What Foods Are Harmful To My Rat?

A healthy diet is is important part of keeping your rat happy and healthy for long life. Suitable diet for a rat should include dry food mix and fresh food. If you want to learn more about what foods to give to your rat, please check out this article here.

But for this article, we concentrate more on what foods should you avoid when feeding your rat.

Here is a list of foods TO AVOID (harmful foods):

  • Avocado skin and stone
  • Apple seeds
  • Mango (shouldn’t be fed to male rats, contains d-limolene)
  • Blue cheese
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Citrus peels
  • Liquorice
  • Peanut butter (it can make them choke on this)
  • Poppy seeds
  • Rawhide
  • Cuttlefish
  • Green banana
  • Raw artichokes
  • Raw red cabbage
  • Raw brussels sprouts
  • Raw sweet potato
  • Raw onion
  • Rhubarb
  • Alcohol
  • Raw or dried beans
  • Drinks with caffeine (like coffee, black and green tea etc)
  • Peanuts
  • Citrus fruits
  • Sugary foods
  • Fast food and highly processed food
  • Meats and sausages with very high fat content
  • Sticky foods (nut butters etc)
  • Flourinated/Chlorinated water
  • Caffeine and caffeinated drinks
  • Raw or dried corn
  • Insects
  • Spoiled produce

And as for dry food mix, almost all the grains are ok. Don’t give your rat anything that has gone bad or has mould on it (or smells bad).