Small Animal FAQs
- Which is the best cutting of long stem forage for my small animal?
It is not the “cutting” of long stem forage that is important; rather it is the quality. As forages grow taller and become more mature, they decrease in nutrient quality. All Standlee Premium Western Forage products are harvested at optimum maturity to ensure high quality products for your small companion animal.
- The bagged long stem forage I selected for my small animal appears to have fine material in it rather than just long stems. Is this a problem?
The fine material is leaf and blades of grass. These are actually the most “nutrient-rich” portions of the plant and they will benefit your small animal.
- Is there dirt in bagged long stem forage?
All plants are grown in dirt and when harvested lie on the ground to dry. It is possible that a very small amount of dirt may end up in bagged long stem forage products. However, this is a very small amount of dirt and would be similar to the amount taken in if the animal were grazing the forage in the wild.
- Are pesticides and herbicides utilized in bagged long stem forage?
Standlee Premium Western Forage utilizes very little pesticide or herbicide in the growing of our premium forage products. The use of irrigation and forage crop rotation prevents most weeds and insects.
- Why can’t I utilize “Grab and Go” compressed bales for my small companion animal?
The Standlee Premium Western Forage “Grab and Go” bales are certainly high enough quality for your companion animal, but the volume of forage in this package size is not convenient for small animals. This large amount of forage would be difficult to store and result in waste when utilized for small animals. The convenient small bags of forage packaged for companion animals minimize waste and storage issues.
- Is there a big nutritional difference between Standlee Premium Western Forage “Grab and Go” compressed bales and bagged small animal premium forage?
The forage utilized for the bagged small animal products is hand selected to be visually the highest nutrient quality. Typically, this high visual quality will translate into a slightly higher nutrient content compared to the “Grab and Go” compressed products.
- Is alfalfa safe for rabbits?
Yes. Alfalfa is actually the forage of choice for pregnant and lactating rabbits as well as young, growing rabbits. Alfalfa contains a higher calorie and protein content compared to grass forages. Alfalfa can also benefit older rabbits and underweight rabbits to regain and maintain muscle and adequate body weight.
- What percentage of a small animal’s diet should be made up of Standlee Premium Wester Forage bagged long stem forage?
All small companion animals should eat a manufactured pelleted feed intended specifically for that type of animal. These manufactured pellets contain critical added minerals and vitamins that are not in adequate amounts in long stem forage. Long stem forage is beneficial to add to the diets of small animals as an additional source of nutrients and a mechanism to eliminate boredom and maintain proper dental health. The amount of supplemental long stem forage that should be added depends on the animal but typically ranges from 20 – 30% of the total diet.
- Can I feed only Timothy long stem forage to my small companion animal?
No. Timothy is not fortified with essential minerals and vitamins that are necessary to keep small companion animals healthy. Simply stated, timothy will not provide adequate nutrition for long term health. Timothy can be fed along with fortified pellets designed for that animal type.
- Can I feed my small animal Standlee Premium Western Forage pellets or cubes?
While SPWF pellets and cubes are both very high quality, neither is fortified with added vitamins or minerals that are necessary for the health of small companion animals. These animals require a fortified pellet specifically formulated for the type of small companion animal being fed rather than simply a high quality forage pellet.
- How much long stem forage should I feed my small companion animal?
First, the small companion animal should be provided the recommended amount of a commercially prepared fortified pelleted diet specific for its nutritional needs. Then long stem forage can be supplemented to provide additional energy, protein and fiber. The long stem forage is also a benefit with respect to maintenance of dental health and elimination of boredom. Typically, small companion animals are offered between 20 and 30% of their diet as supplemental long stem forage. This should be provided in small amounts on daily basis to eliminate waste.
- Do I need to feed my small companion animal long stem forage?
Small companion animals do benefit from small amounts of long stem forage. It is essential to maintain dental health, eliminate boredom and provide critical fiber for normal digestive function.
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