1st Cut Timothy Hay for Chinchillas
Feeding your Chinchilla 1st Cut Timothy Hay
Being as we at Small Pet Select are somewhat obsessed about hay, we thought it important to help simplify what is actually quite a complex subject. This means that you, as a responsible chinchilla owner, can then make informed choices about one of the most important aspects of your pet’s diet. And this article is all about 1st cut timothy hay for chinchillas.
Along with pellets, hay is a vital part of your pet’s nutrition. But all hays are not made equal, and the time of season when a hay is cut can make a big difference. So let’s explain the differences.
What is 1st cut timothy hay?
Okay, so 1st cut timothy hay is, unsurprisingly, the first cut of the season. Grass grows at its fastest and strongest during the spring and early summer. And, weather permitting, the first cut is taken at the beginning of the summer.
Nutritional quality of 1st cut timothy hay for chinchillas
This first cutting has a couple of major differences to the later cuts. The first is in the texture, because it has bigger and coarser stems, as well as being a little less leafy. This makes it quite a bit harder to the touch than second or third cut hay.
Nutritionally, 1st cutting timothy hay for chinchillas is higher in fiber and lower in protein than the later cuts.
Good points and bad points about 1st cut timothy hay for chinchillas
Whilst some small pet owners happily feed 1st cut timothy hay for chinchillas to their pets – and they enjoy it – the biggest issue is to do with the texture. Because of the coarseness of the hay, there’s always a danger that the stems can poke your chinnie in the eye, causing damage. After all, we all know that chinchillas don’t only eat their hay, but play in it, tunnel through it, burrow and generally have a ball. It’s not just a foodstuff to them, but also a playground…
Nutrition wise, 1st cut timothy hay for chinchillas is fine to feed. However, most chin and small pet owners find that their pets prefer the softer, second cut hay. And that’s why currently we only sell second cut hay at Small Pet Select.
But we’re not here to say what cut or type of hay you should feed your pets. The most important issue of feeding grass hay is that you give your pets only the best quality to eat, regardless of the type or cutting. As long as the hay you feed smells fresh, is sweet, succulent and contains no dust whatsoever (and your pet enjoys eating it, naturally), then you can be sure that you’re giving your pet the very best nutrition possible.
Till next time, love those chinchillas…