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A List of Safe and Dangerous Foods for Your Pet Rat

Updated on February 22, 2016
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Ealisa is a freelance writer pursuing her bachelor's in psychology and minor in sociology.

Learn which foods safe for your rat to eat and which are not.
Learn which foods safe for your rat to eat and which are not. | Source

What You Can and Cannot Feed Your Pet Rat

Knowing what your rat can and cannot have is important. Of course, pet stores and most large store chains carry rat food, which is fine for feeding your rat. However, sometimes you may want to give your rat a snack or feed him or her what you’re feeding your family that night. In that case, it is important to research to make sure that the food is safe for your rat.

When I cook, I try to conserve food that I would have thrown away for the rats. Potato peals are a good example. I keep a bag in the freezer, and when I peel potatoes while cooking, I will place the peels in the freezer and occasionally treat my furry friends to a snack. Frozen veggies are great for rats on hot days. They love it when I place the veggies in some water so they can play with their food before they eat it.

When you first feed your rat a new food, you will probably notice them take a small bite, then ignore the food. Many owner think they are done and will take the food away. However, what the rat is doing is testing it. Rats do not have a gag reflex, so if they eat too much of something that will make them sick, it could kill them. By testing their food, the rat is trying only a little to see if it makes him or her sick. If it doesn’t, your pet will go back and finish off the food.

However, I’ve noticed that after a while, rats will begin to trust their owners and eat all of the food without testing it more and more frequently. It is important to realize this as an owner so that you are careful to not feed your rat something that may make him sick.

It is also important to remember that your rats are strong. If you leave food laying around while your rats are out, you can expect it to be dragged off before long. Rats are strong enough to move large pieces of pizza, hot dogs, and even tacos or bean burritos.

Below are lists of the foods that are okay for your rat, the foods that are not, and the foods you should be careful with. If you don’t see a food you are looking for, try doing a little online research. Always check around before you feed your rat a new kind of food. You never know whether or not the food could be poisonous or toxic to your furry friend.

Safe Foods

Here are foods your pet rat can safely eat.
Here are foods your pet rat can safely eat.
  • Apples. Cut the apple up and make sure to remove all the seeds. Seeds are hazardous for rats.
  • Applesauce. Feed them very little if the applesauce has lots of sugar or other fattening ingredients.
  • Apricots.
  • Avocados. These are very fatty for rats and should be given in moderation.
  • Bananas. My rats love it when I smash the bananas up like pudding and add nuts or other fruits.
  • Beef. Chicken is healthier for your rat, but beef is okay if the fat is kept to a minimum.
  • Blackberries.
  • Blueberries. Be careful when feeding these to your rats because they can be messy!
  • Blueberry buckle baby food.
  • Boysenberries.
  • Bread. While my rats love bread and haven’t had any problems, I’ve read some articles about rats choking on bread. I would recommend feeding only very small pieces to your rats and toasting it first. You may even soften the bread by dipping it in milk or water.
  • Broccoli.
  • Butternut squash. Make sure that the squash is thoroughly cooked before feeding it to your rat.
  • Cantaloupe.
  • Carrots.
  • Cashews.
  • Cauliflower.
  • Celery. This vegetable is fine for rats, but it doesn't have very much nutritional value.
  • Cheese. Small amounts are okay for rats. Soy-based cheese is healthier for them.

Safe foods for rats include grapes, carrots, and cucumbers.
Safe foods for rats include grapes, carrots, and cucumbers.
  • Cherries.
  • Chicken. This is the healthiest meat for your rat.
  • Chicken bones. Surprisingly, these are not only healthy for rats but also good chew toys. Next time you have chicken for dinner, save the bones.
  • Choy.
  • Cold cuts.
  • Cooked sweet potatoes.
  • Corn. Corn is good for your rats whether it is on the cob, from the can, or even frozen.
  • Cottage cheese.
  • Cranberries.
  • Cream cheese on crackers.
  • Cucumber.
  • Dog food. People who make their own rat food will often add dog food to the mix. However, you don’t want to skimp on quality, and you want to get a low-protein type of food.
  • Dried bananas. These are great for rats because they are high in potassium.
  • Dried cranberries. If your rat is prone to urinary tract infections, this is great to add to its diet. Cranberries are good for keeping the urinary tract clean and healthy.
  • Dry cereal. Cheerios are great for feeding your rat. However, be careful about feeding your it cereal that contains a large amount of sugar. Puffed rice cereals are yummy for rats, but avoid rice krispies and other sugary choices.
  • Dry rolled oats. Any type of oats is fine as long as it does not contain any sugar.
  • Fruit baby food.
  • Grapes. Purple grapes are believed to prevent cancer in rats.
  • Green beans. Cooked green beans are very nutritious.
  • Green peppers. Just make sure they aren’t too spicy for your rats and try to feed them in small amounts at a time.

