Rats are omnivorous creatures who want both animal and vegetable protein for good health, hence fresh and nutritious food should be offered to them. They are fond of food and will grab possibly anything fed to them. We should be careful and avoid giving them junk food and items high in sugar content which is harmful. You can find top rat treats review on various blogs and websites. Although there are many commercial food items available in the market, still one should rather feed them with homemade food, safe and fresh food. The packaged food has been found to have additives, chemicals and in some cases fungus. Secondly, these food items are heavy and difficult to digest by the little one.
As advised by experts on www.Pettech.net, Lab Blocks are considered to be the best complete food for the rats. These are complete foods specially made for rats. These blocks have a high nutrition value. Some of the famous brands of these available in the market are:
• Oxbow lab blocks which come in two variants – for young one and adult’s rats.
• Harlan Teklad which has variants based upon protein component levels ranging from% to 23%.
• Mazuri and Purina
These foods are easily available online and at pet feed shops. One of the other advantages is that they help in stopping the excessive growth of the teeth.
As far as the fresh fruits and vegetables are concerned limited portions of following fruits and vegetables can be fed. Fruits like apples, kiwi, avocado, grapes, oranges, strawberries, other berries and plum. Vegetables may include broccoli, spinach, cucumber, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin etc. In terms of animal fat following options can be explored which include chicken, tuna, lean meat, cooked liver, salmon, shrimps etc. Rats love fast food hence other occasional treats may include bread crumbs, whole wheat pasta, cheese, dog biscuits, fish sticks, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds etc.
There is also a list of certain food items which should not be fed to the rats as it may cause health issue:
– Chocolates and candies which are high in sugar content
– Carbonated drinks
– Poppy seeds
– Orange juice which may cause cancer in male rat
– Raw banana and raw sweet potato
– Green potato
– Dried corn which can cause liver damage
– Red cabbage and artichokes which causes gas and stomach ailments
– Excessive intake of cheese and peanut butter which may risk the chances of choking.
Like humans, rats also get bored with the same kind of food every day. Hence multiple varieties of nutritious options should be made available. There may be chances of your pet getting allergic to certain food items. Hence new foods should be slowly introduced and studied for any side effects. To make the whole procedure little playful, we should permit their natural behaviour like, they enjoy holding their pellets and eat, find hidden food on their own etc. Ideally, the containers used to offer them the food should be made of ceramic instead of metal, as the noise generated while picking up the food from the bowl causes a lot of discomfort to rats which agitates them.
Taking care of small detailing and specifications can make the overall eating experience joyful for your pet and you.