Corn- cooked or fresh
Vegetable baby food
Meat baby food
or hard boiled
Dry Dog Foods
Natural Balance- Vegetarian
Pro-pac - Low Fat
Kirkland- Healthy Weight
Old Mother Hubbard - Just Vegg'n
Nu-Hemp - Ball-z
Natural Choice Crunchy Treats
Charlie Bear- Cheese & egg
Other good human foods
Mac and Cheese- occasionally
Pasta- raw or cooked
Bread in oil- good for coat
Whole grain crackers
Dry Plain Cereals
Yogurt covered pretzels/fruits
Spices that can be added to fresh foods
Garlic- sm amt
Peanut Butter- Choking Hazard
Seeds and Nuts- High In fat
Farm Raised Insects
Chocolate- in moderation (1 chip a day)- Studies have show that it can help breathing issues
Oranges- Females are ok to have. Oils from the skin can be toxic to malesBeets, Celery, Eggplant, Cucumber, Radishes, Spinach, Collards, and Turnip greens all have high levels of nitrates. LIMIT the amounts of these items given.
Raw Nuts (bird /animal kind)
Avocados- Skin and seed
Green Potatoe EyesRaw Bulk Tofu- the package kind is ok
Oranges (for males)
Raw Red Cabbage
Here is a link to a great food option for your ratties from our friends at Ember of Passion Rattery http://
Recommended Commercial foods
(these are ONLY recommendations based on personal use, I do not endorse specific products. These are my personal likes and dislikes)
Kay-tee Forti-diet Pro Health Mouse/Rat food
Oxbow Essentials Rat Food
Mazuri Rat and Mouse Diet
LM Farm Rat and Mouse Diet
Tropical Carnival Rat Food - good to mix in with a staple dietCarefresh Complete
Commercial Foods that do not meet MY requirements
Great Choice Mouse and Rat food - I do not like feeding this food to my rats due to the high amounts of corn in the product. Also there are a lot of seeds, which are high in fat. Also alfalfa is a top ingredient, which is indigestible for rats.
Kaytee Fiesta - This food also has a very high amount of nuts and seeds in it. Not something that should be a staple diet
Kaytee Supreme - This is a seed and corn based diet. Not what a staple rat diet should be.
These are certain food formulas that I recommend if you are buying in larger quantities.
Mazuri Rodent 6F - This is a good pellet for all life stages of rats. Can be purchased in 25# and 50# bags.
Native Earth 18% 4018 - This is a consumer product (which is the same as Harlan Tekland). This is a very good diet for all life stages. Can be purchased in 40# bags
Lab Diet 5001 - A good diet for all life stages. This is a specialty diet you can sometimes find in high end pet stores. It can be purchased in 50# bags or broken down by the store.