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So I cared for a rat briefly before I got my two boys, and I've noticed that they have a much stronger odor compared to him. I think he was a bit older and on a different food (he was on Teklad 18% while these little guys are on Mazuri).

I realize boys do smell some, but this musk seems a bit heavy. Is this something for concern?
 

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My guess is too much protein. They need 15% a day. Boys that get too much can get strong. I make my own and I'm not familiar with mazuri, so check the protein content. I think Oxbow is a more popular block, and I would think the ratio's would be correct.
 

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I was told by their original owner that they require higher levels or protein as babies. They're probably only a little over six weeks. Should I switch them to a lower protein food at this age?
 

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Oh, that's good! I have some 18% Teklad left over. It's relatively new so I'll just use that. Hopefully the smell will clear up quickly.
 
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