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We have four guinea pigs (Betty, Blanche, Audrey and Mavis) and they get through plenty of fresh water. It's vital to remember a supply of drinking water when you have small pets, and we have three of these water bottles on the go at any given time to ensure that the piggies can always get a drink when they need one.
Classic Crystal Deluxe water bottles come in two sizes - 600ml and 320ml. We have two of the bigger ones and one of the smaller ones just now. The bottles are made of a strong plastic, with a red plastic screw-on top and a stainless steel nozzle. At the end of the nozzle is a metal ball which prevents the bottle from leaking too much and allows water to come out when the pet's mouth comes into contact with the end of the nozzle.
Our guinea pigs have no trouble at all in drinking from these bottles, and we often hear the sound of the metal ball moving around as they're drinking, reassuring us that the bottle is working. The design of these bottles means that pets can drink as much or as little as they want and whenever they want.
I have noticed that these bottles can leak small amounts into the cage. This isn't a big issue for us as our guinea pig cage gets cleaned every couple of days. However, these bottles will definitely leak when used in transit, as I once discovered when taking small pets on a family holiday - the bottle had been leaking for the entire journey and the cage was soaked!
We fix these water bottles to the guinea pig cage using string or laces, which we tie through the bars of the cage and around the bottle to secure it (placing the string at a height which is out of chewing reach of the pigs).
I have noticed that coloured versions of the water bottles are available; however, I like the clear ones as you can tell at a glance when the bottle needs a clean. Over time, you do get greenish coloured deposits forming in the bottle and it needs a scrub. We tend to give our bottles a good rinse when refreshing the water and a more thorough clean when they start to look a bit dull.
These water bottles only cost a couple of pounds to buy and are a good investment, ensuring that small pets are kept hydrated and giving us peace of mind that they have access to drinking water when we're out.
Over the years, I've owned three rabbits and all of our bunnies have used one of these deluxe classic rabbit water bottles. The bottles retail for around £2 - £3 depending on the size of the bottle chosen and are available from most reputable pet stores and supermarkets. We have previously opted for the smaller size holding 320ml but more recently have been using the 600ml one because of it's larger capacity. The ones we have owned through the years have always been clear but I have seen them in a couple of the pet shops in different colours - blue, pink, yellow being the ones I can remember. Although this is designed for use with rabbits, there are similar bottles available (in various sizes) for other small animals such as hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs.
The bottle is very simple - as I say ours are clear with a red screw top lid at the top that is easily undone and put back on whenever it needs to be emptied or refilled. The opening to the bottle is large enough (around 2.5cm) so that we can easily fill it up using the outside tap so there's no need to bring them into the house.
The bottle also comes with a white coated metal wire inside that has hooks at either end and can be bent around the bottle and adapted to it's shape to fix to the wire mesh of a bunny hutch, although I have always found these to be quite fiddly and dependent on the mesh of the hutch. We've also been through many hutches over the years and sometimes found that the mesh holes on them have meant that the wire provided makes the bottle either too loose or too tight with no right ground inbetween. That said, we're now used to using a bunny bottle cover (made by a different manufacturer) and as that came with a fixing too, we just always use that instead.
Even with the coloured bottles, you can always see where the water levels are up to and although we change the water very often, it is handy to check it during the summer when they drink an awful lot in the heat or in winter when the water freezes overnight because of low temperatures. The bottle is very good at withstanding very low temperatures when it does freeze - the plastic has never cracked although I do make sure that I don't fill it right up to the very top to allow a little for the expansion. Although we use the cover over the bottle now, we haven't always done but the bottles have always done pretty well withstanding all sorts of weather. As the bottle is very basic, it doesn't come with any features itself to stop the water from freezing inside. After a while we've found that green algae can build up inside the bottle and then I replace them rather than clean them but I feel we've had our money's worth before this happens. I'd say it takes at least a couple of months before this even starts.
The red lid comes with a teat that is metal and has a stopper inside that stops the water leaking out of the bottle until bunny goes to it and gets a drink. This isn't the best design if I'm honest, the stopper doesn't do a fantastic job. Although it does stop the majority of the water from leaking out, it does drip a lot and I often find that the sawdust directly under the bottle gets damp quickly which isn't ideal for inside their hutch.
