Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the products made?
Why are the pellets larger than what I am currently feeding?
Why are the pellets a blend of timothy hay and alfalfa?
What is yucca schidigera extract and what does it do?
What else does DEVOTION do to reduce cage odor?
Why are there no small millets and seeds in the hamster food?
What are the little heart-shaped kibbles?
Is Yummy Balance a healthy diet or a fun diet?
What specifically does DEVOTION do for hamster health?
What specifically does DEVOTION do for guinea pig health?
What specifically does DEVOTION do for rabbit health?
Is there anything special about the packing process?
Do stores feed DEVOTION?

 


 

Where are the products made?

DEVOTION is made in Hagersville, Ontario. We are in Southern Ontario in the heart of farm country. All ingredients are sourced in North America except pineapple and papaya, which are grown in the tropics. We are a Level 3 SQF (Safe Quality Food) plant and all ingredients are tested to our specifications before blending.

Why are the pellets larger than what I am currently feeding?

Unlike people and dogs, small pets do not brush their teeth nor have their owners do it for them. The larger pellets provide excellent dental properties as the small pet must chew the pellet longer than smaller pellets. DEVOTION pellets are 7mm while most conventional pellets are 3–4mm. Additionally, DEVOTION pellets are somewhat harder and crunchier, which keeps teeth cleaner and gums healthier. Good dental health is very important for a long life.

Why are the pellets a blend of timothy hay and alfalfa?

Alfalfa hay has higher protein and fat than Timothy but lower in fibre. Conversely, Timothy Hay is lower protein and fat but higher in fiber. As a young, juvenile rodent or senior rodent, higher protein and fat is desirable to optimum growth and maintenance. However, small pets need higher fibre and lower protein and fat during adulthood. The blend is perfect for all life stages and provides a balance of all three key components.

What is yucca schidigera extract and what does it do?

Yucca schidigera reduces the odour of the feces naturally. It is important to keep the cage smelling fresh so the small pet can stay in the bedroom of the child. This does not replace the need for a proper weekly cleaning, but it helps keep the odour down.

What else does DEVOTION do to reduce cage odor?

DEVOTION Kibble is loaded with pre- and probiotics, and these healthy bacteria improve digestion of the food and reduce the amount of waste.

Why are there no small millets and seeds in the hamster food?

Hamsters will not eat anything they cannot “pouch;” small seeds could get stuck, so hamsters avoid them. Additionally, hamsters have difficulty with small seeds because of their small hands. Hamsters and rats prefer larger grains.

What are the little heart-shaped kibbles?

The heart-shaped kibbles are the DEVOTION Krunchy Kibbles. The kibbles are a “bowlful of love!” DEVOTION has three species-specific kibbles for hamsters and rats, guinea pigs and rabbits. The hamster and rat kibble is also suitable for gerbils and mice. Each kibble has been formulated to the exact needs of each species. Each kibble has “functional nutrition properties” that assist in the specific health challenges each species has. See section on health by species.

Is Yummy Balance a healthy diet or a fun diet?

Yummy Balance is a healthy diet disguised as a “fun” diet. Most fun or gourmet diets are simply colourful and showcase a wide variety of ingredients. Unfortunately, some of these interesting ingredients are not preferred by small pets and are not eaten. Yummy Balance is made with Krunchy Kibbles specific to the species to provide a solid nutrition base and is then blended with all the fruits, vegetable, seeds, grains and nuts that the small pet prefers. It is the preferred diet selection by younger owners because of the yumminess. However, it is also mom-approved due the strong nutritional base provided by the kibble and blended ingredients.

What specifically does DEVOTION do for hamster health?

Hamster’s are prone to “Wetail” or diarrhea brought on by the exposure to chlorine or chloramines in drinking water or other upsets to their digestive tract. Ideally, you should provide filtered water to your hamster. DEVOTION is a proactive diet with high levels of pre- and probiotics and MOS that “gut load” the hamster’s digestive tract with beneficial bacteria that work together to maintain a healthy digestive tract that can with stand some negative dietary and environmental impacts. It is much like humans eating probiotics yogurt or taking probiotics. Additionally, DEVOTION Krunchy Kibble has L-carnitine to keep your hamster’s weight in check, Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids and lecithin for a soft coat and healthy skin, and chamomile flowers for stress reduction. DEVOTION hamster food provides “functional nutrition.”

What specifically does DEVOTION do for guinea pig health?

Guinea pigs, like humans and monkeys, need Vitamin C. Most mammals synthesize their own. DEVOTION diets are fortified with the optimal amount of stabilized Vitamin C for a healthy life. Lately there has been much research done on urinary tract complications with guinea pigs, which are similar to how cats have urinary tract issues. DEVOTION diets have high levels of cranberry extract to acidify the urine and help to prevent the creation of crystals in the urinary tract. Guinea pigs also need good amounts of Omega3 & 6 essential fatty acids and lecithin to keep their skin healthy and coat soft and healthy. DEVOTION diets are fortified to provide all the necessary elements to support healthy coat and skin.

What specifically does DEVOTION do for rabbit health?

DEVOTION diets have high levels of cranberry extract to acidify the urine and help to prevent the creation of crystals in the urinary tract. Rabbits also need good amounts of Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids and lecithin to keep their skin healthy and coat soft and healthy. DEVOTION diets are fortified to provide all the necessary elements to support healthy coat and skin.

Is there anything special about the packing process?

Yes! All DEVOTION diets are packed in Air Barrier bags and flushed and filled with Carbon Dioxide (CO2). In the absence of oxygen in the bag, the food stays fresh longer and the micronutrients stay at optimal levels.

Do stores feed DEVOTION?

Yes, many top pet shops feed DEVOTION diets to their juvenile and store adults.