Timothy hay pellets

Just to clarify, timothy hay is made out of a type of grass which is called timothy grass, so it is not a brand as you may think. It is highly recommended for guinea pigs and so it is a beneficial ingredient for pellet food.

As usual we are looking for any bad ingredients and high amounts of sugar or calcium which would impact your guinea pigs health over time.

So lets take a look at Pet Selects Guinea Pig Food of Timothy Hay Pellets and find out if it is a good brand for piggies to eat…

                 

Ingredients

    • Timothy hay
    • Soybean hulls
    • Soybean meal
    • Sodium bentonite
    • Wheat middlings
    • Molasses
    • Calcium carbonate
    • Lignin sulfonate
    • Soybean oil
    • Barley
    • Salt
    • L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate
    • Zinc amino acid complex
    • Manganese amino acid complex
    • Copper amino acid complex
    • Cobalt glucoheptonate
    • Vitamin e supplement
    • Choline chloride
    • Manganese sulfate
    • Niacin supplement
    • Ferrous sulfate
    • Zinc sulfate
    • Zinc sulfate
    • Manganous oxide
    • Yucca schidigera extract
    • Zinc oxide
    • Calcium pantothenate
    • Folic acid
    • Copper sulfate
    • Vitamin b-12 supplement
    • Vitamin A supplement
    • Biotin
    • Riboflavin supplement
    • Vitamin d3 supplement
    • Pyridoxine hydrochloride
    • Sodium selenite
    • Thiamine mononitrate
    • Menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin k activity)
    • Calcium iodate
    • Selenium yeast
    • Yeast culture
    • Brewers dried yeast
    • Dried saccharomyces cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles




Apart from the usual question foods like soybeans and wheat, there doesn’t seem to be anything particularly harmful in this list. Lets take a look at the percentages.

  • Crude Protein: Not Less Than 14.0%
  • Crude Fat: Not Less Than 2.0%
  • Crude Fiber: Not Less Than 25.0%
  • Calcium: Not Less Than 0.4%
  • Calcium: Not More than 0.6%
  • Phosphorous: Not Less Than .25%
  • Salt: Not Less Than .25%
  • Salt: Not More than 0.75%
  • Vitamin A: Not Less Than 8,650 IU/lb
  • Vitamin D: Not Less Than 400 IU/lb
  • Vitamin E: Not Less Than 86 IU/lb
  • Vitamin C: Not Less Than 400 mg/lb

The amount of calcium is fantastic! Too much calcium in pellets timothy-hay-pelletscombined with other things in a piggies diet will cause bladder stones. The vitamin c content is also brilliant! This is exactly what we want!

After having read a lot about the small pet select pellets, I have to say that they seem to be a huge hit among cavies and are a much better quality then a lot of the other brands. I would say GO FOR IT! It all comes down to personal preference and your guinea pigs tastes.

I give this a four start rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Timothy hay pellets are fine for your guinea pigs to eat. The packet does not say how much to feed per pig per day, but as they are very similar to Oxbow, you should feed 1/8 a cup per day. 

To help you figure out the best brands of pellets to buy, I’ve put together a list of my reviews here. Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions!

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6 thoughts on “Timothy hay pellets

  • November 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm
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    Thanks for the heads-up about Timothy pellets. Would it be ok to just feed them with the grass, if and when possible? They do look like adorable pets and we owe it to them to give them only the best. What is the lifespan of a guinea-pig?

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    • November 1, 2016 at 8:51 pm
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      Hi there!
      Guinea pigs can live from six to eight years but often shorter because of the wrong diet! This is why it is important to do your research before choosing a new brand of food. Yes guinea pigs can eat an unlimited amount of grass. They LOVE it!

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  • November 1, 2016 at 9:05 pm
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    Are there other foods that aren’t processed I can give my ginuea pig? Like leftover veggies?

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  • November 2, 2016 at 8:41 am
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    Really informative review, thank you Emma

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