Did you know that 80% of a guinea pig diet consists of hay? With such amounts, it should come as no surprise that it’s very important to get the right hay…
… and today, that’s what we’re going to show you.
The best thing you can do for your guinea pig is to give it 24-7 access to high-quality hay.
If you are in a hurry we have listed our top pick for the best hay you can get for your guinea pig next and below that, we go into much more detail.
We’ll start with something not all people know…
Guinea pigs are rodents which means their teeth are always growing.
For both that and dietary reasons, the most important item in the cage is hay, which the guinea pig should always have access to. Here’s why:
Now, the million-dollar question becomes: What kind of hay should you feed your guinea pig?
In addition, you need to feed your guinea pig hay that is soft and more grass-like as compared to stiff hay that is more straw-like.
With these considerations in mind, as well as “how much the guinea pigs like the different types of hay”, we have found the three best options below when it comes to guinea pig hay.
When getting a guinea pig hay rack there are a lot of different options out there, including:
The answer is, that while you can get creative (and even make some DIY projects) a good ol’ hay rack is the most sensible way to go.
When getting a hay rack, you need to ensure the following (in order of importance):
Below we have listed our top three picks, which all fit criteria 1-4 above.
When selecting hay for your guinea pig, it can be a jungle to figure out: What are the characteristics of good guinea pig hay?
There are quite a few things that good guinea pig hay have in common which are:
When getting guinea pig hay, you should go for something that is not the first cut. The first cut generally refers to the first harvest after winter and this hay is usually stiffer and less desirable than the second or third cutting.
When getting hay for your guinea pig you should always be getting timothy hay unless you can answer yes to one of the following:
If you can answer yes to any of those, you should feed your guinea pig a mixture of 50% timothy hay and 50% alfalfa hay.
There are a couple of reasons why you need alfalfa hay:
There is not the same amount choice when it comes to alfalfa hay on the market, but the hay below is a favorite when you need alfalfa hay for your piggy.
The secret to a good guinea pig diet is balanced meals and here is the full breakdown of the recommended daily diet for your pig:
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