Lettuce is also good for your rat, as long as it's not iceberg.
Lettuce is also good for your rat, as long as it's not iceberg.
  • Ham.
  • Hard boiled eggs. These should not be fed to your rat on a regular basis, just as a treat once in a while. I’ve heard that these are good for pregnant rats because of the fat and extra protein.
  • Honeydew melons.
  • Kale.
  • Kiwi.
  • Lettuce. Romaine lettuce is the best for your rat because it has more nutritional value than iceberg. Some people will tell you to avoid iceberg lettuce altogether because it has close to no nutritional value.
  • Macaroni and cheese.
  • Mashed potatoes.
  • Mealworm.
  • Meat baby food.
  • Melons.
  • Mushrooms. These are only okay for your rat if they are cooked and should be fed in moderation.
  • Oatmeal.
  • Oatmeal cookies.
  • Papaya.
  • Parsley.
  • Pasta. Rats can have cooked or dried pasta. They find tri-colored spirals that have a spinach or tomato flavor extra tasty. Dried pasta is good because it is crunchy and they like to chew on it. Pasta has a great source of carbohydrates, which are good for rats.
  • Peaches. Make sure to remove the pit from peaches because it can be harmful.
  • Pears.
  • Peas.
  • Plums.
  • Pomegranates.
  • Popcorn. It should be unsalted and unbuttered if possible.
  • Popsicles. These are great for rats on hot summer days. However, try to only feed your rats non-fat and sugar-free popsicles.
  • Potatoes.
  • Pumpkins. Pumpkins are fine for rats to eat. However, the seeds are high in fat and should be fed to your pet in moderation.

Feel free to feed your rat strawberries, scrambled eggs, and rice.
Feel free to feed your rat strawberries, scrambled eggs, and rice.
  • Raspberries.
  • Red peppers. Test the pepper first to make sure it isn’t too spicy. Then feed only small amounts of it to your rat at a time.
  • Rice. Brown rice is especially good for your rat.
  • Saltine crackers. My rats love these as snacks. I keep a small sack of them by my chair and feed them crackers when they want a snack. I try not to overdo it though because the crackers are high in salt and I’m not sure if too much would make them sick.
  • Scrambled eggs. The protein is great for rats, especially pregnant rats.
  • Small dog treats. Small treats are ideal because rats should only have treats in small portions. You can always cut up larger treats into smaller ones—you may even need to do the same with small treats.
  • Soy products. Soy nuts are good for rats, but make sure they are roasted and unsalted. Soy products are high in protein and have cancer-preventing agents. Other good soy products include soy milk, soy yogurt, soy tofu, and soy crumbles.
  • Squash. Cooked squash is best.
  • Strawberries. Rats love strawberries. They are not only sweet and yummy but also healthy for them.
  • Sunflower seeds. Make sure that the seeds are unsalted. You can buy these cheaply in bulk and add some to your rat's cage every once in a while for a healthy snack.
  • Turkey. Chicken is the better meat for your rat, but small amounts of turkeys are fine too.
  • Vanilla custard baby food.
  • Vegetable baby food.
  • Walnuts. Make sure to only feed your rat these in moderation. They make a great treat every once in a while.
  • Watermelon.
  • Whole grain crackers. Add a little topping to the crackers for a wonderful little snack.
  • Whole wheat pasta.
  • Whole wheat bread.
  • Yellow peppers. Peppers are fine for your rats as long as they aren’t too spicy, so you may want to test it first.
  • Yogurt. Probiotic yogurt in small amounts is good for the gut flora.
  • Yogurt covered pretzels.
  • Yogurt drops. Most rats absolutely love these.

