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 Post subject: Long term feeding of a "complimentary" mix
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:48 pm 
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I picked up 2 more rats today, The previous owner says they are to years old and im pretty sure they have been confined to a cage their own lives. When i went i asked them if they wanted pop them in the carrier so they are safe for the journey home and the response was "we dont really get them out" poor boys :(

The food they have come with is shocking its got a huge amount of dried fruit, corn and peas and little else, im 99.9999999% sure its https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linkpet-Fruitt ... B00J2UN786 as ive seen it being sold in pound stretcher and its only a COMPLEMENTARY food not a complete one.

I cant even find any nutritional analysis online for it!

Obviously ive switched them over to my usual mix straight away, but is there anything extra i should be feeding to try and repair any malnutrition they have suffered for any health issues that are a common side effect of what is potential long term malnutrition?

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Amy


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 Post subject: Re: Long term feeding of a "complimentary" mix
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:26 am 
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I don't think so - just being on a good healthy diet now will enable their bodies to repair themselves as much as they can. They are lucky to have found you, poor things. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Long term feeding of a "complimentary" mix
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:42 am 
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The only thing I'd do differently is give them a little more vitamin+mineral supplementation than I normally would, just for the first month or two to attempt to make up for any deficiencies they might have. I'd be particularly keen on extra supplementation if they're overweight in addition to being malnourished, which is entirely possible on the rubbish diet they've had. In order to lose weight while getting enough nutrition (especially if you've got vitamin/mineral deficiencies), you need to have especially nutritionally dense food, and that usually requires extra supplementation. So for example, normally I only use DailyRat3 since I trust that my mix covers all the other vitamins and minerals adequately, but if I had rats from such a poor background, I'd give them Daily Essentials 1 a few times a week as well since it covers a much broader range of vitamins and minerals. If you're a Calcivet + DE1 user then I'd suggest adding a dose or two a week.

Otherwise, as Mary said, a healthy balanced diet, not to mention some actual opportunities to exercise and socialise, will do them a world of good. :luck:

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 Post subject: Re: Long term feeding of a "complimentary" mix
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:42 pm 
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Thankyou, ill get some suppliments. I use a Bannanna brunch base so i dont tend to supplement with any of the extras. They definitely arent over weight at all, i wouldnt say they were skinny either but they are pretty small compared to the rest of my boys if they really are 2 years old.

Going to try and get them on the scales later if they dont freak out too much luckily they are very very curious they just run a mile if i try and stroke them :P

Amy


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