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.
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