Oxbow Pet Products is a small, family owned company based in Nebraska that provides fresh hay, foods and vitamins for Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, and all other small furry animals.
I have a five-year old guinea pig that I've raised since he was 8 weeks old. I've fed him nothing but Oxbow Timothy Hay and their Cavy Cuisine pellets all of his life, along with some fresh treats like fruits, carrots and greens. I also give him their vitamin C supplements. He LOVES his food, especially the fresh Timothy hay. He won't even touch the store brand stuff anymore.
The quality of Oxbow hay is the best, their hay smells so fresh, like walking through a meadow in the summertime. The products at Oxbow are only a couple of dollars more than the cheap and unhealthy pellets that are available at the chain pet stores, and they are worth every penny. My guinea is still active and healthy after all of these years, and I believe that it's because he gets a good diet (and a lot of attention).
The only downside to the company is that it can be hard to find a retailer who sells their products, though I'm lucky to have found a few locally who do (Pet Jungle in Carmel, IN...call ahead to verify that they have items in stock). But you can order from their website and they will ship anywhere in the US.
I believe that these are the best products on the market right now for small animals. Check them out if you have a guinea or chinchilla or bunny. And if you're considering a new pet, think about adopting one from a local shelter, as they have many that need a good home, even guinea pigs.
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