Rats can eat lots of things that you can too. This isn’t a full list, but contains the most common food items that are safe for rats, and which should be avoided.

Vegetables that are safe

  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Choy
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Butternut squash
  • Green beans
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes (cooked)

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Fruit

  • Apple
  • Apricots
  • Banana
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Melon
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Other foods that are safe

  • Cereal
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Chicken bones
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cooked egg (hard boiled, scrambled)
  • Mealworms
  • Dog biscuits
  • Ham
  • Oats
  • Pasta
  • Popcorn
  • Rice
  • Soy – soy nuts, soy milk, soy tofu, soy yoghurt are a few examples
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Turkey
  • Walnuts
  • Yogurt drops

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Harmful food

Not all food is safe for rats. The following should be avoided.

Harmful vegetables

  • Dried corn – contains fungal contaminants which can lead to liver cancer
  • Green potato skin and eyes – contains the toxin, solanine
  • Raw artichokes – it inhibits protein digestion
  • Raw brussels sprouts – can be fed if cooked
  • Raw red cabbage – can be fed once cooked
  • Raw sweet potato – can be fed once cooked
  • Raw onion – can cause stomach upset and anaemia
  • Rhubarb – contains high levels of oxalates which will bind up calcium

Harmful fruit

  • Apple seeds
  • Avocado skin
  • Green banana – inhibits starch digestion
  • Mango – shouldn’t be fed to male rats as it contains d-limonene and this can cause cancer
  • Oranges – the peel is harmful to males

Other foods that are harmful to rats

  • Blue cheese – contains toxic mould
  • Carbonated drinks – rats are unable to burp
  • Cuttlefish – high in calcium
  • Liquorice – contains a suspected neurotoxin
  • Peanut butter – rats can choke on this
  • Poppy seeds – unknown why, but can lead to death
  • Rawhide – rats can choke on it and it can cause obstructions internally

 

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