I hate using water bottles for my ferts. They hate them too, in fact, they no longer drink from the bottle - they swat at it with their paw until a small puddle accumulates on the floor, then they lap up the puddle.
Thing is, as soon as I put water in their cage in any other container, they want to snorkel. Dex loves to stick his paws in water and just bat at it like a kitten batting at a toy.. that gets the water dirty.
I hear good things from you guys about the locking crock bowls, but how high up off the floor do you put them? Do you still have big issues with spills?
Going to have issues with splashing and digging no matter what. Our crock-locks are fairly high so that the fuzzy has to stand, but they will still manage to balance themselves and dig & snorkel, just the nature of the beast Thing is, they will have water, and no matter the cleanup, a dish won't get plugged, and it won't spring a leak -- just have to adjust yourself to how the fuzzies act around and/or heavy bowls.
Jude did very well for the first week with having water in his lock on crock, then he figured out how to snorkel. I have now raised it roughly three inches from the shelf, less snorkeling now. I will probrably raise it to four inches when he gets a little bit bigger. He has to use his paws to balance on the lip while he drinks, I find this prevents the digging, but not the snorkeling.
Same with Cricket -- I have a lock crock about three inches off the floor. I change the water twice a day. Sometimes before I hang it up, I hold it low on the floor so she can get the snorkeling out of her system. I let her dive under and play in it, and then I put in fresh water and hang it back up. Seems to be working well.
I have both available also...sometimes I see them using the dish, other times the bottle, sometimes the dish water's all over the pan, it seems totally arbitrary but I feel better knowing they have a reserve in the bottle if they need it.
I have two bottles and a small litter pan with a bowl inside of it so if they splash around it ends up in the pan and not on the blankets. Mine drink from both but when they are out of the cage they prefer the bowls.
I have several water weasles, they make such huge messes lol can't wait for all of this rain to stop so I can set up the baby pool for them to play in.
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We quit using bottles when Vincent and Boris wouldn't quit biting at them. I was afraid of them hurting their teeth, silly beggars I change out the water twice a day, and there's always some left in the croc locs at the next change, so even if they've dirtied it a bit, it's not going to hurt them ;D
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I've tried bottles a couple of times...I have a couple of little ones who don't believe that water should be confined or restricted...it should be free like ferrets So, bottles seemed to be a logical backup. Like Sherry, I've found that there are a couple who seem to think the way to get the water out of the bottle is to bite and chew on the spout....not good ciao
Post by miamiferret2 on Apr 28, 2011 7:53:23 GMT -5
I just leave out a big heavy bowl since he's free roam in the bedroom. I have to change the water twice a day since he rehydrates his food himself. He takes a fresh chunk of freeze dried, drops it in the water bowl then fishes it out. Yet if I leave out a bowl of soggy freeze dried he won't touch it. He's strange... And of course I have to clean up water every day bc he likes to snorkel.
Good to know about the water bottles... I will keep an eye out! If they try to bite them, I'll take them away and just a few more lock-crocks with water in them, definitely don't want any chipped teeth!