|Gus is wondering if it's time for dinner now.|
Rats are omnivores which means they eat both plants and meat. The best diet a person can feed their pet rat is probably going to be a lab block or pellet purchased from the pet store. My favorite rat pellet food is Oxbow's Regal Rat. Seed Mixes for rats are OK if the rat eats everything in the mixture, which is unlikely. They are probably just going to pick and choose the good stuff out.
Jack and Gus came to me with a big container of seed mix. I have no idea what brand it is, but I haven't fed it to them for a while. I gave it to them when they first came here so they could adjust well. Right now, they have some lab blocks to eat but they are always the last thing left in their food bowl.
|Lab blocks - pelleted rat food.|
Most of the time, my rats get a specially prepared meal. I did the same thing for Nibblet. I give them a variety of fruits, vegetables, pasta, grains, beans, cooked meats, dog treats, and more. Yes, dog treats are on that list.
Most recently, they've been nomming on some Bocce's Bakery Truffle Mac & Cheese dog treats. The only ingredients in these dog biscuits are organic barley flour, cheese, nitrate-free turkey bacon, and truffle oil, so they are definitely more than OK for the rats to enjoy too. There are some certain dog treats that they don't seem to like very much.
|Nibblet tries a dog treat from Sam's Yams.|
Jack and Gus seem a little bit picky about their food choices so far. If they had to make a top 10 favorite food choices list, here's what it would include -
- Shredded Cheese
- Cooked Pasta
- Green Beans
|Jack thinks these veggies look tasty.|
It's kind of fun preparing their dinner bowls for them! And I always watch them for about 5 minutes or so to see which foods they pick out to eat first. Jack is always the more hungry of the two. Dinner time is definitely their favorite time of day.