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Rat Feeding Guide

Rat Feeding Guide

Rats are omnivores which means they’ll eat almost anything – not that you should let them! Our feeding guide is here to help you navigate what to feed your pet rats.

Feeding your rat

Rats are omnivores, so they’ll eat almost anything. In the wild, rats are scavengers and get all the nutrients they need from their varied diet. But as pets, they can be selective feeders. If you offer a mix of grains, nuts and fruits they’ll choose what they like. They also hoard food – so you’ll be none the wiser.

To beat this problem, feed them the all-in-one Burgess Excel Rat Nuggets, rather than muesli. Our nuggets contain all of the nutrients they need with every mouthful. So it stops picky, selective eating, and gives your rats all the nutrients they need to stay happy and healthy.

Rat feeding guide

Burgess Excel Rat Nuggets is a great, complete food  when fed alongside a continuous supply of clean, fresh water from a bottle not a bowl!

These balanced nuggets should be fed in an interactive way. For example. why not hide their food around their housing to keep their brains active and encourage their natural foraging behaviour?

Fresh food should be given at the same time every day: once in the morning and once in the evening. Use a metal or ceramic bowl – they’re easier to clean, difficult to gnaw and harder to knock over. In the morning, take away any food left over from the day before.

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Quick tip

Rats require lots of exercise and stimulation and will love to explore so housing them in a large cage is important.

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Did you know?

Rats are quick learners! Using positive reinforcements such as treats and praise will ensure that your pet rats are eager to learn. The mental stimulation that training provides will enhance your rats’ natural intelligence.

Transitioning to Excel nuggets

Transition your rats’ diet over a period of 7-10 days by gradually reducing the old food and replacing it with Burgess Excel Rat Nuggets.

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Don’t forget

To ensure there is always plenty of fresh water available

Do you need more advice?

To help you find the right food for your pet have a look at our product range.

Alternatively you can call our free consumer care line on +44 1405 862241 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Our dedicated team of pet experts will help you make the right choice.

If you should have any concerns about the health of your pet, always consult a vet.