Once we first obtained rats I did not know something about their species dietary necessities in any respect. So, when it got here to feeding them, we merely determined to share what we ourselves had been consuming for nearly 10 years – a uncooked plant primarily based eating regimen. For the rats, this meant feeding them a great number of seasonal meals that included fruit, leafy and wild greens, greens, some soaked/sprouted grains, legumes and a dry mixture of wholegrains, seeds, berries and nuts.
The rats appeared to essentially benefit from the meals I used to be feeding them they usually all appeared very wholesome and grew into pretty regular sized rats. They hardly ever wanted to go to a vet.
As I started to study extra about rat vitamin, I began so as to add in a number of issues like stay mealworms and a few fish. They by no means actually appeared superb after consuming these meals and each time they ate stay worms or bugs, their behaviour would contain some carpet tearing or biting! In addition they turned far more ‘wild’. This led me to conclude that since they had been domesticated rats dwelling in a home state of affairs as pet rats, stay meat and even dried meat wasn’t actually mandatory, offering their dietary necessities had been being met. Once we did not feed meat, they had been at all times far more peaceable, affectionate and contented little ratties. And so, their eating regimen turned primarily uncooked vegan. Neither my associate nor myself had taken dairy for a very long time for well being causes and in order that was additionally excluded from their eating regimen.
At the moment, all our rats take pleasure in quite a lot of meals in season as we really feel that this permits for a great variation of vitamins all year long e.g. root greens and pumpkin within the winter and extra fruit and greens in the summertime months. In fact, there are at all times particular person wants to think about too. Every rat is exclusive as I am certain you already know!
In fact, I am at all times studying and I suppose that may by no means cease (fortunately!). As rat carers, we’re all continually wanting one of the best for our rats and offering them a nutritious diet is on the high of our lists. Eating regimen can be by no means a static factor. It is continually evolving as our rats wants change from day after day, season to season and through cycles of progress, replica, all through being pregnant and ageing.
I am not advocating that you simply by no means feed meat or fish to your rats if that’s what you need to do. I am merely saying that their dietary wants might be met on a vegan eating regimen if excellent care is taken and I hope to have the ability to assist rat carers on that path in the event that they so select it.
Then, there are the well being and moral issues which will assist the tendency towards feeding vegan fashion. There have additionally been dietary research (involving rats/mice) that point out a calorie-restricted eating regimen can assist enhance well being and enhance longevity.
Calorie restriction naturally happens when on a uncooked vegan eating regimen with out effort. This can assist to keep away from weight problems that’s typically related to mammary lumps in females.
I am certain our rats may very well be dwelling for much longer with much less illness and lumps and so forth. I haven’t got sufficient information as of but inside my very own teams, however I do know of a girl in Australia who has rats dwelling to be round 4 years or extra who’re fed a high-raw vegan eating regimen. She has rats with fewer tumours and well being issues they usually all appear wholesome and effectively developed. In fact, there might be genetic elements concerned too. It might be good to have extra folks feeding their rats a vegan eating regimen in order that we will gather the info in years to come back. If you’re enthusiastic about amassing information on feeding a vegan eating regimen to your rats, please contact me.
There’s additionally a lot to think about nowadays in the case of the best way to feed ourselves and our pets e.g. the agricultural business has been linked to the advance in world warming and water shortages. After which there are our polluted seas the place our fish come from. A part of why I select to be vegan myself is because of environmental issues.
Simply check out these statistics: –
*It takes about 300 gallons of water per day to supply meals for a vegan, and greater than 4,000 gallons of water per day to supply meals for a meat-eater.
*You save extra water by not consuming a pound of beef than you do by not showering for a whole 12 months.
*Meals for a vegan might be produced on only one/6 of an acre of land, whereas it takes 3 1/4 acres of land to supply meals for a meat-eater.
*Vegans and vegetarians save greater than 100 animals a 12 months per individual.
-Statistics borrowed from http://www.goveg.com.
One more reason why folks select to be vegan or to feed a vegan eating regimen to their pets is all the way down to how folks really feel in regards to the life and therapy of animals reared for meals.
My private dietary decisions replicate my feeling for the best to life for different animals.
I do not need to devour merchandise/meals that has concerned the deliberate struggling of one other animal to feed both my pets or myself.
The reasoning behind me feeding my rats a vegan eating regimen is that this. If I can present a nutritionally full vegan eating regimen for my rats that promotes well being, longevity and effectively being, and causes no hurt to animals within the course of, then why would I select in any other case?