Types of Hay
Published on Thursday, 28 October 2010
Alfalfa hay is high in fibre, protein, energy, and calcium. This hay is ideal for young or lactating animals as well as those that are recovering from surgery or illnesses. Once an animal reaches adulthood or completes recovery, Alfalfa hay should be replaced with other types of hay.
Side effects of overfeeding Alfalfa hay:
In Rabbits – Weight gain; thickened urine; cecal pellets uneaten.
In Guinea Pigs – Bladder stones; weight gain.
High in fibre, low in protein and calcium, Timothy hay provides excellent nutrition for all small animals. This grass hay has “solid cattails” that are irresistable to rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. This hay is ideal for matured small animals because of its high nutritional value and low fat content.
Timothy hay should always be available to your small animal. It increases motility of the gastrointestinal tract which helps to promote proper functioning of your small pet’s digestive system. Because the majority of small animals have teeth that grow continuously throughout their lives, the provision of Timothy hay will help to wear their teeth down. Aside from keeping their teeth from getting overgrown, Timothy hay also helps to keep their teeth clean.
The diet of mainly Timothy hay should be supplemented with fresh vegetables, a small amount of pellets and, of course, fresh water.
Oat hay is harvested differently – the oat is collected before it develops into a seed. The hay is high in fibre and low in protein and is a great preventative of GI Stasis. Oat hay contains savory husks full of both flavor and fiber, making it a favorite for many pets.
A fibrous hay that also helps with the proper functioning of your small animal’s digestive system.
Like other long-strand grass hays, the soft-textured Orchard Grass Hay is high in fiber, low in protein and supports the health of small herbivores by stimulating digestion, preventing obesity and making mealtime more appealing.