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Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:42 pm
by oowie
Curious about your opinions on this subject, please choose your option and explain if you like.

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:55 pm
by CharlieBrown
I have been feeding my rats a purely vegetarian diet for a few years now. Also, it started before my current pair. Those two bubbles just inherited this way of feeding from their predecessors. Why do I do it? First of all, I am also a vegetarian so my lifestyle is influential on the way I treat my pets. I have a little garden in my backyard so I always make sure to have fresh and healthy veggies for the two. Except for wintertime but nowadays I have deliveries I know I can trust. My rats are healthy and I always make sure they have all the vitamins and minerals they need.

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:00 pm
by cyber ratty
I feed a mix with the protein element provided from a variety of sources - good quality dog kibble which is generally fish for dogs (salmon/sardines/white fish) or a new one I'm trying which is insect based, dried fish or water creatures/insects, and sometimes soya. They also get bones etc. left over from our meals. Youngsters get meals with all sorts of protein sources in them including chicken, eggs, and tuna.

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:59 pm
by oowie
I voted for option 2. vegetarian drymix, with once a week/every 2 weeks, a boiled egg, or some salmon.

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:10 pm
by Feolthanos
I myself am vegan, but we have other pets in the house that eat meat/fish items, so the rats will occasionally get bits and treats from their food that's suitable, mostly just to add a bit of interest, and as some additional protein when they're kittens alongside plant based sources.

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:26 am
by cyber ratty
For those feeding a vegetarian dry mix - what is your protein element if it's not soya?

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:36 pm
by oowie
I don't mix myself because i only have 2 rats. I buy a ready made mix from a webshop. These are the ingredients:

Barley flakes, paddy, corn flakes, buckwheat, millet, pea flakes, pasta (wheat, spinach, tomato), barley, puffed rice, soy flakes, hemp seeds, brown rice, oat flakes, spelled flakes, wheat flakes, quinoa, lentils, linseed, split peas, buckwheat flakes puffed spelled, puffed wheat, puffed millet, puffed quinoa, carrot, beetroot, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, milk thistle seeds, parsnip, bell pepper, tomato, pumpkin, dandelion, plantain, thyme, parsley, dill, chervil, celery, oregano, banana, coconut , seaweed.

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:42 pm
by cyber ratty
That sounds like a rat rations mix :D .. and it's soya based.

Re: Do you feed a vegetarian diet ? (adult rats from 6 months and older)

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:09 am
by RobertScarborough1952
I once went to the wrong vet and he diagnosed hypertrophy, so for about 1.5 months I didn't give my rats any meat, etc. I noticed that the coat compared to before was grey, less shiny etc., and the rats were less active. I went to the best vet I could find, who himself has rats at home and he said that they have to eat meat, because it is their nature and it is necessary in the development of the rat. Rats hunt and eat carrion, so obviously they need it to live. You shouldn't have to decide for them. There are foods with animal products like Versele laga rat complete, but mine and I know many rats won't eat them.