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  1. S

    how can i help my lone fat rat lose weight with new babies?

    TL;DR: how can i help my lone fat rat (1.5yr) keep losing weight when new babies (7wk) are introduced to the cage so unfortunately my rat Remi is fat. he is a fat, obese, ~780 gram rat. this is completely my fault. due to negligence and worry that my other (tiny, skinny, old) rat would lose too...
  2. S

    To supplement Harlan 2018 or not?

    HI, I'm waiting to receive my two male rats. They're juveniles. I've been reading that Harlan Teklad 2018 is good for rats that age. However, it is not available here in the Philippines where I live. I ordered Harlan Teklad online and it will arrive in two weeks. But my babies are arriving in...
  3. MN Rat Pack

    is oxbow garden safe?

    Hello, My rats prefer the Oxbow Garden diet over the original. however, the ingredients include two types of grasses... does that count as hay?
  4. 16kacha

    Rat mix?

    Hi- i was just curious if anyone makes their rats mixes for their food. I would obviously still feed them oxbow but wanted to see if anyone does it.
  5. R

    Boys eating fleece

    I have three male, un-neutered rats in a double Ferret Nation, and I use a fleece lining for the plastic pans. This method has worked great for about a year, but recently, they've taken to eating the fleece. I first noticed it when my oldest boy, about 2+ years old, injured his leg in a fall...
  6. 16kacha

    Old Rat foods?

    Does anyone know what to feed an older rat to help keep weight on them, but isnt too much protien for their kidneys?
  7. DanielZielwolf


    One of my rats is a male albino (Wistar rat), his name is Ari. I took him to the vet for a check up. He's 2yo and weighs 600 grams. I let all my rats get a bit of padding because if they get sick they lose weight so rapidly. But this vet (whom I hadn't met before) said Ari is much too fat and...
  8. oasisandbambi

    Rat food

    Hello! I need help from someone who knows a little about rat diet? I made a post about this a while ago and no one replied so please any kind of help is great. Im from Europe and the only good Rat food I could find was Science Selective. It was a great food until they changed the recipe and made...
  9. R


    I have read that rats are able to eat corn whether it be canned, on the cob, or frozen. I have fed my rats corn in the past but ran out so I bought more when I went to the store. They only had peaches and cream so I got that without any prior research to see if they could eat it, stupidly. I...
  10. CLee421

    Expecting momma

    Hi! My first two baby rattie boys are just over a week old at their breeder’s - I’m just joining to start browsing and get more advice and input because the FB groups I’ve found aren’t quite as active as I would like. Right now I’m interested in stocking my boys’ “mansion” with ramps ropes and...
  11. ViciousCurse

    Rat block switch

    I currently switching my rats over from Kaytee rat food to Oxbow essentials. The reason I started this post is because I'm contemplating trying Oxbow's garden variety adult rat food. I won't be using this stuff in place of veggies, I'd just like to give some extra nutrients. My rats will still...
  12. Kyn

    Oxbow Regal Rat for Young Rats?

    I have three boys who are a little over 8 weeks old. Right now, I feed them the adult formula of Oxbow Regal Rat. I looked into getting them the young rat and mouse formula of Oxbow's, but wasn't too impressed with the ingredients (corn, etc.) Since baby rats need more protein than adults, I've...
  13. K

    Oxbow rat food

    i know this sounds really weird but anyways, I have 8 rats atm and I’ve always fed them oxbow essentials rat food I always bought the small 3lb bags till one day I saw on amazon a 20lb bag so I got that cuz i go through the 3lb bags sooo fast. Ever since I got the 20lb bag my rats have been...
  14. Olympia✨

    Soaking rat blocks? (+massive picky eaters)

    My two 8 m/o rats have always hated their rat blocks, at this point I’ve must have tried at least 6 or so brands. I’ve realised that if I soak the blocks (I’m currently using Burgess, but I actually just ordered some Beaphar+ ones which I haven’t tried) they tend to pick at it and eat bits of...
  15. Charlize

    Elderly rat has lost 20% of her body weight in the past month

    My old lady rat (2.75 years) has lost 20% of her body weight since the beginning of July. Vet was concerned about her weight loss, so I started to monitor whether she's actually eating her lab blocks. It seems like she has a nibble here and there, and if it's softened with water, she is not...
  16. Noel


    Hi everybody! This is Rinky's mom, Noel. Can anyone tell me if I have to cook broccoli before giving it to my rat, Rinky? Also, while I'm here, he seems to be a fussy little eater! Example, when I give him spinach, he actually takes it out of his food bowl to get the things on the bottom and...