I've rated the classic deluxe bunny bottle 4 stars. They have been a complete necessity for us over the years although I do think by now they should have come up with a better design for the teat to stop it's tendency to drip. But, all in all they are a good buy and very useful when looking after furry friends.
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One of the most important things when owning a pet is providing them with a good source of fresh water to keep them hydrated and this definatly applies to small animals. A good water source has to be large enough to hold enough water between times where it can be changed, keep the water clean and be easy enough for the animal to use. From personal experiance I've come to almost totally avoid all bowls when it comes to small mammals (unless other reasons determine it to be the only option) as they are too easy knocked over or messed in so that means I predominantly use water bottles. Having owned a mixture of small animals over the years I've used quite a few different types of water bottle and one type I've used a couple of times has been the Crystal De-luxe drinking bottles.
The Crystal water bottles come in five sizes: the extra small size (75ml bottle), the small size (150ml bottle), the medium Bunny size (320ml bottle), the large Bunny size (600ml bottle) and the extra large size (1.1 litre bottle). The sizes relate to the type of pet they are intended for; the 75ml and 150ml bottles being for the littlest pets such as mice and hamsters; the 320ml and 600ml bottles intended for the slightly larger Guinea pigs, rats and rabbits and then the largest 1.1 litre is for the biggest small animals mainly large breed rabbits. I've personally found the right size bottle lasts about a day between two animals though obviously it does depend on the individual pet, how much they drink and how many animals are using the bottle. It is widely available in a variety of places both on and off line and it comes in both a classic style or a few coloured designs.
The Rostack has been a funny one for me. I'm currently using one in my Guinea pig cage along with a glass type bottle and used them frequently when I had rabbits a couple of years ago. These for me are the basic bottles when it comes to small mammals made out of plastic with the normal spout poking out at an agle from a screw on lid. They are one of the cheapest bottles available on the market and this has got to be one of the best features as the 320ml bottle sells for as little as £1 to around £2 which makes it really good value for money.
Reflected by their price however is the materials they are made out of. As expected they are made it of cheap plastic, though this doesn't pose a massive problem I have found it does make them more flimsy and generally easier to break than their glass competitors. As I've said I have one of these in the cage now with another bottle and I've found the pigs don't really have a preference as both have a metal end and work in the same way however when I was using a Ferplast Sippy Bottle (so one with a different spout) they defiantly preferred the Crystal bottle and barely touched the Ferplast- this could just be because they only use what they are used to but either way I wanted to stick with the one they used. One thing I really aim for in a bottle is a lack of leaking problem as it is pointless filling a bottle up if your only gonna look an hour later to find all the water has leaked out and unfortunalty I did find this bottle leaked quite a bit. It didn't tip out at an alarming rate but dripped out so that I was putting water in for it to come straight out onto their bedding area (yay more wet bedding). It also does suffer with the horrible mould/ dirt problem a lot of bottle succumb to- there are special brushes available to keep it clean but I prefer to use different home made options and then just replace it when I can't get it clean anymore- it's only cheap so replacing is defiantly an option.
The bottle came with a small white wire to attach it to the average commercial cage but as I have them in a C&C cage I just stick it onto the cubes I have. The wire isn't magic and I've reinforced mine with a spring to keep it in place but it does help and is easily shaped to get it to keep the bottle right. I really can't remember if and what packaging we got with these bottles as it has been a really long time since I've actually bought one. They are easily filled by simply putting water in till it reaches the top of the bottle, then the bottle head tightened in and simply slipping/ fixing the bottle into the wires or whatever is being used to keep it in place.
The bottle is fairly cheap look wise but to me also brings a sort of familiar feel to animal ownership. The bottle is a clear bottle (though as said coloured varieties are available) with a picture of a rabbit on it and a lot of writing concerning the bottle and it's risks. It boasts as being made in England since 1975 and as being made of recyclable bottle material- two feel good thoughts.
All in all this isn't an amazing bottle and does have a few issues but for the price I personally think it is worth it even if you need to replace it every couple of months. The value for money is very good and it is available in a variety of places so isn't hard to come by. There are a variety of sizes and colours to suit owner, cage and pet(s). I would recommend (as a lot of the sellers would) to have more than one of these bottles in each cage as they do sometimes break and it wouldn't be a pleasant experience for any pet on a hot day without a drink. I have only ever used these for small mammals and they have done a really good job keeping my furry friends hydrated.
