Can My Pet Rat Eat Raw, Uncooked, Rice? Or Is It Bad For Him?

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I wouldn't take the risk. Uncooked rice can make a person sick, probaly a rat too. We cook it to get the germs off. I have five rats (I breed them) and they really like salt licks, cheese its, wheat ins, saltine crackers, basically, mostly all rodents like salt, try stuff that is salty, not faty or chewy, but that it can gnaw on. Good Luck!
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Anonymous commented
Salt Licks are sold at most pet stores, they last a week or two.
Amanda Etheridge
Amanda Etheridge commented
Yes, I agree, I would never give my rats uncooked rice. There are so many other foods to give them that are safe. Mine really like dry, uncooked old fashioned (not instant) oatmeal, try that instead.
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Yes, pet rat can eat raw and uncooked rice which will not be harmful for its health.
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Breanna Soutar
Breanna Soutar commented
Okay, i do believe you, but im just curious. Ive looked this question up everywhere and it is split across the board, some say yes and some say no. I love my rat so much and i do not want to find him dead. So i ask this question to you, how do you know, can you give me a website to reassure me, or tell me proof? Thank you so much for even repling by the way.
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KR- myopinions answered
I'm on the 'I wouldn't' side as someone who bred and raised rats for many, many years (lol, you should see peoples faces when they find out I have cremated rats). If you are going to give a tiny piece I'd do cooked at least. Also like many serious fanciers I ended up with my own special diet, lol.   Base consisted of Lab blocks (now packaged and sold as rodent blocks I think), bird pellets (pretty bird ect.) vegetables and some fruit on occasion. Cheerios are a good snack and occasionally some uncooked pasta with no artificial flavors or coloring. Things like that. After several years (selective breeding as well) my babies averaged a life span of 4 or 5 years with some going until 6. Here is a good site if you haven't come across and bookmarked it yet.
fatratcentral.com
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Breanna Soutar
Breanna Soutar commented
Thank you for the advice. The whole issue came up when my rat started to eat the bean bags i made him. I was looking up on a site to find things i could make for my rats cage, and i came across bean bags. I thought it was a good idea so i made 4, they said to fill it with rice or beans and i chose rice cause we had lots of it. Anyways the site said it was okay if they ate it. He hasnt chewd them until just the other day, and it didnt seem right so i am just making sure that he will be okay.

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