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.

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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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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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    Oxbow is the best food for rats and mice, and the essentials has everything a rat or mouse would need to be happy and healthy. The product came fresh, sealed, and in proper condition. It also got to me really fast.

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  • My rats' favorite!

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    My rats love this food. I'm gonna be bummed when they're old enough to have the adult food if they don't love it like this one. But for now, they absolutely love this. And I'm very grateful I can order it on chewy.com as it's getting more difficult to find in local pet store.

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  • excellent baby rat food

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    We have had numerous small pets over the years including mice, rats, hamsters, a chinchilla, and a rabbit. Oxbow provides nutritious food and hay for these little guys without all the miscellaneous content that may have eye appeal to humans, but little value to the creatures. Our new baby rat is well fed and quite happy with his Oxbow food.

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  • Young/Baby Rat Food

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    I'm very delighted that there was any place at all to purchase young rat food, that's #1. I did think the price was a bit high. I got 2 bags & w/shipping & tax, 2 bags came to $24+. They came quickly & my girls seem to like the food very much. So, except for the overall price, I'm very satisfied with Chewy.coms service.

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  • Happy mice!

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    No complaints here. My girls love 'em and they help keep their teeth healthy from gnawing.

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  • Love Oxbow products

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    Love Oxbow food for my rats! I raise infants to adults and use both formulas. Best price I have found for the 25# bag of Young Rat and Mouse! Fast and affordable shipping and so easy with autoship!

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