“ Manufacturer: Super Pet / Type: Pet Feeder „
I have two guinea pigs Coco and Amber, they live in our spare bedroom in their indoor cage. The cage came with a good bottle, which I was happy with. That was until my boyfriend broke one of our rabbits' water bottle and they refused to drink from the spare we had. I went to the pet shop on the hunt for a new bottle. Most of the bottles available were the same as the rabbits already had, apart from this Super Pet bottle. I bought the bottle, but as it is made from glass rather than plastic I thought I would give this one to the guinea pigs and let the rabbits have the bottle from the guinea pig cage.
The bottle is made from a thick clear glass, and holds 12 fluid ounces of water which is about 350ml. It comes with a spring holder to attach the bottle to the cage or hutch, and also has a wire hanger which helps to hold the bottle in place more securely. Rather than being the usual cylindrical bottle shape, it has one flat side meaning it will fit more snugly against the cage or hutch. The spout made from stainless steel is slightly longer than most and has a curve to it, it also has a double ball bearing which is supposed to be drip resistant. We then come to my favourite part of the bottle, inside is a small yellow plastic duck - this floats in the water making it easy to tell at a glance what the water level is. Okay I admit it, the duck was the main reason I bought this bottle in particular.
When you first use the bottle you will need to decide where you want to position it in the cage or hutch. Due to the hanger you receive with the bottle you can hang on it on the outside in the traditional way or on the inside. I originally put the hanger on the inside of their cage, but found it to be a bit too noisy as the bottle rattled against the hanger when they were drinking from it. Moving it to the outside, was just a case of relocating the hanger and wire to the outside of the cage and twisting the spout round so the flat edge of the bottle can rest against the cage.
I think the spring holder for the bottle is a great idea, it has a fastener at each end which you clip on to the cage. When you need to change the water, you can just slide the holder over the bottle. On other bottles I've used they come with a wire hanger, which normally end up falling off and resulting in a game of find the bottle holder.
I have found that since switching to this bottle my girls drink more than they did from the previous one. This is excellent as drinking more water significantly lowers the risk of bladder stones, this is something that sadly kills a lot of guinea pigs. I'm not sure why they drink more as the spout is a similar size to their old one, one thought is that the glass bottle keeps the water fresher than the plastic one did.
I do not find there are any problems with the bottle leaking (so far after a couple of months use), when it's first filled there may be a couple of drips from the spout while a vacuum is being formed. Also there is a little plastic seal which sits inside the lid and if this cracks or breaks or if the spout isn't positioned correctly it can mean that the bottle will leak.
There is only one thing that I would count as a negative about the glass bottle, it can become incredibly slippery when you are filling it up if you get water on the outside of it. I always make sure I have a towel nearby so I can dry it off. Due to this I would not recommend young children helping with filling the bottle in case of an accident.
I have been told that if you do happen to drop and break the bottle, the spouts will fit onto a (well rinsed out) vinegar bottle, which is always handy to know.
The bottle is very easy to clean using a bottle brush, and as it is made from glass you can use a lot hotter water than if it was plastic, you can also put it in the dishwasher if you have one. Making it a lot more hygienic than a plastic bottle.
My guineas have never really been ones for chewing things they shouldn't so I can't really comment on the chew proof-ness of this bottle, but it seems well made and unless your pet can chew through stainless steel and glass I think it should live up to it's claims.
Overall I'm very pleased with this bottle and would be happy to recommend it.
*ETA* The price of the bottle varies from £3-5.99 depending where you buy it from.
Also available in 8oz and 26oz sizes.
I'm a bit guilty of spoiling my pets. My guinea pigs, Twinkle and Slodge get more fruit and veg than I do, and my kittens have roughly the same number of toys as my daughter. I love buying my pets something new each time I go shopping - and if it happens to be practical too, so much the better .
So, what was it that attracted me to this water bottle ? I did like the fact tht there were different sizes, meaning I could easily find one that would hold enough water for my guinea pigs . I also liked that this is chew proof, as my guinea pigs do like to chew a lot, and have disposed of other water bottles this way in the past (I believe this to be bottle number six).
But, while these might certainly be good features, they were not the main draw - the main attraction was the teeny tiny rubber duck sitting inside, that bobs merrily along on top of the water. Sure, it's a cute gimmick probably designed to make people spend a little extra for the cute factor, but it also helps indicate the current water level, so I know at a glance if I need to refill it .
