What Not to Feed Your Rats

Rats are omnivores and can eat a variety of things. It is easier to make a list of what they cannot eat so here it is:


  • Peanut Butter (choking hazzard but ok to feed if diluted with some water)

  • Mashed Potato (chocking hazzard but ok to feed if diluted with some water)

  • Avocado Skin or Pit (meat is ok)

  • Black Pepper

  • Poppy Seeds

  • Stale Cereals and Puffs (choking hazzard)

  • Citrus Fruits and Skins (for male rats)

  • Catnip

  • Dried Uncooked Beans

  • Moldy Cheese (Blue Cheese, Brie, Camembert, etc)

  • Licorice Root

  • Lactose or milk products (there are some rats that can be lactose intolerant so choose ingredients and milks that are plant based like Nut Milks and nut cheeses from the Vegan section of your supermarket)

  • High Fat, Sugar and Salt Foods (moderation is key here. Yes you can offer a little treat here and there but avoid feeding these often)

When offering your rats treats try to stick to fresh/natural food treats. Avoid anything sugary and processed like yoggies, sugary cereals, chips, cheetos, etc. Here are some examples of healthy treats:


  • nuts in the shell

  • blueberries

  • bananas

  • boiled eggs

  • cooked chicken and chicken bones

  • frozen peas

  • non dairy yogurt

  • baby food

  • toasted Ezekiel bread cut in pieces

  • homemade cookies (recipe HERE)

  • dried liver 

  • dried green lipped mussels

  • carrots

  • dried or freeze dried fruits (no sugar added)