Saturday, October 05, 2013

Weekly Rat Facts: Candy

Lucky sharing my Cream of Wheat

Since it's Halloween Month, I thought I would talk about giving candy to rats. Most people think that because dogs can't eat chocolate that rats probably can't either. But that's not the case, in fact a little bit of dark chocolate is good for rats if they are having breathing problems because it works as a bronchodilator and opens up their airways so they can breathe better. 

So what about other candy?
I've actually shared had my candy stolen from the little thieves while they've been out and had them eat a bit with no problems. Jasper used to climb my leg to get to the table that had the candy bowl on it. He would take a piece, and run with it in his mouth back to the cage where he would devour it in a few seconds. It was small pieces of candy corn and things like that but they have all had little bits of candy with no problems. 

Rats are not the same as dogs and can have little bites of chocolate and candy without any major problems. So feel free to give your rats a little bit of Halloween candy, as long as it's in moderation.