Do any of you use this for your rats? How much do you give?
Cool! I'm glad others can give input on it also. I'm a first time rat mommy so I'm not 100% sure on the right things to do.I give to mine too! I break off a chunk that's about a pea size, or lima bean size, anywhere in that range. I give it mostly to my rats that tend to be a little more sickly. Also whenever my hairless girl gets a bath, I'll use a little coconut oil as a moisturizer for her skin afterwards and rub it all over. She licks it off which is good for her, and keeps her skin from getting dry from the rat shampoo. It's also good to put on tails if your rats have dry scaly tails.
There's lots of health benefits to coconut oil! I should really do more reasearch on it so i coudl remember for certain what the benefits are. I just remember that it's good. I think over time, their fur definitely becomes a little softer. I usually give it maybe 2-3 times per week, not everyday. I worry that it may upset their tummies to have too much oil.
Thanks! That website is super helpful!Here's a great link on the details of the benefits to coconut oil for your pets. We started giving it to our dog the same time, he was having really itchy skin and red spots from scratching, 5-6 days with coconut oil they're gone!
We started giving it to our cat recently because he has tummy issues and it can help digestive troubles, too.
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Hopefully . My new baby girl has sneezes. I'm giving her a few drops of oregano oil every morning and getting a spoonful of coconut oil and letting my girls lick it off a spoon each nightI think it might From what little I could find online about rats+coconut oil it is certainly helpful against infection.
I give my rats a booster called HealX booster and their main ingredient comes from coconuts. I read it can in some cases be more effective than antibiotics.
Thanks for your reply! I actually work at costco and they have this huge plastic container of it for 20$. They seem to like it! I let it melt in my fingers a bit and they go nuts over licking it off haha.I hope you can find a good quality one too. I first got coconut oil I got was organic (but not raw) cold pressed. It came in a glass jar about the same size as a pasta sauce jar, and it was from one of those fancy sort of food stores like Whole Foods or Nuggets I think. I think standard grocery stores carry it too but I don't know how much it is there. It smells like nothing at all, has no flavor and you can't tell it's made from coconuts which is great. The rats liked it and acted like it was a treat. I ran out of that, (it's great for cooking your own food in too!) and bought a new one online of a new brand that had good reviews and i'm super disappointed.. It's smells incredibly coconutty, and tastes coconutty. I can't even use it to cook my food without my food tasting like coconut, and the rats don't even like it. *sigh* I guess I can still use it for my hair?? Tried it on my skin, but it didn't absorb in at all and left me feeling really itchy. It was a waste of money. The other brand was SO much better. If you find a good coconut oil it shouldn't have any smell or flavor! Just thought I should mention that.
Oh don't worry! I'm glad to know that I'm wrong so I won't tell other people wrong info! I love the smell of the new oil I have, and i love coconut flavor, but when I'm frying something, I usually don't care for the coconutty aftertaste unless I'm making a Thai dish where coconut tastes really great with it.@Finnebon -I hope I didn't seem rude or like "oh no not that kind". I re-read what I wrote and it sounds a little snotty Didn't mean to sound like I disagreed with what you said though! I just have used virgin for a long time and am kinda suspicious of refined oils because I don't really trust the food industry, lol.
It sounds like you got the really good type of refined though since it was cold pressed (plus from a natural/health food store). Anyway just wanted to add that so you didn't think I was a snotty hippie or something lol. I don't like the taste of coconut oil either