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        Small Animal Hay Grass

        Small animals can often benefit from a daily diet of grass hay in a variety of ways. It helps to encourage their natural foraging behaviors and provides them with quality mental stimulation. It also satisfies their innate need to chew on something while wearing down their teeth so they don’t become overgrown, painful and problematic. Like guinea pigs and rabbits, some small animals may require a hefty diet of grass hay daily to ensure that they get enough fiber.

        Frequently Asked Questions About Small Animal Hay and Grass

        Guinea pigs, chinchillas and rabbits must have timothy hay—which is high in fiber—as a large part of their diet to help support digestive health and help wear down their teeth.

        There is a variety of hay and grass available for your small pet's needs—including alfalfa hay, botanical hay, orchard grass and hay blends—each with a unique taste and texture. Alfalfa is sweet and soft, and ideal for growing, pregnant and nursing pets since it is rich in calcium and protein. Botanical hay has an enticing sweet and herbal flavor and aroma since it is composed of chamomile, lemon, lavender and clover for a balanced texture. Orchard grass is soft and sweet for pets who prefer a softer hay variety. Hay blends are an enriching blend of hays that blend taste and textures.

        Hay encourages natural foraging behaviors and is a digestive aid. Munching on hay will help satisfy your pet's natural need to chew and aid in wearing down teeth so they do not overgrow.

        Consider the species and nutrients the hay provides. Try different mixes to see what hay provides the taste and texture that your pet prefers. Keep in mind that Alfalfa Hay—that is high in protein—should only be given to young animals, pregnant females and those that are nursing.