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Feeding Guinea Pigs Hay

Learn what types of hay to feed a guinea pig.

By Audrey Pavia

guinea pig with hay
Photo Courtesy of Elaine Wasserman
Hay is an important component of a guinea pig's basic diet.

Hay is an important part of a guinea pig’s diet, and should be available to it at all times.

The best type of hay for guinea pigs is timothy. You can buy timothy hay at pet supply stores, feed stores or even from local horse stables. Make sure the hay is fresh, has a sweet smell and not much dust. Mold can be harmful to guinea pigs, so make certain the hay is dry and free of it. Store the hay in a cool, dry spot.

Give guinea pigs the hay in a hay rack, or by placing it in a small litter box inside the cage. Remove old, uneaten hay before you add fresh hay.

Posted: April 2, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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correction for last comment. I don't think the animal needs to eat non-stop!
charlottte, Aberdeen, NC
Posted: 8/26/2012 9:39:19 AM
I give my piggy a large handful a day of Timothy hay.Yes, she eat's it up quick! I just think that is enough beside her pellets and greens and sometimes fruit or treats. I don't think the animal needs to non-stop!
charlotte, Aberdeen, NC
Posted: 8/26/2012 9:37:45 AM
I wonder what is so special about timothy hay verses fresh meadow hay? I have acres of it behind my house but never considered giving it to our piggies.
joan, ardmore, OK
Posted: 7/5/2010 10:55:21 PM
Hi all,

Have to say you are all wasting your money. Been keeping and breeding guinea pigs for years and always feed them fresh meadow hay from farms/saddlery's and never had a problem.

Timothy Hay is painfully overpriced IMHO.
Dave, Bristol, UK
Posted: 3/29/2010 8:08:36 AM
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