What you choose to feed your rats will influence their life and overall well being.  I'm a firm believer in holistic health, and I try to be mindful of every aspects of my rats health - mentally, physically, and emotionally.  Diet plays a huge part in all of this! Please do as much research as possible before adopting. Here's a few tips and personal recommendations from my very own program!

Main Diet


Your rats main diet, which should be about 80% of what they eat, should be a high quality block feed.  Pay attention to the ingredients and be sure to choose a protein level of 14-16% and 4-6% fat. If it's any less, they may be malnurished, and any more could cause health issues, obesity, and protein itch with males.


What we feed at our rattery:

Oxbow Essentials Adult Rat Food

I've been using this food for 4 years. I'm very happy with it, my mischief likes it, and I never have any known issues.

Below are the list of ingredients and guaranteed analysis in this formula:

Whole Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Wheat Bran, Wheat, Soybean Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavor, Soybean Hulls, Brewer’s Dried Yeast, Flax Seed Meal, Monocalcium Phosphate, DL-Methionine, Canola Oil, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Wheat Germ Meal, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Salt, Inulin, Magnesium Oxide, Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Choline Chloride, Sodium Bentonite, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate (Vitamin C), Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Rosemary Extract


Crude Protein (min) 15.00% Crude Fat (min) 4.00% Crude Fiber (min) 2.00% Crude Fiber (max) 5.00% Moisture (max) 10.00% Calcium (min) 1.00% Calcium(max) 1.50% Phosphorous (min) 0.80% Vitamin A (minn) 8,000 IU/kg Vitamin D3 (min) 1,000 IU/kg Vitamin E (min) 125 IU/kg




20% of our rats diet consists of various other foods that can help boost overall health. I especially focus on feeding these extras to nursing mothers and growing babies (then can benefit from a little extra protein, calcium, some fat, Cooper, and other nutrients)

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