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Can I Feed My Rat Chicken Eggs? Are They Safe?

Can I Feed My Rat Chicken Eggs? Are They Safe?

Rats absolutely love eggs! Eggs are a nutritious food source packed with protein and fats. The rich yolk contains a number of nutrients necessary for  health and growth. However, you MUST be careful with how you feed the eggs to the rats, as well as how much and how often you feed them eggs. Check out our recommendations!

Types of Eggs and Whether or Not Rats Can Have Them

Depending on how the egg is prepared, eggs can be good or bad. Pay close attention to how you prepare your ratties’ meal so that they do not become sick. Bland is best for rats, unless you add select veggies or small amounts of cheese.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are perhaps the best for rats to eat. They are fully cooked, and they also ensure that both the white and yolk are evenly mixed. You could even add a little bit of cheese, but I recommend passing on the milk. Milk is commonly used in scrambled eggs, but it is not necessary when making scrambled eggs for pet rats. It simply enhances the texture and flavor of the eggs for humans. You might even try to add a few fresh veggies in with the eggs! Just be sure that you are not improperly preparing a vegetable for the rats; some veggies are better raw, others cooked, and yet others are 100% off limits.

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I recommend never feeding your rat any amount of raw egg. If you’re like me, you enjoy to have a bit of runny yolk in your eggs. I enjoy mine over easy personally, but i would never share them with my rats. Every time us humans enjoy our slightly raw or undercooked eggs, we are taking a risk with bacterial pathogens. While it seems far fetched that an innocent egg would make us sick, it is still a very real possibility. However, there is no point in feeding undercooked and potentially dangerous eggs to our pets when they will enjoy them fully cooked just as much!

Hard Boiled

If you want to give your rats something fun to do, try offering them a hard boiled egg! Some people like to leave the shell on to challenge the rats, making them work for the delicious treat inside. Others feel that leaving the shell on may be dangerous. Personally, I do not offer the shell to my rats. I actually don’t even offer anything other than scrambled, but that’s because scrambled eggs are far more economical with my colony’s size. Please do your own personal research regarding shell VS. shelled, making the best decision for you and your rats.

Rat Training Miracle: What’s a Pee Rock, How Do I Use It?

What’s a Pee Rock, How Do I Use It?

A pee rock is a rock that is sworn by in the world of experienced rat owners, trainers, and breeders. Pee rocks are named as such because they are used to encourage territorial marking and urination. They are placed inside of a rat’s litter box, persuading the rat to use the box instead of the cage. If you haven’t tried the pee rock, you should today! It is one of the most useful tools when training rats to use a litter box. We’ll even show you where to get them! Continue reading Rat Training Miracle: What’s a Pee Rock, How Do I Use It?

A Breeder Sold Me Sick Injured Animals: What Do I Do?

A Breeder Sold Me Sick Injured Animals: What Do I Do?

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this is a guinea pig, but it is exactly the same as rat bumble foot. Very gross, very painful, and very difficult for a rat to go through.

Rat breeders and rescuers make it possible for owners and prospective owners to find ratties to adopt and love. However, not all breeders are created equal. Some breeders are poor quality “feeder breeders.” These breeders do not take care of their animals as they should, significantly increasing the risk of a sickly animal. If you have purchased a sick or injured rat from a poor quality breeder, there are several steps that you can take. Continue reading A Breeder Sold Me Sick Injured Animals: What Do I Do?

How to Teach an Old Pet Rat NEW Tricks!

How to Teach an Old Pet Rat NEW Tricks!


Rats are completely capable of being trained to perform tricks and simple commands. Owners train rats to exercise the rats’ minds and display their intelligence. There are hundreds of tricks, commands, phrases, and games that rats can learn very quickly. The owner must be prepared to spend several hours training the rat to execute particular commands and tricks, much like a dog or any other pet. Rats actually ENJOY learning new things, as they have a need for mental stimulation.

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Choosing a Safe Exercise Wheel for Your Rat

Choosing a Safe Exercise Wheel for Your Rat: Avoiding Injuries and Pain


Between caught  toes, disfigured backs, and tail injuries, the exercise wheel can be a very dangerous territory for domesticated rats. If you plan to buy a wheel for your rats to run on, it is necessary to do some serious research and find the right wheel for the health and safety of your rats. Here, we will highlight some do’s and don’ts, as well as link to some appropriate wheels!

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Couponing for Rats: $1 Cheerios at CVS! 2/13/16

Couponing for Rats: $1 Cheerios at CVS!

