Our rabbit lives in an outdoor hutch and appears to be very contented, despite getting on in years now. We always make sure she has access to specially formulated dry rabbit food, fresh greens and veg and water which is changed daily.
For convenience, we use plastic water bottles which attach to the wired front of her cage and although our rabbit access to drinking water all day long. We have experimented with providing water in earthenware dishes inside the cage (to avoid the water freezing during Winter months) but find that is much less practical as the dishes can get knocked over or trodden in and they always end up collecting straw and other debris. Using a specially designed water bottle such as these coloured options provided by Colourtone is a much easier, safer and more hygienic way of providing access to fresh drinking water.
These come in a range of bright and cheerful colours - ours is currently a blue one- but are still transparent making it possible to keep an eye on water levels. I always leave a gap at the top of the bottle which is more important in winter just in case the water does start to freeze slightly and expands inside the bottle.
Our rabbit is able to drink from this design easily, via the metal drinking 'straw' which pokes through her wires. It also comes supplied with a twisty wire which keeps this securely in position, even if the bottle is knocked. The bottle can easily be transferred to our rabbit's run too.
Cleaning the bottle is easy with a wired bottle brush. I don't think this is dishwasher proof and I would not put it through a dishwasher, personally. If the interior does begin to look grubby I do replace this frequently as the bottles are inexpensive at £2.50 from Pets At Home and independent pet shops. This is a practical product that I am happy to recommend.
My 2 guinea pigs are kept in separate cages / hutchand each have a water bottle attached to their cage. I have a large collection of water bottles that I have tried and tested over the years. I got mine from my local pet shop for £2.99 each. I bought one blue and one yellow, they also make them in red as well.
The bottles are easy to use, you simply attach to the cage with the bendable wire that comes with the bottle. Once you have hooked the bottle on to the cage it will hold the water bottle in place. At first I thought the bottle would slip down, but it actually doesn't - it does stay in place.
The bottle itself is made from plastic. It has a top that you can unscrew so you can then fill up the bottle with water. Once the bottle is on the cage there are no leaks - I have never had any drips of water, the top seems very secure. On the side of the bottles there is a gauge to allow you to monitor how much your Guinea pig (or any other pet) is drinking.
My water bottles came with a bottle brush which makes it easy to clean as the brush reaches right down to the bottom of the bottle and all around the sides of the bottle.
One negative point - I buy new bottles every few months, this is only because I like the water to be super clean for my piggies and because the bottles are coloured it can be a difficult to tell if all the build up has been cleaned.
I have 3 guinea pigs and I have a large collection of water bottles that I have tried and tested over the years. I have the Classic water bottles in transparent and I also have a few of the colourtone ones in various colours. The reason I particularly like plastic bottles is that they can be dropped without smashing and they are also cheap to replace. The colourtone bottles only come in 3 colours as far as I know, these are blue, red and yellow. The ones I have are 320ml bottles and are available in most pet shops for under £2 each.
They come with a wire that you hook on to the hutch or cage and use to hold the bottle in place. They are easy to use, you simply unscrew the top and fill with water and there is a gauge up the side of the bottle that tells you the amount of mls, this is handy as it allows you to monitor how much your pet is drinking. Especially important if your pet is poorly.
I use a bottle brush to clean them with and when they get particularly worn out I just chuck them away and buy new as they are so cheap. When it comes to leaking I have found mine to be rather watertight, a few drips here and there but nothing major, no flooding of cages thankfully!
I would recommend these bottles, they come in a range of sizes and don't break the bank to buy. Personally I prefer the transparent ones as it's easier to see when they are getting a bit grimy but the coloured ones do look ever so bright and pretty.
Overall a good value product.
We have several guinea pigs and when they are in their outside cage we use this classic drinking bottle. It is widely available and does the job well although it is very likely to need lots of frequent cleaning and to be refilled often.
The bottle comes in various sizes so that if you have lots of animals in one cage you can accommodate them by giving them a large bottle so that they have enough water.
The bottle is see-through so you can see easily how much water is left inside it and also what the state of the inside of the bottle is like. The spout screws onto the bottle just like it would any other kind of water bottle. You attach this to the cage by a piece of white, bendy wire. This is quite a tough wire so it is hard to bend and the first time you use it it may take you while to get it into the right shape for the bottle to fit through. The bottle itself remains on the outside of the cage and just the spout alone goes through the mesh for your animal to drink from.
