Shunamite Diet for Pet Rats, a Recipe

Hello! When I bought our pet rats almost a year ago I have learned so, so, sooooo much more than I thought I would! There is a whole world of information on the internet now :heart: I quickly started making my own rat food mix since learning that commercially made “blocks” are possibly not the best. I am not an expert but I wanted to share my “recipe” to show just how easy it is for anyone on the fence or for anyone wanting to know more :slight_smile: I try to follow the “Shunamite diet” but it was developed in the UK and depending on where in the world you live there are different food mixes available…, I joined a facebook group based in the US to learn more and my mix is based off the information I learned in that group. If you’re interested in this diet please do your own research! This is just how I do it :smile:

Base mix

  • 3 scoops Cavalor Horse Muesli
  • 4 scoops Pigeon Food Mix
  • 1 scoop Dry Split Peas
  • 3 scoops Straight Grains Mix
    – Brown Rice, Popping Corn, Millet, Barley, Bulgar, Rolled Oats

5 scoops Processed Gains Mix

  • Dry Pasta
  • Cereals with 5grams or less of sugar
  • Crackers

Protein Mix

  • 1 scoop Fish Based Dog Food
  • 1/2 scoop Dry Red Lentils
  • 1/2 scoop Dried Meal Worms (picture blurred to protect the squeamish)

1 scoop Dehydrated Vegetables Mix

  • Kale
  • Yellow Squash
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Dandelion

1 scoop Oily Seed Mix

  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Acorn Squash Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds

Then it’s time to mix!

From unmixed (blurred because of meal worms)

To a beautiful mix of colors and textures!

And here are our happy rats :heart: :heart: :heart:

Pumpkin is always the first to come for food! :rofl:

Scruffy taking his time to pick the best piece :yum:

and TV woke from his nap to get a snack :kissing_heart:

We scatter feed but I couldn’t resist getting some pictures to share :innocent: We also give them fresh food but that’s a whole other recipe! :sweat_smile: Thanks for looking! :grin:


That’s great, your pets eat a better balanced diet than some people I know :grinning:
They are lucky that they live with someone who takes the time to learn what is good for them and makes sure they get it.


This is AWSOME! Such happy ratties. :smile:

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WOW! That’s a lot of ingredients and it shows just how important it is to consider a balanced diet for our pet friends. And all your little buddies look so cute coming to the “buffet” in your hand!

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I love that you have a rat named TV. Was that ds’s idea?

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Yes! Hahaha… he already has two stuffed animals named TV (a seahorse and one of the three babies)… Some of his other stuffed animals are Poster, Ceiling, and Carpet… :joy:


That’s hysterical!

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Your rats are so cute. Good for you for making their food!
My sister used to have pet rats. so friendly and social!

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I would love to know what your recipe is for their fresh food.


Hi :smile: Welcome to Lettuce Craft!

For the fresh food I follow this guide to make this document:

A typical mix for me would be:

50% (5 parts) - kale and bok choy with a little basil or mint
20% (2 parts) - bell peppers and tomatoes with a little bit of carrots
10% (1 part) - canned beans, usually kidney and garbanzo, and peas (they love beans!)
10% (1 part) - fruit, apples, bananas, berries
10% (1 part) - broccoli, cooked squash, mushrooms, cooked onion, corn, zucchini, canned pumpkin…

Thanks for asking :grin:


Just curious Reinikka, using your dry mix and your fresh mix, how often are you feeding fresh vs dry mix? I am super new to rats. Currently I typically feed my rats their dry mix 2x a day. I am doing fresh 2x a week and only giving dry once that day (because thats what I read).

There is a lot of conflicting information out there so I don’t know if I’m doing what’s best, bur the rats seem happy :sweat_smile: I give them the dry mix every day and I used to give fresh food almost every day. I haven’t been giving them fresh as often lately because life has been crazy busy for us but we still give them fresh food throughout the week (just not measured/mixed) as we have leftovers or “scraps”. If I plan on giving them a full serving of fresh food I will give them a little less dry food that day, but mostly I don’t worry about it. None of them are overweight with the way we’ve been feeding them.