Most people choose a home companion in form of a pet. And while most choose a larger pet like a cat or a dog, and some choose more exotic birds, reptiles, or even wild animals, some still prefer little rodents like rabbits, rats or hamsters.
Sure, when thinking about rats you do not necessarily think of the cutest pet ever, but find out that rats are extremely intelligent animals and make the perfect companions for those who do not want to experiment with them.
If you decided to adopt a fellow rat pet, it is highly important to know about its routine and eating habits. Sure, pet stores are stacked on specific rat foods, but sometimes, you just want to give your pet a snack or something that you and your family already have. In this case, knowing your rat’s alimentary habits is highly important.
Here are some of the best foods and worse foods you can feed your rat:
What do they eat?
Rodents, inclusive rats, feed on a variety of seeds, dry fruits or vegetables, and even fresh fruits and vegetables. They will also require cheese and some intakes of meat for providing them with the right amount of proteins. Chicken is the most preferred meat, but beef or turkey, and even tuna or salmon can make delicious treats for your fellow pet rat. Bread should only be an occasional treat.
Can rats eat grapes?
Grapes are rich in natural antioxidants and make for a perfect snack for your pet rat. In fact, purple grapes are even considered to prevent cancer in rats, so you can most definitely introduce grapes into your rat’s diet. Green grapes, although less sweet, will still make for a delicious and healthy snack.
What are the benefits of feeding grapes to my rat?
- Protects skin from cancer- There are numerous studies showing that introducing grapes into your pet rat’s dietary habits, it will help the prevalence of cancer appearance. Resveratrol represents the active substance contained especially in dark colored grapes, which will act like a natural shield against cancerous cells. Moreover, the same substance prevents skin from the harmful effects of UVB rays, and, thus, can prevent skin cancer.
- Increase longevity- If you want your fellow rodent to live a long and healthy life, start introducing grapes into his diet as often as possible. The same active substance, resveratrol, works as a nutrient, activating the longevity and survival gene.
- Fight against diabetes- Rats can easily develop type 2 diabetes if fed the wrong foods. Bear in mind that most foods and beverages contain a high amount of sugar which is harmful for your pet. Avoid feeding your pet sweets (chocolate, cakes, sugar cane, and lollipops), white bread, sodas or energy drinks. Some studies showed that by feeding your rats with the right amount of grapes will decrease the risk of these animals to develop diabetes.
- Lower cholesterol level and fight against heart diseases- A diet based on high amounts of sugar or processed foods might lead your fellow rat pet to develop heart diseases and high cholesterol levels. Feed them with grapes and prevent these problems.
- Treat and prevent a wide series of neurological problems- Ripe grape juice is the perfect natural remedy for migraines and headaches. Try offering your pet at least once a week around 50 – 100 milliliters of grape juice to prevent further headaches. Moreover, some studies showed that grapes can even prevent and help against brain cell degeneration that causes Alzheimer. The polyphenols ingredients present in grapes reduced cognitive decline usually associated with those who suffer from Alzheimer disease.
- Prevent eye problems- Rats are mostly nocturnal animals, thus they feel safer and better in dark environments. Feeding your rat grapes will help against eye problems and will restore your pet’s night vision.
How often can my rat eat grapes?
There are no studies showing the effects of excessive grapes intakes, but you should also take into consideration your rat’s own development and dietary plan. Grapes can make delicious snacks and, since they are highly nutritious, will provide a balanced diet.
Try feeding your rat with small grape beans once a week and notice his reactions. If he likes them, you can introduce grape servings as often as daily. Simply lower the portions and peel off the skin – most rats don’t like that. You can also introduce bananas into your rat's diet.