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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    United States
  • Small Pet Type
    Gerbil, Hamster
Nutritional Info

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 Protein 15.0% min
Crude Fat 4.5% min
Crude Fiber 10.0% min
Crude Fiber 15.0% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Calcium 0.6% min
Calcium 1.0% max
Phosphorus 0.4% min
Vitamin A 10,000 IU/kg min
Vitamin D 900 IU/kg min
Vitamin E 190 IU/kg min
Feeding Instructions
Animal Under 6 Months / Pregnant / Nursing Daily Feeding (cup) Adult Daily Feeding (cup)
Small Hamster Unlimited 1/8
Gerbil/Large Hamster Unlimited 1/3

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

    The best option for gerbils hands down

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    I started out with 2 gerbils and now I have 9. I love them to bits but feeding so many on a budget was a concern of mine when deciding whether to keep the babies or not. Chewys phenomenal price on one of the best foods on the market helped make that decision an easy one after doing some research. 1 pound will last me close to the full month even with so many tiny mouths to feed because the quality is so much better than the ones with the colorful bits ECT. My gerbils have shiny little coats and are incredibly active and friendly. Absolutely will buy again.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Happy piggys

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    My guinea pigs love this food. I think it’s the best food you can buy for them. Worth the extra cost when you compare the ingredients to other brands.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Best quality food

    By on Top 250 Contributor

    It took our little hamster a week or so to adjust to changing her food. She was used to junk food with all the colorful not-so-good for you pieces in her food. But she adjusted and eats this wonderful now. I feel better about feeding her this high quality food. From the things I've read this is one of the best. We bought the one pound bag since we have one hamster and honestly I see this lasting us a really long time! It's a lot of food for one pound. I highly recommend and chewy prices are the best

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Happy and Healthy Hamster

    By on Top 500 Contributor

    I was afraid my hamster wouldn't eat this since there's no seeds or anything, but turns out this is what the pet store was already feeding all of their hamsters. He eats it with no problem. The price is great, the ingredients are better, and my hamster actually eats it. Highly recommend this food.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Hand down the best for my gerbils.

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    My two female gerbils were raised on this food by the pet store from which I bought them, while my two boys, whom I adopted, were weaned off of one of those awful mixes of mostly seeds and the neon colored pellets they never touched. The rings don’t crumble when chewed, so you’re not losing any product to dust. So glad I found the 15lb bag on chewy.com - the 1lb bags cost about $6 each locally, and each pair goes through about a pound a month!

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad but Not Great

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    Bought this food for my hamster cause i was worried he wasn't getting enough nutrition, but when I put this by itself he wouldn't eat more than a few bites. Decided to mix it with some other food he's liked in the past and that seems to work. He'll eat a little of both now!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Would like more bag sizes

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    I'm looking at buying a hammie. I don't think a 1 pound bag may last long. But a 15 pound bag...lol that would feed an army. A slightly bigger. Yet not too big of a bag would be awesome. Like a 5lb bag

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Hamster loves this!

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    I’ve always trusted this brand for small animals, and my hamster goes crazy when I put Oxbow’s food in her bowl. I would consider buying this brand again.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Happy Gerbies and Hammie!

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    My gerbils and hamster love this food! They are very healthy and happy after eating it for the last 6 months. I will say that 15 lbs of hamster and gerbil food is a much larger quantity than 15 lbs of dog or cat food! And our bag had a hole in it so we had to figure out other containers for it. Our Gerbils and Hamster will be super happy for a long time!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Happy Hamsters!

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    All my hamsters love this food. It's been the main food I give them, with mixing in sunflower seed mix or dried fruit on occasion. All hamsters are healthy and happy. My 2 year old hamster has been eating this from day one.

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