March 11, 2007 - Because rats can and will eat
almost anything, just like you and me they are
omnivorous, you have to
mind carefully what you give them. So for their daily nutritional needs I
give my rats a well balanced food mix
(Ratcity's food mix), which
they eat with much enthusiasm. But I also give them various treats and
"snacks", that are often not specifically meant for rats.
Here's a list of snack food they get, how much they get,
and how often:
- Apple; a small piece almost daily.
- Cooked white rice; they get to share a couple of spoons almost every Wednesday.
- Cooked green beans; a third or so each most Wednesdays.
- Bread/toast; about once a week they each get a small piece of dried brown bread.
- Muesli; once or twice a week they each get a small piece.
- Fish snacks; now and then I hide four or five pieces in the bedding on the bottom of the cage.
- Banana; they get a small piece once a month or so.
- Hard boiled egg; about every 6 weeks they get to share one.
- Applaws natural catfood; about every 6 weeks they get to share one small can.
- Guinea pig "Kräckers"; about twice every 3 months or so they get to share one.
- Cooked green peas; seldom, but sometimes on Wednesdays they get to share about one spoon.
- Raw or cooked brocolli; sometimes they get to share a few flower heads.
- Pear; seldom, a small piece.
- Pineapple; seldom, a small piece.
- Cat milk; seldom, they get to share a tiny bowl.
- Brinta porridge (with water, not milk); seldom, they get to share a saucer.
- Letuce; seldom, a small piece of a leave.
- Dandelion leaves; seldom, they get to share a couple of leaves.
- Cooked chicken; rarely, they get a small piece each.
- Cooked fish; very rarely, they get a small piece each.
Mind you, the snacks and other treats should be 10% or
less of their total diet. Looking back through this list I suspect
my boys perhaps might get 11%. But hey, I get no