Oxbow Essentials Healthy Handfuls Hamster & Gerbil Food

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Feed your hamster or gerbil a healthy diet free of seeds, high-sugar fruits and artificial preservatives, colors and flavors with Oxbow Essentials Healthy Handfuls Hamster & Gerbil Food. While hamsters and gerbils love seeds and fruits, they can be high in calories and low in nutritional quality. Consuming too much of these foods can cause finicky eating patterns and obesity. Oxbow Essentials Healthy Handfuls Hamster & Gerbil Food is a complete diet balanced with nutrients that help maintain proper nutrition, weight, digestive function and dental health. It contains a blend of timothy hay, oats and barley that are flavorful and high in fiber for healthy digestion. Serve with Oxbow hays to encourage foraging and provide enrichment for relieving stress and preventing boredom.

Key Benefits
  • Specially formulated to mirror a hamster/gerbils diet. This will ensure that your pet lives a healthy lifestyle. Completely balanced and nutritious.
  • Fortified with stabilized Vitamin C, A and B12. This helps ensure that your pet's health and immunity system are in tip-top shape.
  • Includes high-fiber Timothy hay meal that promotes healthy gastrointestinal health. Keep your pet's health at optimal level.
  • Hamsters and gerbils are strict herbivores and a diet high in fiber is essential to maintaining a healthy digestive system.
  • This product uses farm-fresh timothy hay to provide the fiber content necessary to maintain intestinal health and prevent digestive upset.

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  • Item Number
    96004
  • Food Form
    Pellets
  • Lifestage
    Adult
  • Small Pet Type
    Gerbil, Hamster
Nutritional Info
Ingredients

Timothy Meal, Pearled Barley (Rolled), Oat Groats, Flax Seed Meal, Canola Meal, Canola Oil, Wheat Gluten, Millet, Limestone, Flax Seed, Salt, Yeast Culture (Dehydrated), Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Selenium Yeast, Vitamin A Supplement, Folic Acid, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Biotin, Manganous Oxide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Rosemary Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein15.0% min
Crude Fat4.5% min
Crude Fiber10.0% min
Crude Fiber15.0% max
Moisture10.0% max
Calcium0.6% min
Calcium1.0% max
Phosphorus0.4% min
Vitamin A10,000 IU/kg min
Vitamin D900 IU/kg min
Vitamin E190 IU/kg min
Feeding Instructions
AnimalUnder 6 Months / Pregnant / Nursing Daily Feeding (cup)Adult Daily Feeding (cup)
Small HamsterUnlimited1/8
Gerbil/Large HamsterUnlimited1/3

Please note that these are guidelines. If your hamster or gerbil is overweight or underweight, please contact your veterinarian or Oxbow for more specific feeding information.

Note: Hamsters are known to hoard and hide their food, particularly females or those housed with other hamsters. Be sure to check for stockpiles of food and adjust daily rations as required.

Oxbow's Flagship Line

Oxbow's Essentials line is the diet that set the bar for today's small pet nutrition. There's a unique food for a variety of small animals—chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils. These uniform pellets provide the right nutrients for each species with no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

Oxbow's Flagship Line
Treats for Enrichment

Treats for Enrichment

In addition to their foods, Oxbow's healthy treats are rewarding for small animals and their owners. Simple Rewards are made with wholesome, natural ingredients like freeze-dried fruits and veggies, Timothy hay, and aromatic herbs. They're great for training, bonding or simply adding a little variety.

The Gold Standard of Small Pet Nutrition

An ideal small animal diet includes 20% fortified foods for herbivores and 75% for omnivores for essential vitamins and micronutrients. Oxbow's three fortified food lines are recommended by veterinarians worldwide because they're specially formulated to meet the unique needs of small animals—a true gold standard of nutrition.

The Gold Standard

About Oxbow

Family-owned and operated, Oxbow is passionately committed to helping small animals lead longer, healthier lives. Grown by experts on Oxbow's family of farms, their formulas and life-staged diets have defined the way small animals are fed today. From plant to pet, Oxbow products meet the highest standards time and time again.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Some misinformation about this product

