Many people may be scared of rats as they sometimes can be scary to look at or because they live in sewers a lot of the time but other people love rats.
Some people love rats so much that they have them as pets and have them domesticated. Just like you would have a hamster or a gerbil.
For those people who have rats as pet they may be wondering to themselves if it is safe for their pet to eat raisins.
Rats can eat a variety of things so it is important to know what is safe and not safe for them to eat.
So can rats eat raisins at all?
The short answer is yes but it isn’t recommended. Only as a treat, in small amounts and not often.
There are some health benefits for rats to eat raisins and there is also some drawbacks for their health if they were to eat raisins.
The health benefits include:
- great natural source of antioxidants
- rich in magnesium
- good source of potassium as well
The other benefit is that they are tasty and sweet and therefore rats may enjoy eating this fruit as well.
On the negative end though is that they have a rough texture making them difficult to eat and possibly creates a choking hazard.
To avoid this issue the raisins should be put into very small pieces.
Another drawback of raisins is that they contain a lot of sugar and therefore cause cause stomach aches and other digestive issues for rats.
Therefore overall it is best to only give a tiny amount to your rat once in awhile and make sure they are cut up into tiny pieces to avoid choking.