Safe and Unsafe Foods for Rats

This list is not exhaustive, but gives you a basic guide on what you can feed your rats!

Safe foods:

  • Cooked Meat: chicken, beef, pork, fish (use lean meats when possible.)

  • Dairy: yogurt, eggs, cheese (no blue cheese)

  • Milk: goat, almond, soy, oat et

  • Pasta

  • Chocolate, dark chocolate preferred

  • Cereal (sugar free, unfrosted, no artificial colors)

  • Oil: coconut, olive, avocado, pumpkin, sunflower

  • Grain: oatmeal, quinoa, millet, barley, amaranth, brown rice, flax

  • Vegetables: broccoli, arugula, zucchini, asparagus, kale, sweet/bell peppers, carrot, squash, bok choy, peas, cooked sweet potato, avocado, cucumber, tomato, lentils, edamame, mushroom

  • Beans (cooked)

  • Herbs: parsley, garlic, cinnamon, tumeric, mint, parsley, garlic, basil, thyme, fennel, dill, oregano, cinnamon, peppermint, cilantro, sage

  • Fruit: apple, cranberry, grape, plum, blueberry, raspberry, peach, strawberry, watermelon, banana, coconut

  • Nuts: peanut, walnut, almond, cashew, hazelnut, pecan, sunflower


Feed sparingly:

  • Spinach

  • Beets

  • Lettuce

  • Cucumber

  • Radish

  • Collard greens

​​​Avoid these foods:

  • Raw meat

  • Citrus: orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime

  • Candy, including licorice

  • Black pepper

  • Peanut butter

  • Soft bread (choking hazard)

  • Raw: Onion, beans, sweet potato, artichoke, tofu, brussel sprouts

  • Potato: skin andeyes

  • Green/unripe: banana, potato

  • Moldy food

  • Seeds: apple, poppy, avocado

  • Drinks: carbonated, caffeinated, alcohol

  • Salty foods

  • Spicy/hot food