe could be suitable. I was thinking 50% science selective or another lab block, 10% protein such as a dog food, I have both senior and adult dog food at home is either okay? 25% processed grains i was thinking pasta and 3 different low fat cereals 10% herbs and veg I thought the pets at home naturals fruit salad and maybe some dried dandelion sounded okay? And 5% seeds although I’m not sure what to get as mixtures don’t seem to contain all the good ones I read somewhere that hemp seed pumpkin seed Nyjer seed are all great but can’t seem to find a mix of all of them and I’m not sure I can source several different lots?
does this sound okay or should I stick with just science selective and fruit and veg or just add someother recommended bits? Maybe just some of the stuff I said rather than all? I am desperate for him to live a happy and enriching life now he’s on he’s own as I won’t be getting any more rats due to the heartache. Any advice appreciated I’ve been not stop worrying!!!
 

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I have a lone rat called otto after his cage mate Eli died 4 days ago (2.3 years old). He and his brother have always been fed on science selective rat food along with fresh fruit and veggies and other treats throughout the week. However, a couple of weeks before Eli got ill both him and otto seemed to eat less of the pellets and would take a long time to eat them but went crazy for their veg etc. Now otto is on his own he isn’t so keen on the pellets still he seems to need encouragement to eat them yet with other stuff he goes mad for and has no problem eating. I know he might be eating less due to grief however I have been wondering for a while now if I should change his diet, even when Eli was still here. I heard about the shunamite diet years ago but always found it so confusing until recently watching a video by YouTuber emiology. I want to try this and wondered if this recipe could be suitable. I was thinking 50% science selective or another lab block, 10% protein such as a dog food, I have both senior and adult dog food at home is either okay? 25% processed grains i was thinking pasta and 3 different low fat cereals 10% herbs and veg I thought the pets at home naturals fruit salad and maybe some dried dandelion sounded okay? And 5% seeds although I’m not sure what to get as mixtures don’t seem to contain all the good ones I read somewhere that hemp seed pumpkin seed Nyjer seed are all great but can’t seem to find a mix of all of them and I’m not sure I can source several different lots?
does this sound okay or should I stick with just science selective and fruit and veg or just add someother recommended bits? Maybe just some of the stuff I said rather than all? I am desperate for him to live a happy and enriching life now he’s on he’s own as I won’t be getting any more rats due to the heartache. Any advice appreciated I’ve been not stop worrying!!!
I would try different mixes of what think is best and what Otto likes, because if he’s not so big on what your feeding him then he might not eat it and that could be big problem, but if it’s not a good diet that could also be a problem so try what try think is best and see what happens I think the new mix of food that you’ve decided would suit him just fine let me know how it goes.
 

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I think if the bulk of his diet is a nutritionally complete commercial diet, the supplemental stuff may not be as important (as long as it's healthy). Unless you're confident in your ability to make a complete mix, I'd probably lean a little more heavily on the Science Selective, maybe making it more like 60-70% of his diet.

Emiology has cute videos but I don't think I'd trust them for dietary advice. If you're interested in the Shunamite diet, I'd probably suggest going straight to the source and getting [The Scuttling Gourmet books] from Campbell's ShunamiteRats website. You could also check out Jemma's videos on diet at the [Isamu Rat Care youtube channel].
 
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