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    While I take my bun Fudgie to the vet, we talk about my other newly adopted bun, Andi. Since the 1st day I got her, she drinks like a whale.

    Further, her poo size is the largest I've ever seen in the past 21 years, bigger than the poos from the Flemish Giants that I used to have back in 1998 to 2007. She eats a lot of hay, and she can clean out 1/2 a carrot in under 10 min., my other bun takes an evening to clean out the same 1/2 size carrot.

    The vet said he has seen some small animals that is normal but drinks a lot of water, but he also said rabbit w/ kidney problem also drink a lot of water

    He also said to confirm rabbit w/ kidney problem, sometimes it take several blood tests. But it looks like doing so, is like chasing ghost. As I have seen no other symptoms w/ Andi. She is so full of energy, w/ no other signs of any sickness, unless we count drinking a lot of water is sickness

    anyhoo, her consumption on water is at the high end of a rabbit at 2.32 KG, as she drinks a whoppy 235 ml of water per 24 hr.

    So, does any other rabbit owner here have a healthy rabbit but drinks a lot of water? if so, how much water?
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    Hay is pretty dry, so she may be drinking more water to balance out all the hay she is eating. It sounds like she is doing an excellent job with the hay. If her water consumption is consistent, I don't think I would be too worried. We usually struggle to get our rabbits to drink more to avoid bladder sludge.

    It is possible to check the urine for an indication of kidney health (eg specific gravity).

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    you mean some medical test on the urine? her water level is the same since I adopted her in Aug. She's the first bun I need 2 bowl of water in her hang out area as she can drink to the bottom of the 1st bowl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Hopping View Post
    While I take my bun Fudgie to the vet, we talk about my other newly adopted bun, Andi. Since the 1st day I got her, she drinks like a whale.

    Further, her poo size is the largest I've ever seen in the past 21 years, bigger than the poos from the Flemish Giants that I used to have back in 1998 to 2007. She eats a lot of hay, and she can clean out 1/2 a carrot in under 10 min., my other bun takes an evening to clean out the same 1/2 size carrot.

    The vet said he has seen some small animals that is normal but drinks a lot of water, but he also said rabbit w/ kidney problem also drink a lot of water

    He also said to confirm rabbit w/ kidney problem, sometimes it take several blood tests. But it looks like doing so, is like chasing ghost. As I have seen no other symptoms w/ Andi. She is so full of energy, w/ no other signs of any sickness, unless we count drinking a lot of water is sickness

    anyhoo, her consumption on water is at the high end of a rabbit at 2.32 KG, as she drinks a whoppy 235 ml of water per 24 hr.

    So, does any other rabbit owner here have a healthy rabbit but drinks a lot of water? if so, how much water?
    I was told it was 100ml per kg on weight over a 24 hour period so she seems to be spot on?

    I have a rabbit that drinks a hell of a lot more than what he's supposed to based on the weight to water estimate

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    I have a 1 litre water bowl for Knox.
    I find I have to refill it twice during hotter days and only once when cooler.
    He drinks more water than my dogs
    I sometimes post my bunny on Instagram (beware a lot of fish pics on this) @keeperofkojin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratvan View Post
    I have a 1 litre water bowl for Knox.
    I find I have to refill it twice during hotter days and only once when cooler.
    He drinks more water than my dogs
    how long do you have Knox? what is his weight? did you meausre how many ml he drinks per 24 hr.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    I was told it was 100ml per kg on weight over a 24 hour period so she seems to be spot on?

    I have a rabbit that drinks a hell of a lot more than what he's supposed to based on the weight to water estimate

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    True. But w/ all my bunnies, and among other people's buns, it's rare to see a bun that remotely meet that standard.

    anyhoo, what's your bun's weight and the amt. of water he drinks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Hopping View Post
    how long do you have Knox? what is his weight? did you meausre how many ml he drinks per 24 hr.?
    I have had Knox for about 6 months now.
    I don't remember exactly, I think he is about 5kg. Same weight as my smaller cat (and Knox's buddy)
    I haven't measured. in all honesty I cant see how I would do that accurately with a bowl.
    I do have bunny drinking bottles but they're permanently attached to my fish tanks (best place for them IMO)
    I sometimes post my bunny on Instagram (beware a lot of fish pics on this) @keeperofkojin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Hopping View Post
    True. But w/ all my bunnies, and among other people's buns, it's rare to see a bun that remotely meet that standard.

    anyhoo, what's your bun's weight and the amt. of water he drinks?
    He's 3kg and he'll drink up to 3/4 of the bowl in 24 hours, the bowl hold 1L

    A while back my vet asked me to track it exactly so we measured out each bit we gave him, in 24 hours he drank between 500ml - 700ml (did it for a week) did the same thing when he was younger and it was less though, but he was under a year then.

    I have a 4.5 kg and a 3.6kg pair living together - so that's 810ml in 24 hours between them, and they drink almost all of their 1L bowl. (we change all water twice a day sometimes more, depends, but the amount that goes is steady, and we buy the same amount every week)

    I have a 4.4kg bun who drinks 200ml a day.. And had bladder sludge issues because of this, her diet includes a lot more wet veggies and herbs now to make up for the lack of drinking.

    I don't have any real answers or suggestions, just if you're worried I'd definitely see the vet about it, I did with my male rabbit because I was very worried at first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratvan View Post
    I have had Knox for about 6 months now.
    I don't remember exactly, I think he is about 5kg. Same weight as my smaller cat (and Knox's buddy)
    I haven't measured. in all honesty I cant see how I would do that accurately with a bowl.
    I do have bunny drinking bottles but they're permanently attached to my fish tanks (best place for them IMO)
    There's no need to measure if you don't need to, but we did with bowls, we don't use bottles at all, I poured some into a measuring jug, noted the amount, poured it in the bowl and did that every top up for the 24 hours, the made a note and we repeat that every day for a week (only because my vet asked us to, I don't daily now obvs ) but if you ever need to, it is possible

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