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Hay Why guinea pigs need hay

Guineapigpigs

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Some people out there don't know the real reason why guinea pigs need hay. It's much more than just for filling up their little tum tums, but they love it for that too! Since their teeth never stop growing, they need things to chew on! Just because you can only see their front teeth, doesn't mean they don't have other teeth. They have teeth in the back of their mouth just like us! Chew toys won't help keep those teeth down. Hay also takes a little while to eat so it keeps them busy
 
Mine have choices between timothy hay, orchard grass, and meadow hay. :) They love all three.
 
And since guinea pigs are strict herbivores, hay provides essential fiber to help the digestive tract along. It also is a good, easy thing for them to munch on, as they "graze" for most of the day.
 
It's also very fun to play in! :D
 
Hay plays a very important role in a guinea pigs diet and should always be available to them. Guinea pigs are herbivores, meaning they don't eat or need any kind of meat, just plant material. Their digestive system requires a constant supply of high fibre food to keep it healthy and running smoothly. Hay is not only an excellent roughage food, it also helps to keep their teeth ground down. Guinea pigs teeth are constantly growing. They use their incisor teeth for breaking up the food and use their molar teeth for chewing. Constantly grazing on hay, helps to keep their back molar teeth in good shape and helps to stop them from over growing. See hay as an important accessory to guinea pigs, that should always be with them.
 
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