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July 19, 2021

You Talked, We Listened! Introducing an Updated Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil Formula

Choosing the right daily nutrition for your hamster or gerbil is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make as a pet parent.  This important decision helps establish the foundation for your pet’s health and wellbeing.  That’s why it’s so important to find a food you can trust to provide what’s best for your furry friend. 

Every pet parent should have access to a food they feel good about feeding to their little loved one each day.  With this in mind, we listened as the hamster and gerbil community expressed their desire for a hamster and gerbil food option from Oxbow formulated without Timothy hay as a top ingredient.  Now, we’re happy to share that we’ve updated our Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil formula to deliver the same premium, species-specific nutrition – without the inclusion of Timothy in the formula.

High Energy Whole Grains Now Lead the Way!

The first two ingredients in Garden Select Hamster and Gerbil are now high-energy whole grains in the form of oat and barley.  These high-quality energy sources provide an ideal foundation for the daily nutrition of your active furry friend.    

Garden-Inspired Ingredients in a Non-GMO Project Verified Formula

Our veterinarian-recommended Garden Select formulas contain the complete nutrition you’ve come to expect from Oxbow, with the Non-GMO Project Verified seal that tells you the product has undergone the most rigorous Non-GMO third-party verification in North America. 

Garden-inspired ingredients such as whole yellow pea, tomato, rosemary, and thyme give Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil a delectable, garden fresh flavor hamsters and gerbils love!

An Ideal Foundation for Your Hamster or Gerbil’s Healthy, Active Life

Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil is formulated with premium ingredients to provide your pet the premium nutrition they require to be at their happiest and healthiest.  Starting with balanced sources of protein, fat, and carbohydrates for energy, we add antioxidants prebiotics to support the whole-body health of your little loved one. 

Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil provides 100% of your hamster or gerbil’s daily recommended vitamins and minerals without the use of any artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Updated Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil

With the removal of Timothy Grass in Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil, is the overall nutritional profile changing?

No, the overall nutritional profile of Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil is not changing.  In the process of updating the formula for Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil, our nutrition experts were careful to ensure that the levels of essential, high-quality ingredients remain the same.  Please note that the guaranteed analysis levels for Garden Select Hamster and Gerbil have not changed.    

Will the removal of Timothy Grass from the formula affect the flavor or my pet’s acceptance of the food?

While every pet’s perception of ingredient changes is different, we do not expect formula modifications to affect most pets' acceptance or palatability.  Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil is formulated with high-quality and garden-inspired ingredients that many picky pets find especially enticing and highly palatable.  The removal of Timothy Grass should not change this for the majority of pets.    
 
I noticed that Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil still contains Oat Grass and Orchard Grass in smaller quantities.  Why did you remove Timothy Grass but leave these other grasses in the formula?

Great question!  Hamsters and gerbils obtain valuable volatile fatty acids from hay, as well as fiber.  Whereas Timothy hay was previously the ingredient with the highest overall inclusion in Garden Select Hamster & Gerbil, Oat and Orchard Grass are included at lower inclusions than ingredients like oats and barley.  Along with other greens, veggies, seeds, and proteins we recommend feeding, these key ingredients contribute energy and other essential nutrients. 

 Additional Hamster & Gerbil Resources:

Healthy Treats and Foods for Hamsters & Gerbils

Hurray for Hamster Breeds

Caring for Multiple Hamsters