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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      Lucy and Amber 

      6 hours ago

      I want rats for Christmas and I need to know good places to get rays and good brands to buy food from. This is a very helpful website that matters for me. Maybe make a list of good kinds of rats you want and maybe even if Petco is a good place to get rats. How disruptive are rays? Do they bite? PS Do rats and dogs get along?

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      Jaya 

      6 days ago

      Hello. I have two albino rats for two years now. I often feed them raw wheat dough since they really seems to enjoy eating it. Though they haven't shown any bad reaction to it (other than getting super fat and lazy), do you think it might cause any harm to them? And what about whole milk? They drink it daily.

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      Kayla 

      7 days ago

      I want people to take note that many rat foods contain corn. Avoid those! The corn is bad for them. Just because it says rat food doesnt make it good for your rat. Just like dog food and cat food. When choosing a brand please do your research to make sure you are using the best quality you can! Rats are very prone to illness eapecially reapitory issues. Even some beddings are toxic! Tha ks for reading this wonderful help page

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      Maddie 

      2 weeks ago

      Im a new owner of rats and have 2 ludo and hoggle....how can you tell the difference between fighting and playing

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      Jessi Bone 

      2 weeks ago

      I have 3 boys.. Remy, Templeton and Socrates and I just printed up the list so I have it on hand for when i need to look. better than looking up the site every time

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      Destinyz 

      2 weeks ago

      Thank gosh! I am getting 2 new pet rats.... I am naming them both Mihaw and Mahaw, now I know what to feed them! :-3

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      Lucy :) 

      2 weeks ago

      I've seen a couple of people ask about honey, and to answer your questions, I'd stay on the safe side and avoid it. It's sticky, and VERY sugary, which probably isn't good for ratties.

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      Taken over by wild rats 

      2 weeks ago

      I hope to soon be rid of the rats that have moved to our acreage.

      They are living under our chicken houses , digging holes and probably going to have a mess of babies.

      If the traps or poison doesn’t get them the shotgun will.

      Those nasty rodents have to go!!!

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      Emma 

      2 weeks ago

      @rat*hater maybe you should keep your nasty comments to yourself.

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      Caprice 

      3 weeks ago

      wow, people acctually look at these to poision their rats, thats sad.

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      Rat Grandma 

      3 weeks ago

      To Rat*hater who commented 3 weeks ago!!

      Poisoning pet rats is animal cruelty. I am not sure of the law but in some states it is against the law to poison any animal unless they are an infestation or other and not purchased as a pet. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF! There are pet rescues that will take them of your hands with pleasure! UNBELIEVABLE !!

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      Courtney 

      3 weeks ago

      I am Very new to having rats but this was very helpful oh and my rats names are luna and ivie two females

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      Liam R legault 

      5 weeks ago

      This article has has been a great help I'm a new owner of two rats named chocolate and milk because one is white and the other brown

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      Rat Owner 

      5 weeks ago

      What about honey?

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      Chino & Basil 

      6 weeks ago

      I have two rats and was feeding them peaunut butter dipped Cheerios and I was looking at a book that said it was bad to feed them peanut butter... I immediately took the treats away from them, and looked here for answers! Thankyou so much for this post!

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      Fitri 

      6 weeks ago

      Two of my rats recently died of a urine infection and I believed I had been feeding them something bad. Thinking now if that were the case my other two would have also passed, but the clarification I didn't feed them anything bad is nice. Thank you for posting.

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      Rat*hater 

      6 weeks ago

      I so hate rats.

      They can be very mean. Am actually planning to poison them. I now the food that are poisonous to rat body system... thanks to the post.

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      rats 

      7 weeks ago

      aww no honey

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      Tina 

      7 weeks ago

      "beat" tops? LOL. Also, I'd like to question the "sugar free" popsicles. Many "sugar free" things are full of nasty chemicals that clearly cause health problems in the small animals they do the testing of them on. I can't see anyone suggesting rats (or anyone) get any artificial sweetner at all.

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      Terri 

      7 weeks ago

      If peanuts and dried corn are dangerous for rats, why do alot of rat foods found in pet stores contain these ingredients?

