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Old 05-12-2016, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default Are these the Kaytee lab blocks?

Hello everyone. I have read posts on this forum in the past about lab blocks. I started buying Harlan Teklad blocks when we first bought our Syrian hamster. I remember reading people refer to Kaytee blocks, though I have never seen them in the store. Are these the ones they are referring to? Amazon.com : Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat 5-Pound : Pet Food : Pet Supplies
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Are these the Kaytee lab blocks?

They should be,but I'd recommend Mazuri instead as they are a much higher quality
Amazon.com : Mazuri Rat & Mouse Food, 2 lbs. : Pet Supplies
That's the Mazuri one,which can be purchased through Mazuri directly as well as Petco with Mazuri being cheaper to go through their actual website.

I actually did a bit of digging and as it turned out Mazuri was somewhat better quality than Harlan!Kaytee is the absolute last resort when it comes to lab blocks,to be honest.

No lab block is necessarily good on its own though,and simply having added treats and things isn't good either.The best option is to combine Higgins Sunburst Hamster and Gerbil in a 60/40 ratio with 6 grams of Higgins and 4 grams of Mazuri,which gives the best nutrition and quality of any available US products.
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:20 AM   #3
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Interesting, thank you. I wasn't aware of Mazuri. I will order it right now!

(I do supplement these with Higgins Sunburst (I used to use Supreme Hazel Hamster) and fresh vegs and mealworms. Although, with the Higgins, a lot of it is wasted because he picks out the good stuff. He LOVES the lab blocks though!)

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You're welcome A lot of people don't know about Mazuri,mostly because it's not available in all the chain pet stores and it also isn't exactly something most UK members know about!
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: Are these the Kaytee lab blocks?

I just got the Mazuri blocks today, and the bag says they are for rats & mice. It also says its 23% protein. Is that something i should be concerned about? Seems like a pretty high amount & my hammy is 2 years old.
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