Melissa's Rat Mix
From the RMCA web site, July 2005
Ingredients for a nutritional diet you can make for your rats!
Main Ingredients:Innova Senior Dog Food OR Wellness Lite Dog Food (this should comprise approx. 1/5 of the TOTAL mix)
Dry pasta - BOTH tricolor and whole wheat (I avoid spirals)
Grape Nut Flakes
Various Organic Cereals (Multigrain, Amaranth, Bran, etc - look for sodium <100mg, sugars no more than 6g)
Puffed Kamut or Puffed Wheat, Puffed Millet
Low fat bulk soy granola AND organic low fat fruit granola (usually raspberry)
Organic rye and wheat flakes (I sometimes substitute Organic kamut or barley oats)
Just Tomatoes brand freeze dried bananas
Dried fruit/veggies (I use Just Tomatoes freeze-dried corn, peas, tomatoes, bell peppers, mango, and occasionally add UNSULPHURED dried papaya or apple)
In small amounts: Special K Cereal, Zupreem Bird food
Other things I add on a rotating basis:Puffed Corn (best to limit dried corn intake)
Toasted Wheat germ
Pirate's Booty Organic Cheese Puffs
Flavored Flat Breads, broken into pieces
Low Sodium Baked Pita Chips
Yogurt drops from Sweetmeadow Farms
This is their staple DRY diet, but I also give fresh fruit and vegetables daily (cantaloupe, banana, seedless watermelon, , cooked green beans, and frozen peas are favorites). Do NOT give orange juice or oranges containing the white skin-like coating to male rats - it contains d-limonene, which has been proven to cause kidney cancer in male rats.
I add one grain daily - I alternate brown rice, organic grits, couscous with olive oil and garlic (1/2 seasoning packet), baked potato or yams or white sweet potatoes, organic tri-color orzo, and wheat flour tortillas.
I add protein (from as pure a source as possible) 1-2 times a week: scrambled eggs, cooked beef liver, cooked low fat ground turkey, soy tempeh, cooked tofu, cooked fresh fish (look for low sodium), or cooked chicken.
Measurements:This will not be anything near exact, but the container I use is a Sterlite "Show Offs." It does not say how many gallons it is...sorry. It measures 10.5"tall by 12.5" wide by 7.75" deep.
The dog food comprises about 1/5 of the container (I use equal parts Wellnes and Innova)