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Homemade Treats and Food for your Rat

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Pet Rats

Fancy rats can will eat just about anything you can. But, that doesn't necessarily mean that they should. You should monitor what foods you feed your pet rat(s), as some are better than others.

Even with the below recipes, you will need to watch your rat(s). You should never let these recipes or any other treat become more than 10% of a rat's diet. Treats and any foods that are not a part of the staple diet, should never be fed in excess, as too much can cause obesity, as well as, other health concerns.

You should be aware of any allergies that you rat(s) may have, so that you know what treats your pet(s) can have, safely.


Dried Fruit Balls


  • 1 cup- whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup- yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup- dried mixed fruit bits
  • 1 tsp.- oil
  • 1/2 cup- fruit juice


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and grease cookie sheets.
  2. Mix all ingredients with a pastry blender.
  3. Make 1/2" balls and place on the cookie sheet. (The balls will not spread, so you can put them as close as you wish.)
  4. Bake for 45 minutes.
  5. Leave the balls in the oven until it cools. This will cause the balls to dry out and be crunchy.

Seed Crunchies


  • 1 cup- whole wheat
  • 3/4 cup- yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup- rodent seed mix
  • 1 tsp.- oil
  • 2 Tbsp.- dried parsley
  • 3/4 cup- beef (or vegetarian) broth


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and grease the cookie sheets.
  2. Mix all ingredients with a pastry blender.
  3. Shape into 1/2" balls and place on the cookie sheet. (The balls will not spread, so you can put them as close together as you wish.)
  4. Bake 45 minutes
  5. Leave the balls in the oven until it cools. By leaving the balls in the oven, will cause them to dry out and be crunchy.

Peanut Butter Crunch


  • 1 cup- whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp.- crunchy reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp.- honey
  • 1/3 cup- water


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and grease cookie sheet.
  2. Mix all ingredients with a pastry blender.
  3. Shape the mix into 1/2" balls and place them on a cookie sheet. (These balls will not spread, so you can place them as close on the pan as you wish.)
  4. Bake 45 minutes
  5. Leave the balls in the oven until it cools, as this will cause the balls to dry out and be crunchy.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Lisa on December 07, 2019:

I am getting three rats and I am naming mine Mochi, so I found this website and I needed to make treats and food for their arrival! Yay!

Megan on October 21, 2018:

I was thinking of getting a pet rat and then i realised that I would make that rat soo happy with all these treats thanks!

Emily on December 29, 2017:

You shouldn't feed cornmeal to rats! Corn is bad for them- especially dried corn (such as corn meal), as it can cause cancer. Baking the corn may kill any fungal contaminants, but rats can't digest corn very well, and it can irritate them and cause allergic reactions such as itchy skin.

roxanne clark on October 28, 2013:

i have a black and white rat her name is oreo she is really sweet and she loves her treats lol ;)

ellahal on November 30, 2012:

Is it 250 degrees celsius or farenheight? Lovely recipes btw :)

Ang on May 28, 2011:

Can rats eat wet cat food in a can as a little treat? The chicken ones.

Julia on November 09, 2010:

I juat got my Fancy rat today! it's a little boy named max and hes black and white and i need some tips on food and treats and play time fun :D

chantel on August 03, 2010:

i have 8 dumbo rats and thy all loved it

Whitney (author) from Georgia on June 02, 2010:

These are treats and only treats. They should not be given as a full diet.

Annie888 on May 29, 2010:

Mmm, looks yummy... Are these recipes used as the rats main food, or just as treats?

Jena on May 28, 2010:

Thanks. It was actually the size of "her" hand - is that still WAY too much or is it ok? So, no cheese, got it, thanks

Whitney (author) from Georgia on May 28, 2010:

You don't want the treats to exceed 10% of the diet. The amount of your hand is WAY too much. You want to keep treats at a bare minimum.

Cheese is not a good idea.

Jena on May 28, 2010:

I have a light tan coloured rat, but don't know what kind it is. I got her (Clair) for Christmas from my big brother. I had another rat before (Gloria) but my mom said I killed her with kindness because she liked bananas soooo much that I gave her too much and she pooped herself sick. I want to be very careful with Clair so what amount of treats like fruits can she have. Someone said the size of her hand - is that right? Also, can she have cheese?

Brae on May 13, 2010:

I might one of these for my girls. x3 I have a dumbo, standard fur and a rex, standard ear. They're extremely picky eaters though. Their previous owner I adopted them from fed them cheerios, oats, and 'Rat & Mouse blocks' The blocks have 27% protein and they're both about a year old.

Chickadee on May 10, 2010:

I have two pet rats, named Sunny and Duchess. Both are from the animal humaine society. Duchess is 1year, and Sunny is 9mo. Sunny is a mix and Duchess a dumbo cross and they love this little healty recipe (ok, so not that healthy)

what you need:

A blender



apple (peeled)

and a bit of honey

and a 1/8 cup of milk

1. Chop fruit and vedgtables up finely.

2. Put in blender

3. add milk and a couple of drops of honey

4. Blend for around 30 seconds to a minute and a half.

5. freeze for an hour in popsicle holders with a chew stick


^^ hope your rats like it as much as mine :)

Michelle on March 14, 2010:

I just made a recipe for my rat george it is pretty cool.

first you make a smoothie using half an apple,1 banana,3 icecubes, and 1 1/2 tablespoons milk. blend until smooth. then take a wooden chew stick and dip it in the smoothie. place in freezer for 45 min.-1 hour. give and enjoy!

sara on February 23, 2010:

im gonna give this recipe to my friend for his rat got it today and she is so cute i love her but i bet she will love it thx for the idea great website!!! lol

tawny vengeance on November 24, 2009:

i have 3 pet rats synester, piggy and clyde is my very first rat and he thinks hes a human cause i got him just when he was weened , he is black and white now i just got two other rats recently one from a pet shop now piggy is always eating and pooping everywhere dk what to do, now clyde is my first rats dad and he is very mean to both synester and the baby, clyde is an all white rat with red eyes now i have saved all of these rats from being eaten by snakes

Whitney (author) from Georgia on October 14, 2009:

I've never heard that parsley is bad.

