Why is Timothy Hay so good for guinea pigs?

Quality Timothy Hay is essential for guinea pigs because it is high in fibre and low in sugar. It should make up the bulk of a guinea pigs daily diet but although Timothy Hay provides a natural source of vitamin C, it does not provide enough for guinea pigs to thrive on, and supplements are recommended.

Having enough hay is important for all small herbivores because it prevents obesity and it also helps maintain a healthy gut function as well as healthy teeth. Apart from all that a coarse variety of hay, such as Timothy Hay takes time to chew and prevents boredom.

Feeding Guide

Guinea Pig Feeding Guide

A guinea pig’s diet is similar in many ways to a rabbit’s with a few notable additions. Like rabbits, Guinea pigs are grazers and naturally eat only grass, herbs and some plants like dandelion and groundsel.

One special dietary need for Guinea Pigs is that they must have sufficient Vitamin C in their diet. Again, good quality hay should make up the majority of their diet and should be available at all times. Small amounts of fresh grass and vegetables should be given as frequently as possible and ideally daily.

A fresh portion of grass-based guinea-pig pellets should also be available daily, as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This will provide essential Vitamin C. Vitamin C is destroyed over time and quickly with exposure to the air. So a fresh portion of pellets must be given each day. Don’t just top up the bowl and always ensure the pellets are used by the best before date.

Fresh grass and leafy greens such as kale and broccoli are excellent sources of Vitamin C, and some leafy greens should be provided daily. However, do not give citrus fruits to your guinea pigs.

Growing, pregnant, nursing or underweight guinea pigs may need a larger portion of pellets. Your vet will be able to advise you about how to provide the best diet for your guinea pigs.

Find out which plants are safe to feed your guinea pigs. Only give root vegetables like carrots, or fruit such as apples, in small amounts, such as an apple quarter, as a treat. Do not feed any other treats as these may harm your guinea pigs.

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