So I have had a few people asking me what to feed their rats outside of normal lab blocks etc. I decided to write out what I feed my rats, as I feel it meets the nutritional needs of my rats and gives them something new so that they aren’t getting bored eating the same thing every night.
1 piece of fruit.. either watermelon, honeydew, grapes, bananas, blueberries, pears, apples, peaches, strawberries.. basically anything laying around here
A small bowl of plain, organic yogurt
A little bit of whatever I eat that morning.. toast with jam etc (I am a vegan so generally whatever I eat, they can eat as well).
Their dry mix:
I leave this in a bowl in their cage and it is available to them at all times.
hi.. what sorts of things could i allow my rats to chew on as chew toys? i tried placing an artificial wooden carrot into their cage as well as a rope but they didn't go for it... what else could i try? xxx
Hmm, well my rats enjoy chewing on organic wood; I currently have a few maple branches strung up in their cage. Also, some rats enjoy apple and peach trees as well.
Basically, you can give your rats anything that is a ‘hardwood’, because softwood trees are generally unsafe (cedar, pine etc). Googling the name of the tree will usually tell you whether or not it is a hardwood or a softwood.
Once upon a time, I spent 300$ on a two-story FerretNation. For two rats. Logical, I know.
However they easily wiggled through the 1” bars and always stole my jewellery and cellphone and iPod and stashed them away within the deep ruins of their nextboxes and I never knew where they went until days later when I cleaned out their cage. This became very problematic after they dragged my (new at the time) iPhone 3 into their cage and chewed on it, played with it and peed on it until it was broken. So I bought them a new cage with tiny bars so they could not wiggle their thieving little bodies through and steal other expensive things.
This FerretNation is now sitting in my backyard, rusting away. It is such a magnificent cage that it is hard not to cry as I watch it slowly deteriorate. It could be easily repaired and I don’t know why I didn’t sell it at the time, but now I’m wondering if perhaps I should just try and make it into a one-level cage and put chicken-wire over it.