The bottle fixed easily to any cage with wire sides, and comes with all the fixings to attach it . It has a nice long spout, which has two ball bearings inside, which help to ensure the bottle doesn't drip everywhere .
The bottle is made of glass, with the spout being a solid piece of metal . There are no chew marks and damage on it, despite my guinea pigs having a good shot at it!
My guinea pigs have no problem drinking from this - although I can't say they care particularly about the cute rubber duck . I love it though, and I htink for £4 in my local petshop, this toughened glass chew proof bottle is worth every penny .
When I first got my pigs I chose one of these water bottles, I liked the fact that it was nice and weighty due to it being made of glass and I also loved the cute little yellow duck in it! The duck is so handy because you can easily see at a glance the level of your water.
The chew proof version of this bottle comes in a range of sizes, anything from 6 ounces to 26 ounces. Super Pet also do many other different types of bottles amongst various other products so they're definately worth checking out.
This bottle is attatched using a spring attatchment hanger which I found quite nifty as you can position the bottle in or outside your pet's cage and it's extremely secure too. The sipper tube has a double ball bearing feature to make it drip resistant.
My bottle lasted quite a while, I'd say around 6 months. All was well until one night when I discovered, to my horror that the pigs' cage was completely flooded! I have no idea why this happened and despite tinkering around with it, the bottle continued to leak horrendously.
Despite my experiences I would still recommend these to a point as they're great in the beginning and are also chew proof. The 26 ounces bottle will set you back around £4.99 so it's worth looking around to see if you can find anything better. I'm hoping that my leaky bottle was part of a bad batch or something and next time I need a new bottle I may buy one of these just to see.
They're stylish and sturdy, but my boys were not happy at having a flooded cage, poor little chaps! Up to you whether you try one of these bottles or not.
After starting to clean out the cage of the newest additions to our family (Fudge and Alvin the guinea pigs!), I was annoyed to find that the little monsters had finally managed to chew through the rubber seal that held the nozzle end onto the plastic water bottle, not only this, but the second it fell apart they both started crying as they were suddenly desperately thirsty........so much like kids it's unreal!
After a quick bolt to my local "Pets at home" store, and after perusing the many different sizes of plastic water bottles the product that I will now review caught my eye.
The product I will now review is - "Chew proof water bottle".
Have to say surprisingly the fact that this is supposed to be chew proof was not the thing that initially attracted me, but rather the tiny rubber floating duck inside the bottle that sold me on this product!
The bottle itself is different from many others due to the fact it is heavy duty glass. The bottle is also flat on one side, meaning it fits much more snuggly against the cage bars, and also means that it moves around much less when being pulled on by an over zealous guinea pig, or even hamster or rabbit.....whatever furry little creature you may be buying it for in fact!
The nozzle end of the bottle is of course the real selling point (for any normal person anyway!). With there being no join on the end, but rather it being a solid curvature of metal that affixes to a threaded lid that fixes straight onto the bottle.
Within the nozzle there are two small ball bearings that once drank from, causes a vacuum within the tube stopping the water from constantly dripping out, only releasing it when sucked on, though it does take a few hours for this to happen, so don't be surprised if the water goes down quite quickly initially.
To use you unscrew the lid and nozzle, fill entirely with water, screw the lid back on and make sure the nozzle is facing the way that you require.
Once this is done you flip the bottle back over and affix to the bars of the cage with the securing clip and the hanging hook, both of which are supplied with the bottle.
The rubber duck I mentioned earlier is a simple device that is eye catching and fun for children to look at (my kids have spent more time looking at this than the actual pets themselves!), and also functional for me, I don't always notice straight away if the water has run out before the obligatory check in the morning and at night for replenishing, this seems to catch my eye enough to alert me to this fact.
Price wise this is of course going to cost more than the bog standard plastic bottle, but in fairness should last a vast amount of time longer.
For the entire set this cost me £5.49, and holds enough water to supply two guinea pigs for at least a days supply.
For more information visit - www.petsathome.co.uk or www.supapetusa.com
And the big question, is this chew proof, well it hasn't stopped Fudge and Alvin having a good go, but yes this is chew proof, so good times all round!
Thanks for reading x