Forbidden Foods Updated Feb 26, 2009

I just updated the Forbidden Foods information article with additional details regarding feeding plums and their stone, or pit, to pet rats.

Here is an excerpt from Practically Edible:

The pit of the Plum has cyanogens in it, which are bound molecules of sugar and cyanide. When this bond is broken, the cyanide becomes free and able to act.  The cyanogens don’t leak at all into the flesh of the fruit, for some reason, but should it ever occur to you to try fermenting Plum pits, or to break them up and roast them as snack food, it might not be such a great idea.

The meat of the plum is generally a good thing for pet rats so that is fine as far as I’ve been able to find in my research, it just the pits that should not be fed to them, just in case.

Thanks go to the RatChatter forum member slinky_whippet for starting the thread.

Do you know of any foods dangerous to be fed to pet rats? Leave a comment and share your research.

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5 thoughts on “Forbidden Foods Updated Feb 26, 2009

  1. When I first had my rats, there was a list on forbidden food that I was often refering too, here it is :

    http://www.petratscanada.com/forbidden_foods.htm

    I noticed mostly peanut butter because a rat could choke on it and chocolate (can lead to heart failure), and if you notice raw sweet potato as cyanide just like the plum’s pit.

    Oh one last thing I learned also : If your rat get food poisonning, it could be fatal to them because they don’t have the vomitting mechanism we (and many mammals) have so they can’t get rid of the things that’s causing them pain once swallowed (peanut butter again comes to mind and read in the list about carbohydrate drinks).

    Just by the way, what my rats were absolutely fond of was vanilla yogurt. They would go completely bonkers for that!

    1. The information in the link you posted appears to still be correct, although the only date reference is for an edition of a book printed in 2001. As best I can tell, your linked information has not been updated since then.

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