What can baby rats eat?

What can baby rats eat?

So what can baby rats eat? Feeding a pet rat isn’t much of a challenge. Rats are omnivorous scavengers, which is a fancy way of saying they will eat anything they can find. However, to ensure your pet rat remains fit and healthy, you should be careful about what you feed it. Ideally, a pet rats diet should consist of specially-formulated rat food, supplemented with fresh food where possible. 

What can baby rats eat?

For the first 3 weeks or so, baby rats only need their mother’s milk. For orphaned rat pups, a substitute formula can be given. After the 21 day mark, baby rats can try their first solid foods, but they will continue to suckle for another few weeks. Once they are done suckling, they can move on to normal rat food.

Specially-formulated rat food can either be bought from a pet store or made at home. If you’re going to make your own rat food, you must follow the recipes provided precisely. These rat-friendly foods are designed to provide almost everything that rats need to stay healthy. The nutrients that aren’t provided can be obtained from supplements and fresh food. Without supplementation, rats can easily suffer from nutritional deficiencies, even if the rest of the diet is sound. Fresh treats are usually the preferred method for supplementing a rat diet.

Commercially available rat food is formulated especially for them and comes in the form of pellets or blocks. You can buy loose seed mixes for rats, which can provide a very well-balanced diet. However, many rats will leave some of the seeds alone and focus on others, meaning they miss some of the key nutrients they provide. With pellets and blocks, rats can’t pick and choose what ingredients they eat and leave behind. Adding fresh fruit and vegetables (other than citrus fruits) will improve virtually any rat diet.

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