Rats are omnivores – which means they’ll eat almost anything. Not that you should let them. In the wild, they’re scavengers and get all the nutrients they need from a varied diet. But as pets, they can be selective feeders. If you offer a coarse mix of grains, nuts and fruit, they’ll just choose what they like, buffet-style. And since they hoard food, you’ll be none the wiser.
You should talk to your rat and interact with him on a regular basis so he learns to trust and depend on you.
To beat the problem, feed them an all-in-one food – Excel Rat Nuggets are ideal. They contain all of the nutrients they need in every mouthful. And picky selective feeding is an impossibility. The feeding guide on the pack will tell you how much to give.
Rats love variety though, so mix it up by giving them sticks to chew on - Excel Gnaw Sticks are perfect. You can make a game of it and hide them round the cage. It’s a great pro-exercise, anti-boredom technique.
Fresh food should be given at the same time every day: once in the morning, once in the evening. Use a metal or ceramic bowl – they’re easier to clean, difficult to gnaw and harder to knock over. In the morning, take away any food left over from the day before.
Your rat should always have plenty of fresh, clean water. But from a water bottle, not a bowl.
Sadly, many people don't think to visit their local rescue centre when looking to adopt a rat.
Rats have glands on the bottom of their feet so they leave a wet trail wherever they walk.
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