What is safe for rats to eat?
Safe foods for rats include grapes, carrots, and cucumbers.
- Chicken. This is the healthiest meat for your rat.
- Chicken bones. Surprisingly, these are not only healthy for rats but also good chew toys.
- Cold cuts.
- Cooked sweet potatoes.
- Cottage cheese.
Fresh items are nutritious for rats, who like eating them -- a win-win for sure. Chop rat-friendly veggies and fruits into small and manageable pieces and offer them to your pet. Suitable options include melons, broccoli, peas, pears, bananas, apples, carrots and peaches.
- Pasta – Rats will eat pasta cooked or dry, beware if putting dry pasta in their cage that it can be noisy as they chew on it. Rats love eating rice, only give small amounts in a serving. Scrambled Eggs – Like boiled eggs, rats love this food.
- Chicken bones are brittle and a choking hazard. They WILL knaw at the bones and its not worth the risk of ingesting a bone splinter IMO. Cooked chicken though is typically fine, but the entire carcass not the best idea. People on here give their rats wing bones all the time without problems.
- Apples – Apples are fine, except for the seeds. Apple seeds contain a cyanide derivative that is deadly. Avocados – Avocados are high in fat and are a good treat to feed rats that need to gain weight quickly (make sure the fruit is ripe). However, the pit, rind, skin and leaves of avocados are toxic.
Feeding Pet Rats Other Foods
- Fruit: apples, cherries, grapes, bananas, strawberries and other berries, melons, plums.
- Vegetables: broccoli, potatoes, peas, carrot, cooked sweet potato, kale, parsley, bok choy, squash.
- Cooked liver and other very lean cooked meats.
- Whole wheat pasta and bread.
- Cooked beans (including soya)
- How often should I feed my rats? Rat babies are often fed two or three times a day, but by the time they are homed, this is usually down to once or twice a day.
- Rats are scavengers that can and will eat anything. They prefer to eat grains, livestock feed and meat but they have been known to eat soap, leather and even other rodents! Rats hunt in the sense that they search for their food until they find it, but rats are scavengers.
- For example, apples are a safe rat food, but the seeds contain cyanide -- a potent toxin in large amounts. Always remove the toxic parts before feeding similar kinds of foods. For other cautionary foods, including radishes and radish leaves, give only tiny amounts raw.
Updated: 2nd October 2019