What Do Rats Eat?
Rats eat a wide variety of foods. They have voracious appetites and will eat almost anything. They are true omnivorous scavengers, but mostly prefer grain, livestock feed and meat. It is also known that rats eat soap, leather, skins, sweets, milk, meat, vegetables, poultry, eggs, grains, seeds, fruits, nuts, snails and other rodents. A rat can eat a third of its body weight per day. The main important consumption of the rat is water, since it can not survive long without it. Rats need 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per day.
Two main types of rats, brown rats and black rats eat almost the same things. But there are small differences in preferences between the two. Brown rats or Norway rats eat almost any type of food, but prefer high quality foods such as meat and fresh grain. These rats require 1/2 to 1 fluid ounce of water per day when they are fed dry food. Rats have good taste, hearing and sense of smell.
Roof rats or black rats generally prefer vegetables, fruits and grains, and consume 1/2 to 1 ounce of food per day from various sources. They do not easily accept meat or fish. They like cereals, chopped apples, sweet potatoes, melons, prunes, pineapple, cookies, donuts, sweet chocolate candies, peanut butter and tomatoes. They also consume an ounce of water per day.
Rats are nutritionally a bit better than mice. Unlike the mouse that nibbles little by little, rats eat much more food at one time. Like mice, rats can live in freezers and love to eat frozen foods.
Rats have the habit of chewing when they eat. Their ability to chew helps them chew and gnaw at almost anything. They gnaw something softer than their teeth. Roen papers, clothes, wood, plastics, water pipes, electric cables and other construction materials. Its habit of gnawing causes immense damage to humanity, such as fires, energy shortages and floods.