There is a silver ball inside the spout which stops the water from gushing out. As your rabbit or guinea pig pushes this with their tongue water will drip out and they can drink. This is usually very good at working. Sometimes it does get stuck and if you watch the water bottle you will notice no air bubbles going up which will inform you that it means that your animal is not getting any water. If you just give the bottle a quick squeeze it should release it and it will work again.
This works fine and is very tough. The spout is metal so if your animal gnaws on it it won't effect it's mechanism, it doesn't even make a scratch! You can use this bottle over and over again without experiencing any problems.
Over time it builds up mould inside and you will see that it looks as though the water is green. It is very important that you keep this clean. Just by washing it out with a bottle brush which you can by from supermarkets or pound shops etc you will be able to get rid of the mould. The mould in the spout can be removed by using a tooth brush. It usually remains mould free for about 2 months before it begins to build up again. It isn't a big task having to clean it, it's just not very enjoyable!
The wire will hold the bottle in place strongly and it shouldn't fall out. If it ever does though if you don't put it in properly or if you are to drop it and it falls directly onto a hard surface like patio flags then chances of this bottle surviving are slim. Whenever we have dropped a bottle onto a hard surface the spout has snapped instantly so we always keep a spare one in the house just in case this does happen.
I am happy with this bottle as I think it is designed well and I like that the bottle is on the outside of teh cage so you don't have to mess around with reaching into the cage to get it out and disturbing your animals. I've knocked 1 star off for it's inability to withstand being dropped and that sometimes the little silver ball inside does get stuck. All in all though it's very good, my animals seem to get plenty to drink from it and it has never leaked.
When me and my boyfriend first got a rabbit for my boyfriends son Taylor, we just had a plain water bottle for her. One night on eBay, i came across these water bottles which i thought were cute and ideal for children who own rabbits due to the bright and attractive colours, so i bought Taylor one as a present for him to give to Rosie, his rabbit.
One water bottle was £1.95 and the delivery cost was £1.10. It's a very large bottle (holds upto 600ml) so i was happy with paying this price. There was a variety of colours available; yellow, red and blue. I bought a blue one as Taylor's favourite colour is blue.
The bottle is made of a thick plastic and although is coloured it's still transparent allowing to see how much water is left in the bottom which is handy as it ensures the owner always knowns when the water bottle is nearly empty. The bottles are a more hygeinic alternative to water bowls as when we got Rosie a water bowl she bathed in it and pooed in it so we had to scrap that idea! The bottle has white detailing on it with 'colontone bunny' written on it and a basic picture (outline) of a rabbit.
The bit of the bottle that the rabbit drinks from is metal and is attatched to a screw-on lid which is secure and doesn't leak at all. The bottle is attatched to the cage via a piece of white wire type material which cradles the bottle and hooks on to the cage. Rosie has knocked it a few times and it has stayed in place but just a bit wonky which does not effect her capability of getting the water out. The little ball in the metal tip makes sure no water leaks, however there are sometimes minor drips.
The bottle does not protect water from heat or coldness.
Overall the bottle is a good size, good price, and ideal for little ones who have a rabbit as it's a bit more snazzy and exciting than a plain water bottle. Only downside is due to the size, the water can go stagnent due to the amount of time it is in the bottle because it lasts for so long with Rosie (she barely drinks!) so i would reccomend only filling it up half way and seeing how much your rabbit drinks, obviously if your rabbit drinks alot fill it all up. Remember to make sure the water is fresh and clean and that you wash the bottle out regulary to avoid mould or yuckiness :)
For some very strange reason the first review I wrote here disappeared after the first person rated it, lol, I wandered why it didn't get any reads so here goes again
These rabbit bottles are available in two sizes; they are available in a 600ml giant bottle, which we have, and a 320ml smaller bottle still suitable for rabbits.
They are made of a very tough plastic that has lasted us a good amount of time, we haven't had any problems with it breaking when the rabbit has knocked it out of the bars, it hasn't experienced any sun damage or damage from the cold weather and with it having a metal spout it hasn't received any damage from the rabbit chewing it either.
You can get these in the 3 colours as pictured above and it is just short of £2 for the large bottle and just over £1 for the small bottle,
Previous bottles I had used had leaked into the rabbit cage and left my rabbit with wet shavings but this bottle has two bull bearings in the spout which is supposed to stop it leaking and does the majority of the time and is still easy enough for my rabbit to drink from, they are easy enough to clean as a standard bottle brush fits easily into these bottles, it is easy to attach to the cage with the wire that is included with the bottle too.
