What’s This Hay Stuff All About?
Hay is the primary food for most of our small mammals like rabbits, chinchillas and guinea pigs. While rats, mice and hamsters will benefit from hay in their environment, they don’t need to eat it. Pellets are very nutrient dense. They can lead to obesity if overfed. Pellets should only be a very small portion of your pets daily food intake. On the other hand, grass hays provide the high fiber, low protein diet these small exotic mammals need.
Ok, So Which Hay?
All grass hays provide appropriate nutrients -that doesn’t mean your pet won’t have a preference. The most common grass hay is Timothy hay. It is readily available and usually a good choice for that reason alone. Some people feel that Guinea Pigs prefer Orchard Grass hay. It has a softer texture and a sweeter flavor. Oat Hay has a high stem…
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