Quick Diet Reference

Rabbit and Guinea Pigs need a really fibrous diet to wear down their teeth, and keep their guts moving!

 

rabbit feed graph
A basic breakdown to a Rabbit/Guinea Pig Diet is

  • 80% Hay – ad lib – available all day, all the time
  • 20% Greens – approximately 2-3 packed cups of greens daily per kg of bunny/cavy weight
  • 0% Pellets and Treats – 1 tablespoon per day max

as seen in the Rabbit Consultation Guide;

https://exoticsvets.com/page/rabbitexam/

Quick list of safe greens:

  • Parsley
  • Mints/herbs
  • Coriander
  • Celery
  • Grass
  • Bok Choy
  • Spinach
  • And many more!

Vitamin C is also critical for Guinea pigs, mainly this is derived from a healthy green vegetable diet. Below is a table from the 2014 Melbourne Rabbit Clinic Emergency Manual, which ranks vegetables and fruit high to low in Vitamin C content.

High
Good
Average
Low
Parsely
Red Caspiscum
Broccolli
Kale
Water Cress
Strawberries
Oranges
Kiwi fruit
Spinach
Chicory
Cantaloupe
Peas
Cabbage
Tomatoes
Dandelions
Sweet potato
Lettuce (NOT ICEBERG)
Carrots
Bok choy
Celery
Cucumber
Coriander (which people seem to hate anyway so that’s good)

Stay tuned for an in depth diet review next week!

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