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Old 05-24-2008, 02:07 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if you can feed asparagus to rats?


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Old 05-24-2008, 02:17 AM   #2
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I wouldn't. It'll make their pee stinky(er).
Not sure it's toxic though. It's pretty high in iron....maybe I'm thinking of rabbits....

I found 1 list of forbidden foods:

raw dry beans or peanuts—contains antinutrients that destroy vitamin A and enzymes needed to digest protein and starches, and causes red blood cells to clump
raw sweet potato—contains compounds that form cyanide in the stomach
green bananas—inhibits starch-digesting enzymes
green potato skin and eyes—contain solanine, a toxin
wild insects—can carry internal parasites and diseases
raw bulk tofu—can contain bacteria, packaged raw tofu is safe
orange juice—forbidden for male rats only, d-limonene in the skin oil, which gets into the orange juice during squeezing, can cause kidney damage and kidney cancer due to a protein that only male rats have in their kidneys. Pieces of the orange fruit are okay if you wash the orange-skin oil off of it after peeling it.

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Old 05-24-2008, 02:23 AM   #3
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Here's what I found on RMCA:
http://www.rmca.org/Articles/recipes1.htm

THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE TOY
The only thing better than a toy is a toy you can eat once you're done playing with it. At least that's what my rat, Dottie, tells me. We discovered by accident that a lightly steamed asparagus spear makes a great toy if you wave the end of it in front of a rattie's nose. (The barely cooked spear has just enough wiggle in it!) It's quite tasty, too, once you catch it. We haven't tried this yet, but I suspect that lightly steamed spears of other vegetables, such as carrots and squash would also be good to play with and then eat.


But if I sure wouldn't want my rat's pee to be stinkier!!
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:23 AM   #4
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Ok what about watermelon??
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Watermelon is an absolute favourite... more like a treat.
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Asparagus is the one vegetable I eat on a regular basis, and my rats always enjoy fighting over a stalk of asparagus.
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Oh my girls just love asparagus. I have never noticed a difference in odour but I only give them little itty bitty peices.
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Would it be ok raw? Thats how we eat it at our house because if you cook it it makes the kitchin smell funny lol
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If you can eat it raw, I believe it should be ok for the rats too.
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I'd forgotten all about asparagus! I tried that once a long time ago, waving it in front of them. They loved it; an edible toy.


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