How much water should a rabbit drink in 24 hours?
(Grand Rapids, MI )
Our new bunny to be - a rescue rabbit.
How much water does the average rabbit (4 lbs.) drink in a day? Is it a sign of illness if they drink 32 oz. or more in 24 hours?
***** Karen Sez *****
The normal rate of water consumption is approximately 100-600 ml per day, or 50-100 ml per 1 kg body weight daily.
Meaning, expect a 4 pound rabbit to drink one cup of water a day, or less.
32 oz in 24 hours is therefore very excessive.
In the wild, the sick rabbit would become dog food, as in, wolf or coyote dinner. Or maybe cat food.
I like the idea of rescuing rabbits, but I don't like pouring my money into sick animals. It would be much better to let the rescue deal with this rabbit (euthanization), and for you to obtain a healthy rabbit, either from a reputable rescue, or from a breeder. Really.