Food and Nutrition
Rats have a fairly specialized diet. Many people make the mistake of feeding them commercial hamster and/or parrot feed. This however, is a very quick way to place your rat in extreme discomfort and medical risk. These feeds tend to have very high levels of protein, which can cause allergic reactions in rats and result in a compromised immune system, which could lead to respiratory infection, mite infestations and other unwanted side-effects. Ideally, the protein in your rats' diet should not exceed 18%.
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The general rule of thumb is that if it's good to eat for you, it's fine to feed your rats.
Here's a short list of what foods you should avoid feeding your rats: