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Old 04-30-2012, 02:45 AM   #1 
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Oxbow food question

I want to start feeding my hamster oxbow pellets, but I can only get them online and they are more expensive per pound as the guinea pig or rat food! So my question is: could I feed him oxbow rat food maybe?
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:57 AM   #2 
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Edit misread question lol sorry!Can't help you there!!!
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:53 AM   #3 
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http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/pro...il?object=1591 <ham
http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/pro...il?object=1547 <rat

Hamsters and rats are both omnivores so both foods would be accepted. However, in turn to guarantee the best nutrition for your hamster, you should feed hamster food. The top premium ingredients in these 2 foods are different, meaning they'll result in different things. Hamsters don't need daily fish oil supplements, for example. Hamsters NEED to forage for different seeds and treats.

I wouldn't get the hamster Oxbow if it's too hard to get. Lab blocks shouldn't make up their main diet anyway. I prefer to scatter seeds and things around for them to scavenge (naturally) for. That said, if you did buy an entire bag of rat blocks, the hamster may never go through them all (since you would only feed it alongside an actual hamster food to ensure complete nutrition).

So I wouldn't get the rat blocks either,

Does any of your stores order specific customer request?
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:45 PM   #4 
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http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/pro...il?object=1591 <ham
http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/pro...il?object=1547 <rat

Hamsters and rats are both omnivores so both foods would be accepted. However, in turn to guarantee the best nutrition for your hamster, you should feed hamster food. The top premium ingredients in these 2 foods are different, meaning they'll result in different things. Hamsters don't need daily fish oil supplements, for example. Hamsters NEED to forage for different seeds and treats.

I wouldn't get the hamster Oxbow if it's too hard to get. Lab blocks shouldn't make up their main diet anyway. I prefer to scatter seeds and things around for them to scavenge (naturally) for. That said, if you did buy an entire bag of rat blocks, the hamster may never go through them all (since you would only feed it alongside an actual hamster food to ensure complete nutrition).

So I wouldn't get the rat blocks either,

Does any of your stores order specific customer request?
I'm not sure if my store orders specific customer requests but the problem I have with those foods with seeds and stuff is he lets so much of it go to waste!
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Hamsters will pack their cheeks till they're full. But after putting it in their nests they'll eat about a teaspoon of seeds per night. You're probably giving him way too much in a dish?
Try taking him out and making an obstacle course on your bed or on a table or safe floor (without things for him to run under or get stuck) and put some seeds around for him to find. Only scatter a teaspoon of the seeds.

The blocks will cause a lot if waste too. He'll eat what he wants and leave the rest in his nest, then you'll have to clean the cage and give him fresh food!! lol
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You know what? A store near me is willing to special order it for me anyway so no worries! :P
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Excellent! :)
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Excellent! :)
Thank you :)
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:38 AM   #9 
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A hamster will never over eat. They eat until they are full. Make sure to give them plenty of food so they can store.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:55 AM   #10 
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Actually, I found with my hamsters in the past is that they would never really eat too much of what they stored and feeding too much only caused excess mess in the nest. I would never feed more than 2 tsp of seeds plus a couple treats per night.
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