Worms?

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  1. Mar 31, 2018 #1

    Roxymachado

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    My girls absolutely love the weekly worm treat time we have, they go crazy for the wax worm especially!
    Petco has been out of the worm selection for a few weeks now, so I've found a nice online vendor. But they have such a huge selection, that I'm thinking of trying some new worms out.

    I'm wondering has anybody feed these worms(I'll list below)? And if so their experience with them? Did the Ratties enjoy some more than others?

    Worms in question:
    -Butterworms
    -Phoenix worms/ Calci-worms/ Black . fly larvae
    -Hornworms
    -Silkworms

    Thank you in advance for your opinions and experiences!
     
  2. Apr 2, 2018 #2

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    Absolutely Not !!!

    Rats need low protein and do much better with plant protein then with protein from animals.

    The recommended diet for rats is a good quality block (oxbow or Harlan)
    daily - a variety of vegs
    and occasional healthy treats such as berries, a piece of fruit, cooked grains, organic pumpkin seeds etc
     
  3. Apr 2, 2018 #3

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    Its definitely not a meal! Just a once a week treat. 2-5 worms a piece. I know a lot of people feed mealworms as a occasionally treat. It brings out their predatory instincts, and really enjoy it. But I do agree that it should not be their daily diet.
     
  4. Apr 3, 2018 #4

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    Yes, people feed all sorts of things to their pets.
    That does not mean it is healthy, or desirable.
    You might want to consider the knowledge, experience etc of the people who do this and how much you respect their knowledge and experience regarding rats. Feeding worms is not something that is recommended by any person or resource I am aware of that is very experienced, respected in the rat community and knowledgeable about rats.
    But of course, you can feed your pets anything you choose.

    btw, If you are live feeding and not humanely euthanizing, then what you are describing is unnecessary animal cruelty. Which I personally find offensive, especially on a rescue site.

    I apologize if I have made this volatile subject worse,. I will not be responding to this thread again.
     
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    I never have either and never will. But I know a lot of people do that. I kept my rats on a very strict diet and I believe that's why mine lived long lives.
     
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    I feel like I offended people, I'm sorry about that. Was not my intention!
     
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    No worries!
     

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