I have been making my own dry mix, but after much reading I have decided to also include Reggie Rat in there. This may be a silly question: is Reggie Rat & Mimi Mouse the same thing as Reggie Rat? I thought that rat and mice diets were different as mice are not omnivores...? I found Reggie Rat & Mimi Mouse in the shop and I just want to check that it is ok before I feed it to my babies tonight.
Next question: I cannot find puffed wheat without sugar, salt, etc. anywhere! So I include some broken up weetbix (the one with no sugar, salt, etc.), but weetbix is fortified with iron, so I am worried about that being bad for my rattie babies. I have done heaps of reading and I can't seem to find out how much iron rats should have in their "perfect" diet. Anybody have any info on this?
I have also been giving my babies a few hemp seeds here and there and they love them! Do you think I can include these in their dry mix or should I just keep these as treats? I don't see a problem with feeding these to them regularly in their dry mix, but there isn't a lot of good info out there about this so I thought I would run it past the Ratanooga experts. I put in a little bit of sunflower seeds in the dry mix (just a few for some difference), as I know that too much protein is bad. What other seeds are good to include?
Their dry mix also features barley, basmati rice, brown lentils and red lentils, but they don't seem too keen on those suprisingly. So I want to include some other options in there for them. I tried bulgur wheat, but that wasn't popular - I think as it is too small. I think they will love split peas, but I am hesitant to put those in as I feed (among other things) thawed frozen peas most nights (a firm favourite) - and again my concern is that too much protein is bad - or will this be ok? What other dried grains do your ratties like?
Dried pasta that is coloured/flavoured with veggies like butternut goes into the dry mix as well each time (first to get completely picked out). And a few chunks of 2min noodles (with no msg etc.) as a treat here and there because they freaking love those!
Obviously cooked rice and pasta are adored, and they have that whenever we eat it. In fact, I make a little bit specially for them each week even if we don't eat it. Back to dry mix though: I also include rolled oats, which they eat like the rest of the dry mix (because they have to - haha). I try to leave their dry mix out until they have had a good assortment of the grains to help ensure a more balanced diet, but I always end up throwing some stale mix away. I am sure that this is normal, but I worry that they are not getting the proper nutrition if they just eat the stuff that they like.
Anyway enough questions from me (for now). Any ideas of other grains to include in my babies' diet would be greatly appreciated.