Yes – Oat hay is suitable for rabbits at all life stages and is safe to use as a part of a healthy and balanced diet.
What is Oat hay?
Oat hay is oat straw that has been cut and dried. It has been processed to remove the bran from the stalks, which acts as a natural preservative. It’s high in fiber and low in protein and calcium and is great for rabbits that have digestive problems.
What are the health benefits of Oat hay?
Oat hay has a high nutritional value and is also low in calories. It can be used as part of a rabbit’s diet or as a fresh, nutritious snack. It’s also a common alternative for rabbits with allergies or intolerances to grass hay.
How to prepare Oat hay
If you buy Oat hay from a store, you’ll probably find it kept dry and in large bales. To prepare it for your rabbit, you can do the following:
- Destem it and cut it into small pieces. You can use a knife or a pair of scissors to do this.
- Place into a hay rack in your rabbit’s cage or equivalent to air and dry.
How much Oat hay to give to a rabbit
Rabbits should eat between ¼ and ½ cup of oat hay every day to reap the nutritional benefits. However this can vary depending on the age of the rabbit.
How to store Oat hay?
Oat hay should be stored in a cool, dry place to ensure that it stays fresh.
Where can I buy Oat hay?
Oat hay can be purchased at some pet stores but is more commonly found in agriculture stores. It is generally sold in bales or bags.
If the hay has a strong smell, it’s a good idea to put it in a mesh bag and let it air out for a few days before feeding it to your rabbit.