Alright guys, due to my recent obsession with couponing, I’m going to be sharing all of my rat friendly coupon deals with you. This one definitely inspired me! Instead of paying $3 for a box of Cheerios, how about paying $1? Even if you exceed the limit on your CVS Extrabucks, you’ll still get them for $1.50 per box with the coupon. Great deal, right? If you have any questions, check out the bullet list at the bottom of this post. Print NOW and use by tomorrow 2/13/16 at midnight! Sale ends soon, so get it while you can!!!

The Cheerios Deal

  • Print out the coupon below twice. You have a printing allowance of twice per computer.
  • Go to your local CVS and pick up two 12 oz boxes of Cheerios (or whichever Cheerios have the $1 extrabucks promotion tag).
  • At the register, present your CVS card so extrabucks will print. Once the cashier scans the Cheerios, give them the $1 off 2 Cheerios coupon you printed. Each coupon requires two boxes purchased.
  • Your $1 Extrabucks will print!



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Price Break Down

  • Cheerios are on sale at CVS for 2 for $4
  • Coupon is $1 off 2, bringing the price down to $1.50 each, or 2 for $3.
  • After the $1 Extrabucks prints, you have paid $3 for two boxes of cereal with a $1 Extrabuck in your hand. This brings the final price to $1 per box! You can then use that Extrabuck on MORE cheerios!
  1. What Are Extrabucks?           Extrabucks are like CVS “cash” that you can spend at CVS. They are linked to your CVS card and cannot be used with another card.  They print on your receipt, and can be redeemed immediately. Look at it like a CVS gift card!
  2. Why Can I Print Only 2 Coupons?          Couponing sites have a limit per device to prevent abuse. Every computer, cell phone, and tablet is limited to two copies each.
  3. What About CVS Limits?            CVS sets limits on its extrabucks promotions. This limit is usually from anywhere between 1 and 6 times. Check out sales ads for more information.

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Is My Rat Depressed? Alone After Friend and Cage Mate Died

Is My Rat Depressed? He/She Is Alone After Friend and Cage Mate Died


If you have a pair of rats and one suddenly dies, you as the owner will not be the only one mourning. Rats are very intelligent, social creatures who build strong lifelong bonds with their cage mates. Once the cage mate dies (especially one of only a pair), the remaining rat or rats will grieve. They might even be seen staying near the sickly rat as death approaches. Depression and grief is a very real thing for pet rats, despite the criticism they face from many humans who lack any knowledge regarding these animals.

Rats can become very depressed when a friend or cage mate dies. The mental health of a rat can deteriorate, as well as his or her physical health.
Rats can become very depressed when a friend or cage mate dies. The mental health of a rat can deteriorate, as well as his or her physical health.

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Can My Pet Rat and My Dog Play Together?

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For the most part, many rat owners have additional pets in the home other than their rats. Once rats become accustomed to roaming the house the owner may find that they are trapping their other pets behind closed doors to ensure the rat’s safety. This may cause a bit of trouble in the home among the other pets, leading rat owners to wonder whether or not their different pet species are compatible playmates. Continue reading Can My Pet Rat and My Dog Play Together?

My Rat Has Lice or Mites: How Do I Get Rid of Them?

My Rat Has Lice or Mites: How Do I Get Rid of Them?

Lice and mites are hard to get rid of when they infest pet rats. This is especially true when you are not equipped with the proper medications. Both lice and mites can become immune to chemical or medicinal treatments, requiring a change in formula when drug resistant specimens are found on furred rats. External parasites on rats can become a massive problem in homes with several ratties. To better understand the difference between rat specific mites and lice, we’ll give you a small overview: Continue reading My Rat Has Lice or Mites: How Do I Get Rid of Them?

Allergic Reaction to Rats: How to Fix Allergies with Rats

Allergic Reaction to Rats: How to Fix Allergies with Rats

Pet rats can cause allergies to flare up in humans. Sneezing, congestion, coughing, hives, swelling, watering eyes, itchy eyes, and trouble breathing could all occur in those with a rat allergy. Know how to manage the symptoms to save your relationship with your small pet!
Pet rats can cause allergies to flare up in humans. Sneezing, congestion, coughing, hives, swelling, watering eyes, itchy eyes, and trouble breathing could all occur in those with a rat allergy. Know how to manage the symptoms to save your relationship with your small pet!

Unfortunately, some of us will have allergic reaction to rats. Much like dogs and cats (as well as other allergens), rats can cause some pretty hefty reactions. But, they can be worked with a little bit easier than dogs or cats. Since rats are kept in a cage, they are restricted to a single area in the home. Larger free roaming pets do not; therefore, they can cause more adverse reactions. Before you get rid of your rats, try these methods below to live happily with your rats! A few changes and sacrifices can greatly reduce reactions! Continue reading Allergic Reaction to Rats: How to Fix Allergies with Rats