Dangerous Foods

Foods that are dangerous for your rat
Foods that are dangerous for your rat
  • Apple seeds. Apple seeds have a small amount of cyanide in them that can be harmful for rats.
  • Avocado skin.
  • Beat tops. These can cause urinary tract problems and stones in the kidneys and bladder due to their extremely high levels of oxalates.
  • Blue cheese. The mold that is used to make blue cheese is toxic to rats.
  • Carbonated drinks. Rats can’t burp, which is why they should never drink carbonated drinks.
  • Caffeinated drinks. Drinks containing high amounts of sugar are bad for your rats.
  • Candy. Like chocolate, candy is too sugary. Rats can have problems with digesting these foods.
  • Chocolate. This is also bad for rats because of the high fat and sugar content. I’ve heard that some owners feed dark chocolate to their rats once in a great while without problems. However, I just avoid chocolate altogether.
  • Dried corn. While fresh corn is okay, dried corn is not. This is because it contains fungal contaminates that can lead to liver cancer in rats.
  • Green bananas. While regular bananas are okay, green bananas inhibit starch digestion enzymes.
  • Green potato skins and eyes. These contain solanine, a toxin for rats.
  • Hamster food. Hamster food is high in fat.

Foots that are bad for rats include candy, carbonated drinks, chocolate, and blue cheese.
Foots that are bad for rats include candy, carbonated drinks, chocolate, and blue cheese.
  • Licorice. This food is suspected to cause neurological poisoning in rats.
  • Mango. This fruit contains d-limonene and can cause kidney cancer in male rats.
  • Moldy foods. Some people think that just because rats are rats, they can eat moldy food. However, mold and bacteria can be extremely toxic to rats, just as they can be to humans.
  • Oranges. Both the outer and the white parts of orange peels can be harmful for male rats. I’ve heard that it seems okay for females, but I would just avoid citrus fruits like oranges to be on the safe side.
  • Orange juice. Orange juice contains d-limonene, which can cause kidney cancer in male rats.
  • Peanuts. These have been found to have anti-nutrients that, like raw dried beans, will destroy vitamin A and certain enzymes that rats need to break down proteins and starches. This will then cause red blood cells to clump together.
  • Poppy seeds. While it is unknown why, poppy seeds seem to cause rats to become sick and sometimes even die.
  • Potato eyes.

Surprisingly, a number of vegetables are bad for rats, including sweet potatoes, potato eyes, raw onions, oranges, and spinach.
Surprisingly, a number of vegetables are bad for rats, including sweet potatoes, potato eyes, raw onions, oranges, and spinach.
  • Raw artichokes. This vegetable inhibits protein digestion in rats.
  • Raw beans. Destroys vitamin A and enzymes that rats need to digest protein and starches. This can cause red blood cells to clump and is a hazard for rats.
  • Raw Brussels sprouts. These can destroy thiamin.
  • Raw bulk tofu. The bulk unpackaged tofu contains bacteria and is unsafe.
  • Raw onions. These can cause anemia and give rats upset stomachs.
  • Raw red cabbage. Raw red cabbage destroys thiamin.
  • Rhubarb. Rhubarb contains toxic amounts of oxalates.
  • Raw sweet potato. Since sweet potatoes are potatoes, people think they are okay to feed to their rats. However, raw sweet potatoes recently have been found to have compounds that will form cyanide in rat's stomachs.
  • Spinach. Due to the high levels of oxalates, spinach can cause urinary tract problems and stones in the bladder and kidneys.
  • Sweet feed. This is feed made for horses and is not good for rats because there is too much corn and molasses in it.
  • Wild insects. These should never be fed to your rat because they can carry diseases and internal parasites. I’ve heard that cooked insects and insects bought from a store is okay.

