Timothy Hay= More Fibre?
A bit of a question here. When I feed my degus timothy hay, I notice that their cage, in the end, is much more filled with droppings than it is when they're eating alfalfa-based pellets. (This is not what they're eating, it was an experiment, simply because I noticed this). Timothy-based pellet seems to be the most incredibly messy food I can offer them. When they're eating, they're leaving crumbs that, after a while, actually absorb urine and water, and soon there's a terrible stain, odor, and mess. They're droppings are actually less frequent and smaller when they eat alfalfa... I know timothy hay is best for them, but I'm beginning to think all owners who are experiencing this should do a few of the following:
-- Put the food bowl on a mesh bottom, or if on wood, glass, etc, consider putting those stick-on tiles wherever the food dish is. I have done this. It makes daily clean-up time much easier, seeing as you can simply take a wet paper towel and swiff it good. (AKA: get the mess off and then throw it in the trash)
-- Offer meals each day on top of that. Then, there's not one huge mess at the end of the day, but a few smaller messes each time you offer food. Degus do eat a lot, we must remember. (You can do this or clean what mess they have at least three times a day)
-- Just clean very frequently.
Anyway, though timothy hay is incredibly messy, I think it's definitely the best thing you can offer to a degu. But I've begun adding even more fresh vegetables, seeing as timothy hay is incredibly messy and it seems to me as if it's simply just hay.