A Typical Day’s Diet

Pet Rat Breakfast for Two


A small piece of fruit topped with a teaspoon of Green Mush and a half teaspoonful of homemade grain mix

Fruits rats especially enjoy are bananas, blueberries and grapes. Other fruits good for rats include melons, apples, plums and kiwi. (Please Note: It’s important to feed rats organic produce.)


Homemade grain mix recipe:My Pet Rat Homemade Grain Mix2

    • 4 t shelled raw sunflower seeds
    • 1 T flax seeds
    • 3 T raw rolled oats
    • 4 t millet
    • 4 T toasted wheat germ
    • 2 1/4 T nutritional yeast flakes
    • 2 T raw pumpkin seeds
    • 2 T lecithin
    • 1 T hemp seends
    • 1 T chia seeds

[Note: T = Tablespoon, t = teaspoon]


A small salad-type meal which always includes broccoli, kale or bok choy as well as other vegetables and beans or tofu. Add in a tiny bit of whatever you’re eating for dinner—as long as it’s healthy.

In addition to broccoli, kale or bok choy, the following vegetables are enjoyed by pet rats:

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• Avocado
• Carrots
• Zucchini
• Green beans (steamed)
• Peas
• Corn on the cob. Cut off a “round” from an ear of corn and let them chew off the kernels themselves. Can be served cooked or uncooked.

Throughout the day and evening have Harlan Teklad lab blocks and/or Oxbow Essentials Regal Rat  or Oxbow Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food (depending on the life stages of your rats) available for free feeding.


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10 Responses so far.

  1. Sue says:

    Probably a silly question – they’re my specialty 🙂 – but does the lower case “t” by the sunflower seeds and millet indicate teaspoons, or is it Tablespoons like all the rest? Thanks!

    • Hi Sue,

      Thanks for your question. It’s not silly at all and I really appreciate your asking it. The upper case “T” is for Tablespoons and the lower case “t” is for teaspoons. I’ve now placed a note underneath the ingredient list—thanks to your asking this question.

      Best Wishes to You & Your Rats,

      Jasmine | About Pet Rats

  2. P says:

    What kind of lecithin do you use?

    • Great question! Until you this question, I didn’t realize there are both soy and sunflower lecithins available. I have been buying the soy lecithin granules. I try to always buy organic food for my pet rats, but I’m not sure it’s possible to find organic lecithin. I often buy it from the bulk food bins in health-food type grocery stores. It’s also available online and I see you can buy it Non-GMO. Here it is available from swansonvitamins.com.

  3. P says:

    You say “A small piece of fruit topped with a teaspoon of Green Mush and a half teaspoonful of homemade grain mix”. Is that per rat or for more than one rat?

    • It’s per rat. Also, I’m now placing more like a tablespoon of Green Mush on top of the fruit. My rats don’t always eat the whole dishful, but I like to give them this amount since they sometimes do eat the whole thing.

      Here’s the Green Mush powder before adding water (preparing breakfast for two pet rats):
      Green Mush powder before mixing with water

      For each rats’ serving, I pour about one tablespoon of Green Mush (mixed with water) over a small amount of fruit:
      Pour about 1 tablespoon Green Mush mixed with water over small amount of fruit

      On top of the fruit and Green Mush, I sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon grain mix:
      Add about 1/2 teaspoon grain mix

  4. Kayla says:

    Lol no she is ten months. No Peter pettigrew here.

  5. Kayla says:

    With your grain mixes and salads… how do you ensure your rats get enough protein? Currently, I have mine on a mix of adult and young rat food from oxbow (one is almost six months, the other is around 10). I leave it available to them all day and give fresh fruits and veggies when I have them available (I’m planning to give them more now).

    • Hi Kayla,

      Great question and thanks for asking!

      My rats always have Oxbow kibble available. I aim for them to eat 80% of the Oxbow and 20% vegetables and a small amount of fruit per day. I have found I need to give my rats extremely small portions of their breakfast and dinner meals in order for them to eat more of the Oxbow.

      Sounds like you’re doing a great job nutritionally with your rats! I, too, have an adult and a baby right now and am finding it difficult to separate them for their baby vs. adult Oxbow diets.

      Do you really have a rat who’s 10 years old? (Or was that a typo?)

      Keep up the great work with your ratties!

      Best Wishes,

      Jasmine | About Pet Rats