“ Brand: Scratch and Newton / Type: Small Pet Accessory „
We've got two rabbits, Silva (named after David Silva the footballer) and the rather unimaginatively named Flopsy, called that because her ears look a bit "flopsy". Against my better judgement, we feed, house, water and care for these rabbits even though they don't give us any eggs in return like our ex battery hens do. When we first got them a few years ago, we struggled to keep the water in their bottle feeder from freezing overnight during winter, even though the hutch is in a sheltered position and the caged front that the bottle hangs on is turned deliberately out of the wind.
In an attempt to stop their bottle from icing up, I did a Google search looking for ways that I could prevent this. One of the results came up with the Scratch and Newton Bottle Snug, available on Amazon for £5.99. It's like a blanket that wraps around a standard sized rabbit / guinea pig water feeder bottle. The snug stays on the bottle with Velcro straps and the covered bottle is then attached to the cage of the hutch with a hooked bungee strap that comes with the snug.
We've had the snug for just over two years now and although it looks weathered, the straps and bungee have shown no signs of fatigue yet and still do their job holding the whole thing in place. The wrap around snug's material is a dark green nylon on the outside and the inside of the snug which is in contact with the bottle is a shiny silver thick foil with a circular pattern. This insulating material is apparently official NASA technology and prevents the water from freezing over in winter and also blocks out the light which encourages algal growth in summer.
I can honestly say that since using the snug the water no longer freezes over, but I can't say about the algae in summer as we change the water and clean the bottle on a regular basis so we've never had a problem with that to start with.
What the snug gives us is peace of mind - we know that unless there is ever a "Day After Tomorrow" apocalyptic ice storm that our rabbits' water won't freeze over whilst the snug is in place and that our rabbits won't be deprived of a drink. For how well it does its job, its durability and price I can't give it any less than five stars. I would recommend to those that have standard sized pet water bottles for their animals in outdoor hutches and want to stop the water in them from freezing, it's brilliant. Thanks for reading.