First off, I would like to state that I know of the "potential" danger of this non-tip bowl (it as a rubber bottomed rim to prevent tipping) However, it's very well priced and made in USA. So I know that it does not contain toxins in it's paint and stainless steel. When my ferrets would it out of this I would supervise them, to make sure they do not get a hold of the rubber rim. However, I would like peoples thoughts on the matter if this is such a wise decision or not.Link to this bowl is below.
I do like the crock bowls on the ferret.com website, but my only beef about is that it's plastic made in China. There are also bowls like this (but stainless steel) but I learned that stainless steel made in China is (most of the time) made from radioactive metal!
Of course, I could be wrong about the whole "bowl for ferrets situation" for I am not yet a ferret owner. Could any one please make some good bowl suggestion/educate me on the bowls I have mentioned? Thanks!
www.fiestafactorydirect.com/c-67-gusto-bowl.aspx?pid=206 This is my bowl the gusto bowl by fiesta. My girls r about 2 pounds each. They can not move this bowl with water in it. Would never use rubber clad bottom bowls. I leave water out day and night. Do not know how you could supervise that.
Thanks for telling us about stainless from China--will make sure my next set of pots and pans do not come from there.
These do work i bought the same ones from walmart for $3 each. It only becomes a problem with a water bowl digger they can stil slide it around knocking out water. Our special ferret dug the water out everyday and since i didnt dry the floor it ruined the wood underneath. I probably had china bowls but they had to taken out anyway a differnt ferret started chewing the rubber ring.
I would stay away from anything with rubber. They will chew it. Even non chewers will one day decide to chew the rubber. My first and only blockage protocol came from my girls tearing a piece of rubber off of a dish. I didn't even know the rubber could come off.
They make ferret crock bowls that are weighted so they won't tip:
I use inexpensive plates with lips for their meals and a ceramic tip proof bowl for their upstairs water bowl. Someone once gave me a very pretty waterford crystal champagne cooler and that's their main water bowl. They can't tip that, but they do love to snorkel in it.
My ferrets used to bite the crock one a lot.. and they have some interior designer issues (they love to move things around). So for inside their cage I bought a low height bowl (crockery) and used metal tape with holes to keep it attached. No more bites .
For outside I use a similar one but bigger, they usually play hockey around the room with it after they are done eating..
Do any of you use bottles for water? If so, how big is the drinking straw? I'm always psranoid thatp there's not enough water coming out...Mine won't drink from a bowl - they either shove their entire head to drink and of course choke, cough and repeat or they swim in the bowl, spill it and play in the litter pellets after spilling water on them
I tried with a short ceramic one, which was also heavier, taped it from the bottom to the floor and still succeeded in spilling it..stepping in it. I'll try to get something that clips on the bar of the cage. I didn't know the bottles damage their teeth, I,ve never heard or seen them chewing on them
That one you linked looks really good. I got a small plastic one with the no-spill top, and it's pinned on the cage - hope they'll get used to drinking from this one, and see what we can order next (I do prefer steel since it's less likely to collect bacteria).
For water bowls mine have mini pie dishes that I found at the £1 shop. They are quite thick ceramic and shallow enough that they can't tip them by standing on the sides or dive in too far. The only problem I've had is the ferrets putting a fleece blanket in them and it soaking the water out of the bowl. With 2 bowls I've been lucky enough to never have them do it to both at the same time and I check them a few times a day anyway. They did walk through them a lot before but have learnt to avoid them unless they want a wet leg.
They had bottles at the rescue so when they came the bowl was a bit odd but the 3 of them went through 2 bowls of water that afternoon/evening, now they don't even drink half of one in 24 hours, so I do think they might not have been able to drink enough through the bottles. They used the ones sold for rabbits.