I have had rats for years now, and have discovered what I believe to be the best diet.
In my humble opinion as a ratty mom, I think that Harlan Lab Blocks 14% Protein Rodent Diet is the best for rats over 6 months old. When they are young you can buy the 18% Protein diet. I usually purchase from Chinchilla.ca (I am not endorsed by them in any way.)
As well as giving these lab blocks everyday as the main staple, fruits and veggies are also very important. Blueberries and red grapes are the BEST for their antioxidants. Rats are prone to cancer and tumours so these foods are great for helping to prevent that.
My rats favorite healthy breakfast treat (only a couple times a week) is organic flax seed oatmeal (cooked of course). You don't add anything else. Just boil water, add in the organic flax seed oatmeal and stir until it is thick. Let it sit and cool before serving it up to the ratties. I find a half pack of ready-to-go organic oatmeal is enough for one day for two ratties.
Of course you must always remember to supply fresh water for your rats everyday!
I will post more information about rat care, along with TONS of other types of other pets, very soon!
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