Foods to Be Cautious With

  • Peanut butter and other thick, sticky foods. These should be given in very small amounts because they can cause choking. I will mix the peanut butter with a little bit of jelly or water to help it become less sticky and less of a choking hazard.

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      kris 46 minutes ago

      I lost my beautiful little ratty, Stella, to poppy seeds from a poppy shell I had brought home to plant. She got up onto the counter and found it.

      15 mins and she was gone :(

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      chris 7 days ago

      thx for the ideas

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      SuzannaQ 13 days ago

      Can I feed my rats corn and/or flour tortillas?

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      A human bean 3 weeks ago

      Can rats have fish?

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      kz 3 weeks ago

      My rats have a habbit of tipping over their food bowls. Can they eat off the ground or should I give them more food?

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      96699 4 weeks ago

      i loveee my rats

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      BOB 4 weeks ago

      THANKS, I ALMOST FED MY RAT An ORANGE!

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      MARISSA 4 weeks ago

      MY RAT WAS NOT EATING NOW SHE IS THANKS

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      Anonymous 5 weeks ago

      thx I wanted to know what was safe for my ratty baby to eat. ratty kisses

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      Hearher 6 weeks ago

      Iv just discoverd my daughters rats have manages to get hold of a bin bag and have eaten a fair amount. I'm quite worried although they seem to be ok at the moment. What should I do ?

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      CLARISSA DANHOLM 7 weeks ago

      THANK YOU SO MUCH OMG I CAN FINALLY FEED HIM HAHAH

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      LOGAN 7 weeks ago

      THANKS THATS GOOD INFOMATION

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      Blanche 8 weeks ago

      This is very helpful! I am creating a research and apple seeds can be a help to avoid rats; most especiialy, the one in the canals live.

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      Daniel 8 weeks ago

      Potato should not be on the list of safe foods unless you clearly indicate that it should be cooked.

      Can you please update this article?

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      alana 8 weeks ago

      I have two beautiful little female rats who found a conker in my living room today they literally went crazy trying to eat it and were fighting over it I'm just wondering weather its safe for them to eat it before i let them have it done abit of research and its very mixed reviews does anyone know weather they are ok to eat it

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      Vivvie Davidson 2 months ago

      Can my wee rat have pumpkin seeds?

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      Cheryl Anne Gibson 2 months ago from Whitby, Ontario,Canada

      Are cuttlebones safe for rats? I can't cut my rats nails no matter what I do. Even being held by someone else and wrapped in a towel, she still fights and I don't want to scare her to death. So I thought that scratching on a cuttlebone could file down her nails. Or that she could use it for her teeth. But only if its safe for her. Or can anyone recommend something else for her? Thanks a lot.

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      bob 2 months ago

      wow that is a disgrace to rats

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      Happy 2 months ago

      Very helpful now i can kill the rat problem i have

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      Mary 2 months ago

      this is very helpful since I May be getting a new rat. Know I now what not and what to feed them so hopefully they will live longer thanks

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      #Rats 2 months ago

      thanks i got 2 rats and i needed to know what is safe

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      Panda Jenkins 2 months ago

      We have a fresh garden outside my home and I love taking my little guy out for a walk and getting him fruits and veggies to nom on. I always cook them first, though, just in case.

      Thank you for this list! I check it everytime before I get him a something to eat.

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      Evilbunnie 3 months ago

      That is a lot of foots!. Dr sues would be envious.

      "Foots that are bad for rats include candy, carbonated drinks, chocolate, and blue cheese"

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      Jo 3 months ago

      Thank you for the goods-n-bads list. I did a print out and have it in my filing cabinet

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      ninja 3 months ago

      thanx, I'm getting a pet rat for the firs time next year and this list has given me a lot more confidence that i will be able to feed it the right stuff

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      Ilze 3 months ago

      Roasted peanuts are safe in moderation.