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      Noah Lokey 

      8 weeks ago

      Thank you for the help I’m sure my rats will love you for it

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      Megan 

      2 months ago

      I have two pet rats both beautiful girls Mercury the oldest about 3 to 4 months and maple who is one month both are very easy to train but I'd like to give them treats now for doing suck a good job!!

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      The almost best rattie mom 

      2 months ago

      My male rat just died a couple weeks ago and it still hurts. I looked on this site to see if maybe I had fed him something wrong but I didn't. So I'm glad but the funniest thing is that I'm allergic to mango and rats cant eat it witch means that we have more than one thing in common! :)

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      meg curran 

      2 months ago

      are you allowed to feed rats honey

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      Majestic gardener 

      2 months ago

      I've been picking corn out of my rats food for a while now.

      My rat got cancer and died at only a year old

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      GUNMAY SAINI 

      2 months ago

      MY RAT IS SCABIES WHY

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      zoe 

      2 months ago

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

      my moms boyfriend told me that rats can eat anything, I told him they couldn't, he didn't believe him, now I get to prove my point!!!

      hehehehehehehehe

      I also am getting 2 pet rats and wanted to know what I shouldn't give them. Now i know!!!

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      Suzi Reynolds 

      3 months ago

      Thank you very much for the lists of foods that my babies can and can't have. It's a great help. I learned a lot from the lists, especially that they can have chicken bones. Thanks again.

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      amiee 

      3 months ago

      very interesting

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      Kodaline 

      3 months ago

      is fries okay for rats? i fed my rat a piece of my fry from Fatz and the next day he started acting weird...

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      Charlotte 

      3 months ago

      I love all of you great reasons I used to have a pet rat named toffee but she died from a tumr

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      Alba 

      3 months ago

      Is milk ok? Because my rats love milk and I'm scared if it is bad for them.

      (I have only given them it once, I hope it is okay for them).

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      Yuno 

      3 months ago

      Is McDonald's ok for my rat? Because my rat keeps sniffing and looking at my food!

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      Alba 

      3 months ago

      Is dried apricots ok for the rats??????

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      Megan 

      3 months ago

      I came home to a sad site today one of my 2 rats passed away over night and I wanted to treat my other one with something nice

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      Lexi 

      3 months ago

      This was soooooo helpful

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      Eva 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months ago

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

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      Destiny 

      4 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months ago

      Can I feed my rats chicken liver

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      Leah Lotus 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months ago

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

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      Hi 

      6 months 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 

      6 months ago

      Can you feed your rat saltine crackers?

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      Ruby 

      6 months ago

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

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      Jayla 

      6 months ago

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

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      Unknown2 

      6 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 

      6 months ago

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

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      Rats 

      7 months ago

      Can rats eat all kinds of nuts

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      Pepperoni 

      7 months ago

      What about hazelnuts? D:

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      IvyRose28 

      7 months ago

      This was SO helpful!

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      Squirly150 

      7 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 

      7 months ago

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

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      Melissa Goldthorpe 

      7 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      10 months ago

      can they have dryed seecorn

      :)

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      LeilaniVW 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 months ago

      Can they eat wheat germ?

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      Isla 

      10 months ago

      Can they eat raw carrots?

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      Rat 

      10 months ago

      Can they eat mussels

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      RatLover 

      10 months ago

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

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      Fletcher 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 months ago

      thx for the ideas

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      SuzannaQ 

      11 months ago

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

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      A human bean 

      11 months ago

      Can rats have fish?

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      kz 

      11 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 

      12 months ago

      THANKS, I ALMOST FED MY RAT An ORANGE!

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      MARISSA 

      12 months ago

      MY RAT WAS NOT EATING NOW SHE IS THANKS

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      Anonymous 

      12 months ago

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

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      Hearher 

      12 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 

      12 months ago

      THANK YOU SO MUCH OMG I CAN FINALLY FEED HIM HAHAH

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      LOGAN 

      12 months ago

      THANKS THATS GOOD INFOMATION

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      Blanche 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 months ago

      Can my wee rat have pumpkin seeds?

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      Cheryl Anne Gibson 

      13 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 

      13 months ago

      wow that is a disgrace to rats

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      Happy 

      13 months ago

      Very helpful now i can kill the rat problem i have

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      Mary 

      13 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 

      13 months ago

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

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      Panda Jenkins 

      13 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 

      14 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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