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Hiya,

Im amy, i currently dont have any rats... and never have but i am a proud mummy to 3 little gerbils :)

Ive joined so i can learn more about rats (my main question at the moment is about which commercial rat food in the UK is best) before i decide i can commit to having rats.

Amy :) x
 

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Hey Amy, welcome to the forum and I'm sure people would love to hear about your gerbils in the "Other Animal Mischief" section. ;D

Rat food in the UK is a bit different from the USA. The general rule in the states is that a block type of food which is a fully balanced diet in a pellet form, is the best option for feeding rats. Most people agree Oxbow Adult Regal Rat Food is one of the best if not the best option. However the only places I can find it for sale in the UK are Amazon and Ebay. Both of which import it from the states at a extremely high cost. There are plenty of block type rat foods in the UK but they are of a low quality and often contain bad ingredients.

Most rat owners in the UK choose to feed a mix type of diet but commercial mixes suffer from using poor quality or unsuitable ingredients. That leaves you with two options, the first is called a Shunamite diet which was developed by a rat breeder in the UK and is commonly used. It's more of a guide on how to make your own mix using various food grade ingredients and petfoods. Guide: http://www.shunamiterats.co.uk/shunamite.shtml

The second option and likely the easiest is a Rat Rations Diet. Rat rations is basically a pre made mix which you can buy online at http://www.ratrations.com/ . It has high quality ingredients and there are a few different ones to choose from. You do need to purchase an additional vitamin D / calcium additive from their website as the Rat Rations Mixes do not contain it. Just to note its just needed with the Rat Rations diets not the Shaunamite or bock diets.

Hope that helps you out with choosing which food to buy but also check out http://finacard.co.uk/ because their litter works out much cheaper than store bought versions. :)
 

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Hiya, Thanks for your advice!

I have looked at the Shaunamite diet but i got abit confused with the percentages, are the percentages based on weight or physical quantity? Also im sure i read on here (possibly the sticky food thread?) that the Shaunamite diet wasnt complete?

Thanks amy
 

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The Shaunamite diet is complete but complicated to put together and source the ingredients. It's made up by volume..

Base mix 60%: 6 scoops/jugs/cups
Dog kibble 5%: half a scoop/jug/cup
Dried pasta 5%: half a scoop/jug/cup
Breakfast cereals 30%: 3 scoops/jugs/cups

So get a large container then use a mug or something, it doesn't matter what and take 6 mugs of the base mix, half a mug of dog kibble, half a mug of dried pasta and 3 mugs of various cereals. Then give a few veggies with it in a separate bowl.

I would suggest just buying the Rat Rations no7 mix. It's already done the work for you and has really high quality ingredients that are human food grade. http://www.ratrations.com/no7-complete-all-adults-p-682.html Then supplement it with the DailyRat3 http://www.ratrations.com/dailyrat3-mineral-vitamin-supplement-p-545.html on some veg or fruit. I think even the maker of the Shaunamite diet now uses the rat rations mix because its contains such high quality ingredients. :)


 

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Thankyou that makes it much easier to understand! i thought i was going to have to start weighing everything and calculating proportions and stuff like that lol!... Picked up my cage today... it will probably be a little while before i get any rats yet as i still have alot to learn but it was a bargain...got it second hand for £10 (RRP £85!) xxx
 

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wow that is a bargain!! ;D Take your time make sure you have everything planned out and some money put aside for vet visits. It's really great to see people doing the research first.
 
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