What Can Rats Eat

Rats are generally considered to be omnivores meaning that they will eat both plant and animal material. This means that they are not particularly fussy when it comes to what they will eat and will often eat whatever is available to them.

Rats are generally considered to be omnivores meaning that they will eat both plant and animal material. This means that they are not particularly fussy when it comes to what they will eat and will often eat whatever is available to them.

One study found that wild rats in an urban environment ate a variety of foods including: insects slugs snails earthworms mice other small mammals birds eggs lizards amphibians fruit vegetables grains nuts and seeds (1).

In captivity rats can be fed a diet of commercially available rat food which is often a mix of pellets seeds and nuts. However it is important to supplement this diet with fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure that your rat is getting all the nutrients they need.

Some people also like to feed their rats live prey such as mealworms crickets and earthworms.

While this is not strictly necessary it can be a good way to provide your rat with some extra enrichment and stimulation.

In general rats are not fussy eaters and will eat just about anything. However it is important to provide them with a well-rounded diet that includes both fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a commercially available rat food mix.

Can rats eat chocolate?

No because it contains theobromine which is poisonous to rats.

Can rats eat peanuts?

Yes peanuts are a good source of protein for rats.

Can rats eat bacon?

No bacon is too high in fat and salt for rats.

Can rats eat bread?

Yes bread is a good source of carbohydrates for rats.

Can rats eat cheese?

Yes cheese is a good source of calcium for rats.

Can rats eat celery?

Yes celery is a good source of fiber for rats.

Can rats eat bananas?

Yes bananas are a good source of potassium for rats.

Can rats eat carrots?

Yes carrots are a good source of beta carotene for rats.

Can rats eat grapes?

Yes grapes are a good source of water for rats.

Can rats eat broccoli?

Yes broccoli is a good source of vitamins C and K for rats.

Can rats eat spinach?

Yes spinach is a good source of iron for rats.

Can rats eat apples?

Yes apples are a good source of Vitamins A and C for rats.

Can rats eat meat?

Yes meat is a good source of protein for rats.

Can rats eat fish?

Yes fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids for rats.

Can rats eat nuts?

Yes nuts are a good source of fat and protein for rats.

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Elizabeth L. Berg

The writer has more than one publication on rats to her credit, and they are focused on important factors about rats. She is of the MIND Institute and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA, United States.

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