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Ratsalot Rattery And Rescue

The good, the bad and the ugly food for your rats!
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Some toxic plants for rats:

Almonds (kernel in the pit contains cyanide) 
Amaryllis bulb   
Apricot (kernel in the pit contains cyanide)  
Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) VERY POISONOUS, * 
Avocado (leaves, seeds, stem, skin)   
Azalea (entire rhododendron family) 
Bird of Paradise
Bleeding heart
Bracken fern
Buttercup (Ranunculus)
Calla lily
Castor bean (can be fatal if chewed)
Cherry (kernel in the pit contains cyanide) 
Chinese sacred or heavenly bamboo,  contains cyanide
Choke cherry, unripe berries  contains cyanide,
Chrysanthemum (a natural source of pyrethrins) 
Crocus bulb 
Croton (Codiaeum sp.)
Cyclamen bulb
Delphinium, larkspur, monkshood
Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)     severe mouth swelling, 
Elderberry, unripe berries     contains cyanide 
English ivy (All Hedera species of ivy)
Fig (Ficus) General allergan, dermatitis
Four-o'clocks (Mirabilis)
Foxglove (Digitalis), can be fatal, 
Garlic (raw or spoiled) 
Golden pothos
Hyacinth bulbs 
Hydrangea contains cyanide, 
Holly berries
Iris corms
Jimson weed
Lantana    liver failure 
Lily (bulbs of most species) 
Lily-of-the-valley  (can be fatal)
Lupine species
Marijuana or hemp (Cannabis)   (can be fatal)
Mistletoe berries
Morning glory  (Seeds toxic)
Mountain laurel 
Narcissus, daffodil (Narcissus) 
Oak (remove bark for use as a perch) 
Oleander, very poisonous, can be fatal, 
Onions  (raw or spoiled)  
Peach (kernel in the pit contains cyanide)  
Pencil cactus/plant  (Euphorbia sp.)  dermatitis, 
Philodendron (all species) 
Poinsettia (many hybrids, avoid them all)  dermatitis
Potato (leaves and stem)
Pothos (Golden)
Red Spider lily (Lycoris)
Rubber plant
Rhubarb leaves
Rosary Pea (Arbus sp.) (Can be fatal if chewed)  
Sago Palm
Scheffelera (umbrella plant)
Shamrock (Oxalis sp.)
Spurge (Euphorbia sp.)
Tomatoes (leaves and stem)
Yew (yew product)

Forbidden food:

Bleu cheese, Licorice, Raw dry beans or peanuts, raw sweet potato, raw red cabbage and brussel sprouts, raw artichokes, green bananas, green potato skin and eyes, wild insects, rhubarb, orange juice  (for male rats only). Raw bean & potato & red cabbage must be cooked well before giving them.

Food that should be given with caution:

dried corn (often sold as entire cobs in pet and feed stores),
cucumber, radishes, spinach, collards and turnip greens, beets, almonds, swiss chard.

Food with higher concentration of pesticides:

strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, peaches, cantaloupe grown in Mexico, celery, apples, apricots, green beans, grapes grown in Chile, and cucumbers

The produce with the least pesticides:

avocados, corn, onions, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts,grapes grown in the US, bananas, plums, watermelon, and broccoli

Beneficial food:

-Foods that help to prevent strokes: celery, prunes, parsley , oranges (no orange juice for males).
-Foods with antibiotic properties: banana, prunes/plums, tea, eggplant, raspberries, onion, mustard.
-Food with some anti-virus properties: cranberries, prunes/plums, strawberries.
-Foods are good for arthritis: clove, dates, ginger.

I want to thank Cheryl from the ratlist for this info.

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