Pet Rats/Gassy rat?


My boy is almost 5 months old now, and as of late he's been...gassy. At first I thought it was chocolate that caused it (It's one of his favorite treats and I give him some probably far too often than i should) so I stopped giving him that. But it hasn't stopped, and now I'm wondering if it's his food?

When he was little we fed him Oxbow Essentials for baby rats, and I've since upped him to Oxbow Regal Rat. He was perfectly fine with the baby rat food, but now I'm wondering if it's the Regal Rat. Should I change his diet? If so, what to? Am I over looking something?


Too many vegetables can cause gas such as asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower. Are these foods that are common in your rat's diet?

Rats usually handle new foods well so I doubt that the change in Oxbow formulas has anything to do with it. I would continue feeding him the Oxbow Regal Rat- its the best diet formulated for rats.

I hope that helps!  

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Shawna Laufer


Nutrition has always been an interest of mine as well as creating stimulating environments for rats. I conduct product reviews on my blog so I can take questions regarding products marketed or intended for rats. Other questions regarding basic husbandry, feeding, grooming, and other pet rat care will be accepted. I have very little breeding experience so I would not be able to answer much in the ways of breeding or genetics questions. I can help with some basic health care questions but am not a vet and always suggest contacting your vet for serious inquires.


I have over 13 years of experience with pet rats, having worked in several pet stores, as a veterinary tech assistant, and with my own pet rats. I run a highly regarded blog on the subject of pet rat ownership ( with a corresponding YouTube channel and Facebook page. I have been and always will be open to questions and comments.

A photograph of my lady rat's cage is being published in Worth Publishers' college textbook "How Children Develop, 4e" by Robert Siegler, Judy DeLoache and Nancy Eisenberg on the subject of how complex, stimulating environments and how they relate to the brains of rats.

I have some college experience, but not in the field of animals. I completed the majority of an at-home Veterinary Technician course which I was unable to complete due to financial reason. The majority of my knowledge on rats have come from personal experience, conducting my own research with the help of published medical studies and journal, the internet and through other knowledgeable 'rat people'.

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