Ember of Passion Rattery
Good, Bad and Cautionary Foods to feed your rats!
Good Food TO Feed Your Rats
This is a list of foods that the rats at Ember of Passion Rattery get from time to time. There are many other good foods that rats can have. If you have any specific questions please ask!
Meat baby food
Eggs- scrambled or hard boiled
Corn- cooked or fresh
Vegetable baby food
Other good human foods
Mac and Cheese- occasionally
Pasta- raw or cooked
Bread in oil- good for coat
Whole grain crackers
Dry Plain Cereals
Yogurt covered pretzels/fruits
Dry Dog Foods
Natural Balance- Vegetarian
Wellness- Healthy Weight
Kirkland- Healthy Weight
Pro-pac - Low Fat
Old Mother Hubbard - Just Vegg'n or P-nuttier
Nu-Hemp - Ball-z
Natural Choice Crunchy Treats
Charlie Bear- Cheese & egg
Spices that can be added to fresh foods
Garlic- sm amt.
Food To AVOID Feeding Your Rats
Raw Red Cabbage
Avocados- Skin and seed
Green Potatoe Eyes
Raw Bulk Tofu- the package kind is ok
Oranges (for males)
Use Caution When Feeding to Your Rats
Peanut Butter- Choking Hazard
Seeds and Nuts- High In fat
Farm Raised Insects
Chocolate- in moderation (1 chip a day)- Studies have show that it can help breathing issues
Oranges- Females are ok to have. Oils from the skin can be toxic to males
Beets, Celery, Eggplant, Cucumber, Radishes, Spinach, Collards, and Turnip greens all have high levels of nitrates. LIMIT the amounts of these items given.
Recommended Commercial foods
(these are ONLY recommendations based on personal use, I do not endorse specific products. These are my personal likes and dislikes)
Kay-tee Forti-diet Pro Health Mouse/Rat food
Oxbow Essentials Rat Food
Mazuri Rat and Mouse Diet
LM Farm Rat and Mouse Diet
Tropical Carnival Rat Food - good to mix in with a staple diet
Commercial Foods that do not meet MY requirements
Great Choice Mouse and Rat food
I do not like feeding this food to my rats due to the high amounts of corn in the product. Also there are a lot of seeds, which are high in fat. Also alfalfa is a top ingredient, which is indigestible for rats.
This food also has a very high amount of nuts and seeds in it. Not something that should be a staple diet
This is a seed and corn based diet. Not what a staple rat diet should be.
Buying food in Bulk
These are certain food formulas that I recommend if you are buying in larger quantities.
Mazuri Rodent 6F
This is a good pellet for all life stages of rats. Can be purchased in 25# and 50# bags.
Native Earth 18% 4018
This is a consumer product (which is the same as Harlan Tekland). This is a very good diet for all life stages. Can be purchased in 40# bags
Lab Diet 5001
A good diet for all life stages. This is a specialty diet you can sometimes find in high end pet stores. It can be purchased in 50# bags or broken down by the store.