Lou’s Rat Diet
(Straight from Australia!)
Lou is located in Australia, so some of the names of the ingredients listed in the Porridge mix may vary from country to country. Substitutions made be made with products of similar kind.
The Approximate Analysis is as follows:
Min Crude Protein 11.0%
Maximum Crude Fiber 13.0%
Minimum Crude Fat 2.5%
Maximum Salt (NaCl) 1.5%
Minimum Calcium 1.0%
Minimum Phosphorus 0.43%
Minimum Copper 30mg/kg
Minimum Selenium 0.5mg/kg
The manufacturer states this is a complete food and may be fed to mature horses and ponies as the only feed or diluted with hay, chaff or good quality pasture according to individual needs.
This basic dry mix also has molasses through it.
In addition any left over vegetables from our dinner.
Also when I make pasta once a week they get offered plain cooked noodles without sauce.
Soak soup mix overnight and in the morning boil it up with a couple of cups of stock. Any type of liquid stock, chicken, beef, or vegetable will do, or if you don’t have pre-made liquid stock, use 1 cup of water to 1 stock cube and when all is cooked to soft, add rolled oats and cook on a low heat till all the moisture is absorbed and you have a lovely lumpy porridge.
Cool down and serve warm. Your rats will love this!
Another treat given sparingly is Liver biscuits. Mince up in a blender: 1 cup of raw liver (beef or sheep), 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of any edible cooking oil (I use olive oil), and pour into a bowl. Mix in two cups of quick cooking rolled oats.
Press mixture into a flat biscuit tray, and bake in a moderate oven until brown. While still warm slice with a knife into small biscuit’s, and let cool in tray. When biscuits are cooled they can be stored in freezer till required.
A tip when making liver biscuits: Cook the biscuits at night before you go to bed, as the house will smell like liver for a couple of hours.
*Note: The biscuits are very high in protein, but make for very good treats for animals recovering from illness and surgery.
Thanks go out to Lou for letting us share her rat diet and recipes.Posted on July 15, 2003, 10:33, Last updated on June 22, 2010, 14:29 | Figures