What does your animal do all day?
Wild rabbit spend up to 70% of their time eating, and guinea pigs are not far behind. Yup, chewing, sniffing around for the next morsel, crunching, and moving on to the next promising patch of grass. Small animals need a lot of fiber, and the grasses they eat keep their little digestive systems running smoothly. All that searching and chewing does something else too – it keeps them busy.
Our friends get their grasses delivered right to them in the form of good hay. What they miss out on, then, is the activity of eating…the search, the decisions about what to eat next, all the physical and mental parts of the foraging process.
So our friends can get bored. They can even get destructive, and start “foraging” on baseboards. Oh, my. How can we give them something to do, something that comes to them instinctually? And how can we avoid putting on some extra ounces with treats?
We can give them fresh greens, and add in herbs and flowers. We can take those special yummies and place them around the play area (hide them even!) so our little furry beasties get to look for food, and can enjoy the satisfaction of finding their snacks.
The process of foraging is part of who these wonderful creatures are – let’s nurture it!