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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      Eva 6 days ago

      Some tips

      If you just got your first rat i suggest keeping their diet mostly pellet based (I use Oxfords adult rat food) so they get all of their dietary needs and then adding in small amounts of fresh fruit and veggie as treats. i introduce new types of veggies and fruits to my ratties every week to help me understand their tastes. different rats enjoy different treats! But they always have pellets which they are used to eating so its always a combination of new and comfortable foods :)!

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      Ezra gervais 10 days ago

      I’m a kid and I saved up $130 and My dad might let me buy a rat thanks for the tips. I'm hopeing train my rat really good

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      FIRE WOLF 2 weeks ago

      Thanks to this website I now know exactly what to feed my pet rat

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      Destiny 3 weeks ago

      You should never feed your rat any food with citrus in it, including carrots. It can spark Cancer in them.

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      M.D 3 weeks ago

      Keep in mind that male rats cannot have things that females can- Bananas, mangos, oranges, and much more are to be avoided!

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      Gregory peck 3 weeks ago

      Can I feed my rats chicken liver

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      Leah Lotus 4 weeks ago

      Hey my compassionate ratty lovers!!!

      So just adopted 3 (3 month old) rats that are male...I have never owned any rats before and would like to know if anyone kindly has some helpful hints for me as I am a bit overwhelmed and very compassionate without experience...

      So much appreciated as ANY suggestions will do to provide a happy home for my boys!!

      THANK YOU!

      Lotus

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      Aubrie Deming 4 weeks ago

      Is it best to switch up the kind of food you give your rat for regular meals or keep it consistent??

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      Natalya Elizabeth Gosse 6 weeks ago

      I have three rats their names are faith hope and Molly I have fed them a chocolate popsicle before I've also fed them hands to food and processed turkey are they going to be okay or should I bring them to a doctor???!!

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      ron stepan 7 weeks ago

      rats are awsome pets i have 10 dont ask why lol but one of my white ones just had babies to there so cute but it is great to know what is good and not good to feed them thank you so much

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      :D 7 weeks ago

      I am thinking of getting rats and this has really helped thanks!

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      Hi 8 weeks ago

      i have 2 rats and I wanted to know what is good for them and this list helped a lot!

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      Shaylee 2 months ago

      Can you feed your rat saltine crackers?

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      Ruby 2 months ago

      With Brown Rice can rats eat it raw or cooked ??

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      Jayla 2 months ago

      Ummm I just got a rat and the lady gave us rat food WITH DRIED CORN!!!!

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      Unknown2 2 months ago

      Thank you so much. My rat is slowly dying from an urinal infection now I started giving him cranberries. He is still sick but he looks a little better

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      panda 2 months ago

      i didn't know you could give a rat cottage chesse

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      Rats 2 months ago

      Can rats eat all kinds of nuts

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      Pepperoni 3 months ago

      What about hazelnuts? D:

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      IvyRose28 3 months ago

      This was SO helpful!

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      Squirly150 3 months ago

      Sometimes Domino's makes it cheaper to buy 3 pizzas instead of just 2. Can I give a whole peperoni pizza to my 2 female rats as a treat? I gon't have horse feet trimmings to offer them so hey, I work with what I got.

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      Unknown 3 months ago

      I have two rats I don’t know how much yogurt to give them.

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      Melissa Goldthorpe 3 months ago

      I have 2 pet rats and I was wondering if they could eat the trimmings from my horse's hoves as a treat to help keep their teeth down?

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      Amanda 4 months ago

      I am so glad I found this list. I have already fed some of the "No-no" Foods to my rat. I can only avoid it in the future and hope that no problems occur, short term or long term. But GOOD to know from now on! Thank you so much!

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      Vanessa 4 months ago

      Thank you now I know way more about rats.yesterday I was going to give my rat salad and banana now I know what is good for my rat .

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      Mallory 4 months ago

      Thanks, I was thinking about feeding marsha a peanut yesterday so now I know that they're dangerous for rats! Thank god.

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      Alyssa 5 months ago

      I give my rats a lot of vegetables daily and some fruit like brokily,carot,beansprouts,banana, apple,colly flower,beans and Strawberry it sounds like a lot but I only give them a little of each also sometimes weet Bix for breakfast. ..........there are bit spoilt. ...........and fat.....

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      Syd 5 months ago

      Poppy seeds.. psychoactive properties. Some people use them to make a mock of the drug LSD. I can only assume that giving them to rats causes a similar but more deadly effect.

