Unsafe Food for Rats


Toxic foods are poisonous to rats and should be completely avoided.

  • Avocado skin and pit
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits (causes kidney damage)
  • Mango (causes kidney damage)
  • Green potato
  • Fluorinated and/or Chlorinated Water (use only filtered water, never tap water)
  • Green bananas
  • Uncooked/dried beans (contains toxic hemaglutin)
  • Blue cheese
  • Caffeine
  • Dried corn
  • Licorice
  • Raw sweet potato
  • Poppy seeds
  • Raw cabbage
  • Raw brussel sprouts
  • Raw peanuts
  • Rhubarb


Unsafe foods are dangerous to rats because they can cause harm or injury to the animal due to their attributes.

  • Carbonated beverages (rats are unable to burp, so the gas gets trapped)
  • Sticky foods (like peanut butter)
  • Wild insects


Unhealthy foods won’t necessarily cause lasting harm to rats but should still be avoided because of the negative impact on their health.

  • High-fat foods
  • Sugary foods


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