A-Z of safe Fruits, Beans and Vegetables

Discuss what your rats eat. From general diet, food brands, eating problems and treat foods.
Locked
User avatar
RatsR4me
Member
Member
Posts: 1437
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:55 pm
Location: Cornwall
Contact:

A-Z of safe Fruits, Beans and Vegetables

Post by RatsR4me » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:54 pm

I have been working on this, and I thought it may be helpful, I have included all the fruit and veg etc. I can think of, if anyone thinks of anything else to add, or thinks something needs to be changed please say so. Anyhow, hope this helps some. please let me know what you think.

This is from our site

Safe fruit, beans and veggies for rats


A
Aduki beans
Apple (pips removed)
Apricots (no stone)
Asparagus
Aubergine (eggplant)
Avocado (flesh only, no skin or stone)


B
Bamboo
Banana
Bean sprouts
Beetroot
Blackberries
Blackcurrant's
Blueberries
Bok choy (Pak choi)
Broad beans (canned or cooked)
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts (Cooked only)
Butternut squash


C
Canneletti beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Cherries (without stone)
Chick Peas (soaked, canned or cooked)
Chicory
Coconut
Courgette (Zucchini)
Cranberries
Cress
Cucumber



D
Dandelion leaves
Dates


E
Eggplant (Aubergine)


F
Figs (small amount)


G
Gala melon
Garlic
Grapes
Green beans (cooked)


H
Honeydew melon

J
Jerusalem artichokes

K
Kale (curly)
Kidney beans (cooked only)
Kiwi (small amounts, without skin)


L
Leek * (small amount)
Lettuce (in moderation)


M
Mange tout
Mango (girls only)
Melon
Mushrooms


N
Nectarines (girls only)


O
Olive
Onion * (small amount)
Orange (small amount only for the girls)


P
Pak choi (bok choy)
Papaya
Parsnips
Peach (no stone)
Peas (frozen or fresh)
Pears
Peppers (all colours)
Persimmon (sharon fruit)
Physalis (chinese lantern fruit)
Pineapple
Plums (without stones)
Pomegranate
Pomelo (girls only)
Potato (cooked)
Prunes
Pumpkin (cooked)



R
Radish
Raisins
Raspberries
Red Onion * (small amount)
Rocket



S
Savoy cabbage
Sharon fruit (Persimmon)
Soya beans (must be cooked)
Spring greens (spring cabbage)
Spring onion * (small amount)
Spinach
Strawberries
Swede
Sweet corn (frozen or fresh, on cob or off)
Sweet peppers
Sweet potato
Sugar snap pea

T
Tomato
Turnip


W
Water chesnuts
Watercress
Watermelon




Z
Zucchini (Courgette)


introduce any new foods slowly, to avoid soft stools

Please ensure any canned foods are not in salted water, if this in unavoidable please rinse the foods first

*(opinion differs on whether this is safe. People do feed it with no problems)

This list is based on mainly fresh foods, dried fruits can contain far too much sugar
Last edited by RatsR4me on Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:46 pm, edited 15 times in total.

User avatar
Mrs JDTootz
Member
Member
Posts: 874
Joined: Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:26 pm
Location: Larkhill, Wlitshire

Post by Mrs JDTootz » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:58 pm

What an excellent idea!!! This should be stickyed!! Also at later date once i start working on my website again (way too much going on just now!) could i put a link in leading to this list?
xX Nikki Xx

User avatar
RatsR4me
Member
Member
Posts: 1437
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:55 pm
Location: Cornwall
Contact:

Post by RatsR4me » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:04 pm

Thanks, and a link would be fine, but as i wrote this for the rescue site, i would prefer any links to be to the site. :)

User avatar
Skatts
Member
Member
Posts: 1432
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:07 am
Location: Hull
Contact:

Post by Skatts » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:06 pm

Thank you ! :)

User avatar
RatsR4me
Member
Member
Posts: 1437
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:55 pm
Location: Cornwall
Contact:

Post by RatsR4me » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:09 pm

No probs :)

User avatar
Lilly-Puff
Member
Member
Posts: 120
Joined: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:12 pm
Location: East yorkshire

Post by Lilly-Puff » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:11 pm

wow thats brilliant!!!! thansk for that it will be very usefull when i'm wondering if something safe or not!!
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature

User avatar
Midnight Rose
Fancy Rats Team
Fancy Rats Team
Posts: 16903
Joined: Sat May 07, 2005 5:15 pm
Location: South West London, UK
Contact:

Post by Midnight Rose » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:11 pm

I think it's a great idea. However, I have a few things to say (don't I always :wink: )

I think brussel sprouts are fine raw, at least my rats and I have always been.

