food for young rats

Discuss what your rats eat. From general diet, food brands, eating problems and treat foods.
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food for young rats

Post by luna_star » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:11 pm

hi ive been trying to work out what foods i can give my baby rats other then their normal mix. they age between 9 weeks and 17 weeks. i've read what you can feed rats but nowhere says how old they should be. i've got 2 males and 2 females (in seperate cages). and i'm getting 2 more baby females next week from a breeder this time. any advice would be greatfully appreciated x
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Re: food for young rats

Post by princesslea » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:27 pm

I've got 4 babies at the mo and am currently feeding them a dry mix (which I make up myself) and lots of green leafy veg such as Kale, cabbage and spring greens. I also feed them extra protein whilst there in this growing period in the form of dog kibble (James Wellbeloved) wet dog food (naturesdiet) or chickpeas. I also supplement their diet with vitamins too. As they get to about 3 months I'll reduce the amount of fresh food and protein I'm currently giving them.

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Re: food for young rats

Post by luna_star » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:35 pm

hi thanks for the advice i will certainly add some photos tomorrow. i did have trouble with sexing storm though..ended up having to take him to the vet..and even still the vet is not 100% sure he is a male. he has no testicles yet. i got him from a pet shop and they said he was 8 weeks and cosmo was 10 weeks..cosmo is a lot bigger than storm. and the vet said storm looks very young. younger than 8 weeks. but he is lovely either way. any more advice would be greatfully appreciated. thanks again

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food for young rats

Post by SammyJoP » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:23 am

Check for nipples - only does have nipples :)
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Post by Stephhh_xo » Tue May 03, 2011 4:37 pm

Im feeding my babies wet dog food for extra protein, can they keep eating this all their life or should I stop feeding it them when they get to a certain age?
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Post by Jemma » Tue May 03, 2011 6:39 pm

It depends on the protien content, generally speaking though if you keep feeding it for too long your rats are likley to become a little (or a lot) on the fat side. It's really easy to digest so they don't need to eat much to get the nutrition they need from it.
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Re: food for young rats

Post by caanjast » Wed May 04, 2011 9:30 pm

hello!
i also have young rats, 2 females, and i was wondering how often i should feed them fresh foods, like veg and fruit etc. should it be every day? just didnt want to over do it!
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Post by luna_star » Sat May 14, 2011 4:05 pm

i found out that storm is a female the other day. when i was cleaning the boys cage out i found 2 baby rats. so much for a professional vet!!i said all along storm was a girl. i need a bit of feeding advice for her now....my vet said she was very young when i got her. i was told she was 8 weeks old. but i thought she was about 4/5 weeks old. judging by some pictures of baby rats that i found online. i got her just under 4 weeks ago now. i've been reading up on alot of info but im getting confused. i'm feeding her her normal mix, with fresh pasta, broccoli and califlour. i read that oatmeal mixed with soya milk is good for her. and some people say kitten food. but any advice would be appreciated. i did only find 2 babies. no signs of any more. as shes small i presume she didnt have loads or the others were stillborn. i managed to sex them yesterday. ones a boy and ones a girl. the girl is called ebony and the boys called shadow. both going to be the same colour as storm i think. any way sorry for going on..just need some more advice
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Re: food for young rats

Post by daffee » Sat May 14, 2011 4:23 pm

This is a good article on feeding lactating rats and weaning foods. :luck:
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Re: food for young rats

Post by luna_star » Sat May 14, 2011 5:15 pm

thanks ever so much daffee. thats alot of help. at the moment shes made her nest in one of those tunnel tubes. the ones that are made of cardboard. but i cant see the babies to keep an eye on her and them. should i move it out? i just dont want to keep taking them out of the tube
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