I currently have one of these water bottles on my chinchilla cage at the moment which is normally for a single rabbit but due to the size and weight of it when it is filled up I find it a perfect combination for my chinchilla who can lift up smaller sized bottles (Hamster sized ones) and he drops them on the bars of his cage causing a right racket...... At 2am I swear he does it on purpose. These bottles are easy to clean and quite sturdy too although over time they can start to drip more and more frequent but for the sake of both hygiene and a few pounds it is easier to just buy a new one every year or so. The only time I have ever seen one break was last year when in an effort to carry loads of cage items downstairs to wash I dropped the bottle and it snapped the metal tube they drink from so apart from my own stupidity they seam to last quite well.
For around £3-5 depending on the required size you need or for what animal and how many it has to source they are very well priced.
I use one of these large bottles for my rats, as they get through drinking water like nobody's business. I wouldn't be surprised if they had figured out a way to use it to have water fights while I am fast asleep, as it needs refilled often! I started off with a smaller one, but when I was last in my local pet shop I decided to buy a larger one, and use it alongside the smaller one (placing each one at different areas in the cage).
The bottle is simply transparent plastic, with a red screw on cap. It has a measuring scale on it in millilitres, but to be honest I don't pay attention to this at all - since it is clear you can easily see at a glance when it needs refilled and drinking water isn't something you should put a daily limit on, like food. The cap has a nozzle with something like a ball bearing in the end; when your pet sucks on the nozzle, this moves allowing water to pass and letting your beastie get a drink. This also stops water spilling into the cage, as when it is not in use it has a locking effect.
An enclosed water bottle is the best way to keep the drinking water clean too, as it saves it from getting soiled by waste, food and things like bedding, which can lead to it being quite frankly unsafe! Cleaning the bottle isn't the easiest of tasks, unless like me you have a selection of pipe brushes and the like. I use these to give it a good clean every so often, but I don't need to do this too much. A rinse out in between refills does the trick, and I squeeze water through the nozzle as well, to rinse that out.
To attach it to the cage, you are provided with a length of white plastic coated wire with hooked ends. The aim is to place this around the bottle and hook the ends over the cage bars with the nozzle reaching through the bars - the wire stops the bottle falling backwards or to the left or right. I have used a few different sizes of these drinking bottle though, and found this to be a perfectly fine way to attach it. I like it also because when I need to refill the bottle, I can simply turn it to the side to free the nozzle from the bars and slide it out; this means I don't need to wrestle with the wire every time, as it can be a bit tricky holding the bottle in place and squeezing the hooked ends over the bars, all at the same time!
I paid just £2.99 for the 600ml size, which I think was a bargain since I paid not much less for a smaller (250ml I think) one from Pets At Home! If you have a caged pet, then this is something you must have, really. It's easy to use, and useful. I can't think of anything that would make it better (it's beautifully simple), or that makes it deserve any stars knocked off, so it's a hearty recommendation from me!
I was having a lot of trouble with water bottles for my guinea pigs and opted for a Classic Crystal Deluxe water bottle after my glass ones kept leaking. For my duo of pigs I got the 600ml bottle as they have always tended to drink a lot. This particular size I purchased from Pets at Home and it wouldn't have cost me any more than £3.00 at the most.
The bottle is simple in design, being made from a see through plastic with a red plastic and metal ball bearing nozzle. It is light weight and being made out of plastic it won't break if you accidentally drop it. To fill up the bottle you just unscrew the nozzle, I recommend rinsing the bottle a fair few times with cool boiled water before using in order to remove the plastic smell - you don't want it tainting the water. The bottle comes with a wire that you can easily bend, this enables you to attach it to your hutch or cage.
To clean I use lukewarm water with a drop of washing up liquid and then I give the bottle a good scrubbing with a bottle brush, after that I rinse thoroughly to make sure all traces of the washing up liquid are gone. Because of the size I only have to change the pigs' water once a day, it is vital that fresh water is available for your pet at all times. No one would like to drink water that was days old I'm sure.
