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Types of Hay Explained

We know the different types of hay can be confusing, from 2nd cutting Timothy hay to alfalfa hay and everywhere in between. At Small Pet Select, we know exactly which hay your small animal needs to stay happy and healthy.

Below, you’ll find all of the types of hay we offer. Hay is categorized by its uses, amount of stem and leaf, and levels of protein, fiber, and fat. Understanding each type is super beneficial for your pet, so let’s cover the basics.

If you have more questions, just call us.

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Type of Hay Uses Description Fiber Protein Fat
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1st Cutting Timothy

Animals with chronic GI issues or teeth that need to be worn down, animals who need to lose weight.

High in stem, low in leaf.

High

Low

Low

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2nd Cutting Timothy

Gold standard for healthy adult small animals. Perfect ratio of nutrients for maintenance.

Flexible stem with medium leaf.

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Standard

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3rd Cutting Timothy

Add some to add interest to regular diet. Also perfect for animals suffering mouth pain, or animals who need to gain some weight.  

Very soft, very green, high leaf.3

Low

High

High

smallpetselect-uk,Alfalfa Hay

Alfalfa

Use as treat to add interest to regular diet. This is also the hay young animals (under 1 year) need for healthy growth to adulthood.

Rich dense hay, lots of small leaf.

High

High

High

smallpetselect-uk,Orchard Hay

Orchard

Excellent hay to encourage hay eating, and often a terrific solution for people with allergies to Timothy hay.

Similar to 2nd cutting Timothy, but slightly different smell and broader leaves.  

Standard

Standard

Standard

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