Timothy hay comparison
After the piggies finished their sample of Small Pet Select's 2nd cut timothy hay (read the review here), we were curious to see how KMS Hayloft's 2nd cut timothy hay would compare. We placed a small order for everyone to try out. For a visual comparison, click to enlarge the image above or magnify it here.
The batch of hay we received was somewhat stiffer than the SPS 2nd cut timothy hay, but still contained a good amount of green leafy bits combined with fibrous stems and springy seed heads. Out of all the grass hays, KMS 3rd cut timothy was the softest and leafiest. We haven't had any problems with stiff hay causing eye injuries, possibly because of the way their hay rack is set up. By placing the closed bottom on the floor, pigs are required to pull out hay from the side instead of yanking it out while sitting underneath, which can sometimes cause hay to fall in their eyes.
All six cavies were very enthusiastic over the new hay. Belka, Peaches, Truffle and Poof even emptied their hay rack in half the time they usually do. As an interesting note, their poop changed as a result of the switch, going from a dark brown/black color and squishy composition to a lighter brown color with a drier consistency (there were no variations in diet otherwise). There were also less bladder sludge spots left on the bedding. Overall, KMS 2nd cut timothy is another high quality grass hay that we will be repurchasing.