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      glo 3 months ago

      will a pet rat nip the ends of you fingers now and then, and you don't know it? I notice every now and then I will have a tiny tiny little razor like cut on the ends of my fingers.not all the time, but every now and then..I take him out once a day, in the evening and he plays with me and runs around mostly the perimeter..He does NOT like to go back into his cage, so I have to rattle some paper then he runs up his ladder into his cage...

      thanks

      glo

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      will 3 months ago

      I did not know that peanuts could cause damage and I kept on feeding her peanuts and she had a tumour with broke my heart but she has died I just wanted to say that and thx for informing me this thx

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      ashley 3 months ago

      i was wondering if rats can eat fish eggs. i have a friend who feeds her rat fish eggs all the time, and i would like to know if its safe for them or can kill them.

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      Sydneu 4 months ago

      Can rats have jacks raw dog food?

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      rat lover 4 months ago

      can you feed a rat cherry seeds

      my rat keeps trying to take them when i am eating cherries

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      Sarah 4 months ago

      I accidentally gave my rat a peanut with out the shell or anything just a plain peanut, do you think it will hurt him?

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      ratatouille 4 months ago

      dark chocolate is great for rats lungs that is the only chocolate i give mine but it should be used as a treat not on a daily bases.

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      Freyja Keen 4 months ago

      Chocolate is safe. Don't give them it a lot though. Once or twice e erg few months. Dark chocolate is better, it helps their lungs because rats are prone to lung difficulties.

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      Someone 4 months ago

      can my Rat eat Feijoas?

      anyway that list is so helpful

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      Codie 5 months ago

      I've never had a problem with chocolate, however it should only be given as a treat im told. Too much choccy could fatten rats up.

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      Turtle 5 months ago

      Thank you for the list it's very cool but I hafe to disagree on the chocolate I've ben giving chocolate to my rats for years and they've never had any problems

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      Eric Vogel 5 months ago

      Can pet rats eat pistachios

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      Leane 5 months ago

      Mikyla

      8 hours ago

      Must the vegetables be cooked, like the cauliflower and broccoli?

      I have given my rats raw cauliflower and broccoli before, raw broccoli can get a bit hot tasting after a while but a small bit is fine, I prefer to cook broccoli and give cauliflower raw. only veges that say cooked really need to be cooked :)

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      Mikyla 5 months ago

      Must the vegetables be cooked, like the cauliflower and broccoli?

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      Lex 5 months ago

      My rats got a hold of potato chips. Is this ok for them like my other rat at some awhile ago and did the rat thing where they try a little nibble and then wait to see how it affects them and then later ate more. So does this mean it's ok for them? Just worried and need so help.

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      Teresa 5 months ago

      Is it OK to give your rat almonds?

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      lisa 5 months ago

      Wait its ok to give them peanut butter? Is it different from whole peanuts?

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      Ella 5 months ago

      Can rats have toast?

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      Rat papa 5 months ago

      With peanut butter, mixing a small amount with some water can thin it out, but it should still be given in small amounts

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      Kaydence 5 months ago

      Can rats have chips?

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      Haliey 5 months ago

      Can rats have beans.

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      anonymous 5 months ago

      Can the rats have flour tortillas

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      Arnold 6 months ago

      Are olives safe for rats when given as a treat?

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      Topaz 6 months ago

      I think that this website was very accurate. I like the way you write pet owner to pet owner

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      JoJo 6 months ago

      To give my rats peanut butter I mix it into their pasta with veggies, fruits, dried fruits and nuts, crispy baked potatoes are always yummy and whatever meat I have leftovers off. Possibilities are endless and they absolutely love this monthly treat. Mixing it really good gives them the pb flavor but causes no choking hazards. Just be sure to mix really good to disperse the pb over everything.

      Thanks for all the great info!

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      lily schorr 6 months ago

      can my rat have tomatoes

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      Jennifer green 6 months ago

      I see all the fruits that are fine, are sundried ok

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      Shelly 7 months ago

      If peanuts aren't okay, then why feed peanut butter to a rat? :/

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      Smokey 7 months ago

      Rather don't feed your rats raw meat at all. I don't know if liver is too rich though.

      Do not feed your rat mixes made for other pets, rather just order online.

      Sunflower seeds are okay as treats but not an everyday feed.

      Do not feed your rats pork. Pork isn't even good for humans, I can't imagine it being fine for rats.

      If you fed your rats some spinach once they should be fine, just make sure they have fresh water.

