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Mazuri is an okay brand of lab blocks, and it's the only good store-bought rat food you can find. Though, the best lab blocks are made by Harlan Teklad - you can order those online. The varieties 2016 and 2018 are the most recommended by other owners and veterinarians.

NEVER feed those store-bought mixes for rats - the ones with lots of seeds, corn, alfalfa pellets, et cetera. They're terrible for rats. A much, MUCH better and healthier alternative is Suebee's Mix.
 

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I'm just going to second Night's opinion here. I also feed my rats the Suebee Mix with the Harlan Teklad. I order mine from Kim's Ark Rescue, and they got it from me very quickly. I ended up getting 15 pounds of it and have half of it in the freezer, and half it in the massive amount of food I made last time.

http://www.kimsarkrescue.org/content/view/35

You may be able to find a different price elsewhere, I don't know, but I think $1.00 per pound is perfectly reasonable and they shipped it to me real fast.
 

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Regal Rat, from Oxbow? Definitely a fantastic food. I love Oxbow :) I buy my rabbit's hay and pellets from there.
 

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Regal Rat is formulated with awesome ingredients.... but I tried feeding it and my rats all lost weight and had poor coats. For whatever reason, I don't know. I was expecting to have healthier rats and I ended up with unhealthier ones when I was feeding 100% Regal Rat. After three months I gave up and threw it out (like $50 of food, ouch!) and switched back to my normal 20% protein lab block and within weeks they were doing awesome again.

There are some people who have had success with Regal Rat, but there are more who seem to have had problems with it? Another girl I know who also bought it with me from our vet... her rats wouldn't even eat the stuff.
 

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I feed mine harlan teklad 2018. They seem to do very well on it. I get it direct from harlan teklad. If anybody in the houston area needs some feed or supplies, let me know and we can work something out.
 

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Nutro brand senior light small kibble - rice and lamb formula. Got happy bouncin' babies. I supplement with Missing Link Powder and lots of fresh veggies.
 

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I have a small bag of Kaytee supreme - I know, not the greatest stuff.

My guinea pig gets Oxbow so that is what I plan to get for the rat too. I just got him yesterday evening so I was in pinch and had to grab something else.
 

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You should get some Mazuri lab blocks until you can get some Oxbow. Kaytee, to put it poetically, is cancer in a bag - literally.
 

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i think i'll try the lab blocks because they're better, but sometimes add a little of the mix mixed into it. That shouldn't be too harmful to their health
 

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My girls won't touch Mazuri OR Regal Rat.... PICKY GIRLS I have!!! They were eating Mazuri just fine and then decided they didn't like it I guess. I'm going to order them some Harlan soon but for now they're getting a mix of cereals, dog foods (Inova Senior, chicken soup for the dog lover's soul), Regal Rat and Mazuri. They pick out the dog food first and then I try to force them to eat the rest of it haha but it doesn't work very well
 

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Just don't feed them anymore food until they've finished all that you gave them before. They might hold off for a bit, but they'll eat it all eventually.

Jennie - Kaytee contains ethoxyquin, a preservative found to cause cancer in animals. It's not even approved for human consumption, but used in MANY foods for dogs, cats and rodents. Kaytee is a big user of it. The ingredients are also pretty horrid for a lab block. Harlan is hands down the best.
 

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Night said:
Just don't feed them anymore food until they've finished all that you gave them before. They might hold off for a bit, but they'll eat it all eventually.
How long is a bit? I think I might try this with our girls, if I can. I'm such a sucker, though - I'd probably cave if a bit is a few days :lol:

PS Sorry to see you've had a loss :(
 

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I've never heard of Harlan. Do they have a website?

How about Mazuri? I've heard of it but haven't seen it around here.

Oxbow is the best I can find so far.
 

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I know a lot of people who use the Wal*Mart 8-in-1 Premium Pet Mouse and Rat food. Is this also terrible?

Crude Protein 16.5%
Crude Fat 5.5%
Crude Fiber 4.5%
Ash 7%
Moisture 12%

Ingredients:
Corn, Wheat Moddlings, Wheat, Ground Extruded Whole Soybean, Fish Meal, Cane Molasses, Limestone, Dehulled Soybean Meals, Salt, Citamin D3 supplement, di-Tocopheryl Acetate, niacin, calcium pantothentate, biotin, citamin b12, menadione dimethylpyrimidinol bisulfate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin a acetate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydochloride, folic acid, manganese oxide, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, cupric sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, magnesium oxide, choline chloride, di-Methlonine.
 

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I personally would stay clear of any store brand type 'mouse and rat food', especially where the first ingrediant is corn. Corn is used as a filler, and won't be human grade which means that there's a high chance of having mold from storage.

If you can find Oxbow or Mazuri near you it would be a much better option. Harlan is the best choice, but it can be more difficult as it has to be shipped to you.

Where I live in such an isolated section of the country I opted to use a high quality dog food, although the protein levels are a little on the high side. I'll be looking at the company's lower protein options when I'm at the vet clinic on Monday.
 

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Harlan won't allow pickups from their regional centers? I live in Wisconsin, and their headquarters are in Madison... two hours away from me.

There are a *lot* of rat owners around me, so it'd be easy to split a big order.
 

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You could always call and ask. It would be worth it if you could get a big enough order together :D.
 
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