If you own bunnies, chinchillas, guinea pigs, ferrets, or other small animals, you know that your furry friend needs a lot of special care. One important part of caring for small animals, especially while they are young, is making sure they are getting the right nutrition. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of small animal nutrition and give you some tips on how to make sure your pet is eating healthy!
Small animal nutrition is all about balance. Your bunny should be getting a balanced diet of hay, fresh vegetables, and some small amounts of pellets. Hay is the most important component of your bunny's diet because it provides the fiber that keeps their digestive system healthy. Fresh vegetables are also important for providing vitamins and minerals. Finally, some high-quality pellets provide a good source of protein.
When you purchase small animal hay from High Desert Feeds, you can trust that you are providing the best quality nutrition to your pet. We are proud to offer:
- THE BEST NUTRITION FOR YOUR GROWING PET. Our Alfalfa products are packed with protein, energy, and calcium, to provide excellent food for small animals. Animals love this naturally sweet hay. Plus, its phytonutrients promote a healthy appetite and meet the diet needs of your fast-growing little pet.
- 100% ALFALFA - NO ADDITIVES. Our alfalfa is grown naturally from premium alfalfa seeds in the high desert of Northern Nevada with sustainable agriculture practices and is hand-packed freshly in breathable boxes to prevent exposure to sunlight. The cardboard box can also be used as a hay feeder for your pets.
- THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PROTEIN AND FIBER. Unlike the Orchard grass or Timothy hay, Alfalfa hay has a high proportion of protein, fiber, calcium, and healthy fats that supports muscle and bone growth for young animals. It is easy on their tummy, and helps them gain weight while maintaining a healthy digestive system.
- FOOD THAT'S GREAT FOR YOUNG PETS: The good smell, good taste, and the perfect blend of nutrition makes our alfalfa an ideal guinea pig food, and is the perfect hay for rabbits, chinchillas, and ferrets. This alfalfa is best suited for animals younger than 7 months. While it can't be the main diet for older pets, it can still be fed as an occasional treat for adult rabbits as well.
- SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. Our alfalfa is grown, inspected, and harvested by 4th generation farmers who have mastered the art of growing alfalfa. From seed to feed, we keep your pet’s needs in mind and assure 100% premium quality and consistency in every pack of hay that we ship out.
When it comes to fresh vegetables, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, make sure that the vegetables you give your pet have been washed thoroughly and are free from pesticides or other chemicals. Second, feed your small animal only small amounts of these treats to avoid overfeeding. And finally, avoid giving your pets any veggies that have been cooked or processed in any way.
It's also important to make sure your small animal is getting enough water. A small bowl of fresh, clean water should be available at all times. You can also provide a few small pieces of fruits or vegetables as occasional treats. However, these should not replace their main diet and should only be given in small amounts.
Finally, always remember to feed your bunny the correct amount of food. Overfeeding can lead to obesity, which can cause a variety of health problems. The general rule of thumb is to provide 1/4 cup of pellets for every five pounds of body weight.
By following the advice in this blog post and feeding your young pets our premium alfalfa, you can help ensure that they are getting the best nutrition possible!