Spoiling your pet is a lot of fun, and when you have a pet rat, it’s even more fun because they can eat so many different things. While you can give your rat treats you have in your home, such as popcorn or the occasional french fry, these are not the healthiest for them. You want to spoil your rats, but at the same time, making sure that they stay healthy is equally, if not more, important.
It’s for exactly that reason that there are specialized rat treats. These rat treats are delicious for your rat to eat, while at the same time not being harmful to them. In fact, they often contain important vitamins or minerals. You’re basically killing two birds with one stone: you’re giving a treat to your rat, while also giving them essential nutrients – win-win!
However, there are many different kinds of rat treats out there. The problem is deciding which ones are the best, both in taste and nutrition. That’s why I decided to do this write-up, to give you an overview of the best rat treats that are out there. So, without any further ado, let’s get started and go over the best store-bought rat treats.
Pst, there are also some suggestions of rat treats that you might have at home at the bottom of this page.
1) Kaytee Fiesta Strawberry Yogurt Chips Small Animal Treat
These strawberry yogurt chips by Kaytee are a huge hit among many rat owners. But they’re not only a hit among owners, many rats also absolutely love them and can’t get enough of these treats. They’re not only delicious, but they also contain vitamin B12, vitamin A, and vitamin E. This allows you to give your rat a treat while at the same time providing them with essential vitamins, win-win!
They’re a great way to bond with your rat and can also be used very efficiently when you’re training your rat as positive reinforcement. When your rat successfully performs a trick, just give him one of these treats. He’ll love it!
2) Ware Manufacturing Large Rice Pops
These crispy, crunchy, chewy rice pops are a great choice. They satisfy your rat’s natural urge to chew and are very delicious at the same time. The main ingredients of these rice pops are rice and corn, but they also contain slight amounts of soy.
The reviews for these treats are very good. Most rat owners report that their furry friend goes absolutely crazy for these treats and they’re even called crack for rats.
3) Oxbow SIMPLE REWARDS STRAWBERRY Small Animal Treat
Next up on the list of best treats are the Oxbow Strawberry treats. As the name suggests, they have a strawberry flavor. They’re made for small animals, so they’re not specifically made for rats only. Nevertheless, they’re a perfect size for your rat and most rats absolutely adore them.
They’re manufactured in Omaha, Nebraska, and do not contain any added sugars. They’re made up of 100% strawberries that are frozen and then dried – nothing else!
4) Wild Harvest Bake Shop Pretzel Treats For Small Animals
These tiny pretzels are a great treat to give to any rat. Surprisingly enough, while they’re not officially made for rats, but rather for hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and rabbits, rats seem to like them more than the animals they’re officially made for.
The pretzels are crunchy, which is great for rats because they love to chew their food. Another nice thing is that the bag is easily resealable, making storage very easy.
5) eCOTRITION Yogies
These treats kind of look like cheese balls. They’re not made of actual cheese, but they do have cheese flavor, something that rats absolutely love. They’re made of real yogurt.
Rats love these eCotrition Yogies, but the reason why this one is not higher up on the list is that they’re quite high in sugar. If you’re going to go with this treat, make sure that you do not give it to them too often. Also, they have a tendency to melt in high temperatures, so keep them stored in a cool place.
Rat treats you might have at home
If you don’t want to buy specialized rat treats, it’s also very possible to give them some stuff you have at home as a treat. Some examples of foods that you can use as a treat are:
- Many different kinds of fruit, such as apples, grapes, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and many more. For a complete list of the fruits that your rat can eat, check out the rat nutrition overview.
- Bones. Believe it or not, rats absolutely love chewing on chicken bones. They’re a great chew toy and if you leave a bit of meat on them, they’ll gladly eat it!
- Cheese. As an occasional treat, cheese is fine for rats to have. It is high in calories and fat though, so make sure that you give it to them in moderation.
- Eggs. Most rats are huge egg-lovers. Giving your rats a piece of a hard-boiled egg is sure to make them happy.
- Bacon. Who doesn’t love bacon! Bacon isn’t the best for your rat to eat on a frequent basis because of its high salt and fat content, but they absolutely love eating it and if you give them a small piece of bacon on a special occasion it won’t harm them.