Squeak! on October 13, 2009:

Isn't parsley not a great thing for rats though? Would it be alright if I just left it out of that seed crunchy recipie?

chiyochung on August 09, 2009:

i made your peanut butter things but added

oatmeal, dried fruit, and almond butter.

my two babies go crazy for them.

thanks so much for the ideas!

it's fun to spoil them once in a while

Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 08, 2009:

Take some of the soiled bedding and put it where you want the litter box to be. Mix it with some clean bedding. It's best to use a different litter than the main substrate in the cage. The rat will smell the soiled bedding in the litter box and slowly start using that one spot.

lauralol on July 07, 2009:

my rat is 5 weeks old but i dont no how to potty train them

Whitney (author) from Georgia on June 09, 2009:

yes, but you'll make a huge helping if you're feeding it to a mouse or two.

Rodent lovin girl on June 09, 2009:

are these recipes safe to feed to mice as well ???

Crazy Rat Girl on June 07, 2009:

I can't wait to try your recipes! I have a black and white Irish rat (close to a fancy) and a grey dumbo rat. They're both girls, and I'm sure they'll love the treats!!!

Wanda on March 16, 2009:

My rats like your Peanut Butter Crunch balls.

Thanks for posting the recipe!

Trsmd from India on March 02, 2009:

First, get 3 live whole rats, Then fry them until they are toasty brown. After that, pick off the tails and whiskers and teeth, because they are not edible. Finally, you are ready for your meal!

This is what I expected.. but here this page explains Recipes for RATS... LOL...

Whitney (author) from Georgia on March 02, 2009:

Plain, no sugar, no fat yogurt ONCE IN A WHILE. is ok. But not often and not in large amounts.

shira on March 01, 2009:

that's cool i love my rat

so baby food is bad?

rattielover95 on December 01, 2008:

I have i a black satin and i love him to death and i read all the good reviews that were posted (as any rat lover would do) and i think i will write some of these down and try them. Thank you

val76 on November 15, 2008:

I have 13 fancy rats total and 1 dumbo ear rat...they are soo cute..I love them just like anyone else would love their dogs. I built my own multi level cages with toys which they love. I like the receipies you posted I will try them for sure.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on January 19, 2008:

I'm sorry to hear that one of your ratties is sick. I hope it gets better. I currently have 3 fancies, but I'd love a hairless and a blue.

Ashley on January 18, 2008:

I love this.

I have 9 rat kids of my own, and they love new things, so I am definitely going to bookmark this page.

I have 2 genuine hairless, 2 fancy (one has 4 babies) and 1 dumbo rat.

One of my fancies are sick though, so I am glad I came across this.


Mark Knowles on January 17, 2008:

I have only ever come across two types of rat (except the human kind) City rats and country rats. One good, one bad. I never even heard of fancy rats. What makes them fancy?

Whitney (author) from Georgia on January 16, 2008:

Mark- There are different colors and patterns of pet rats, but only one type of fancy rat... You can find blue, black, brown, white, and other shades of pet rats. Hooded, masked, and hairless rats, as well as other patterns and coats.

Mark Knowles on January 16, 2008:

I have to admit, I never thought of having a rat for a pet. There are lots of different sorts of rats I guess? It was the title that hooked me though LOL I was hoping it wasn't an actual rat recipe,hehe - And I wasn't disppointed. I will ruminate on the benefits of doing a rat recipe of my own.

Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD from Tumkur on January 11, 2008:

It is interesting.Rats are not pets in India.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on January 11, 2008:

Jackilyn- which recipe did you try? Did you check out the other treat recipes?

Abhinaya- rats can be great pets. Most people just don't want to give them a try. And, yes, I am a huge animal lover. Thank you.

Abhinaya on January 11, 2008:

I read your hubs on rat diets, treat and recipes before coming here.I always thought rats were a bit of nuisance.But now I realise how much love and care they need when they can be pets.You sure are an animal lover.Your information about dogs are amazing too.

Jackilyn on January 11, 2008:

i made the recipe but forgot to tell you my rats loved it! -=]

Whitney (author) from Georgia on January 11, 2008:

Angela- Oops.. I'd never think of or look for those kind of rat recipes. Ha. You can eat them. They human friendly. ;-)

MM- rats are very easy to take care of. You can definitely buy commercial foods. I recommend Mazuri or Harlan Teklad rat blocks. Avoid seeded mixes, as they tend to be high in fat, plus most rats ignore the good stuff in them, picking out their favorites.

I'm working on a caring for pet rat hub, so look out for it.

MM Del Rosario from NSW, Australia on January 11, 2008:

are rats easy to managed as a pet? can you buy commercial food for rats? just curious....

thanks MM

Angela Harris from Around the USA on January 10, 2008:

I'm sorry, but I freaked out when I first read the title. Then, my brain finally kicked in and I got it. These recipes sound good enough for humans, too.

Jackilyn on January 10, 2008:

I bet this will work just like your dog recipes! I'll try making it tonight! =] let you know tommorow morning.=D cheers!

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