      If you are ever unsure of feeding your ratties something, please please google it first!

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      Danica 7 months ago

      Can rats have raw liver

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      Miranda Harrison 7 months ago

      i am about to get a rat for a graduation present and none of the stores around me sell rat food but they do sell ferret and gerbil food would it be ok for me to feed my rat either of these?

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      me, myself. and I 7 months ago

      What kind of hamster food can I not feed my rat?

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      rat lover 7 months ago

      may i feed my rats sunflower seeds?

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      Bert 7 months ago

      Actually feeding them dark chocolate every once in a while is good for them, it helps fight off respiratory infections. Definitely needs to be kept to small amount and something done no more than bi-monthly,

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      Carebear 7 months ago

      Can cooked pork be feed to your rat?

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      Dev 7 months ago

      I gave my rats spinach how do I know if they are okay ?

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      Ginger 7 months ago

      Tuna is ok in moderation.

      Pickles are too salty and could cause your rats to become dehydrated.

      Burrito sounds like a bad idea. It would be difficult to know what's in it or not, and again it is likely high in salt. Better safe than sorry.

      Mints are high in sugar. You probably won't kill your rat with one mint, but it definitely shouldn't be part of their staple diet.

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      Lily schorr 8 months ago

      Can my rat eat tuna

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      Lily schorr 8 months ago

      Can they have pickles my mom says no

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      Chloe 8 months ago

      HELP??

      Can I feed my mice honeycrisp apple wedges? It's like dried fruit...

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      TheFancyRatVet 8 months ago

      I feed my rats dark chocolate only once a week & it's about a pawful. My rats love peanut butter, grapes, & their food (Oxbow). :)

      Cheers!

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      Charlotte 9 months ago

      Thankyou for the great list. I do believe Papaya has d-limonene though.

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      colebomb 9 months ago

      what nuts can they have

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      Dan 9 months ago

      Can I feed my rat a burrito? I'm a little concerned because that burrito has lots of spices and hot sauces. But I haven't feed them the burrito.

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      Dusty 9 months ago

      Can rats have mints?

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      Payton's rat 9 months ago

      My rat ate a tortilla chip it had no salt and she's acting strange like she's rubbing against my sheets and in her cage she's doing it to the ground and I'm concerned

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      Rosemary Fox 9 months ago

      Can they have unsalted almonds?

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      Joshua Vrabel 9 months ago

      Yeah it's weird about peanuts. My bro can't eat peanuts or chunky pb. But he can eat creamy pb all day all night

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      Ellie 10 months ago

      Correction, RAW peanuts are bad for rats. If anyone was wondering why peanut butter was fine but the article said peanuts weren't, this is why.

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      Jazmine Berlin 10 months ago

      what is good for a pragnit rat mom.

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      Kristen N. 10 months ago

      In the safe foods; Do you mean yellow peppers as in Banana Peppers or?

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      melzhall226 10 months ago

      can i give my rat a donut

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      Elizabeth 10 months ago

      Peanuts are dangerous but peanut butter isn't wtf?

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      Anita 10 months ago

      What can you do for the rat that did eat apple seeds

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      castiel 10 months ago

      as snacks i give my mouse small fries, pieces of celery, and a cream cheese dip with some jalapeño in it and she loves it! i tried to give her raw spaghetti since it could double as a chew toy but it did not agree with her stomach, would not recommend

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      littlerattiesauntie 10 months ago

      WARNING RE: AVOCADOS

      I'm disappointed to see that the correction I sent you six months ago has not been made.

      Avocados are terrific if you want to 'fatten up' your pet rat (post surgery, post illness, etc.)

      but IF YOU GIVE YOUR RAT AVOCADO, MAKE SURE TO CUT A PIECE THAT WAS NOT NEAR THE SKIN OR THE PIT!! BOTH THE PIT AND THE SKIN ARE TOXIC TO RATS!!

