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Alfalfa hay is a popular choice for many small herbivores like rabbits and guinea pigs however due to it's higher calcium content it is important to make specific considerations when deciding if it is safe to feed your pet alfalfa hay.

What is Alfalfa Hay?

Alfalfa hay is a legume hay that is rich in protein, calcium, and other essential nutrients. Unlike other hays, Alfalfa is leafy in appearance. It is commonly used as a feed for livestock animals like horses and cattle, but it can sometimes be suitable for small pets like rabbits and guinea pigs.

When is it Safe to Feed Rabbits Alfalfa Hay?

Rabbits have specific dietary requirements, and alfalfa hay can be a good choice for younger rabbits, pregnant or nursing rabbits, or rabbits that need to gain weight. The high protein and calcium content in alfalfa hay can be beneficial for these rabbits. However, alfalfa hay isn't appropriate for a healthy adult rabbit, that is because they do not require the high calcium and protein content in their hay and instead need a fibre rich hay such as Timothy, Rye or Meadow blends. For this reason we never recommend feeding alfalfa hay to adult rabbits as it can lead to obesity, urinary issues and digestive discomfort.

When is it Safe to Feed Guinea Pigs Alfalfa Hay?

Guinea pigs, like rabbits, can benefit from the high nutritional content of alfalfa hay. Young guinea pigs, pregnant or nursing guinea pigs, or guinea pigs that need to gain weight can safely consume alfalfa hay. However, adult guinea pigs should be fed timothy hay or grass hay to prevent obesity and urinary issues caused by the high calcium content in alfalfa hay.

So can I Feed this hay to my pet?

 It is essential to consider the age, health status, and nutritional needs of your pet before incorporating alfalfa hay into their diet. Consulting with a veterinarian or a small pet nutrition expert can help you determine if alfalfa hay is the right choice for your furry friend.

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