Rat Diet Questions, More Questions Inside.?

Rat Diet Questions, More Questions Inside.? Topic: Rat Diet Questions, More Questions Inside.?
April 25, 2019 / By Babe
Question: First off, I better tell you that I know I post a lot of questions about rats. I want to be fully prepared if I can convince my mom to let me get rats, on to the questions... Question #1: What foods can rats NOT have, and what foods shouldn't I buy? Question #2: How much food (per day) are you supposed to feed two female rats? Question #3: Is LM Animal Farms Mouse & Rat Food good? (Look it up either on Google.com or PETCO.com) Question #4: Does the PETCO Twist & Lock Crock for Small Animals work good? (Search on either Google.com or PETCO.com) Thanks so much!!!
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Winifred Winifred | 1 day ago
Adult rats should have no more than 15% protein and 5% fat in their diet. Pregnant, nursing and growing rats require about 20% protein. The following links, Pet Info Packets Rats Feeding, the Nutritional Requirements of Rats, Nutrition for Rats, Commercial Rat Food Diet Chart and Types of Diets and Information, may help you decide the best diet as will the links in the Conclusion section of the first link: http://www.petinfopackets.com/rats/ratfe... http://www.ratfanclub.org/nutreq.html http://www.coverattery.com/articles/nutr... http://angel.pwnd.org/rat/commercialratfoodchart.html http://ratguide.com/care/nutrition/diet.php Regarding lab blocks, those by Mazuri and Kaytee are not recommended. These lab blocks are poor quality and fail to meet the dietary needs of your rat. Regal Rat or Native Earth are much better choices for lab block available in pet stores. Harlan Teklad lab block is the ideal food source for meeting the dietary requirements of a rat, and is highly recommended by the Rat and Mouse Club of America. Unfortunately, it is only available on-line. "Harlan Teklad lab block (rodent diet #2014) has the lowest percentage of protein (14%) in a lab block rat diet. Other acceptable Harlan Teklad lab blocks are the rat diet #2016 and the #2018 with 16% and 18% protein, respectively. Sue Bee's Rat Diet" is a popular home-made mix often suggested on rat forums as a viable alternative; however, it has recently come under fire as not being a nutritionally complete diet for rats. Debbie “The Rat Lady” Ducommun (The Rat Fan Club) offers an alternative dietary regime formulated to meet all of the National Research Council requirements for rats. The new diet is as follows: http://ratfanclub.org/diet.html I also use a rat nutrition site with tons of links to rat pages with diet information. You will find the answer to question 1 and 2 amongst those links and the ones I gave previously. There are links with forbidden food outlined, links for feeding ill rats, links for good treats to offer and so forth. You will find out how much to feed your rat per day based on age and gender amongst other pertinent data. It is quite a bit of reading, but well worth it. The site is as follows: http://www.eatonrapidsjunkbarn.com/rats/rat_diet.htm As for questions 3 and 4, never heard of LM Animal Farms Mouse & Rat Food so unfair of me to critique it. Also, rats have a tendency to knock their bowls over constantly, at least all our does do, so a twist-and-lock type bowl makes good sense. I hope you can convince your mom to let you get those rats. I am a mom, and I had no problem letting my daughter get rats. (All the mice are mine.) They are quite the social critters, and oh-so lovable.
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Winifred Originally Answered: Diet Interview Questions?
YES -Atkins Diet (FAILED) YES -Weight Watchers (FAILED) NO -Slim·Fast Optima Diet NO -Sugar Busters NO -South Beach Diet YES - Calorie Restricted Diet (FAILED) YES - Whole Plant Based Diet (THE WINNER) NOTE: The only diet that worked for me was a diet called a low-fat whole plant based diet that has been endorsed by Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. John McDougall, and Professor T. Colin Campbell. Read any of these outstanding biochemists and nutrition experts for details. If you read Gina Kolata's book "Rethinking Thin" you will learn that over the long-term, none of the commercially popular diets worked for most people. People, even those who are highly motivated, cannot stay on these diets because they are temporary and cannot be sustained. I will answer the following questions with regard to a Whole Plant Based diet as described by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. 1.Why did you initially choose this diet? At a dinner party, a distinguish retired physician pulled me aside and expressed concern for my health because of my excess weight. As an active triathelete, he had instant credibility. He recommended that I read Dr. Dean Ornish. I started the diet, the next day. Since that day, I moved through the authors I listed above who recommend essentially the same diet. 2.What is the basic premise of this diet/eating plan? Avoid food like substances that are over processed. Avoid excess sugar, fat/oil, salt, caffeine, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, MSG, aspartame, drugs, food contaminants, food additives, dairy, eggs, and all other forms of animal protein. Instead eat the following foods: + Leafy greens - Kale, Collards - High in iron, calcium, and protein. + Legumes - Peas, Beans, Lentils - Bean sprouts are delicious and nutritious + Whole Grains - Brown Rice, Buckwheat, and non-gluten whole grains (not instant and overprocessed) + Colorful Vegetables - Steamed and raw + Vitamin B12 and D as needed + Ground Flax Seed for Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (avoid all other fats and oils) + Drink pure well water avoiding municipal water supplies treated with chlorine and fluoride 3. What were two positive aspects of the diet? + This is a lifestyle change and the motivation to stay on the diet is built in. It's how good you feel. + No calorie counting + No feeling of deprivation + Prevention and reversal of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. (Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr.) + Blood work is automatically moved toward health 4.Were there any downsides to the diet plan? Explain. It requires that you learn how to cook and not use some common ingredients. Eating out can be a problem, but you can find ethnic restaurants that serve healthier foods. 5.Did you have success on this diet? Yes. I lost 90 pounds, regained my sense of smell, no longer have sinus infections, and have perfect blood work. 6.Are you still on the diet plan? It's my new lifestyle, not a temporary diet. 7.Have you maintained your weight loss? Yes. I am now moving on to portion control. I plan to eat just two meals per day. A big breakfast and an afternoon meal. 8.Do you feel the diet is safe? Why or why not? It is absolutely the safest and healthiest way to eat. The authors and experts I cited above are independent of food industry interests. The diet is optimal for everyone, skinny or fat. 9.Did you exercise while on the diet? I exercise aerobically five times per week for an hour at a time. I bicycle to work every day. 10.Would you follow this diet plan again? It's the only diet for me. If you diet for a temporary period of time, you can be assured that the weight will rebound. You must make the diet a lifestyle choice.