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      Veronica Diamond™ 10 months ago

      Actually, the same chemical in chocolate that's bad for dogs is very healthy for rats. So, don't skip out on the chocolate. Small amounts of milk chocolate are fine. dark chocolate is more ideal. The higher the cacoa percentage, the more healthy. I feed my rats a pinch off a 90% cacoa dark chocolate bar every week. It really helps with sneezing and respiratory issues in pet rats. The only chocolate to avoid is white chocolate since technically its not even chocolate.

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      al 10 months ago

      some bad missing info here

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      Misha 10 months ago

      I feed my two male rats rice chex as a treat ☺ they LOVE them!!

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      10 months ago

      Can you feed rats Rice Chex? Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, but I'm trying to be on the safe side.

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      Josh 11 months ago

      My mum gave bird fod to my rats. Are they ok?

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      Stacy 11 months ago

      Can rats eat jalapeños and peppers?

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      ratkid 11 months ago

      My dad said blue hairless rats are ugly but I think their cute

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      Chris 11 months ago

      So, if spinach is bad for rats because of the oxalates, then when is kale okay, when it is also high in oxalates?

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      Tony 11 months ago

      Thats funny i always set aside a little plate of what i eat minus the meat for my rats too.

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      Rachel Wagner 11 months ago

      Hi:

      One of my little girls is not keeping on weight. The doc thinks it's heart disease, so while she is on medicine, I am trying to get that weight back on. She will eat peanut butter, but I am with her while she eats it just in case she tries to eat too much at once. I'm also giving her cashews... when she'll eat them and avacado... never the nut or skin.

      Does anyone have any other suggestions of food?

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      Toni 12 months ago

      This list is mostly correct but a little research on a rat forum can really help confirm/deny some rat myths and dietary needs.

      I have 3 lil rat guys of varying ages, all three rescued and in poor health. My vet is very pleased with their recovery and their diet which is -

      Harlan Teklan Lab Blocks as the base food they always have available in cage.

      Then they get a daily dish of veggies. I buy both fresh and frozen, depends on what's available since I live in Alaska. But typically I buy several different bags of frozen veggies then mix together/divide servings into sandwich-sized freezer bags and freeze em so I can take out what I need without having it go bad. So far they love it all and have only turned up their cute lil noses at blueberries which is supposed to be a super food for them but none of the three will eat lol. (I usually take a bag of veggies out of the freezer for em and pop it into my fridge lunch meat drawer so it can thaw while I'm finishing off their current bag which usually lasts 3-4 days on average.

      Some of the things they get daily are... Brocolli, cauliflower, String green beans, sweet green peas, snow pea pods, kale, carrots, water chestnuts - usually not many water chestnuts in a bag so they get one a day if lucky, divided into three so they don't have to fight over it.

      Everything else is given as a supplement and/or treat. If I open a can of corn I set aside some for them. Same with macaroni and cheese noodles, mashed potatoes before stuff is added to them, pieces of fruit - though they have their own banana chips which I found at our grocery store's health food section in bins I could measure out myself; tiny bites of chicken occasionally as too much meat for males makes them produce more buck grease. Other things like trail mix that hasn't been salted or sugared is great - I pick out cashews, dried cranberries and yogurt chips for them. I feel better knowing they're getting human-grade/quality food as long as I know it doesn't contain loads of added sugar or salt.

      Sorry for rambling - it's a habit of mine, but I hope this helps someone! :)

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      13 months ago

      i love rats they can have have some people food

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      ratlover 13 months ago

      it is fine to give your rat some types of food and dog food is sometimes good for your rat it has protein and good for your rat

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      Sara C. 14 months ago

      Can my rats have Acorns? My daughter found a lot of them and is wanting to feed them to our rats.

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      hannah curtis 14 months ago

      when i got these rats it came with a dried corn on the cob, they've eaten most of it. (of corse after i read this i chucked it in the bin!!!) is it ok? x

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      toeknee10 14 months ago

      Peanuts are fine as long as they are roasted and (preferably) unsalted. Avoid RAW Peanuts.

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      Irene 14 months ago

      Please can you tell me if I'm over feeding my rats? I give them grapes or apples in the morning. Then I give them dinner so carrots or peas and corn etc. And they have rat nuggets in their food bowl.

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      ev 14 months ago

      not sure this is all correct but it still helps alot