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I am sound niave in asking this but why do pet rats have such a strict diet. I under stand that there are probably differences between pet rats and the ones found in barns or sewers and such (domestication or something like that) So ya. Why are pet rats diets so picky and choosey while "wild" rats can pretty much survive on anything?
 

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Wild rats don't have a choice - they eat anything from mice to garbage to survive. Just like wild anythings.

WE have the responsibility to ensure that our rats have the healthiest diet possible. Good diets mean healthy animals.

You wouldn't feed your kids only mcdonalds - knowing that it would make them obese, give them heart trouble and god knows what else - would you? It's the same with pets - any pets, not only rats - if you know a food is bad. Don't feed it. Period :)
 

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Exactly Ration

Wild rats live a very short time.

Partly because of exposure to the elements
Partly because of injury while savaging or fighting with other rats
Partly because they are hunted as a food source for other wild things
& partly because they eat what ever they can & often these things lead to an early death.
 

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Also, a strict diet for rats is especially important because of how quick their metabolism is. Since they process and use the food faster than say a human does the effect is more noticeable (good or bad) much faster. On the same human to rat scale, the amount consumed by the rat tends to be larger in proportion to the rat then the amount consumed by a human. (Example: A few Cheetos for a rat might proportionately be worth a few bags of for a human).
 
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