OXBOW Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food All Natural Mouse & Young Rat Food, 2.5lb. - Chewy.com

Oxbow Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food

By Oxbow
Rated 4.6364 out of 5 stars

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About This Item


  • Specially formulated to mirror a mouse and young rat's natural diet. This will ensure that your pet lives a healthy lifestyle.
  • Fortified with stabilized calcium, Vitamin C, D3 and E. This helps ensure that your pet's health and immunity system are in tip-top shape.
  • Uniformed format prevents selective feeding and finicky eating habits.
  • Mice and rats are omnivores, which means they eat both plant and animal material.
  • Completely balanced and nutritious.

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Nutritional Information

Feeding Instructions

About Oxbow Essentials Food Treats

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.

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.

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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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Questions & Answers

6 Customer Questions

We just hot a rat that is 3 months old. How long do we feed baby food? When should he switch to the adult food?
Answer by ChewyMar 27, 2018
Please transition rats over 6 months of age to Essentials Adult Rat Food.

Are these the small pellets?
Answer by ChewyMar 30, 2022
The shape and size of food can have slight variation from batch to batch, but is typically 1/2" in diameter.

Can I use this for my adult rats
Answer by ChewyNov 12, 2020
This food is not intended for mature or adult rats.

would this be a good food for a nursing or pregnant rat
Answer by ChewyOct 13, 2020
This food is suitable for young, pregnant or nursing rats and can be fed unlimited. In addition, it is recommended to feed a limited amount of appropriate fresh fruits and vegetables. Please note that these are guidelines. If you have questions about your pet’s daily feeding regimen, please contact your veterinarian or Oxbow for more specific feeding information.

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Rated 4.6364 out of 5 stars
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55 Customer Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Zahara on Jan 31, 2023

Crumbly but good product

Great food pellets. My rats like them. Recommend the big bag, it lasts a while. A little dusty and crumbly sometimes.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By libby on Apr 3, 2022

perfect <3

this is the perfect lab block for my baby rats because they are still under 6 months old. They take right to it

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Twigs on Sep 26, 2021

Rats love the stuff

I got a couple rats from someone who could no longer care for them, and the food they were being fed was definitely not the diet they needed (a majority of their food was sugar-filled). I had been feeding my other rats this stuff for awhile, but I was worried these new babies I got wouldn't want to touch it. However I was pleasantly surprised that they loved the stuff. The pellets might not look that appetizing at first glance, but this is a great full-diet food for rats and mine definitely love it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Patty on Jul 19, 2021

Little one approves

Took a few days to get my baby rat to eat, but once she started, she loved it. Just what I was looking for in a healthy blend of food designed with a baby rat in mind. Thanks!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By MouseHouse on Apr 11, 2021

Makes a lot of crumbs

Our mice eat it, but it leaves a giant pile of crumbs!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By catpads5 on Mar 10, 2021

peaches and uni (rats)

Rats liked it. Seems they’ll only eat the oxbow brand

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By jackii on Sep 16, 2020

rats love it

I have two female young rats and it gives them all the nutrition they need

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By mkids1301 on Apr 28, 2020

She loves it!

The little mouse we have temporarily seems to love this food! She even tried to carry a chunk up the tube to the top compartment of her cage! I helped her out with that.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Shoemarsh on Dec 14, 2019

She loves it!

Our pet rat Shyanne (Shy-Shy), loves this food! We used to get the kind that’s full of seeds and thing, and she seemed to only want the sunflower seeds, and would just waste everything else. She would make a huge mess with the shells and other parts of the food she wouldn’t eat, now she’s so excited about these pellets she hordes them in her little nest, and rarely leaves any in her dish.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on Feb 24, 2020

Great for rats

This food is great for rats under 6 months old because of the greater protein content.