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      Giselle 5 months ago

      Thank you sooo much for the advice and i got to rats for Christmas and while i am typing i am playing w them

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      Destiny 5 months ago

      I have had 5 rats over the years in total. For Christmas, I GOT 5 ALL TOGETHER! They are so sweet and friendly, 5 six week olds and and a 3 month old mama!:) They are all so kind and sweet and caring, I love them all!:)

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      Audrey 5 months ago

      Thank you a lot this was very helpful I have gotten rats about a year ago and recently we have been soooooo busy and it's been hard getting food for the rats I have learned so much about them and it's really been fun. I've seen some questions on rat stuff in the comment section that I know the answers to so..... rats can have carrots and I've found out soften your carrots a little it's more appealing to your rats.

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      bill 5 months ago

      can they have dryed seecorn

      :)

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      LeilaniVW 6 months ago

      The poppy seeds are obvious. If you eat way too many poppy seeds, you can get very sleepy. But you'd have to go way overboard, even more than I used to, to kill yourself with them. But think of how small a rat is, something that can make humans sleepy? It's like giving them a human sleeping tablet

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      Rat lover 6 months ago

      What if a rat eats one of these bad things? Should you take them to a animal hospital?

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      Liz 6 months ago

      Can they eat wheat germ?

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      Isla 6 months ago

      Can they eat raw carrots?

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      Rat 6 months ago

      Can they eat mussels

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      RatLover 6 months ago

      Thanks for this helpful information, I now know what I can give my rat.

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      Fletcher 6 months ago

      just wondering if rats can have rosemary, as I make a lot of homemade breads and for thanksgiving I made rosemary bread. My ratties love bread but i just want to make sure its safe for em

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      Hex333 6 months ago

      Great list but need to amend it to let people know to take out cherry pips and stalks as they contain cyanide and can kill a rat. (a few can kill a person)

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      MarshmellowTheRat 6 months ago

      This was super helpful! I am getting a rat in a week or so, and she is so small! I really wanted to know what was safe for her to eat and what she can't.

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      MarshmellowTheRat 6 months ago

      I can't wait to get my rat Marshmellow! My mom bought a rat to keep her company, but we are taking them home together and my rat isn't old enough yet. This was very helpful. It lets me now what people foods my rat can and can't eat.

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      kris 6 months 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 months ago

      thx for the ideas

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      SuzannaQ 7 months ago

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

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      A human bean 7 months ago

      Can rats have fish?

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      kz 7 months 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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      BOB 7 months ago

      THANKS, I ALMOST FED MY RAT An ORANGE!

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      MARISSA 8 months ago

      MY RAT WAS NOT EATING NOW SHE IS THANKS

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      Anonymous 8 months ago

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

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      Hearher 8 months 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 8 months ago

      THANK YOU SO MUCH OMG I CAN FINALLY FEED HIM HAHAH

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      LOGAN 8 months ago

      THANKS THATS GOOD INFOMATION

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      Blanche 8 months 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 months 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 months 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 8 months ago

      Can my wee rat have pumpkin seeds?

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      Cheryl Anne Gibson 8 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 9 months ago

      wow that is a disgrace to rats

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      Happy 9 months ago

      Very helpful now i can kill the rat problem i have

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      Mary 9 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 9 months ago

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

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      Panda Jenkins 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago

      Roasted peanuts are safe in moderation.

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      glo 10 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 10 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 10 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 11 months ago

      Can rats have jacks raw dog food?

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      rat lover 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago

      can my Rat eat Feijoas?

      anyway that list is so helpful

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      Codie 11 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 12 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 12 months ago

      Can pet rats eat pistachios

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      Leane 12 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 12 months ago

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

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      Lex 12 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 12 months ago

      Is it OK to give your rat almonds?

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      lisa 12 months ago

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

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      Ella 12 months ago

      Can rats have toast?

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      Rat papa 12 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 12 months ago

      Can rats have chips?

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      Haliey 12 months ago

      Can rats have beans.

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      anonymous 12 months ago

      Can the rats have flour tortillas

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      Arnold 13 months ago

      Are olives safe for rats when given as a treat?

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      Topaz 13 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 13 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 13 months ago

      can my rat have tomatoes

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      Jennifer green 13 months ago

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

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      Shelly 13 months ago

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

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      Smokey 14 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 14 months ago

      Can rats have raw liver

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      Miranda Harrison 14 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 14 months ago

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

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      rat lover 14 months ago

      may i feed my rats sunflower seeds?

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