HAY IS #1
Hay is THE most important part of your small animals’ diet. Guinea Pigs have what are known as open-rooted teeth. Their teeth never stop growing and hay keeps their teeth grinded down to prevent painful and dangerous overgrown teeth. Hay also prevents GI Stasis
If guinea pigs and rabbits do not have food moving through their systems at all times, they can go into stasis, a very severe issue that can quickly result in the death of your pet (it only takes 12 hours of no food for this to happen!)
That is why hay is REQUIRED in unlimited amounts 24/7. Hay is not a treat. Hay is not optional. Hay is a necessary staple to your pets’ life!
Types of Hays You Can Feed
Hay is categorized by its cuttings (1st cutting of the season, 2nd cuttings of the season, and 3rd cutting of the season), softness/hardness, amount of stem and leaf, as well as amounts of protein, fiber, and fat. Timothy and Orchard Grass Hays are the most common. Orchard is a great substitute for Timothy if you have allergies to Timothy Hay!