Types of Hay, Explained.

The different types of hay can be confusing, from 2nd cutting Timothy hay to oat 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.

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Type of Hay

Uses

Description of Hay

Fiber

Protein

Fat


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

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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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.

Low

High

High

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

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

Orchard Medley

Clover included! Yum! Great treat hay.

Our orchard hay, but with clover flowers and leaves mixed in.

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Oat

The distinct taste makes this a treat hay for most rabbits. Good for adult animals who need extra fiber but don't like 1st cutting Timothy.  

Yellowish in color, stemmy, with some oats attached.

High

High

High

Gourmet

TOTALLY IRRESISTABLE treat hay.  

Several types of hay with herbs and flowers added in. The bomb.

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