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We've had a pet rabbit for around six years, happily living in her hutch outside. (I have enough mess with three young boys - and a gerbil- indoors!)
As an outside pet, all of her feeding equipment and accessories need to be fairly durable and weatherproof. Our fluffy bunny has had her dried rabbit food served in one of these sturdy Mason Cash bowls for around four or five years now. Clearly the bowl has proven to be durable and longlasting.
The bowl is a pretty heavy pottery dish with a glazed exterior which helps to keep it (relatively) clean. The design is very simple and understated - a fairly uninspiring dull brown colour but there is a little bit of added design with RABBIT being spelled out around the edge in raised lettering. (Obviously this is to ensure that bunny knows that this is her bowl and nobody else's!)
This simple design has proven to be extremely practical as a feeding bowl. The bowl is a generous size, holding ample dried rabbit food. Sometimes, depending on our work patterns, our rabbit is fed one morning and then needs to wait until the evening of the following day to be fed again. With this bowl, there is plenty of room to ensure that we can stock her bowl generously to make sure she doesn't run out. It's well proportioned so that we don't need to fill it to the brim, meaning that there is less mess and waste too.
The smooth rounded edges and the depth of the bowl are comfortable for our rabbit to eat from this easily. Most importantly, the weight of the bowl means that it is impossible for bunny to tip it over, either accidentally or intentionally. That is vital, as being made from pottery, the bowl is obviously breakable if mishandled. Surprisingly, our bowl looks as good as new, despite its age, and has no chips or cracks or any signs of damage whatsover.
The glazed bowl is easy to keep clean too. It can be washed in a dishwasher but I don't think it's particularly hygienic to wash animal equipment along with our plates and dishes. It's very easy to wash in a sinkful of soapy water anyway. Occasionally, bits of fur can get stuck around the edges but these wipe away without any difficulties.
Our bowl has continued to fulfil its function well over the years so comes highly recommended. It's a fairly economical purchase too, costing less than £3 from Wilkinsons. At that kind of price, this is a bargain for bunny.
When I was younger we used to use these bowls for the rabbits and guinea pigs food. These bowls can be brought in a variety of sizes but the main positive about them is that they are quite weighty so the do not get tipped up easy by an over exuberant rabbit and a flurry of guinea pigs scrabbling to see what treats have been placed in their bow that day. Most of these bowls are around and under £5 depending on what size you buy although the medium size bowl would happily hold enough food for 2 rabbits for the day to go along with hay and any other treats you give them.
You can find these bowls or likewise at any pet shop although for people reading in England I normally keep most of my pet product purchases to pets at home as they offer a great range and selection for all your pet needs.
One thing to be wary of it that the bowl does not get chipped as they can get damages and leave sharp parts in other your hutch or cage floor or worse still your animals food source.
Me and my boyfriend Jack recently got his son Taylor a rabbit as Taylor loves animals, especially cuddly and fluffy ones. He does already have a goldfish but he's started to get bored of her (sounds harsh!) so we decided to get a slightly larger but still reasonably small and easy to look after pet and settled on a grey lop eared rabbit called Rosie who we rescued from a local animal shelter. She's very placid and although shy, is great with Taylor.
One of the items we got before getting Rosie (along with the cage etc) was this food bowl. We wanted something simple but didn't want anything that she could chew as i'd done research on the internet and discovered that apparently rabbits chew alot, so plastic woudn't be ideal. This bowl is ceramic so is not chewable (she does knaw it a tiny bit but only when she's bored, so we try to let her run in the garden as much as possible). From the little bit of knawing a patch of the paint work has come away exposing a bit of white, crumbly ceramic but not alot of damage has been done.
The bowl was £2.40 from an online pet accessory retailer, Pet Net Shop. This is in my opinion a good price as the bowl is very sturdy, generous in size and is the type of item to last quite a while without needing replacing. The bowl is a beige/brown colour and very simple. It has 'Rabbit' in raised writing on the front which is the same colour as the rest of the bowl so blends in.
This bowl holds around 2 handfuls of rabbit food and can also be used for water. It is easy to either wipe with a damp cloth or wash in the sink, and i've also washed it in the dishwasher a few times. Rosie has taken to pooing in her bowl so the fact it's so easy to keep clean is a big plus side and helps keep her living space hygenic and not smelly. The only (very minor) downside is if you drop this bowl (accidently) it will smash, but obviously most people will be aware of this due to the fact it's a ceramic bowl.
