Essentials - Mouse & Young Rat

Growing, energetic, pregnant or nursing rats require higher levels of certain nutrients than adult rats. Mice of all life stages have these higher level needs as well. That’s why this nutritionally complete and balanced food contains optimal protein, fat and energy sources to support those needs. Essentials Mouse & Young Rat is a uniform block that prevents selective feeding behaviors commonly associated with mixes and seed-based diets and is rich in vital nutrients to help these pets thrive. Sizes: 2.5 lb, 25 lb.


**Important Information Regarding Select Best By Dates**

At Oxbow, providing a premium quality product to pets and the people who care for them is a cornerstone of our foundation. Much to our dismay, we recently discovered that select Best By Dates of our Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food do not live up to our stringent quality standards. These select Best By Dates of this product contain higher moisture than what our recipe calls for. Excess moisture may cause food to mold, similar to what a loaf of bread might do in the same situation. The select Best By Dates are: JAN 10 2016, JAN 25 2016, FEB 28 2016, MAR 14 2016, and APR 4 2016.

The root cause of the problem was quickly identified, and it is isolated to these specific lots of Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food only. Steps were swiftly taken and additional quality control points implemented to ensure this situation does not occur again.

Please be assured that we have not received any reports of harm to animals or humans in relation to this situation. There are no other products or Best By Dates affected by this excess moisture content.

We are in the process of voluntarily withdrawing these select Best By Dates of Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food from distribution. We deeply regret the inconvenience this has caused for our pet parents and their beloved companions, our retailers and distributors.

If you have a bag of Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food from one of these Best By Dates, please contact Oxbow for a replacement.

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Ground Corn, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Hulls, Dried Whey, Cane Molasses, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Limestone, Flax Seed, Sodium Bentonite, Menhaden Fish Meal, Lignin Sulfonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, DL-Methionine, Salt, Magnesium Oxide, Choline Chloride, Yeast Culture, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Ferrous Sulfate, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate (Vitamin C), Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Rosemary Extract

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein (min) 18.00%
  • Crude Fat (min) 6.00%
  • Crude Fiber (min) 2.00%
  • Crude Fiber (max) 6.00%
  • Moisture (max) 12.00%
  • Calcium (min) 0.80%
  • Calcium (max) 1.40%
  • Phosphorous (min) 0.60%
  • Copper (min) 20 mg/kg
  • Vitamin A (min) 10,000 IU/kg
  • Vitamin D (min) 1,400 IU/kg
  • Vitamin E (min) 125 IU/kg
  • Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 50 mg/kg
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.50%
  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids (min) 2.80%

Feeding Directions

(under six months)
(over six months)

*Please note that these are guidelines. If your pet is overweight or underweight, please contact your veterinarian or Oxbow for more specific feeding information.

**Not intended for mature/adult rats. Please transition rats over 6 months of age to Essentials Adult Rat Food.

New Customers: Week One, mix 1/4 new food with 3/4 current food. Week Two, mix 1/2 new food with 1/2 current food. Week Three, mix 3/4 new food with 1/4 current food. By Week Four, you can feed Oxbow Essentials Mouse & Young Rat Food exclusively to your pet.

Essentials Mouse & Young Rat is designed to meet the needs of growing, energetic, pregnant or nursing rats as well as mice of all ages.  This uniform block prevents selective feeding behaviors commonly associated with mixes and seed-based diets.

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  1. Christy BortonSeptember 30, 2013
    Rating 5 out of 5
    my young rat love this prefect
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  2. JulesFebruary 25, 2014
    Rating 5 out of 5
    It's great. My young boys eat this up! Very good for them.
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