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Old 05-20-2019, 06:00 PM   #1
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Default Is this a pellet option?

Edit: I'm slowly starting to understand hamster nutrition. I'm curious if this pellet would be beneficial to a hamsters diet?

Here is the ingredients for Oxbow Essentials Adult Rat:

Whole Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Wheat Bran, Wheat, Soybean Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavor, Soybean Hulls, Brewer’s Dried Yeast, Flax Seed Meal, Monocalcium Phosphate, DL-Methionine, Canola Oil, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Wheat Germ Meal, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Salt, Inulin, Magnesium Oxide, Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Choline Chloride, Sodium Bentonite, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate (Vitamin C), Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Rosemary Extract

Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein (min) 15.00%
Crude Fat (min) 4.00%
Crude Fiber (min) 2.00%
Crude Fiber (max) 5.00%
Moisture (max) 10.00%
Calcium (min) 1.00%
Calcium (max) 1.50%
Phosphorous (min) 0.80%
Vitamin A (minn) 8,000 IU/kg
Vitamin D3 (min) 1,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (min) 125 IU/kg

--Also, I don't have a hamster yet. I'm still learning everything I can before I adopt

Last edited by Morag; 05-20-2019 at 06:15 PM.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is this a pellet option?

I'd avoid them as they contain menadione(connected to health problems over time in various species, in particular potential renal failure and kidney disease).

I'd recommend just getting Higgins Vita Garden hamster and gerbil(not Sunburst, as this is very high in fruit which isn't ideal for any species even if not diabetes prone as it is not exactly a natural part of diets and is much better as a treat). The most you'd need to add to these would be Pure Bites freeze dried meat, and there are several meat options and even freeze dried shrimp Pure Bites to choose from.

Some pet stores still give 12% protein as the protein level for the Vita Garden food, however this is incorrect and the current version has a much more appropriate 15% which doesn't need much work to boost to a suitable level.
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