Oxbow Essentials Healthy Handfuls 1 lb
A healthful food option without GMO-corn
I have had dozens of hamsters throughout my life. When my youngest son showed an interest in getting a hamster, we all jumped on the idea and decided he was ready to own his own pet. I had discovered that my older boys' hamsters (ranging from 5-8 years ago) did not live as long as my hamsters did when I was a kid/teen/young adult. Because their hamsters were stricken with tumors and short lives, we stopped keeping hamsters. As a doctor of nutrition, I began to consider the food as a major cause for disease and shorter lifespans. When we purchased my youngest son's hamster last month, I had forgotten how much corn made up the hamster diets. As the base of the diet, corn has become a major contributor for tumors, cancer, and shorter lifespan in hamsters due mostly to the fact that nearly 90% of the world's corn is a GMO (genetically modified organism). Studies on rats fed only GMO corn showed that the GMO's directly caused horrible, debilitating tumors, many of which were malignant. Combine this with the artificial colors, artificial flavors, sugars, propionic acid preservative, soy (also GMO), raisins (which as TOXIC to hamsters), and yeast extract (containing MSG), you have a very dangerous and unhealthful hamster diet. Wanting my son to have a good experience with his first hamster, we began investigating the natural diet of the hamster and decided we would create our own "diet." That is when we discovered Oxbow Essentials Healthy Handfuls for hamsters. I was thrilled to discover a product that did not use corn as the foundation and main ingredient in the diet, as seen in its various forms throughout the ingredient lists. We decided we would supplement our natural "homemade" food with the Oxbow Essentials. When we received the Oxbow food, my son put a small handful in his hamster's bowl and his beloved hamster went right to the bowl and stuffed his pouches full while also eating it! We were floored! Before the Oxbow, he would eat only the food we prepared and never touched the bowl of the unhealthful, "garbage" commercial hamster diet we were using as a temporary supplement until we received the Oxbow. I am sure I am as pleased as my son's hamster! Oxbow has created a superbly healthful food that is also delicious and pleasing to the hamster. We will purchase only the Oxbow from this point on and we are expecting a much better experience with this hamster.
March 6, 2013
In asking my vet what type of food was best for my 2 little dwarf hamsters, Oxbow Essentials was first on her list. Best of all the hamsters love it.
May 25, 2012
This is an excellent food, with everything the gerbils need. They love it and eat it right up. Its also really adorable to see them holding this giant cherrio in their little hands just gobbling it up. Would definatly recommend and will never feed anything else.
April 2, 2012
Excellent product - and nut and peanut free!
I keep gerbils, and enjoy having them, but because I am fatally alergic to peanuts and tree nuts, I had to search long and hard to find a pet food that would nourish them, and not hurt me. Thank goodness for Oxbow Healthy Handfuls! It's nutritious, they love it (we call them gerbil-o's), and it brings me peace of mind that I don't need to worry about a bad allergic reaction on my part.
March 25, 2012