We have had this bowl for 3 months or so now and it's a good, solid bowl. It doesn't slide about while Rosie eats and is overall good value for money as i have a feeling it will last for absolute years.
Ceramic food bowls are in my opinion well worth paying that little bit extra for when compared to regular plastic food bowls. Firstly, unlike plastic, ceramic bowls aren't flimsy and due to the fact they are heavy your pet can't throw it round their enclosure. Plastic bowls are easily chewed and uptipped by your pet, I remember when I used to have a plastic food bowl for my guineas I used to wake up every morning and discover that they had tipped their muesli everywhere. This resulted in a messy cage and lots of food wasted, I also found that they liked to chew their food bowl and I was worried about bacteria getting in to the little scrapes on the plastic.
Ceramic food bowls are very easy to wipe clean and I find that not a lot sticks to them, the rabbit sized food bowl easily holds enough muesli to feed two greedy piggies. When my bowls are dirty I simply give them a washing with warm water and a dab of washing up liquid then rinse thoroughly. I have owned my bowl for a couple of years now and it still remains in the exact same condition as when I bought it, no cracks or chips to be seen. Though of course if you drop it I dare say it would most probably break in to a fair few pieces!
I can't remember the cost of mine when I bought it but it was definately under a tenner, well worth investing in if you are a pet owner like me.
I am a very big fan of this style of ceramic food bowl, my rabbit has this one as it is designed for rabbits but my dog, cat and hamster also have the bowls in this range specially designed for each type of pet.
The rabbit bowl was the first of these I ever brought and it was on the recommendation of a friend in a pet shop as I was having a lot of trouble with my rex rabbit tipping his bowls up then refusing to eat the food off the floor of his cage and he even chewed up his bowls on occasions so I needed something better that he couldn't chew and was looking at metal dishes but that wouldn't have stopped him tipping them up when my friend recommended this bowl.
The bowl is made from a heavy ceramic material that has been glazed after, it can have all types of rabbit food in it and can be washed by hand as I do or can go in the dish washer, it is suitable to use out doors with your rabbit too as it is made from a hardy material and it is a nice touch that it has rabbit printed into the side, it is 5 inches in diameter so is a good sized feeding bowl to hold there veg in one and there dry food in another and there is enough to last all day.
I thought my rabbit would chip this bowl easily when I first brought it so didn't expect it to last long but due to the glaze his teeth just slip off the bowl so he hasn't damaged it at all although on some occasions when he goes mad in his cage he has still managed to kick it over but this is only on the odd occasion so this bowl has worked very well for us.
We have a matching water bowl too for use in his run in the summer which is the same except the inside is painted blue, both cost me just short of £3 each.
Today I thought I would review the food bowl that my gorgeous rabbit eats his food out of every day. I always like my pets to have the best things I can get them, and this food bowl is no exception. I have had loads of rabbits throughout my lifetime and this is the one food bowl that I have always kept on buying whenever they needed a new food bowl. I have used other kinds as well but they never quite seem to measure up to this one, especially plastic ones.
It is normally my dad who buys all the pet supplies as he gets them from Wilkinsons on his way home from work. But apart from Wilkinsons these food bowls are also sold in pet stores, e.g. Pets at Home, and I have also seen them in smaller pet shops, outdoor living stores, and some supermarkets. Price varies depending on where you are buying this from but I don't think I have ever seen one more expensive than £5. I think they are cheapest from Wilkinsons so it might be worth taking a look in there if you live near one and are thinking of getting one of these bowls.
The food bowl is made from a sort of pottery material - I am rubbish with the terms for things like so I can't quite think of the word to describe it. The advantages to it being pottery like this are that it is waterproof, it is very easy to clean, and it is quite heavy so it does not move around when the rabbit is trying to eat from it. The only disadvantage I have experienced is once when I was taking the bowl inside the house to clean it, and it slipped out of my fingers and smashed into loads of little pieces. This was mainly down to my own carelessness though so I suppose I should not blame the bowl for this happening too much. The advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages and after the bowl had broken I bought another one exactly the same.
