Oxbow Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food

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Feed your young pet a diet that has the protein and energy they need to support their growing needs with Oxbow Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food. Growing, energetic young mice and rats require higher levels of certain nutrients than adults to keep them healthy. Oxbow Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food is nutritionally balanced and contains optimal protein, fat and energy sources to help mice and rats under six months thrive. Its uniform format prevents selective feeding and finicky eating habits that are commonly associated with mixes and seed-based diets. Feed young mice and rats as well as pregnant or nursing pets an unlimited supply.

Key Benefits
  • 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 strict herbivores and a diet with fiber is essential to maintaining a healthy digestive system.
  • Completely balanced and nutritious.

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  • Small Pet Type

    Mouse, Rat

Nutritional Info

Ground Corn, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Hulls, Dried Whey, Cane Molasses, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Limestone, Flax Seed, Sodium Bentonite, Menhaden Fish Meal, Lignin Sulfonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Dl-Methionine, Salt, Magnesium Oxide, Choline Chloride, Yeast Culture, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Ferrous Sulfate, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate (Vitamin C), Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Rosemary Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 18.0% min
Crude Fat 6.0% min
Crude Fiber 2.0% min
Crude Fiber 6.0% max
Moisture 12.0% max
Calcium 0.8% min
Calcium 1.2% max
Phosphorus 0.6% min
Vitamin A 8,000 IU/kg min
Vitamin D3 1,000 IU/kg min
Vitamin E 125 IU/kg min
Feeding Instructions

Mice: Unlimited Rats: Unlimited

Please note that these are guidelines. If your pet is overweight or underweight, please contact your veterinarian.

Not intended for mature/Adult rats. Please transition rats over 6 months of age to Essentials Adult Rat Food.

Transition Instructions

Week One: mix 1/4 new food with 3/4 current food. Week Two: mix 1/2 new food with 1/2 current food. Week Three: mix 3/4 new food with 1/4 current food. Week Four: you can feed Oxbow Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food exclusively to your pet.


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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  • Best food for rats

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    I have been feeding oxbow to my rats for 5 years, so I wholeheartedly reccomend this wholesome, balanced rat diet. You can even order a 20lb bag through chewy in the options on the oxbow's product information page. Rats are prone to obesity, tumors, and various other health issues this diet has helped me see the least of this things in my rat keeping experience. Vegetables, fruits, and other rat safe foods should be supplemented of course, but as a main balanced diet, this is the best you can get. Most other foods have dried corn in it which can have mold or parasites. Oxbow does not.

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  • Good For Mice, Not For Young Rats...

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    When I originally got my four boys I immediately reached for this food, but to be on the cautious side, I asked the breeder I got them from and my veterinarian what they thought and they both told me that this is NOT good food for young rats! The first ingredient in this food is ground corn, which rats can't digest. So after I got a stern talking to from my vet, I went and ordered the adult oxbow and they've been happy and healthy ever since!

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    I just ordered this product yesterday and its already here! It came sealed and fresh. I put it in all of my mouses' cages. So far my pregnant mouse Cashmere loves it, my sick mouse hasn't touched it and neither did my male but it's only been about thirty minutes so i will give it time.

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  • The preferred choice

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    My young rats go for these blocks over any other brand. I find Oxbow to be superior to the others anyway, so happy rats, happy Mom :)

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  • #1 choice in brand

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    The best in balances of nutrition. Kayte and hartz are trash brands. My ratties love this and their shape.

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  • good product

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    As a first time rat owner I was told this was the best food for them. They love it.

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  • Best rat food

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    Most nutritionally complete rat food you can buy! My boys love it.

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  • If the Ratties are happy , I am happy!

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    I am super happy about this nutritious food for my 5 rat babies. It comes highly recommended by the Rat group I am a part of and I am pleased with the value price as well. Once again Chewy.com makes my pets happy!

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  • Best high quality

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    Best food out there for your little ones... Nobody beats the nutrition this food brings to the table!! Oxbow will always be number 1 in my book

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  • Great food

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    Very well priced and my rats love it! Healthy and pellets are far less messy then most foods.

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