Dry cat food for Laius Niger?

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boreynorthwind
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Dry cat food for Laius Niger?

Post: # 56049Post boreynorthwind
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:14 am

Hey! So I currently own a small colony of Lasius Niger (Queen, one worker and lots of brood). I was wondering if it is okay to feed them dry cat food as a protein source. If so, is there a specific type of cat food that ants eat.

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Re: Dry cat food for Laius Niger?

Post: # 56391Post JoeHostile1
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:17 am

You should feed them bugs as a protein source because that is what they naturally eat. I’ve offered dry cat food to my Lasius colonies they never touched it. The only ants that I have that were interested in it were my 10k plus tetramorium colony. I think they are only interested in food that is not bugs is if they are very hungry because I noticed they were going to town on the cat food until I dumped a large amount of crickets in there. Then they stopped taking the cat food and took all the crickets instead.

It’s also possible that only large colonies can eat dry cat food because the worker ants have trouble chewing solid food and they can use their larvae to chew the cat food for them.
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Re: Dry cat food for Laius Niger?

Post: # 56950Post Hunter36o
Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:15 pm

Oh, I did not know they would eat dry cat food. I was under the impression they would only eat it if slightly moist but that turned me off as dog food can mold quick when moist so I assume the same goes for cat food. Mental note taken :lol:
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Re: Dry cat food for Laius Niger?

Post: # 63243Post PAants
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:39 pm

Interesting. In the wild, I've always found ants go crazy for dry dog food. I've not tried feeding it to a captive colony, though.

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Re: Dry cat food for Laius Niger?

Post: # 63245Post LasiusSapien
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:05 am

don't know about the dry stuff but my lasius niger go mad for the jelly from wet dog/cat food
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Re: Dry cat food for Laius Niger?

Post: # 63271Post antnest8
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:05 pm

I think certain species have there prefrences (makes sense because food is one of the main factors that creates new species). in general I think that species of the myrmecinia family seem to be less picky on what they eat while formicadia is very picky.

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Re: Dry cat food for Laius Niger?

Post: # 63323Post Hawkeye
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:39 pm

boreynorthwind wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:14 am
Hey! So I currently own a small colony of Lasius Niger (Queen, one worker and lots of brood). I was wondering if it is okay to feed them dry cat food as a protein source. If so, is there a specific type of cat food that ants eat.
In general, ants prefer wet food, but give it a try?

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Re: Dry cat food for Laius Niger?

Post: # 63518Post antnest8
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:32 pm

I know lasius outside mu house like dry dog food. But captive colonies are sometimes more picky (probably because they are smaller)
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