Hay should always be supplemented with a variety of fresh vegetables, herbs and wild plants to ensure all the nutritional requirements are being met. Hay is the foundation of the feeding pyramid and should not be considered as simply bedding material. A variety of hay and grass should form the bulk of the diet as its high fibre content supports digestive function. Chewing hay and grass also helps to promote healthy teeth.
Dandelion - Fibre 14.9%
Ideally the diet of the pet rabbit, guinea pig or chinchilla should mimic that of their wild cousins. Grass and hay must be the bulk of the diet. Hay should always be available and supplemented with fresh vegetables, wild plants and herbs. Dry pelleted food and cereal mixes should form the smallest part of the diet and may be weaned out completely on advice from a vet if your pet is overweight or suffering from a health problem. However, these can only be weaned out if your pet is eating a good variety of wild plants, herbs and vegetables every day. Young, pregnant or nursing rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas or those housed outdoors may still have a need for a high fibre dry pelleted food.