Sharron Sharron
1) Rats should not have any citrus, pineapple, or raw garlic or onions. I also stay away from tomatoes and meat of all kinds. Some people feed some chicken or fish, but I prefer not too. It isn't necessarily to fulfilling their dietary requirements and can spoil very easily if they hide some for later. 2) For two adults, I would feed about half a cup a day. But the best way to determine this is when you clean your cage. If you find a large cache of feed (like a pile hidden under their bedding in a corner), you're feeding too much. I usually feed two days with their dry mix, then one day with fresh food, then I skip a day so that they'll raid their stores to eat. I always still find a small cache, but that means they aren't underfed. 3) That food looks fine. I prefer a nut/seed/grain mix, but as long as it meets their dietary needs, it'll do fine. 4) The bowl if fine, though I prefer ceramic. Some rats will chew the plastic, even if they are given all the chewing blocks and stuff they need. If it looks like they're demolishing it, just use a little ceramic dish.
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Paisley Paisley
These are BAD for rats to eat: raw dry beans or peanuts—contains anti-nutrients that destroy vitamin A and enzymes needed to digest protein and starches, and causes red blood cells to clump. Roasted peanuts are fine. raw sweet potato—contains compounds that form cyanide in the stomach. Canned sweet potato is cooked and is fine. green bananas—inhibits starch-digesting enzymes green potato skin and eyes—contain solanine, a toxin wild insects—can carry internal parasites and diseases raw bulk tofu—can contain bacteria; packaged raw tofu is safe orange juice—forbidden for male rats only, d-limonene in the skin oil, which gets into the orange juice during squeezing, can cause kidney damage and kidney cancer due to a protein that only male rats have in their kidneys. Pieces of the orange fruit are okay if you wash the orange-skin oil off of it after peeling it. Amount of food to give your rat: If you are using blocks of food then just give them an unlimited amount of it, they will eat it whenever they get hungry. If you want to give your rat a fresh diet, here is a website that has a really good one: http://www.ratfanclub.org/diet.html Hope this helped!
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Marcelyn Marcelyn
I cannot remember all the foods rats cannot eat. One of them is oranges. I owned alot of rats and there are alot of websites you should go to! I cannot begin to tell you how important it is to give them something to chew on. and certain wood chip (bedding for cage) will kill them. They are very fragile but VERY AWESOME! They also need fresh human food. There is ALOT to rat care. And it is very hard to find a vet who will work with them. don't mean to scare you or anything. They are very lovable and all have their own personalities. But I do not have time to tell you everything
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Marcelyn Originally Answered: Questions for Hill's / Science Diet ?
I'd ask them of course the corn question. And having talked to them - I will tell you that they will say that their by-products are the good ones - hearts and livers. And I invariably ask why they don't list them separately, then - I mean, even Fancy Feast lists hearts and livers as an ingredient! And if they are not listed, then what's to prevent them from using other crap as their by-products? That's my personal favorite, LOL! Ask why their prescription foods all have corn in them - this includes their allergy diet (ZD?) and their ID is all corn. I have one cat who has allergies to corn (confirmed) and it gives her the itchies and she pulls fur out. I have another one who gets severe gastrointestinal upset from any food with corn. Documented on his vet chart. Feeding either one of them a Hills prescription diet is absolutely out of the question. That's always a fun question, too. Ask them why their food is more expensive than Wellness, etc. when it contains less meat and more cheap corn. It's always fun to take a bag/can of your favorite food with you and show them the ingredient list and the price. Then ask why they charge more for corn than for meat, when we all know that meat costs more than corn. I'd avoid the organic/free range issue - many fine top quality foods don't use organic ingredients (like Wellness) and there are some organic foods (like the brand sold at Trader Joe's) that have tons of corn in them. Plus there is no legal definition of the term 'holistic'. Have fun :)

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