Category: Health Related

Forbidden Foods for Rats

Generally, if you would eat a food, you can give it to your rats. Here are some exceptions and notables: raw dry beans or peanuts—contains antinutrients that destroy vitamin A and enzymes needed to digest protein and starches, and causes red blood cells to clump.  Roasted peanuts are fine. raw sweet potato—contains compounds that form [...]

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Food Allergies in Rats

Although rats can have food allergies, it is not that common. Most skin irritations are due to mites or irritating bedding. It is important to know some of the signs and symptoms of  allergies. They include but not limited to the following: Itching Inflammation Lesions from scratching Patchy hair loss Reactions  may be immediate or delayed. [...]

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Fly Strike Hazards for Small Pets

By Phyllis O’Beollain Myiasis, or flystrike, is a condition typically seen in rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furry pets in the summer, but it can affect any animal at any time of the year. “Blowflies” (shiny flies with blue or green iridescent bodies) are attracted to open wounds, heavily soiled fur or the droppings [...]

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Easy Homemade Rat Treats

By Phyllis O’Beollain Making your own homemade pet treats ensures the freshest natural ingredients without too much sugar. DO NOT give rats chocolate, sugary candy, cookies, chips or other junk food. Dry, low sugar cereals such as toasted oat cereals, puffed rice or wheat cereals, or shredded wheat are good choices for treats, as are [...]

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Diet Do’s and Don’ts for Rats

Nutrition is the basis for maintaining good health in your rat, and a good base diet that contains essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, along with a variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetables will do just that. Rats are omnivorous requiring both plant and animal food sources in their diets (much like humans), and specially formulated [...]

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