Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hey! It's Timothy Hay From LM Farms And Rowe Loved It!

The Good: Great nutritional value, My rabbit devours it, Generally responsible bulking, Relatively inexpensive
The Bad: None, truly.
The Basics: Our rabbit Rowe loves Timothy Hay, it keeps her regular and clean and provides her with vital nutrition, making it a perfect product to recommend to rabbit owners!

Rabbit owners: let's talk about poop. If you own a rabbit and let the rabbit out its cage, no doubt, you end up with pellets everywhere. I have a new game around my house, which is to see if I can pick up little bunny Rowe’s rabbit droppings before our geriatric dog, Mitzie, comes along and cleans them up for us. If you don't let your rabbit out because of rabbit poop, there's a good chance it is because it is not laying nice, dry compact turds, but rather wet poop which can smear and stain fabrics and get into rabbit fur. There is a simple solution, I have learned from getting my very own rabbit: Timothy Hay.

Timothy Hay is a dried grass and it is an essential part of a rabbit's daily diet because it promotes regularity, helps provide essential nutrients and it makes rabbit poop dry, solid and compact (as proposed to wet, spreadable and large). With the inclusion of Timothy Hay included into the rabbit's daily diet, the rabbit not only had better, more manageable stool, it promotes growth and overall health by providing important nutrients to the rabbit.

We have tried three brands of Timothy Hay so far and Rowe clearly prefers LM Animal Farms, which is more green than the brown hay that other companies seem to have. Rowe rushes to the door of her cage when we bring the 20 oz. bag down to her level. She eats this before all other foods, save banana chips and she frequently seems more energetic afterward.

Nutritionally, in addition to being loaded with vitamins and specific nutrients rabbits go for in the wild, Timothy Hay is a balanced part of a rabbit's diet and promotes growth as it has at least six percent crude fiber and two percent fat. It has no more than 33 percent crude fiber and fifteen percent moisture. As a result, it is very important to keep a rabbit eating this well hydrated.

The 20 oz. bad lasts about a month giving our Rowe about a handful each day and that leads to the only two drawbacks of the product. For rabbits, the drawback is that the Timothy Hay often breaks into small pieces and falls down into the grates in cages that have a tray. Thus, there can be quite a bit of waste and it is wasted as the rabbit frequently urinates on it, as it is comfortable for them. To prevent that, it is recommended that one buy a hay feeder for the cage for easy distribution. The only other potential problem is that humans who have rabbits and grass allergies may find themselves allergic to the Timothy Hay. In that case, there are shots for you; keep the rabbit, your allergies aren't their fault!

Out of the three brands we have tried so far, LM Animal Farms had the longest pieces which come out of the bag in the most manageable clumps, the least grass dust and the clear preference from our rabbit. That makes it perfect as far as I am concerned and the only thing I would recommend over the 20oz. resealable package would be a larger one, if LM Animal Farms made it!

For other products for rabbits, please check out my reviews of:
LM Animal Farms Vita-Bits Rabbit Food
Pets International Clearwater Bottle
Super Pet Flat-Bac 16 oz. Water Bottle


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