I would recommend these to anyone as they are larger than other bottles and look a bit nicer due to there colour but you can still see the water through the colour.
I bought my rabbits some new bottles a few months ago from pets at home. The ones I originally had were just clear ones, but after having them a couple of years they started to go a funny yellow/green colour and look dirty even though they aren't so I thought it was a good time to invest in some new bottles.
I picked up two of these bottles from pets at home, a yellow one and a red one. They cost me £1.29 each, and I got the medium size, as this size is more than enough for my rabbits as I replace the water every day. I put one upstairs and one downstairs in the hutch.
These bottles are so much better than using bowls as they constantly get tipped up or straw and hay in them. With these bottles you know the water is fresh and clean all day.
You get a white piece of wire with the bottles, which are usually inside the bottle when you buy them. As I have used these bottles before but in clear, I knew already that these wires are useless! The wire has a hook on either end to attach to the hutch around the bottle, but these are so flimsy, they always come unhooked from the hutch, which is really annoying as if it happens when you are out at work and the bottle falls off the hutch my rabbits are left without water all day until I come home. That's why I always put two bottles on, but now I have found that using a tie rap permanently attached the hutch door is better at keeping the bottle on. You don't have to worry about the bottle falling off ever.
Even though they come with the poor quality wire, the rest of the bottle is excellent. It has a small spout at the end which has a silver ball in it. This stops any water coming out when the rabbits are not drinking from it. My rabbits have no bother getting water out of these bottles, but one problem I have noticed is that they do tend to drip sometimes, but not enough that the water would run out.
In the winter these bottles always freeze up, they don't crack or anything, but I have to use a water bottle snug on them to stop them freezing.
I will definitely always buy these water bottles for my rabbits, they are just the same as the transparent ones, but look a bit more colourful in the hutch! They do just as good a job and are cheap enough to replace every few years.
We have had our pet rabbit for a couple of months now. When I was initially getting together the necessary accessories to prepare for her arrival, I didn't give a great deal of thought to the type of water dispenser to buy, I just grabbed the first one I could find, which was the Colourtone Bunny Bottle in yellow. I knew that she was used to this type of water dispenser already, and I was keen to make the transition to her new home as easy as I could, by keeping as many familiar things as possible.
The bottle itself is made of colored plastic, with a metal spout that has a small metal ball blocking the end to prevent the water running out. When the rabbit feeds from the bottle, the action of the mouth temporarily dislodges the ball, allowing the water to flow more freely. The bottle comes with a small piece of wire that is covered with plastic. The wire wraps securely around the bottle and hooks onto the bars of the cage, or the chicken wire on the hutch, keeping the bottle in position. The bottle can hold 320ml of water, which I find usually lasts our rabbit about a day and a half, though I check the water level regularly as it is important that animals have contant access to water. It is very easy to fill the bottle. The lid unscrews and you just fill it straight from the tap, before screwing the lid back on. This is a good job for the kids to do so they can feel involved in caring for thier pet.
I haven't really had any problems with the bottle, other than the fact that the wire is a bit chewed, and the bottle itself is starting to get a bit of a green algae bloom inside the plastic, due to the sunlight. Although I thoroughly rinse the bottle with each use, I think I am going to have to invest in a bottle brush to give it a thorough scrub once a week. It will also be interesting to see how the bottle fares when the weather gets very cold, as it hasn't been exposed to harsh freezing temperatures yet, so I may have to come back and add a bit to this review during the winter!
Many experts in animal care prefer the use of a ceramic bowl to a water bottle, as these bowls harbour less germs. It is very important to keep the bottle as clean as possible to prevent the rabbit getting ill. I don't like to use any sort of detergent when cleaning the bottle,because it may be harmful to the rabbit, so I usually just fill it with hot water and give it a good shake and rinse each time I use it. I would not be too keen on using a bowl in the hutch, because our rabbit is really curious, and would probably end up pushing it around and spilling all the water, but whatever method you use is a matter of personal preference. As long as the animal has water, that is the main thing.
The colourtone bottle cost about £1.50 from my local pet shop, which was a fair price, in my opinion. I am sure the product will last a good while before it needs replacing, and being plastic, I will be able to put it in my recycling waste when it reaches the end of its life.