How to Teach a Baby Rabbit to Drink From a Water Bottle

Updated February 21, 2017

Baby rabbits require special care and must be fed baby rabbit formula while they are growing and cannot drink on their own. Once your baby rabbit grows large enough to drink on its own, it can either drink from a water bowl or special pet water bottle. Water bowls can spill and prove messy, while a pet water bottle is a cleaner solution. It takes some practice, but you can follow a few steps and easily teach your baby rabbit to drink from a water bottle.

Fill the water bottle with water. Leave the bottle on a counter or table for thirty minutes until it reaches room temperature. Hang the bottle on the side of your rabbit's cage.

Show your baby rabbit the bottle. Press its nose gently onto the bottle so a drip of water comes out.

Put the formula you were feeding it in the water bottle if it does not drink the water. Hang the bottle back on the side of the cage and let your baby rabbit drink the formula from the bottle until it gets used to drinking that way. Switch back to water after the rabbit has been drinking from the bottle for four to five days.

Hold the water bottle like a baby bottle and feed it to the rabbit if it still won't drink on its own. Continue doing this for four to five days, until the rabbit is used to drinking this way. Hang the bottle on the side of the cage.


If none of these methods work, you may need to use a bowl. Some rabbits just won't drink out of water bottles.

Things You'll Need

  • 454gr pet water bottle
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Kenyor Rogers started writing short stories and sports articles in 1998. His short stories have appeared in the "Home and School" newsletter and an economics article he co-wrote appeared in the "Tiger Times." His expertise ranges from electronics to simple home repairs. Rogers is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in economics from Clemson University.