Camarratery says that cinnamon is great in a rats diet, it has some amazing health benefits such as it aids in blood circulation for anti blood clotting, great for libido, stops the growth of fungi and bacteria, kills candida which causes respiratory distress and cancer and it also has unique essential oils which is an excellent source of trace element manganese etc and so on.
Now, my question is as follow, do you give them a cinnamon stick to chew on or do you use ground cinnamon in say for example their porridge?
I contacted Amy from Camarattery and she said that Cinnamon sticks are used
Also, very interesting I thought I would share, she gives her eggs raw with the shell, also she provides raw meats and organs (for the iron content), she said that there is no more risk associated with providing raw meats than cooked. Obviously this will be limited because of the Protein content.
There is a great list of a dry herb mix on her website which helps especially for the more natural remedy approach, she says to keep the mix in the cage till they have eaten it all - rats pick out what they need according to how they are feeling.
Another great tip was to use BRAGGS Apple Cider Vinegar (1tspn diluted in water - she says that her rats love the taste) especially when the seasons change and when moving them to new areas, like a new home to help with the respiratory distress. She has an entire section on why she uses that specific brand. I will however dilute it in a separate bowl as I do not want to mix it in my water bottles. You can get it at any Spar.
I decided to do a bit more research seeing as how I was mucking up with their diet