THE GEMS MIX
This is the mix all of our rats eat here at Pacific Gems Rattery! I love making my own mix and it’s based on the Shunamite diet from Isamu Rats. With the help from Alison Campbell I was able to adapt the Shunamite Diet with ingredients found in the US. I also feed my rats fresh food 3 to 4 times a week. You can find information of feeding fresh food here FEEDING FRESH FOODS.
The rats are thriving on it, have beautiful shiny coats and there’s never one bit of the mix left when I check the next day. It is packed with nutrients, antioxidants and it’s kidney friendly! It gives variety and lots of enrichment.
I cannot emphasize enough that if you are interested in rat nutrition you should definitely purchase the book The Scuttling Gourmet by Alison Campbell. It’s a must read if you want to develop your own mix and to understand the rat’s different dietary needs throughout their life stages. You can find the book here https://shunamiterats.co.uk/services/
All of my mixes are a complete diet without the need to add any vitamins or minerals. I have the following mixes available for purchase in the STORE.
BASIC MIX 16% Protein 6% Fat
GROWING/NURSING MOM MIX 19% Protein 9% Fat
HARLEY/LOW PROTEIN MIX 14% Protein 6% Fat
SENIOR MIX 15% Protein 6% Fat
9 GRAIN ROLLED MIX
CAVALOR MUESLI MIX
My mix is based on:
60% Grains (Straight and processed)
20% Lab Blocks (Envigo/Teklad, Mazuri, Oxbow, Science Selective)
10% Protein (Dog kibble, dried fish, dried worms)
5% Dehydrated Vegetables
5% Oily seeds
INGREDIENTS IN MY MIX
Sugar Free Cereal
Vegetable Pasta Spirals
Rolled 9 Grain Cereal
High Quality Fish dog food (Core Wellness, Innova, Cannidae)
Dried Worms/Dried Fish
STRAIGHT GRAIN/LEGUMES MIX
Wild Rice Blend
OILY SEEDS MIX
Dried porcini mushrooms
Shredded non sugar coconut
Freeze dried green lipped mussels
Dried Minced Garlic
Dehydrated Salmon Skin
-Nursing moms and babies up to 4 months - free feeding (food should be available at all times. Refill their bowls daily to the rim)
-Adults and Senior rats - 15g to 20g per rat.
There is no set rule on the exact amount to be fed but 15g is a good starting point. Keep a close eye on your rats and if they are loosing weight increase the amount and if they are getting too chubby than decrease the amount. I feed all of my rats at night and don't top off their bowl until the next feeding.