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Old 02-13-2019, 07:51 AM   #1
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Ive always used a bottle for my hamster but recently ive started to want to try a bowl after research and youtube videos. Any advice or any pros and cons youve found with either bowl or bottle?
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Bottle or bowl ?

I think bowls are preferable & given the choice all my hams use them but you do need to find a spot in the cage, on a shelf or somewhere it won't easily get full of substrate or get tipped over.
It's much more natural for a hamster to drink from a bowl rather than licking a ball bearing! Bowls are more hygienic & easier to clean.
The size & depth of the bowl is quite important, nothing too large & a height that is easy for them to drink from.

ETA I forgot to say if you decide to try a bowl it's best to use both for a while & see how your ham gets on rather than just doing a straight swap.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:02 AM   #3
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Default Re: Bottle or bowl ?

Agree with bowl. Bottles can get stuck too which really isn’t uncommon so for that reason alone I’ve put a bowl in, even when using a bottle. If used sensibly there really aren’t any serious risks with using a bowl.
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:04 AM   #4
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I think bowls are preferable & given the choice all my hams use them but you do need to find a spot in the cage, on a shelf or somewhere it won't easily get full of substrate or get tipped over.
It's much more natural for a hamster to drink from a bowl rather than licking a ball bearing! Bowls are more hygienic & easier to clean.
The size & depth of the bowl is quite important, nothing too large & a height that is easy for them to drink from.

ETA I forgot to say if you decide to try a bowl it's best to use both for a while & see how your ham gets on rather than just doing a straight swap.
Ive got a tiny food bowl would that be okay to use?
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:27 PM   #5
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You could try it & see, should be ok.
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Old 09-03-2019, 11:28 AM   #6
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Default Re: Bottle or bowl ?

I use a bottle and bowl so hamster can choose and both are changed over every night or early morning while he’s awake x
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Old 09-03-2019, 02:00 PM   #7
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I use both as well. My roborovski, Mallow prefers a bottle where as my syrian, Tarak prefers a bowel!
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Old 09-05-2019, 12:37 PM   #8
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Default Re: Bottle or bowl ?

For all of my hamsters, I try both.
Some of them use both and some just use one or the other.
Offer both and see what they do, each hamster is unique
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