Rats can be all raw and vegan
I didn't want this to get buried in the rattie discussion thread because I think it's important so I started a new thread.
Rats can be vegan and raw! When I did the research it seemed to me that rat's nutritional requirements were pretty similiar to human's, so I went ahead and fed my ratties that I adopted fruits and veggies and some nuts and seeds and they are super healthy and active and happy and have been for over two years now.
I do feed mostly organic because of rat's predisposition towards cancer. I don't eat mostly organic even because I can't afford to--but I think that rats are much susceptible to cancer than we are and they eat so little that it doesn't cost much.
I mostly feed my ratties melons, mangoes, bananas, dates, avocados, some tender greens, broccoli, tomatos, carrots, brussel sprouts, and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and pine nuts.
They do get a variety of other fruits and veggies depending on what I'm eating but the above are their favorites. Mangoes and avocados are their absolute favorites and I have to agree with them!
I notice that when I give them too much fat they start to loose some hair and it grows right back as soon I cut back. I did read that they do better on low fat diets.
Every rat gaurdian should have this book!
Anyone that has rats as pets should buy Debbie's Rat Health Care Booklet.
It has not only saved me a ridiculous amount of money on vets bills, but it also has saved their lives.:)
Read this booklet, and you will know more than 9 out of 10 vets probably. It has been invaluable.