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So here's the story: my friends brother bought a rat to feed to his snake and the snake wouldn't eat it for some reason. Now he has a rat, I don't want him to try and feed it to the snake again because it's such a sin to do that. So now I'm taking him. He's been feeding the poor baby gerbil/hamster seed mix. There's NOTHING in my town to buy for food, I also can't make my own due to the lack of lab blocks or the proper dog food. I need to know what I can feed him for a little while, something better then that yucky seed mix (all he eats is the sunflower seeds). Anyone have any suggestions?


Ignore my alien-looking fingers. The little guy has the sweetest face =)
 

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That lil one's just a baby? Any idea how old? They love to buy em young for snakes so that one could be 3-4 weeks old. Baby cereal, veggies, etc will do fine for now. Babies need the higher protein to grow so if you get a small bag of dog kibble and make up a version of Suebee's mix as a temporary thing, you'll be fine. You said you are planning on getting proper food in later on? You just don't want your rat on a bad diet for a long long time, but if its just short term he and you'll be fine. :)
 

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Poor guy - hopefully he hasn't been traumatized by his date with the snake. :(

I agree with lilspaz - he'll be fine on a modified Suebee's diet for a little while.

If you're interested in getting some Harlan Teklad lab blocks, I'm about to place a bulk order, and I'd be happy to ship blocks to you for the exact cost of the food + shipping.

See this thread on goosemoose: http://www.goosemoose.com/component...99999999/topic,4022416.msg4222991/#msg4222991
 

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He does seem like just a baby he's not very big at all. It's so sad, I think he's okay now. He did seem a little aggravated at first, I gave him some yogies and some sunflower seeds and he warmed right up to me. Or the hand that feeds the food haha. He seemed to like it in my sweater..

I have some Caesar dog food in my cupboard, we got some samples free in the mail, my parents wont feed it to my dog because she's kinda overweight hah. I'm not sure how great it would be. The protein content is much higher then I would like, it's 28% on one and 29% on the other, however the rest of the ingredients seem to be okay. It's only a temporary diet anyway. I'll go buy the rest of the ingredients for the poor baby tonight =(.

I'd like to buy some of the lab blocks from you but it will be outrageous for shipping to where I live, not to mention border fees. I'd rather try and get it from somewhere actually in the country :p. Thanks a lot though. I'm going to do a search and see if there's anywhere in Canada that sells Harlan lab blocks.
 

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The soft doog food, as much as he will eat, twice a day is fine. That high amount of protein is fine for young rats. Just make sure that he has some hard mix available at all other times. Sugar free/low sodium cereals, whole grain bread, uncooked pasta - things like that let him have free access to untill you can get him proper food. He'll be fine. :)
 

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Thankies!
I picked up as much stuff as I could get from Suebee's diet. There was like two things that I couldn't get: puffed wheat and soy nuts, the grocery store was closed.
He seems to be bruxing too, so I should probably pick up something for him to chew on maybe?

I also made him a makeshift hammock, I don't think he knows how he feels about it yet :p
 

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Some rats brux when happy or nervous... Maybe he's just soooo happy that he's got a loving Mommy.
 
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