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. That said, water is not something that rabbit owners should ration. Provide water 24/7, but just know that if a 4-pound rabbit is actually drinking a full quart (32 oz) of water every 24 hours, I would wonder if there is something very wrong metabolically with the rabbit.
Or, is the water bottle leaking?
I like the idea of rescuing rabbits, but I don't like the idea of pouring one's money into sick animals. In the wild, sick rabbits become food for predators.
Are you WANTING to tend to a sick rabbit every day? Or is it a pet rabbit you are looking for? If the latter, it would be much better to let the rescue deal with this rabbit; instead, obtain a healthy rabbit, either from a reputable rescue, or from a breeder, if it is a pet rabbit you are looking for.