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How Much Water Do Rabbits Need? What You Need To Know!

Nicole Cosgrove

To survive, rabbits just like us humans need constant access to fresh water. However, the question arises, how much water does your rabbit actually need? This is a fair question and if you’re a new rabbit owner, or looking to get one then you must understand your rabbit’s dietary needs.

Roughly rabbits need to consume around 10% of their body weight in water daily. Remember, your rabbit should always have access to a fresh water supply.

This is purely a guideline as there are a wide variety of factors to take into account when establishing your rabbit’s required water consumption.

Every rabbit will be different in terms of their general health, a factor which can affect how much water your rabbit drinks. Another factor to consider is temperature, If kept in a warmer climate just like humans, rabbits will need to drink more to keep hydrated.

Your rabbit’s diet will also play a part in how much water it consumes. It’s common that in rabbits that eat more dry food, they drink more water as this can absorb water increasing the need for them to drink more.

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Rabbit Water Considerations

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It’s important to note, rabbits won’t drink water if it’s warm. So, if your rabbit is kept in a warmer climate refresh your rabbit’s bowl or bottle regularly with cold fresh water.

Our recommendation is to go for a good rabbit water bottle as your rabbit source of water.

This is because bottles such as the Lixit SLX0670 hold a decent amount of water. This means you won’t need to constantly refresh the bottle the same way you would with a bowl.

An issue with water bowls can be that they often get dirty. With the large surface area to drink from hay, dirt and even insects can find their way into the bowl. As water bottles have a snout, it’s a lot more difficult for the water to be made dirty.

This is why we personally recommend water bottles for rabbits. However, every rabbit is different and if your rabbit seems to prefer drinking from a bowl then you can go with that option. Just remember, it’s important you make sure the water stays clean and fresh.

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Worried About Your Rabbits Water Consumption?

If you fear that your rabbit is not drinking enough water, there can be a variety of reasons why this might be.

If you have recently changed your rabbit’s diet or moved to a different climate it might be that your rabbit’s thirst levels may have dropped. This can be considered relatively normal. Providing that your rabbit water consumption hasn’t dropped too drastically.

If your rabbit has stopped drinking water altogether, this can often indicate a more serious issue.

For example, if your rabbit has a gum disease and it’s stopped drinking from its water bottle. This could be because the snout is causing your rabbit pain along with its gum disease. Try replacing its water bottle with a water bowl and see if it finds more comfort drinking from that.

However, please remember; we are not professional experts. If you have any general health concerns for your rabbit, we always recommend that you do get an expert opinion. If your rabbit has stopped drinking water, or you have any general concerns that may be related to its health, consult a vet.

You can always make use of dedicated animal care websites such as the RSPCA which has great information on caring for rabbits.

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Conclusion

Your rabbit must have a constant supply of fresh and clean water. Whether this is from a water bottle or a water bowl, it doesn’t really matter each has its pros and cons.

If your rabbit is drinking slightly more or less than the recommended 10% of its body weight, don’t panic too much. This can be down to the type of environment it lives in, or even its dietary habits.

If your rabbit is drinking an unhealthy amount of water, such as none at all or a really high amount, consult a vet. This will ensure that your rabbit gets its health checked as quickly as possible but also give you the reassurance that you need as a rabbit owner.

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.