This bowl is the perfect size for the amount of food my rabbit eats in a day. There is always a tiny bit left in the bottom but I think this is because my rabbit is full, and not because he can't reach in far enough to eat it, because he can. I mentioned that the bowl is quite heavy so it doesn't move around when he is trying to eat from it. This is true but sometimes when he wants to, he pushes it around and has tipped it upside down before now. Once he also pushed it down to the next floor in his hutch, luckily onto straw so it didn't smash. He did this because it was a new kind of food and he was telling me that he didn't like it.
Overall I would definitely recommend this food bowl. It is the best, it really is. My cats and my dog actually both have exactly the same bowl, except instead of saying 'rabbit' on theirs it obviously says 'cat' and 'dog'. My dog's one is for water, and it is much bigger than the other two. Basically what I am trying to say is that I think this is a great bowl and would definitely recommend it for someone who needs to buy a food bowl for their rabbit.
My rabbit had a Mason Cash Bowl like this, which sell for about £2.50.
It was glazed earthenware, which made it easy to clean and heavy (122 kg) enough to stop my rabbit knocking it over and spilling the contents about. So I would say this is functional rather than pretty. It is the potential contents that made it attractive to Bunny.
We bought it primarily to put Bunny's dry food in, which comes in a mixture of flakes and pellets. (He also gets a variety of fresh food, and has his water in a bottle.) We thought it might be suitable for Bunny due to the embossed R A B B I T on the side!
The size of our bowl (about 13 cms across, by 5 cms deep) meant that it could contain much more dry food than our dwarf rabbit was likely to eat before it started to deteriorate, so we only half filled it.
His hutch has an upstairs "lounge" and "bedroom", with a ramp leading down to his larger play area. I thought it wise to put his earthenware bowl in his lower play area.
Then one day a member of my family decided that Bunny might be feeling a little off-colour, and could do with not having to go down the ramp to get his dry food. It was then that Bunny decided to show us that he wasn't feeling too ill, and had enough strength to push this heavyweight bowl down the ramp.
It smashed on a concrete paving stone. These slabs are necessary to stop him tunnelling his way out, into what would be the dangerous environment of our garden. Dangerous that is, without one of his humans around to frighten any cats, foxes or birds of prey away. We do let him out to play when someone is around to supervise him though.
Although I think these strong, hygienic bowls are basically a good product, fear that this might happen again, and that he might hurt himself on the broken pieces, stopped me replacing it.
Bunny now has two (considerably smaller) plastic bowls for dry food in his hutch, one for the upper storey and one for the lower. They are lightweight enough for him to tip them over and forage through the different varieties to find the ones he likes best. However, I don't really mind Bunny doing this, and then using the container as a toy to fling about, as long as he is happy and healthy.
By the way, although keeping a single animal in a cage can be cruel, he does get human company throughout the day, talking to him and feeding him such things as a fresh juicy dandelion leaf through the bars. Then when evening comes, he hops into our house to play for a couple of hours.
I would RECOMMEND this large, sturdy and easy to clean bowl for rabbits and guinea pigs, FOR GROUND FLOOR level use only.
Our bunny rabbit has a very simple Mason and Cash feeding bowl. Its a simple product that does what it should and works well for us. Its sturdy, easy to wash and clean and also holds enough food for our pets needs. We don't like to over feed too much food at once and this bowl is just right in terms of being able to add more food as and when needed.
We have had a number of Mason and Cash feeding bowls and some have worked better than others. Over all its a brand we trust. All the bowls have been of a good quality and this is no exception. Whilst the over all design and appearance of the Mason Cash Rabbit Food Bowl is very simple and rather plain to the eye, it does the job. If our pet bunny could read at all then he would see only a small hint of any design on the bowl, which is the word Rabbit standing out in an embossed and textured style on the side of the bowl
The reason we went for this simple bowl rather than anything more fancy was because we wanted something that would stand up to the attentions of our rabbit. He can at times be quite a boisterous bunny and has been known to kick and turn over food bowls on many occasions. We have found that this heavy ceramic bowl stands up well to his attentions, which makes it worth its weight in carrots.
