Bunny drinking way more water????

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Mrs. Feathers, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    My bunny (think he is 5 as he is a rescue bunny) has been drinking way more water than usual this week. He seems his normal quirky self in all ways besides this. He is a neutered male and the only thing I can think that is different in his diet/life is that I bought some compressed timothy cubes last weekend and have give him two of these over the past week (trying to create appropriate chewing options for him as he has free run of the family room). The ingredients listed includes only compressed timothy although my dh has an opinion that there must be something else in there to hold it together.
    Any thoughts from bunny owners? I will not give him any more of the cubes but my mind is going to other health problems that could also be possibilities.
  2. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    The cubes are compressed hay which is a lot of roughage. Imagine eating a roll of hay....sure would need a lot of water to wash it down. The moisture content of any hay is low....therefore they drink more.

    I would keep giving him the hay cubes. Gives him something to do, good food to eat and will help keep his teeth down.
  3. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Quote:Thanks Nella Bean...I am always on guard when giving my animals the "pet food" sort of treats. What you say does make total sense. I had a diabetic dog years ago and so my mind of course goes right to worst case scenario even though George has no other symptoms whatsoever. [​IMG]
    I shall continue with the cubes....

  4. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    keep an eye for crystals in his urine. It's pretty common in bunnies that eat a lot of pellets. We had one with kidney issues so bad that his urine dried in big white sheets.
  5. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    i don't mean to high jack this thread, but what is the normal color of bunny urine? I have a 3 1/2 month old Holland lop who's pee seems sort of whitish when it pools - and it dries a bit white. Should I back off his pellets? I thought you could free feed pellets till they were 6 months old.

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