5 Great Benefits of Hay
Your small herbivore will thank you!
Hay there! Did you know that hay should make up at least 80% of a guinea pig’s diet? Not feeding enough hay can cause dental and gastrointestinal problems, and these are much better prevented than cured. Want more info on guinea pig care? Download our app for a handy meal planner and in-depth articles.
Benefit 1 – Feeds the good bacteria
Essential for healthy digestion
Rabbits and guinea pigs rely on beneficial micro-organisms that live in their gut to help them digest food and produce essential vitamins.
Benefit 2 – Provides mental stimulation
Munch munch munch!
Rabbits and guinea pigs were made to spend most of their waking hours eating! Providing ad lib long stemmed, good quality hay taps into that instinctual need to nom.
Benefit 3 – Prevents obesity
Hay is healthy!
Hay is low in calories but high in bulk, meaning that it satisfies their need to eat but keeps them full for longer. The great thing is a rabbit or guinea pig can eat as much hay as they like!
Benefit 4 – Improves gut health
Fend off gut stasis
Gut stasis sends shivers down our spines! There is no sure-fire way to prevent this syndrome as many episodes are due to other underlying causes, but more hay always helps.
Benefit 5 – Maintains dental health
Contains tough fibers found in no other foods that wear down teeth naturally
Dental disease in rabbits and guinea pigs occurs when their teeth start to grow abnormally, and develop excessive length or sharp points that cause injury. Once your pet develops dental disease, they have it for life – this is a disease where prevention is miles better than a cure.