As regards the price we paid for the bowl, we only paid £1.99 for it which was a very good buy as it can sell for at least £1 or so more in some pet stores. When choosing our bowl we went for the blue toned centre for our rabbit bowl. Although we could also have gone for a more subtle natural look to match the exterior, we thought the blue centre of the bowl would be handy for us when judging from a distance if the bowl needed to be topped up with a bit more food.
This has actually worked well, as the blue shade does stand out more than the natural shade would have done, so we can clearly see when the bowl has been emptied without having to open the cage to have a close up look. You could also perhaps use the system and this same bowl with guinea pigs if wanted, although our 2 have a different bowl in use at the moment.
Our Mason Cash Rabbit Food Bowl has proven to be a nice feeding bowl that has stood up well to the rigours of what our bunny puts it through. Its a nice heavy bowl, so isn't as easy for him to flip over as some other bowls he has had, although if he has a mind to do so he still can. The bowl holds enough food for him and is very simple to wash and dry ready for re-use. In fact we have found this to be an ideal product and would highly recommend it. As such it has to get a 5 star rating.
Although I've never been a huge pet fan, I have had a fair few animals pass under my loving care. Hamsters, guinea pigs and currently a dog have all been a part of the Frank family, but despite reviewing a rabbit bowl, I have never had a rabbit.
I bought this rabbit bowl for my guinea pigs (fortunately they can't read as far as I'm aware) as a bowl for their dry feed. What attracted me to it was neither the alluring colour (pale brown) nor its innovative design (round, ceramic bowl with the word 'rabbit' embossed on one side), but the price tag of £1.50 in my local independent pet shop.
The bowl can be used for water, dry feed or vegetables, and is also available with a blue glazed inner which I think would be good for water if you don't use a bottle. Because it is made of a heavy ceramic material it is not easily tipped over (my guinea pigs have never managed this) or chewed on and is able to be used both indoors and outdoors. It is also really easy to be clean and can be wiped with animal-safe disinfectant and put in the dishwasher.
The bowl is extremely durable. Ours has been outside in all kinds of weather and fed up to thirteen guinea pigs at a time (we had some unexpected additions!) and still looks as good as new. The shape of the bowl has made accessing the contents of the bowl easy for all sizes of guinea pigs, and its 5' diameter has been able to contain several handfuls of dry food as well as two baby guinea pigs- very cute!
This has been an excellent product for the price. Although it is not the most attractive looking feed bowl you will come across and says 'rabbit' on it, the guinea pigs seem to place more importance upon having a bowl from which they can easily access their food, and their owner on the price.
My two rabbits Holly and Archie have a few rabbit bowls so that while one is being cleaned, they can use one of the others in the meantime.
I have two of the Mason Cash rabbit bowls as I think they are excellent quality, and great value for money too.
The bowl is earthenware brown, with the raised word RABBIT embossed onto the side of it,it also has Mason Cash indented on it too.
To look at it it's not particularly attractive compared to some of the bowls available in the pet shops but that doesn't both me in the slightest especially as Archie and Holly don't care what the bowl looks like as long come meal time it is filled with food for them.
Measuring around five inches in diameter and just over two inches deep, there is plenty of room for their daily food. If I wanted to increase their food I could add more to the bowl and it wouldn't be overfilled.
It is big enough for them both to stick their heads in when they are eating from it.
The bowl is glazed which means that it can be easily cleaned, I can use a damp cloth to wipe any debris left from food and then give it a spray with pet safe disinfectant to keep it free from germs.
If you're lucky enough to have a dishwasher it is a dishwasher safe bowl. It can also be used in a microwave oven if needed.
The bowl feels very heavy and the rabbits aren't able to pick it up and throw it around their hutch, although they can push it around the hutch if they feel it needs re-arranging. I've not noticed any bite marks in the rim of the bowl, and I have read that the bowl is bite resistant.
I give the rabbits water in a bottle, but the bowl is suitable for water too and is supposed to keep the water cooler for longer which would be good during the summer months if the weather is warmer. It also comes painted blue on the inside so if you had one bowl for food and another for water, you could have one of each.
The Mason Cash range of pet bowls are endorsed by the RSPCA and Mason Cash make a payment to the charity each year.
I would highly recommend these bowls, they do the job really well and are long lasting as well as being reasonably priced.
I paid £2.49 each for mine from Wilkinsons.