This website gives the formula: 70M3/4 = Resting Energy Requirement for pets in calories/day, where M is the mass in kilograms. Is this formula correct and accurate, and will it work for rabbits, mice, and guinea pigs?

  • $\begingroup$ There's a lot to talk about here, have you started with something like en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleiber%27s_law to guide you a bit? Is anything still unclear to you after you read that page? $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Dec 5 '18 at 0:20
  • $\begingroup$ No, because the exponent "3/4" is more important than the "70"; "70" depends on among other things the units you use - your question has lots of subquestions though, and most of them are answered there; your title is about Kleiber's law. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Dec 5 '18 at 0:38

No, I would not use this formula for rodents. The "3/4-law" is usually used only for mammals with a mass of m>10 kg and was derived by Kleiber from limited empirical data sets. For mammals with a bodymass below 10 kg the prefered exponent seems to be 2/3 which was derived from the relationship of volume and surface of the body and heat energy as the main source of metabolic rate. See here.

Either way this are only approximate calculations I would not trust too much as exceptions occure frequently and also the age and/or physical state can make a difference.

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