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A few years ago I became friends with a lady who is a rabbit breeder. I met Doris when my boyfriend bought a piano from her, and as I love animals I was enchanted by the dozen or so show rabbits she owned and bred from. Over the thirty or so years she had been a rabbit breeder and shower she had won in excess of a thousand trophies and ribbons, and the rabbits she owned were gorgeous. She mainly owned lops - large, floppy-eared specimens who are as soft and friendly as any rabbits I have ever known. Following the first meeting I visited regularly and quickly got into the habit of assisting her in feeding and grooming her menagerie for show. I do not have as much time now to help out with the rabbits, but recently I have got into the habit of visiting to feed the bunnies and change their water. Doris had been given a stack of metal bowls for her rabbits, and was going to throw one of her many ceramic Happy Pet bowls away before I volunteered to take it off her hands. I do not like wastefulness of any kind, and the bowl had only a very small sliver of ceramic missing from the outer rim, so it seemed silly to throw it away. I had the notion that I could recycle the dish, perhaps for feeding my cats, and Doris was happy to let me have it. The bowl is large and weighty, and fashioned from ceramic. It has a natural ceramic colour on the outside, and a deep blue colour on the inside. The outside of the bowl is embellished with the word 'Rabbit'. I use the bowl as a water dish for my two cats, and it is perfect for just this, being as it is deep and, being ceramic, tends to keep fresh water cooler for longer than the metal dish they had before. The bowl is easy to clean, being as the inner surfaces is untextured. I usually just swill it out than wipe a clean cloth around it, which will easily rid it of any dust or debris that may have accumulated inside. When it is clean I usually fill the bowl about two thirds full, as I feel being too full water is prone to slopping over the sides. The blue colour of the interior also makes the water look cool and refreshing, although I probably appreciate this more than my cats. This is a lovely dish that is very versatile, and can be used not only for rabbits. As a drinking dish several cats can cluster around it, but as a feeding bowl for a rabbit it will food fairly fresh, even though it does take up quite a bit of space within the hutch. Being subtle in appearance and weighty, the bowl is not easily upturned by an animal, and for humans it is easy on the eye. A great feeding/drinking bowl.
Happy Pet Rabbit Feeding Bowl I don't have a bunny, but I do have two rather adorable guinea pigs that needed bowls to eat from. When I was originally doing a mad dash to get them all their initial supplies I was a bit disappointed to find that there was no ceramic bowl that said 'Guinea Pig'. At the time I am sure my husband was getting a bit fed up being in the pet store and pointed out the since they can't read they would never know the difference, so home we went with a Rabbit bowl in tow. When you first pick up this bowl you will notice that it is quite a weight, which is great for guinea pigs that sit in their dinner, or jump around it, or regularly go in and out of the bowl on an almost minutely basis. I wanted something sturdy that they couldn't move around or be pushed over too easily. This bowl is easy to keep clean and I have put mine through the dishwasher many times without any incidence. If you don't have a dishwasher soapy water does just as good a job. This bowl looks really good with a beige ceramic outer surface and an inner blue colour. Overall, this bowl fits nicely in my guinea pigs cage and looks good while being a functional necessity. Although this bowl is a little bit big for my guinea pigs, it gives them a bit more room to both get round it and eat amicably rather than pushing and shoving to get the very best nuggets for themselves. Pet's At Home say "Made from a tough bite resistant ceramic in a Cane and Blue colour scheme, the Rabbit Feeding Bowl is easy to clean, making it the hygienic way to feed your rabbit." Or in my case Guinea pigs. These bowls are relatively inexpensive retailing for £3.49 from Pet's At Home stores or online. For the money you pay you get a bowl (accidents aside) that will last you for a long time. I really like this bowl and if I had been able to find one with 'GUINEA PIG' on it then it would have gotten the full five out of five stars, but, overall this gets four out of five stars.
I am not very much of a people person, I love animals and my pets are hugely important to me. I have two pet bunnies that live inside as house rabbits. There is a Pets at Home store within only a 10 minute walk of my house, so this is usually my first choice for pet products. This feeding bowl can be bought from the brick and mortar stores, or online at www.petsathome.com for the cost of £3.49. Pets at Home say: "The Rabbit Feeding Bowl by Happy Pet is the easy way to feed your rabbit. Made from a tough bite resistant ceramic in a Cane and Blue colour scheme, the Rabbit Feeding Bowl is easy to clean, making it the hygienic way to feed your rabbit. The Rabbit Feeding Bowl is suitable for both rabbits and guinea pigs." My rabbits have their own indoor cages and the set-up came with various accessories including a plastic feeding bowl. After repeated instances of the plastic bowls being turned over, nibbled at, and thrown across the cages I decided this may not be the best way to provide food to my naughty bunnies. I found the Happy Pet Rabbit Feeding Bowl and it looked like it would do a much better job. Sadly it doesn't look very nice which is the only reason it hasn't received a 5 star rating. The bowl is made from a heavy ceramic material that has been glazed in a two tone effect. The outside of the bowl is a natural beigey-brown colour, and the inside is a deep shade of blue. The word RABBIT is embellished on the front in raised letters. Upon looking at the bowls on the shelf there were many that had slight errors or imperfections in the RABBIT print, and the word appears blurred or not wholly raised so it is somewhat hard to read. This is no big deal in the scheme of things but I thought it was cute to have a 'name' on the bowl and was a bit disappointed that they all looked a little wonky. The colours are plain enough but look traditional and the bunnies don't really care what their bowls look like as long as they can get to the food! Both of my rabbits enjoy playing with toys and they treated their old lightweight plastic feeding bowls as such. This food bowl is nice and heavy which means that it is impossible for the bowl to be lifted or thrown around within the cage. The bowl can however be tilted, which occurs if bunny is resting his front paws on the edge of the bowl while sticking his face in to get at the food. This hasn't caused any problems though and the bowls have not once tipped over or spilled any food. I notice that the earlier description states that this could also be used for guinea pigs. I would not be very keen on using one for my guinea pig as I think it would be a little bit too big for her and she would need to climb up quite a bit to be able to reach the food inside as the edges are deeper than a specific guinea pig food bowl. The edges of the bowl are fairly thick and while my rabbits are still able to get their jaws round it and can chew if they want to, the bowl does not chip or mark in any way and has not sustained any damage through being nibbled. Actually, saying that I can't remember the bunnies choosing to chew on the bowls in a long long time so I think they have probably decided that there is no reward from chewing the bowl, and stick to their toys, food and treats instead. I measure out my rabbits daily food allowance and then transfer it into their bowls. This Happy Pet feeding bowl can contain the entire amount of pellet/muesli food, and still there is some space remaining at the top. This allows me to also add a couple of treats, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, or hay as well. It is very important to keep your rabbit's diet varied and nutritious, and I often re-fill the bowl with vegetables or hay after they have finished their normal mix food. The feeding bowl is very easy to clean, as you can simply wash it with hot water and it scrubs up as good as new. I've had 2 of these feeding bowls for almost 3 years now and they do not show any significant signs of wear and tear. These bowls may not look particularly exciting, but they have worked well to stop my pets from throwing their food around and enables them to get a proper meal without making a mess. They are hardwearing, easy to clean, stable, and practically nibble-proof. Not a good looking product but it does the job well and I would recommend to any rabbit owner.