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The Scuttling Gourmet 4th Edition

The fourth edition of The Scuttling Gourmet, published in 2015 by Shunamite Publishing, is a massive 324 pages. It includes a heavy gauge card cover in full colour and a central 8 page section of colour photographs. Its content reflects the snowballing of knowledge and changing practice in our approach to feeding pet rats, over the past 13 years.

The book is divided into 13 chapters, primarily based on the specific aims that we might have when feeding our rats.

The Scuttling Gourmet chapters are:
  1. General principles of rat nutrition
  2. Understanding ingredients: Part one – cereal grains
  3. Understanding ingredients: Part two – legumes, meat, seeds, nuts, vegetables, fruit and herbs
  4. Commercially prepared mixes and reviews
  5. The Shunamite diet and other mixes
  6. Feeding for reproduction and growth
  7. Feeding for longevity, well-being and in old age
  8. Feeding for health: prevention and treatment
  9. Weight management
  10. Feeding for vitality and condition
  11. Feeding for pleasure, interest and enrichment
  12. Recipes
  13. Antinutrients and food to feed with caution

The book provides a comprehensive guide to wholesome nutrition for rats and includes such topics as calorie restriction, scatter feeding, specialised diets to help in the treatment of illness, the soya debate and dietary deficiencies. It contains quotations, anecdotes and information from many sources, as well as representing many hundreds of hours of my own research and reading into the subject – and it is well referenced throughout. There is an index to hopefully make information retrieval easier.

The Scuttling Gourmet is available in our shop.

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 4 reviews
Brilliant reference material and great read

This book and it's previous issues address one of those books that I turn to again and again over the course of my rat keeping. Loads of information and a must for any one with any real interest in rat nutrition and entertainment.

Excellent Rat Diet Book

Higly recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn the shunamite diet priciples as well as many recipes and general nutrition information about rats. Definitely needed for the rattery bookshelf!

by Lloyd Allington on The Scuttling Gourmet
A comprehensive, evidence based book on rat nutrition - a must have.

There is no book I would recommend more highly than the Scuttling Gourmet. Alison has decades of experience to back up the invaluable information she shares in this comprehensive guide to rat nutrition, yet still the entire book is written with thorough referencing and draws upon the experience of other rat keepers too.This book will give you through understanding of the needs of your rats throughout their lives and inspire you to offer the best possible diet to your furry companions.You will not regret your purchase - enjoy!

by Katie Dorr on The Scuttling Gourmet
The Bible

When ever anyone mentions that they are thinking of getting a rat or rats, have just got rat or rats, have had rats for years... my first question is always “Do they have ratty friends.”My next question is “Do you have a copy of The Scuttling Gourmet?”It’s *THAT* essential!I firmly believe that a good diet is crucial to rats welfare and happiness and The Scuttling Gourmet is the very best information there is.Alison’s style is rooted in science and years of experience, but the book is easily understandable for a beginner too. She gives you easy, approachable ways to give your rats the balanced, enjoyable diet that they need; gives those of us who are a little more obsessive the knowledge and tools to create the perfect diet; gives feeding advice for every situation and all of it bundled up in common sense, enjoyable, engaging style. She makes feeding your rats fun, but most importantly every owner can benefit from this book; it is simply chock-full of advice that’ll make your rats healthier.No gimmicks, just brilliant scientifically rooted knowledge.