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Old 01-04-2014, 02:14 PM   #1
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Just thought I'd make a thread with ideas for what to do with water bottles in bin cages (or with numbers 1, 2, 5 and 7, with tanks), and then others can add their own if they have them. I think bin cages are absolutely brilliant, so I want to help people who are stuck on this aspect of them so it doesn't put them off!


{1} Firstly, what I do personally is use this savic rolly stand (Rolly Stand Only (for Rolly & Rolly Large Hamster Wheel) 15.5x10x15cm: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies) to clip my water bottle to. I use it with one of the clips you can see in the picture below (this is a picture from google but I believe it is a savic biba or something along those lines), and I basically clip the clip (ha) onto the stand as the stand essentially provides a small area of cage wire. I think it could work with the length of wire too?
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{2} Secondly, lots of people just use the yellow play cube from pets at home (Small Animal Hide and Seek Cube by Pets At Home | Pets at Home) to hold their water bottle by slotting it into the top hole and letting the spout stick out from one of the side ones. This looks quite sturdy and chewable for the hamster, although some people worry about how low the spout is.


{3} Some people simply mesh a side, as you do with the lid for ventilation (cut out a large area, and fit mesh onto the hole created) and then you can attach the bottle to this as you would in any wire cage.


{4} Another idea is different and is better in a way since the bottle is outside the cage and therefore cannot be chewed. The idea is to drill two holes on the side of the cage to attach the bottle perhaps with the wire or maybe some string and then drill another hole, lower down, for the spout to come through. With this method, you have to be careful that your hamster doesn't enlarge the holes you've made.


{5} Some people simply use Velcro; some on the cage, some on the bottle, to attach theirs. I've even seen people using tape, but this is a hassle and it isn't really safe for the hamster.


{6} I'm not too sure about this one but apparently with some ferplast bottles they come with 'sucker' type things made especially for this sort of thing, so you could use this outside and just drill a hole for the spout or maybe just stick it straight inside, turning the bottle around so the spout faces inwards, although this presents a chewing risk.


{7} A great idea I came across today can be found on this post from back in 2011: How to attach water bottle in bin cage??? (and there's even a picture of the yellow cube in use!) and this is the bottle one. The picture is on the first and only page of the linked thread and shows how you can use the bottom of some sort of large plastic bottle with a hole for the spout, weighed down. I used something similar to this once, but I used the bottom section of a huge, thick cardboard tube I received a poster in from amazon.

{8} Here's another idea I just found on google. The picture (attached below) demonstrates the DIY idea of using cable ties to attach the bottle to a suction cup, attaching to the outside of the bin, and drilling a hole for the spout.

Sorry for how long this is! Hope I helped. Please please please feel free to add your own ideas and pictures to demonstrate how you do it!
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:30 PM   #2
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Here is my old version of {7} modelled by an old empty bottle! Sideways for some reason. This is 'old' for a reason: it was too short so didn't support the bottle enough, but I'm adding the picture because this would work with more tube.

Also thought I'd share my picture of {1}, the savic stand and the clip, modelled again by an old empty bottle.
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:34 AM   #3
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Default Re: Bin cages - water bottle ideas!

I use method 3: Velcro. I put the furry bit on the bottle and the scratchy bit on the side of the cage so the fluff stays clean during clean out.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:57 AM   #4
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I use method 3: Velcro. I put the furry bit on the bottle and the scratchy bit on the side of the cage so the fluff stays clean during clean out.
That does seem like a great idea for people who need a hassle free way due to Velcro being quite easy to come by looks neat too!

Thank you for helping me out with the picture attachments!
And thanks for making this thread a sticky, whoever that was
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:17 AM   #5
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I use those little sticky-back DIY hook things, that you use for hanging stuff on. They're really sticky, and when you peal off the back it will stay stuck to the side of the bin for months. Then I just tape the piece of wire that comes with the bottle to the bottle itself, and hang it off the hook. Means I don't have do anything to the bin, or faff around when i need to change the water.

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Old 02-07-2014, 08:47 AM   #6
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Oooh, that looks really clever, Munchalot.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:20 AM   #7
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Thankyou. It is said that I'm prone to a rare sensible idea.
Nah, I was just looking for inspiration one day and came across them for 20p each. I thought, ideal.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:06 AM   #8
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I just thought up one for dwarf owners! Use the stand from the silent spinner, and something to secure it!
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:07 PM   #9
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I have to credit this one to Biscotti because I got the idea from her. I've used a wooden hamster tube/toy and mounted it on a platform to make it sit up higher.



I also made my own DIY holder because I wanted something for Smudge's natural themed cage & I didn't like the look of the metal waterbottle holders.

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Old 03-01-2014, 02:24 PM   #10
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Default Re: Bin cages - water bottle ideas!

In Carmelita's bin we have:

one bottle where we drilled a hole for the screw and a hole for the spout
one bottle where we drilled a hole for the screw/mounting bar (the bottle itself is therefore inside the bin, but the only hole is behind the bottle bracket so there's no danger of her enlarging the hole.

I also got two of these when they were on clearance, just in case/to have as options later.
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