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PostSubject: Rattie Nutrition   Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:51 am

As you all know, nutrition is important. Thought i would start a topic and find out what people are feeding their rats.

I currently have 5 ratties. i feed them the Shunamite diet (google it). Its a mixture of museli, nuggets, dog kibble, cereal, pasta and other various bits. They also get chicken, boiled egg, fresh fruit and veg and other treats.

Feel free to post your nutrition here and any questions you may have.
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PostSubject: Re: Rattie Nutrition   Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:29 am

Another follower of the Shunamite diet here, I make up a weekly mix consisting of lots of different cereals, dog kibble, wholemeal pasta, seeds, dried berries veggies & fruit added to the main base mix which, along with most of the ingredients mentioned I order from http://www.ratrations.com/. I also recommend The Scuttling Gourmet for lots of useful info on feeding rats at various stages of their lives Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Rattie Nutrition   Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:41 am

Not a rat owner myself but I do love the Shunamite style diet thumb

I even have a copy of the Scuttling Gourmet I enjoy a good read of

In case no-ones noticed I am a bit of food geek Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Rattie Nutrition   Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:00 am

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Another follower of the Shunamite diet here, I make up a weekly mix consisting of lots of different cereals, dog kibble, wholemeal pasta, seeds, dried berries veggies & fruit added to the main base mix which, along with most of the ingredients mentioned I order from http://www.ratrations.com/. I also recommend The Scuttling Gourmet for lots of useful info on feeding rats at various stages of their lives Very Happy

Ive heard that site is pretty good for getting the mixes in bulk from. Is there much difference between wholemeal pasta and regular pasta? And dried berries would be a nice addition to my mix.

StephyT: Yes i noticed LOL. Feel free to correct me if im wrong about anything i say but i have studied nutrition although im still learning. Im glad your a fan of Shunamite, its awesome.
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PostSubject: Re: Rattie Nutrition   Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:46 am

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StephyT: Yes i noticed LOL. Feel free to correct me if im wrong about anything i say but i have studied nutrition although im still learning. Im glad your a fan of Shunamite, its awesome.

Animal nutrition is something i'm very passionate about. I did a First Diploma in animal care, although food wasn't a big part of the course i've taken up alot of my own time researching deep into animal nutrition.

For the record if I had rats, the shunamite diet would be the way i'd go, or at least some variation of it anyway. Alot of it is about making up your own mixes out of straight grains now which is all in the 2nd edition of the scuttling gourmet, which is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. I think it is one of the most important tools every rat owner should have
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PostSubject: Re: Rattie Nutrition   Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:13 am

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StephyT: Yes i noticed LOL. Feel free to correct me if im wrong about anything i say but i have studied nutrition although im still learning. Im glad your a fan of Shunamite, its awesome.

Animal nutrition is something i'm very passionate about. I did a First Diploma in animal care, although food wasn't a big part of the course i've taken up alot of my own time researching deep into animal nutrition.

For the record if I had rats, the shunamite diet would be the way i'd go, or at least some variation of it anyway. Alot of it is about making up your own mixes out of straight grains now which is all in the 2nd edition of the scuttling gourmet, which is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. I think it is one of the most important tools every rat owner should have

I took National Diploma in Animal Management. Only did a small part on nutrition. My speciality is behaviour rather than nutrition.

Where can you get that book? I shall have to have a look.
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PostSubject: Re: Rattie Nutrition   Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:34 am

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I took National Diploma in Animal Management. Only did a small part on nutrition. My speciality is behaviour rather than nutrition.

Where can you get that book? I shall have to have a look.

The rat warehouse always used to sell it, haven't looked to see if they do the 2nd edition though. Or you should be able to get a copy direct from Alison at Shunamite rats there will be details on the shunamite website I'm sure
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PostSubject: Re: Rattie Nutrition   Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:39 am

I shall have a look tommorow, its on my to-do list Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Rattie Nutrition   Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:37 am

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Ive heard that site is pretty good for getting the mixes in bulk from. Is there much difference between wholemeal pasta and regular pasta? And dried berries would be a nice addition to my mix.
The wholemeal has more fibre, not that it's really important as rats don't need high fibre foods, but I do prefer giving them the wholemeal over regular as I worry about their weight
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PostSubject: Re: Rattie Nutrition   Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:38 am

Shunamite for my boys, with yummy fresh fruit and veg and other naughty and nice treats. I have requested that Santa leave a copy of the Scuttling Gourmet in my stocking this year thumb
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PostSubject: Re: Rattie Nutrition   Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:04 am

Im currently saving up to buy it, really want to read it Very Happy
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