I'm not sure if I'm unlucky with water bottles but it seems that mine leaks, to compensate for this I put a towel underneath it to absorb all the excess water, my guineas also dribble when they drink which would explain a lot. This bottle is cheap and reasonably easy to clean, it is also available in a range of sizes from pets as small as mice to giant rabbits. The good thing is that because of their price you can replace as and when you need to. 4 dooyoo stars for this product, if only it didn't drip I would be giving it a full 5 stars!
During the recent icy weather, it was a shock to find that when I went outside to feed the rabbit, her feeding bottle had frozen up completely, leaving her unable to have a drink of water. I took the bottle inside to thaw it out, but realized that as the frosty weather continued, I was going to have to find a workable solution to make sure that the rabbit had a constant supply of drinking water.
The internet was full of advice, including adding a drop of glycerine to the water to prevent it from freezing, or wrapping the bottle in bubble wrap and covering it with a sock! In the end, I decided that the best course of action was simply to buy another bottle so that I could keep swapping the bottles over at regular intervals to make sure the rabbit got something to drink.
The only bottles in the local pet shop were these huge 500ml ones, which were about twice the size of my current feeding bottle, but as they had nothing else, I bought it. The bottle cost about £2, which I thought was a fair price to pay. Unlike my current colourtone bottle (previously reviewed), this one was made of colourless transparent plastic, and it was easy to see how much water was inside.
The huge 500ml capacity of the bottle means that during normal, non frosty weather, this bottle will last about 3 days before it needs new water in it. This obviously makes life a bit easier, and my morning routine a bit simpler! Of course, in the frosty weather, I had to change the bottle every day, but although it was frozen solid, I was pleased that the ice did not cause the plastic to crack or split. This product is prety durable.
The bottle is very easy to fill. So much so, that a lot of the time I get the kids to do it, as a good way of teaching them to take responsibility for the welfare of their pet. The red plastic part of the bottle (see picture above) attatched to the nozzle simply unscrews so that you can fill the transparent part of the bottle directly from the tap. Then it is simply a case of screwinf the nozzle back on to the bottle and attatching it to the hutch wire by means of the piece of covered wire included with the bottle, which is hooked at the ends so it can be easily fixed to the bars. As the bottle is very big, I wondered whether I would have problems attatching it to the hutch bars, but it was easy enough and the nozzle didn't come down so low that it would have been uncomfortable for the rabbit to feed properly.
This bottle would probably be much too big for a hamster cage, or even the smaller sized rabbit hutches, as it is very tall. The bottle is recommended for rabbits and guinea pigs, but also, interestingly, parrots, pigeons and small birds. I hadn't really considered that it would be useful for birds, but thinking about it, this would be perfect in an aviary or on a large parrot cage.
The water is prevented from leaking out of the nozzle by a small metal ball just inside the nozzle. In the few months that I have had the bottle, I have not had any leakage and have found it very reliable. the rabbit certainly has no problems accessing the water from the bottle. You must remember though that on a frosty day, the water in the bottle may seem to be fluid, but the ball in the nozzle can get frozen easily because the nozzle is metal and gets colder quicker, so it is important to regularly check this by just seeing whether you can press the ball in slightly with your finger. If you can't, just run the nozzle under a warm tap to free up the ball.
As I have only had this bottle in the winter months, it is still pretty clean, but if it is anything like the other bottle I have, I may get a problem with alge growing on the inside of the plastic in summer. The bottle is easy to clean, and I usually just put hot water in the bottle and give it a good shake. For real stubborn dirt, you could use a baby bottle brush, but the algae does drop off in the cold weather anyway, and isn't really a big danger to the rabbit, but it is very important to keep feeding utensils as clean as possible to keep your pet healthy.
I am going away in a few weeks, so plan to get another of these big bottles and have the two attatched to the front of the hutch, as I am relying on someone to come in and feed the rabbit and I want to make sure that if they have any problems, at least the rabbit will have plenty of water "on tap".
The bottle is made in England, so buying it helps to support our ailing economy!
The Crystal Large Bunny bottle gets a thumbs up from me and the rabbit as it is durable, reliable, and makes my job a bit easier.