Good-natured animals
deserve great-natured feed

Sweet and sociable by nature, rabbits and guinea pigs are endearing additions to a household. Before bringing them home though, you need to know how to cater for their specific and varied diet. Grown, prepared and packed in New Zealand, Topflite crops provide premium nutrition and taste for your cuddly companions.

Jump to
the Range

On the menu today...

TIMOTHY HAY

The sweet smell and taste of the ‘King of Hays’ encourages foraging.

PREMIUM NUGGETS

Full of key vitamins and minerals rabbits & guinea pigs need for healthy eyes, skin and coat.

MEADOW MEDLEY

Packed with dried flowers your pets will love. It can be fed on its own or sprinkled over hay or nuggets.

Grown right here
in New Zealand

Hay makes up the bulk of a rabbit or guinea pig’s diet so it should be as nutritious as possible. For decades all Topflite hay has been grown in New Zealand. We grow, harvest and prepare our crops for a high-quality and natural end result.

What diet to feed?

Rabbits and guinea pigs are “fibrevores” with unique digestive systems that enable them to digest cellulose and access nutrients.


Provide your cuddly companions with a diet that closely replicates what they would eat in the wild. Combined with a habitat that promotes natural food-foraging behaviours, they will thrive.

Our Premium Produce

When only the finest will do

Our Premium Produce range

This complete high fibre range provides the ultimate in premium nutrition and taste for your pets.


Feeding

Timothy Hay

  • The sweet smell and taste encourages foraging
  • High in fibre and easily digested
  • Helps to keep teeth ground down

Lucerne Hay

  • A high fibre legume hay containing more digestible energy and calcium than grass hay
  • The perfect choice for growing, breeding or underweight herbivores
  • Good treat for mature herbivores
  • Also known as ‘alfalfa’

Meadow Hay

  • Made up of rich clover and nutritious grasses
  • Fragrant and natural source of essential fibre for digestive health
  • Helps to keep teeth ground down

Bedding

Bedding Straw

  • Natural barley straw to keep small animals clean, dry and cosy
  • Use generously, especially in the colder months
  • Intended for use as bedding only

Pine Shavings

  • Light and fluffy
  • Absorbs and controls odours naturally
  • No artificial colours or additives
  • Kiln-dried and double-screened to eliminate dust


Are you new to looking after rabbits?

Are you new to caring for guinea pigs?

FAQs

Is it ok to just have one pet rabbit?

Rabbits are social animals and appreciate the company of other bunnies. So, it’s always good to get your bunny a buddy!

How long do rabbits live for?

Most rabbits have an average life span of 8 to 12 years. They are definitely not pets to get as an ‘impulse purchase’ – these animals will become beloved members of your family for years to come.

How often should a rabbit eat?

Your bunny should be nibbling on something every three hours. If they haven’t eaten for 12 hours you’ll need to seek expert medical advice.

Is Bugs Bunny’s diet of carrots accurate in real life?

Yes, rabbits do like carrots. However, rabbits in the wild do not naturally eat them and, as the carrots have a high sugar content, they should only be fed in very small doses as part of a treat. Perhaps try a Carrot Munchie or, for other treat ideas, Timothy Cakes or Bonanza Bars.

How big should a rabbit hutch be?

It does depend on the size and breed of the rabbit. The SPCA has this to say: “If rabbits live outside, their hutch should be a minimum size of 3m (length) x 1.5m (width) x 0.75m (height) but the bigger the better. The hutch should always be attached to a spacious run to allow your rabbit to hop, run, jump, and stand upright on their hind legs. Ideally, your backyard should be fully fenced, and your rabbits should also be allowed supervised play in the garden.” We think this is great advice to follow.

What makes Timothy Hay different from other hay?

Timothy Hay is low in protein, high in fibre and, with a high energy content, is easily digestible by rabbits and guinea pigs.

Why the odd name?

We’re not exactly sure where the name first came from, but it’s most likely that ‘Timothy Grass’ was named after American agriculturalist Timothy Hanson, who introduced the hay from New England to the southern states of the United States back in the early 18th century.

Should rabbits and guinea pigs be kept together?

It is not recommended that the two species be kept together. There’s the risk of disease being spread between them and often the larger species will bully the smaller one.

What is 'Alfalfa' hay and can I feed it to my rabbits or guinea pigs?

Alfalfa hay is just another name for Lucerne hay. It is a legume hay not a grass hay, so it should not be offered as their only feeding hay as it is too high in calcium and energy, plus it will not help with keeping their teeth down. Lucerne/Alfalfa hay is an ideal hay supplement for growing baby herbivores or for those that are underweight. It is also a great treat for mature herbivores when fed in moderation.

How big should my guinea pig hutch be?

It should be as big as possible – at the very least 100cm long. You should also have a secure sleeping area attached to the run. If they are in an outdoor hutch, you’ll need to ensure there’s shelter from both wind and direct sunlight. And it’s best to bring them inside during the colder months of winter. Try and add some tunnels and hiding areas, with different textures to make things interesting for your pets. Most importantly, it’s vital the hutch can’t be easily gotten out of (or into). You’ll need to keep the hutch safe from predators and escape-proof!

How much bedding should I have in the bottom of my guinea pig hutch?

It is recommended that at least 3 cm to 5 cm of bedding straw or pine shavings is placed here.