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Kaytee Timothy Hay for guinea pigs – a review

Timothy hay – it ain’t just for horses!

Contrary to popular belief, hay isn’t just for horses.  Your guinea pigs need more than just food pellets, they need something else to help them complete their diets just like humans need more than one source of food.  If all your guinea pig eats is pellets they may not be either to maintain proper digestion either.  Hay, like the Kaytee Timothy Hay, is also a very convenient option to add to your guinea pig cage.

Kaytee Timothy hay is essential to guinea pig health

Timothy hay is the key to a solid, good guinea pig diet. Timothy hay promotes dental health and proper digestion. A cavy’s teeth grows constantly throughout its life. To prevent your guinea pig’s teeth from growing too long and causing major health issues, the teeth need to be worn down. This is done by chewing. This is why your guinea pigs spend so much time nibbling and chewing on things. Hay is perfect for this because it is actually really rough, kind of like sandpaper (you can learn more about this at The Rabbit House blog)

The many flavors of Kaytee Timothy Hay

Kaytee Timothy Hay comes in a variety of options, most commonly the hay is found in a standard bagged package.  Other options include: tubes, cubes, and treats.

Kaytee Timothy offers a wide variety of hay products. Some of them include

  • the plain hay [product id=”771″]
  • a version that includes Marigold flowers
  • a fortified version
  • a version with apple sticks

If you’re confused about which one to order, start off with the plain hay. You can also order two versions to see which your guinea pigs like best.

Flavored hay that contains dried fruit sounds good to us and our cavies will love the taste! But the fruit that is added to the hay is dried and that means that it can contain a lot of sugar. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy flavored hay but it is best saved for times that your guinea pigs deserve a nice treat. These hays shouldn’t be fed more than twice a week and make sure not to feed too much.

There also is a ‘short-cut’ version of Kaytee Timothy Hay by Kaytee. These pieces range from around 4 – 6 inches in length. This short cut make it easier to handle the hay without spilling it all over the place. It is so much easier to get the timothy hay out of the bag without accidentally taking out half of  the bag.

guinea pigs eating hay
guinea pigs eating hay – Kaytee Timothy hay will keep your guinea pig healthy and happy

Kaytee Timothy Hay should be fresh

Hay is a packaged good that can expire so you should always make sure that the package that you are buying is fresh.  Fresh hay will have a nice, green color.  If hay is brown and/or dried out that you shouldn’t buy it either.  Without being fresh, hay runs the risk of being moldy and it for sure will lose its nutritional value.  Your guinea pigs are smart and if the hay isn’t fresh they probably won’t eat it.

Tips on how to feed fresh Kaytee Timothy Hay to your pet

While you can certainly can just add timothy hay to your cavy’s cage, why not make things more interesting for your pet and create a rewarding game? Put the timothy hay into a toilet paper roll or another object in the guinea pig cage that will require your cavy to dig it out. This is closer to how most guinea pigs would normally find their food in the wild.  It might sound strange but most pets will feel happier working for their food!

Kaytee Timothy Hay is rated very highly but some experts say that they would rate it higher if the company didn’t sell the riff-raff versions.

Some good things about the Kaytee Timothy Hay

  • All natural
  • High fiber
  • Essential to your guinea pig’s dental and digestive health
  • It’s chemical free
  • Made in the USA
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Can your guinea pigs eat honey?

Can your guinea pigs eat honey?

Honey is delicious natural sweetener that we’re all familiar with.  Honey is made from the nectar of flowers and converted by honeybees into a sweet, sticky, golden delight.  This healthy source of carbs also includes trace amounts of minerals, amino acids and  vitamins.

Guinea pigs love the taste of honey but they really should not eat honey all on its own.  This is because guinea pigs are herbivores, not omnivores, and every guinea pig diet should be high fiber.  Your guinea pig’s diet should be full of hay and select fresh vegetables. Guinea pigs should have an unlimited amount of hay in order to be healthy as it’s essential for their digestive system. And of course, your guinea pig’s diet should also include a source of Vitamin C since they can’t produce their own, just like us.

Honey doesn’t provide these essential things.  Honey isn’t high fiber and honey also isn’t a good source of Vitamin C.  Honey has a high sugar content, which can be hard on your guinea pigs digestive system. The sugar in the honey also might not be good as they could promote tooth decay.

Guinea pigs can eat honey flavored snacks

Honey alone shouldn’t be feed to your guinea pigs but high-fiber honey flavored treats are ok. These flavored treats as they are tasty and entice your guinea pick to chew away happily.  They help relieve boredom and are a great outlet for their constant need to gnaw.

Can guinea pigs eat honey?

You can use honey on your guinea pig’s wounds

Did  you know that honey can heal wounds? Since ancient times, honey has been been used topically for wounds and burns.  ITs’ healing properties are even mentioned in the Bible, the Torah and the Koran. Why? Research shows that honey’s anti-inflammatory  and antibacterial properties help speed up healing and get rid of infection.  So, you can put some honey on your guinea pig’s wounds but not too much or too often since your guinea pig may want to lick it off.

You can also can use it to treat mouth ulcers.  You can also use honey to treat any scratch and bite wounds. You can coat the wounds with honey.  So next time you have to treat a wound on your guinea pig, consider reaching for some honey.

A recipe so you can make your own honey-flavored guinea pig treats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour – wheat flour is a good choice as it’s more nutritious than plain white flour
  • 1 cup of shredded carrot – high in Vitamin A
  • ¼ cup shredded zucchini – a great source of Vitamin C
  • 1 tablespoon of honey – sweet stuff
  • ½ teaspoon canola oil
  • ½ cup water

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
  2. Mix all the ingredients together nice and well
  3. Prepare a lightly floured surface
  4. Roll the dough on this surface until 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
  5. Use your knife or cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes. Squares are good
  6. Place the treats 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets
  7. Place the sheets in an oven and cook for about 20 mins, or until firm
  8. Remove from oven and let them completely cool on a rack
  9. Store them in an airtight container and remember that these are treats and should be fed only once in a while so as not to make your guinea pigs too fat

Are we in danger of losing our supply of honey?

Speaking of honey, you may have heard that honey bees worldwide have been dying due to a mysterious affliction called Colony Collapse Disorder.  This threatens not only honey production but also our food system since 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is pollinated by a bee.  Learn more about this at The Honeybee Conservancy‘s website.

Photo of Honey the Guinea Pig is courtesy of the Miss Asha Blog