Oxbow Essentials Healthy Handfuls 1 lb
I, as an individual, love oxbow products. Oxbow is what we use exclusively at my work (Petsmart). The hamsters do much better on this than they ever did a seed mixture. My own little hamster does well on it, too. Something fun to add to it is Zilla Vegetable and Fruit mix typically used for beardies but can also be given to small animals and birds.
October 2, 2013
My geriatric prairie dog loves it! It's his favorite food. I only wish it came in 15 pound bags so I didn't have to order so often.
I got great service and it came as promised and was in good condition.
July 19, 2013
Healthiest Hamster Food
I have been keeping Syrian Hamsters for 31 years and was looking for a healthier hamster food to prevent illness. I work part-time at a pet store and see a lot of hamsters get sick due to improper diet. In researching hamster nutrition the best information I was able to find came from scientists and veterinarians. One veterinarian stated "They are omnivores but should be fed a good pelleted rodent diet containing 16% protein and only 4-5% fat. If the protein is too low, they will lose their hair. If the fat is too high (over 7-9%) they will die." I also read that the fiber should also be about 12% and this is the best food that I was able to find in all of the U.S., Canada and Europe. The ingredients are also the healthiest and most similar to hamsters' natural diet as well. My hamsters will start eating it but they probably prefer blocks which I also feed to them.
Update: I recently bought a Winter-White Dwarf Hamster and am experimenting with offering this food to her. She seems to be gradually nibbling at the rings more and more.
June 4, 2013
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