OUZLES
at The Rat Sanctuary

 

As a salute to our beloved Ouzle, our first Striped Roan, we choose to identify the rats we breed by putting 'Ouzle' in front of their names. 

 

We are a member of the NFRS, and the Rattery name Ouzle's is Registered and on the NFRS Breeder's List.

 

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW
ETHICS IS
A LOVELY PLACE
TO LIVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO, YOU WANNA ADOPT AN OUZLES RAT? COOL.
TELL ME WHY I SHOULD LET YOU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WANT YOUR RATS TO STAY HEALTHY AND LIVE A LONG LIFE? FEEDING THEM THE RIGHT FOOD IN THE RIGHT QUANTITIES
IS VITAL TO THAT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEVER FEED A MALE RAT ANYTHING TO DO WITH ORANGES, LEMONS, LIMES OR GRAPEFRUITS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CITRUS FRUITS CONTAIN D-LIMONENE WHICH GIVES MALE RATS CANCER.

 

 

 

 

 

NEVER FEED RAW BRUSSEL SPROUTS TO RATS. BEST TO AVOID COOKED ONES TOO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALSO, AVOID THESE ITEMS RAW:

 

 

 

ARTICHOKE

SWEET POTATO

ONION

RED CABBAGE

 

 

 

Welcome to OUZLES at The Rat Sanctuary!

Rats are misunderstood.

I think they need A NEW NAME.

If people could get past the word 

RAT it would be so much easier.

What a rat should eat.

 

A rat should eat:

  • a healthy and well balanced diet
    that has been

  • specifically tailored to their biological needs;

  • full of healthy human-grade ingredients that are

  • free from poisons and known carcinogens. 

 

    Seems simple. Is it?  Yes! 
Does this mean you can buy a preprepared bag of bog-standard generic rat food and you're all sorted for happy healthy pets? No. Sorry, it really doesn't.
 
Preprepared bags of bog-standard generic rat food are generally:
 
  • full of low grade cheap ingredients many of which a rat cannot even digest or are just 'bulking agents'
  • the vast majority - if not all - of which are unfit for human consumption 
  • topped off with the sort of bad food colourings and E-Numbers you really wouldn't want - or be allowed - to eat yourself.
    Why inflict these on your beloved pet? 

 

So what should you feed them?

We recommend The Principles of the Shunamite Diet to all rat owners.

 

  • The Shunamite diet has been developed, modified and refined over a number of years; the product of a growing interest in rat nutrition and the result of a great deal of reading and research. 
  • The Shunamite diet (or adaptations of it) is now used widely amongst rat owners within the UK and is a diet that is very well received by the vast majority of rats. 
  • Rats fed in accordance with the diet maintain excellent condition and robust health.  I think it helps them live longer too and it can easily be adapted to meet the needs of kittens or elderly rats.
 

There is also an extremely good book that I would recommend to everyone. It is called The Scuttling Gourmet and it is available direct from the author for far less than you'll be asked to part with for it at Amazon.
http://www.shunamiterats.co.uk/scuttling.shtml

 

 
 
After several years of trials we have come up with our own take on the Shunamite base mix. This is what we now feed our own rats.
 
 
Every day:
  •  15-25g per rat per day of our own mix base food** 

  •  5g of Frozen Mixed Veg (straight from the freezer - lovely in the summer!)

  •  1 Hodson & Dorrell Barley Hoop

  •  A piece of fresh green veg (peas or curly kale or spinach or broccolli)
     or a piece of carrot

The size of their portion of base mix depends upon their size, age and gender - and the season. Only the largest bucks in the winter would get the full 25g. A does portion would be around 20g.


Approx once or twice a week:

  •  A small piece of chicken or fish or a mealworm 

  •  A piece of pasta (in the winter) 

  •  A rodent yoggie drop treat

  •  Egg or EMP/QUIKO 

  •  1 bite-sized Shredded Wheat (Shreaded Wheat - not Shreddies!) 

  •  A piece of whatever is on our plate!

 

That's it. The food is weighed out and delivered to each cage, once per day. No other treats. No indulgencies. No slices of toast. No bowls of porridge. /no free for all. A measured amount per rat per cage per day. It keeps a rat trim and healthy.

 

Our incidence of Mammary Tumours is extremely low. Part of that is genetics. The other part of that is diet and not over feeding. Similarly heart disease and other illnesses. A rat that is fed the right amounts of the right food has a better chance of staying healthier longer. 


**100Kg of our base mix comprises the following, evenly mixed:

2x20Kg Sack of Argo Rat & Mouse Cubes

2x15Kg Sacks of Harrison's Banana Brunch

1x20Kg Dodson & Horrell Build Up Conditioning Mix

1x10Kg Dodson & Horrell Pasture Cubes

 

It is available to buy from us in smaller quantities (2.5Kg) & (5Kg)
when you source rats from us.
We don't supply it to people who haven't sourced rats from us.