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Old 02-09-2017, 06:35 PM   #1
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Question Bottle or Bowl

I know most people advise against using a bowl for water, but some people also say that a bowl filled with shallow water provides a natural way to drink. Which is better? Bottle or bowl? I live in the Windy City, where it's always usually a lot cooler. Water wouldn't evaporate that easily. I'm thinking of using a combination of both, a bowl in the Fall and Spring and Winter, and a bottle in Summer.
What do you think?
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:39 PM   #2
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It's all based on preference A bowl under a bottle can help keep substrate dry though,as many bottles unfortunately start leaking right away or with time as they grow old.

A shallow resin reptile bowl would be an excellent option,since it would not only provide a water source but depending on the design it could also aid in keeping claws trim.However if you can't find a design that will help keep nails trim it isn't bad,as it mainly just needs to be a good water source.Standard hamster bowls designed to hold food aren't a very good idea unless you somehow find an extremely shallow one,and unfortunately most are 2-3 inches deep which is not good

Other than a bowl under a bottle,the best option would be putting a bowl on a secure shelf that has edges to prevent substrate getting inside.

Providing both at least to begin with is a good idea,as not all hamsters take well to bowls.
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: Bottle or Bowl

I think like amity said, it's all up to preference! Both work very well and as long as your ham likes it, it's fine to use. I personally dislike bowls simply due to the maintenance needed to keep them clean and free of bedding, but that doesn't make them bad, just a bit more work! If you want to use a bowl that's fine as long as your ham likes it, a bottle is just fine too, and you could use both if you really wanted to
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:27 PM   #4
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Default Re: Bottle or Bowl

Is this good?
https://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Water-...ile+bowl+resin
It seems to be getting poor reviews for its small size, but I think it would be good for a hamster.
I also found this:
https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Envir...l%2Bresin&th=1
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:34 PM   #5
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Is this good?
https://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Water-...ile+bowl+resin
It seems to be getting poor reviews for its small size, but I think it would be good for a hamster.
I also found this:
https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Envir...l%2Bresin&th=1
Both of those bowls would work just fine! A shallow ceramic dish can also work very well if you're looking to go more simplistic
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:46 PM   #6
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I would worry about the design of the first one since it has small holes on the top which could be a potential toe trap for tiny hamster feet The second could potentially work though!

http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcost...-reptile-dish#
http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcost...l-x-3-w-x-1-h#

Those two could work very well!Both are small enough,and shallow enough.Having had the first bowl in the past I can definitely say that it's an excellent size for a hamster,plus even the regular price is fairly cheap
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:18 PM   #7
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Default Re: Bottle or Bowl

The choice between bowl or bottle is up to the ham as much as the owners preference I think, some hams don't seem to like one or the other.
I always give mine both when I first get them & allow them to choose, out of four only one uses a bottle.
Both those bowls look fine to me.
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:17 AM   #8
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It's a preference choice really. I only used a bottle for mine as I know that if bedding gets in the bowl it soaks all the water away. I you want to use bowls just make sure you keep checking and keep it clear of bedding
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:43 AM   #9
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All mine have bowls on their wooden platforms so no chance of bedding getting into them.
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:23 PM   #10
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Default Re: Bottle or Bowl

I have both in my hamster's cage. A bottle and a bowl, just because I'm scared the bottle will get stuck and then she doesn't have any water available. That happened once for my previous bunny, so I prefer to keep both just in case
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