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    I see a lot of people claim this product is completely nutritionally void for hamsters. This is untrue, the issue is just that hay is not as easy for a hamster to absorb nutrients from. I like to feed this in combination with other products to create a balanced diet. My hamster eats a mix of about 50% oxbow 50% Higgins seed mix, and a couple Mazuri lab blocks. This cuts down on him being able to pick through the seed mix and only eat what he likes (most hamsters wont eat the hay pellets in seed mix, which do contain essential nutrients, but these oxbow hay pellets seems more palatable to them) and the addition of the Mazuri blocks boosts the protein. I find this to be the best mix for I see a lot of people claim this product is completely nutritionally void for hamsters. This is untrue, the issue is just that hay is not as easy for a hamster to absorb nutrients from. I like to feed this in combination with other products to create a balanced diet. My hamster eats a mix of about 50% oxbow 50% Higgins seed mix, and a couple Mazuri lab blocks. This cuts down on him being able to pick through the seed mix and only eat what he likes (most hamsters wont eat the hay pellets in seed mix, which do contain essential nutrients, but these oxbow hay pellets seems more palatable to them) and the addition of the Mazuri blocks boosts the protein. I find this to be the best mix for making sure your hamster gets a complete diet :) … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nutritionally dense

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    This is a great food for gerbils or hamsters, I've used it for both and tend to have long-lived and healthy rodent pets. Free of all the junk and cheaper additives of other commercial foods, I feel safe feeding this to my pets.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    No nutritional value to hamsters

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    Most of this is made of timothy hay which hamsters don’t need and isn’t giving them the nutrients they need. Good hamster diets would be a mix like Higgins sunburst and mazuri rat and mouse lab block. Just join facebook groups guys

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Little Russ did not like :(

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    My Syrian Fancy Beat did not care for these. I even tried to mix them in with his seed food and he picked these out and tossed them aside. The pet store was feeding him these and recommended them. I guess when he got a taste of the seed mix there was no going back!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Gerbil loves!

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    I've fed this food to my gerbil Oliver ever since I got him and he has always liked it, he gets really excited when he hears the bag. It lasts a long time and it isn't expensive which is a plus!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Such a great deal!

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    Ever since I saw that Chewy sold a 15lbs bag of Oxbow Hamster and Gerbil food, I started buying it in bulk! I currently have 9 hamsters, 4 gerbils and 2 mice that all LOVE this food! Chewy has saved me SO SO SO much money since I found this!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    simply the best

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    I have been involved in rescue for over a decade- hamsters are my specialty, I take in ones with medical and/or behavioral issues. Oxbow is the best food out there, hands down. My hamsters regularly live to be 3+ years old. I buy the 15 lb bag and it’s very affordable, I usually have between 3-6 hamsters at a time and it lasts over a month. I do supplement their diets with live mealworms and fruits/veggies.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth The Value

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    For years I have been buying Oxbow for my hamsters. I recently bought the largest bag, of 15lbs and I definitely recommend everyone do the same. I was shocked to see that the bag was so large. I have three hungry hamsters, and they go through a bag of food (1lb) in about a month and a half, if not two months. This large back will last me for a year, easily. and I would recommend anyone who buys oxbow to stop getting the little bags and get the large 15lb+ bags. It is a great value and even if you do the math, 15lbs of the small bags equals out to $82.80. But the actual 15lb bag itself is $36.54. An automatic savings of $46.26! (As of this date 4/16/19) The same goes for any of the oxbow food For years I have been buying Oxbow for my hamsters. I recently bought the largest bag, of 15lbs and I definitely recommend everyone do the same. I was shocked to see that the bag was so large. I have three hungry hamsters, and they go through a bag of food (1lb) in about a month and a half, if not two months. This large back will last me for a year, easily. and I would recommend anyone who buys oxbow to stop getting the little bags and get the large 15lb+ bags. It is a great value and even if you do the math, 15lbs of the small bags equals out to $82.80. But the actual 15lb bag itself is $36.54. An automatic savings of $46.26! (As of this date 4/16/19) The same goes for any of the oxbow food for any small pet. Rabbits, Guinee pigs, Rats, Ferrets, you name it! I am buying the Large 25lb Rat food for my pet rat on my next purchase. Now if only they made the Garden select in the bulk packaging, then I'd be a happy rodent mom. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great food

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    My gerbils love this food and it is one of the healthiest on the market for them. I only use seed as a treat

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Quality Food

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    I bought this food for my hamster when I first got him, and used for my hamster after that and I’m going to use this Oxbow product for my next hamster. It is excellent pocket food for hamsters, as it is a good size to put in their pouches. Also, all of my hamsters loved this food and ALWAYS ate it when I refilled their food. The ingredients are very good and nutritious for your hamster or gerbil, its high in fiber and contains many vitamins and minerals. If you combine this food with dried herbs, seeds, occasional fruits, and fresh vegetables, you and you’re hammy or gerbil will be good to go!

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