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Hi, i am looking for some advice on my rat Rawen which is a bit overweight.. she weights nearly 446 grams. Rawen was always a bit chubby, but i started to notice that her weight kept on growing more and more after she lost her cagemates.. which were Kimmy and Lucy.. Kimmy was her sister so they were always together until she passed.. and Lucy joined them not much longer after i got them. Now that Lucy and Kimmy are gone i believe she is going through a lot, and she,s kind of trying to forget about being alone by eating and sleeping..I tried to get her to move, by letting her have much more free range time.. but whenever i put her out she will just find that one spot and lay in it all day... i don,t know how to motivate her to move. But im writing this because i am looking for someone to give me advice on how to change her diet. at the moment im feeding her selective pellets. I used to feed her those mixtures, but i heard that pellets are much healthier and better for rats, so im feeding her those at the moment. i also give her some fruits or vegetables during the day so for example i will give her a slice of an apple on monday, tuesday yogurt , wednesday chicken and the list goes on an on. The point is everyday i feed her something extra, mostly fruit tho. Now i really don,t know how to make her a better diet for her not to be hungry but also have enough food. she,s 3 years so we are spending out last moments together.. and i want to make those moments the best we,ve ever had.. the reason why i want her to loose weight is because i want her to be active and healthy again and i also heard that overweight rats die faster.. so please i am looking for any advice i can possibly get!! thank you so much to anyone that will reply! me and Rawen are very thankful!!
 

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You can measure out her daily food to be sure she's not eating too much. 17-20 grams per day should be in the range of enough. I try to give my boys only enough food to last within a few hours of their next feeding. If there's still food left over by the next day's feeding, I'll give them a little less. If they run out too quickly, I might give them a little more. Food portioning will take time to figure out. You'll want to combine it with weighing her regularly to make sure she's losing weight but not too much.

You can also change the layout of her cage to require her to get as much exercise as possible. If her mobility is still good, you can remove ramps and use perches and ropes instead to force her to climb more and work on her balance.

Getting a new pair of young rats to introduce to her would also be a really go idea. Not only would she have friends to keep her company (a must for all rats), they'd also get her to run around and play more.
 

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You can measure out her daily food to be sure she's not eating too much. 17-20 grams per day should be in the range of enough. I try to give my boys only enough food to last within a few hours of their next feeding. If there's still food left over by the next day's feeding, I'll give them a little less. If they run out too quickly, I might give them a little more. Food portioning will take time to figure out. You'll want to combine it with weighing her regularly to make sure she's losing weight but not too much.

You can also change the layout of her cage to require her to get as much exercise as possible. If her mobility is still good, you can remove ramps and use perches and ropes instead to force her to climb more and work on her balance.

Getting a new pair of young rats to introduce to her would also be a really go idea. Not only would she have friends to keep her company (a must for all rats), they'd also get her to run around and play more.
alright! Thank you so much for you,re advice. Also.. do you think i can continue by giving her some extra treats during the day?? like fruits and maybe some treats? Other than that thank you very much!
 

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Extra stuff in addition to the pellets is fantastic! Vegetables are better than fruits (I think of fruit as more of a treat or dessert). I also make a dry mix for my boys and I mix it into their bedding so they have to forage for it. Just keep in mind the overall daily food portion should be in the range of 17-20 grams total. You could do something like 11 grams Selective pellets and 6-7 grams veggies and other stuff (per rat) and that would equal out to enough food per day.

Again, if you're measuring out daily portions, you'll want to pay attention to how quickly your rats are going through it and weigh them regularly to make sure their weight is where you want it to be.
 

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Extra stuff in addition to the pellets is fantastic! Vegetables are better than fruits (I think of fruit as more of a treat or dessert). I also make a dry mix for my boys and I mix it into their bedding so they have to forage for it. Just keep in mind the overall daily food portion should be in the range of 17-20 grams total. You could do something like 11 grams Selective pellets and 6-7 grams veggies and other stuff (per rat) and that would equal out to enough food per day.

Again, if you're measuring out daily portions, you'll want to pay attention to how quickly your rats are going through it and weigh them regularly to make sure their weight is where you want it to be.
right! thank you so so much! i will stick to you,re advice and see if there will be any changes. although i don,t want to cause too much stress for her.. so i won,t take it really far, just for her to loose some grams cause she really is a fatso but a cute and cuddly one! :3
 
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