Can rats eat timothy or orchard hay? Alfalfa, I know, is out of the question because it's too rich for them. The only semi-reliable information I can find on rats and timothy (or orchard) hay is this:
I don't plan to give my boys hay on a regular basis, nor as a staple diet. They get lab blocks as a staple, no seeds, and tons of fruits, veggies, cereal, and whatever I'm eating (as long as it's relatively healthy). Please don't lecture me on "proper" diets and nutrition, thank you.
- Rats may poke themselves in the eye with hay
- Rats can't digest hay because... [no reasons given]
- Rats don't eat hay, they just use it to nest
- Hay is pointless because it doesn't grind down their teeth (but rats don't need food to keep their teeth short anyway, so does it matter?)
- Hay is too high in fat, so just give it as an occasional treat
Thank you in advance, everyone!