Keep your rat healthy and properly nourished by providing lots of healthy rat food along with fresh fruits and veggies every day. Chewy offers many types of rat food for sale including rat food pellets, rat food mixes with grain and seeds, pet rat hay for treats and more.
Rats are naturally omnivores, so you’ll want to provide a balanced diet with good levels of protein, some fat and carbs, and vitamins and minerals to keep your pet healthy. Most pet rat food you can buy contains all these essentials, but you should also supplement packaged food with lots of fresh fruits and veggies every day. Some people like to feed seed and grain mix rat food formulas, but these can be high in fat and sugar and rats will sometimes pick out the tastiest bits and leave the rest. The best rat food comes in pellets or block form, avoiding this problem and ensuring your rat gets the complete and balanced diet you want to feed.
Avoid feeding your rat human food that may not be good for him. Things like blue cheese, red cabbage and brussels sprouts, mango, avocado, raw beans and peanuts may cause allergies or stomach upsets in your pet, and sticky foods like peanut butter and some candies can present a choking hazard. Stick to food and treats made especially for rats and healthy fruits and veggies like apples, broccoli, carrots, peas and bananas instead.
In addition to quality rat food and fresh fruits and veggies, giving healthy rat treats in moderation will make your rat happy and work as a training incentive, too. You’ll need to provide a constant supply of fresh water in your rat cages along with lots of fresh rat bedding for nesting and digging, too. Put a few rat hideouts in the cage and provide a variety of fun rat toys so your rat has lots of ways to play and exercise off all those good calories from his healthy diet. You can get all the rat supplies you need to keep your rat well-fed and healthy at Chewy.com. Shop our great selection of rat food and find the perfect formula for your favorite rodent!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of food do pet rats eat?
Pet rats usually eat pelleted or block food formulas supplemented with fresh fruit and veggies. You can find many foods made for both rats and mice, or choose one that’s made especially for rats, since they have slightly different dietary needs. Rodent food mixes with grains and seeds are also available, but these can sometimes be high in sugar and fat and cause weight gain. Pellets and cubes with a protein content of at least 16% and a fat content between 4 and 5% are best for rats.
How often should I feed my pet rats?
Feed your pet rats once or twice a day if they’re adults and two to three times a day if they’re still babies. Feed between 12 and 20 grams of dry pellets a day per rat—quantities will depend on your rats’ size as well as what type of food you’re feeding, so check the bag for guidance. Feeding fresh fruit and veggie snacks daily will add healthy variety to their diet and occasional rat treats a couple of times a week will make them very happy, too.
How do I set up Autoship on my rat food?
Set up Autoship on your rat food order by clicking the Autoship option at checkout. You can set the frequency of your shipments here, too, and change the quantities and timing of your orders at any time. You can also cancel Autoship at any time if your needs change with no hassle. Never run out of rat food again with Chewy’s convenient set it and forget it Autoship service!