All canned beans can be given straight from the can and all dry beans must be soaked and cooked.

I believe raw green and runner beans are fine.

Lettuce has very little nutrition value.

Potato and pumpkin is fine raw.

Onions can be added as ok.

And I don't think new foods don't need to be introduced slowly.


Other than those things it's good :D
Valiance Rats - London based rattery breeding to extend average lifespan and improve health in the variety American dove and dove agouti.

North of England Rat Society - Pet Initiative

User avatar
Skatts
Member
Member
Posts: 1432
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:07 am
Location: Hull
Contact:

Post by Skatts » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:12 pm

Are rats ok with salt ? do you need to make sure canned beans are not in salted water ?
Cheers !

User avatar
RatsR4me
Member
Member
Posts: 1437
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:55 pm
Location: Cornwall
Contact:

Post by RatsR4me » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:15 pm

Midnight Rose wrote:I think it's a great idea. However, I have a few things to say (don't I always :wink: )

I think brussel sprouts are fine raw, at least my rats and I have always been.

All canned beans can be given straight from the can and all dry beans must be soaked and cooked.

I believe raw green and runner beans are fine.

Lettuce has very little nutrition value.

Potato and pumpkin is fine raw.

Onions can be added as ok.

And I don't think new foods don't need to be introduced slowly.


Other than those things it's good :D


Thanks guys, Midnight rose, you listed all the things I was unsure about, i had mixed views on all those so i opted for what i felt was the safer option :wink:

Also the introduction slowly bit, if for those who's ratties haven't even tried fresh foods, there are many out there, and if given in silly amounts problems will occur.

User avatar
steffie
Member
Member
Posts: 439
Joined: Sun Jan 21, 2007 9:51 pm
Location: Cheltenham

Post by steffie » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:17 pm

May I just ask, why do some foods state that they are only suitable for girls? Relative newbie compared to all you experienced lot!
Stef and the girls - Dusty :dumbogirly: and Ella :dumbogirly:(in the avatar) and the boys - Louis :smileyrat: Otis :smileyrat: Sprocket :smileyrat: Fraggle :smileyrat: Buzz :teen: Magic :teen: Noah :baby: and Trent :baby:

User avatar
Fat_Rat
Member
Member
Posts: 2346
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 9:59 pm
Location: SW London
Contact:

Post by Fat_Rat » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:20 pm

great idea :D

only one thing to add. Maybe say "stone removed" on cherries as i believe they contain a small amount of arsenic :-? (correct me if i'm wrong!)

Oh and there's also a large amount of tinned beans that could be added that my ratties love e.g. canneletti beans, aduki beans etc and all are safe.

ETA: persimmon/sharon fruit is ok as are Physalis (chinese lantern fruit) but mine didn't like either :lol:
Amanda the ratless
:rainbow: 30 Angels Never Forgotten

Help END bear bile farming

User avatar
RatsR4me
Member
Member
Posts: 1437
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:55 pm
Location: Cornwall
Contact:

Post by RatsR4me » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:24 pm

steffie wrote:May I just ask, why do some foods state that they are only suitable for girls? Relative newbie compared to all you experienced lot!


because they contain d-limonene, which can cause kidney cancer in males

User avatar
RatsR4me
Member
Member
Posts: 1437
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:55 pm
Location: Cornwall
Contact:

Post by RatsR4me » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:26 pm

Fat_Rat wrote:great idea :D

only one thing to add. Maybe say "stone removed" on cherries as i believe they contain a small amount of arsenic :-? (correct me if i'm wrong!)

Oh and there's also a large amount of tinned beans that could be added that my ratties love e.g. canneletti beans, aduki beans etc and all are safe.

ETA: persimmon/sharon fruit is ok as are Physalis (chinese lantern fruit) but mine didn't like either :lol:


Thanks, beans are not something i eat a lot of, i will add them now

User avatar
Fat_Rat
Member
Member
Posts: 2346
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 9:59 pm
Location: SW London
Contact:

Post by Fat_Rat » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:27 pm

i don't ever eat beans myself :lol: Midnight Rose got me started on chick peas for the rats then it just snowballed, all my tins of beans are purely for ratties consumption :lol:
Amanda the ratless
:rainbow: 30 Angels Never Forgotten

Help END bear bile farming

User avatar
RatsR4me
Member
Member
Posts: 1437
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:55 pm
Location: Cornwall
Contact:

Post by RatsR4me » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:29 pm

Fat_Rat wrote:i don't ever eat beans myself :lol: Midnight Rose got me started on chick peas for the rats then it just snowballed, all my tins of beans are purely for ratties consumption :lol:


LOL, is persimmon/sharon fruit the same thing?

Locked

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests