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furbabies
19-06-2014, 12:18 PM
Just wondering which your buns prefer, thumper always had a bottle but after getting neutered on Tuesday he was very thirsty and got really angry with his bottle as it wasn't coming out fast enough so i have him a bowl which he used. But now his thirst is back to normal he won't use his bottle now! Do your rabbits have a bowl of water or a bottle? And do they chop and change?

steph182
19-06-2014, 12:20 PM
Mine have both, Milly prefers a bowl but Charlie changes his mind a lot.

Sarah1991
19-06-2014, 12:21 PM
Just wondering which your buns prefer, thumper always had a bottle but after getting neutered on Tuesday he was very thirsty and got really angry with his bottle as it wasn't coming out fast enough so i have him a bowl which he used. But now his thirst is back to normal he won't use his bottle now! Do your rabbits have a bowl of water or a bottle? And do they chop and change?

I did start with a bottle at the very beginning when I get the boys but I quickly realized that they didn't seem to be getting much out of it. When I gave them their coop cup bowl they instantly drank a lot more than usual. I think they used to get sick of trying with the spout.

Mine now love their bowl and drink lots more, I mean water is good for anyone right? It can only be a good thing if they are getting exactly the amount that they want.

luna
19-06-2014, 12:21 PM
I am all for water bowls. I haven't used a bottle for years. I find big ceramic bowls designed for dogs the best :)

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Aly&Poppy<3
19-06-2014, 12:21 PM
Bowls, big ceramic dog bowls. Much more natural for them to drink out of as well as being easier. Mine used to have bottles but they would spend so much time drinking and only getting a minimal amount of water out.

Charley drinks from her bowl but a few months ago I noticed she wasn't drinking very much so I gave her a bottle too and she drank loads. Maybe she doesn't mind tongue ache!

BeatrixPotter
19-06-2014, 12:31 PM
I am all for water bowls. I haven't used a bottle for years. I find big ceramic bowls designed for dogs the best :)

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This.

catherine09
19-06-2014, 12:51 PM
When a boarder comes in I always ask whether they're used to a bowl or bottle. If the owner says bottle, I will put a bottle on but always put a bowl in too. If they say bowl, just a bowl goes in.

For the boarders which have come in used to a bottle, 100% of them have ignored the bottle all week and drank exclusively out of the bowl :lol: (I always let the owner know and all owners this has happened to have been pleasantly surprised and subsequently switched to a bowl)

Now when new boarders come and say they've tried their bunny with a bowl 'but they prefer the bottle' I always nod and smile sweetly and put a bowl in anyway as I am pretty certain that during their stay they will switch to the bowl :oops::lol:. I think the issue with some people is they use small plastic bowls that are low to the floor and light so bunny simply knocks them over or get poo/bedding in them, so the owners think they don't like it/want to drink from it and remove.

So, a 100% firm believer that given the right kind of bowl (one that's the right height, and heavy so they can't knock over) a bunny will always prefer a bowl (well, in my experience anyway)

furbabies
19-06-2014, 02:08 PM
So bowls seem to be the more popular choice! :thumb: i have a small ceramic one for him at the moment and he doesn't tip it....yet! :)

Snowflake-George
19-06-2014, 03:24 PM
Now when new boarders come and say they've tried their bunny with a bowl 'but they prefer the bottle' I always nod and smile sweetly and put a bowl in anyway as I am pretty certain that during their stay they will switch to the bowl :oops::lol:. I think the issue with some people is they use small plastic bowls that are low to the floor and light so bunny simply knocks them over or get poo/bedding in them, so the owners think they don't like it/want to drink from it and remove.

George used to drink from a bottle, but as Harry refused to drink from a bottle, when we bonded them we had to switch him to a bowl. I think he prefers the bowl and they are quite funny as they tend to be quite sloppy drinkers. :love:

But...my Hershel refuses point blank to drink from a bowl. In the past I've given him the choice between bottle and a big ceramic bowl.
I've tried loads of things to get him to use the bowl, I've put in probiotics in his water which he normally goes mad for, etc, but he just ignores the bowl.

He's going for boarding soon to Tuckerbunnies so hopefully Maysie and Mike can turn him as I do think they drink more from a bowl.

Babsie
19-06-2014, 03:29 PM
Large dog bowl!

steph182
19-06-2014, 03:31 PM
George used to drink from a bottle, but as Harry refused to drink from a bottle, when we bonded them we had to switch him to a bowl. I think he prefers the bowl and they are quite funny as they tend to be quite sloppy drinkers. :love:

But...my Hershel refuses point blank to drink from a bowl. In the past I've given him the choice between bottle and a big ceramic bowl.
I've tried loads of things to get him to use the bowl, I've put in probiotics in his water which he normally goes mad for, etc, but he just ignores the bowl.

He's going for boarding soon to Tuckerbunnies so hopefully Maysie and Mike can turn him as I do think they drink more from a bowl.

Charlie didn't work out how to drink out of a bowl until he was about 3 (up until then, he'd just pee in the water bowl and drink from the bottle :? ) but now he can use them. He has however stopped eating out of them!

But I don't think Charlie can be the basis for "normal" :lol:

BunnyMyHunny
19-06-2014, 03:33 PM
Mine have both. They do like to drink out of a bowl, but also like to splash around in it like it's a tiny paddling pool it seems :D So the bottle is there in case I'm not home and they knock their bowl flying as they will still use it.

ninny40
19-06-2014, 03:45 PM
My boy has a bowl. I find the bottles get clogged up with limescale, as we live in a hard water area, and then the ball won't roll properly either, limiting the amount of water that can actually come out.
There's lots of licking, but not much drinking going on!! Also, I find the bottles tend to go green, when they're outside, so a bowl is definitely much easier to clean and refill. :D

mabels mum
19-06-2014, 06:33 PM
Mabel and Arthur have a bowl. She is a very dainty drinker and he makes a big old splashy mess. It's easier to give fresh water more frequently with a bowl. I think you just have to be careful in case a rabbit has a large dewlap as if they drink from a bowl and the dewlap is constantly getting wet then that's not a good thing.

BeatrixPotter
19-06-2014, 07:00 PM
Posy, who doesn't live with me anymore :(, used to dip her front paws into the water bowl and then wash her face. :love:

furbabies
19-06-2014, 07:05 PM
Posy, who doesn't live with me anymore :(, used to dip her front paws into the water bowl and then wash her face. :love:

Awwww that is so sweet!

Kirotea
19-06-2014, 07:18 PM
I have both but they prefer to use the bowl. I have the bottle just in case they manage to spill their bowl.

Neve
19-06-2014, 07:51 PM
BOWL ALL THE WAY :thumb:

tulsi
19-06-2014, 10:28 PM
I am all for water bowls. I haven't used a bottle for years. I find big ceramic bowls designed for dogs the best :)

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Same.

How are your lovely rabbits doing?

Peterbunny
19-06-2014, 10:35 PM
When a boarder comes in I always ask whether they're used to a bowl or bottle. If the owner says bottle, I will put a bottle on but always put a bowl in too. If they say bowl, just a bowl goes in.

For the boarders which have come in used to a bottle, 100% of them have ignored the bottle all week and drank exclusively out of the bowl :lol: (I always let the owner know and all owners this has happened to have been pleasantly surprised and subsequently switched to a bowl)

Now when new boarders come and say they've tried their bunny with a bowl 'but they prefer the bottle' I always nod and smile sweetly and put a bowl in anyway as I am pretty certain that during their stay they will switch to the bowl :oops::lol:. I think the issue with some people is they use small plastic bowls that are low to the floor and light so bunny simply knocks them over or get poo/bedding in them, so the owners think they don't like it/want to drink from it and remove.

So, a 100% firm believer that given the right kind of bowl (one that's the right height, and heavy so they can't knock over) a bunny will always prefer a bowl (well, in my experience anyway)

:lol: I was just about to say how when Pete came to you he came back drinking out of a bowl! X

catherine09
19-06-2014, 10:39 PM
:lol: I was just about to say how when Pete came to you he came back drinking out of a bowl! X

:oops::lol:

William
19-06-2014, 10:43 PM
I am all for water bowls. I haven't used a bottle for years. I find big ceramic bowls designed for dogs the best :)

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Me too.

I'm a big bowl fan for most animals. Bottles seem unnatural, more difficult and I've heard of mouth injuries occurring from them.

Bunny Buddy
19-06-2014, 10:46 PM
I've copied the article below which explains why bowls are preferable to bottles. I read it when I had a bunny on a low calcium diet and he definitely drank more when I swapped him over to a bowl, which was important to manage his condition. I now give all my rabbits bowls and it never even crosses my mind to give them a bottle.


Importance of water
intake in rabbits
Frances Harcourt-Brown discusses a short communication in this issue which
suggests that ‘nipple’ drinkers may not be the best way of ensuring that pet
rabbits have an adequate intake of water

In this age of technology, advanced imaging
and clever surgical techniques, it might seem
that an investigation into the preference of
rabbits for water bowls or nipple drinkers
has little relevance to veterinary science.
Water bottles fitted with a tube containing
ball bearings that act as a valve are a popular
method of providing water for rabbits and
other animals. Water is released from the
bottle in response to the rabbit licking the
end of the tube and moving the ball bearing.
The term ‘nipple’ can be used to describe the
end of the tube that releases water.
These bottles are universally accepted
as a way of providing water as they are
difficult to contaminate with urine or
faeces and cannot be overturned. The use
of sipper bottles is recommended in nearly
every leaflet, book or internet article about
the care of rabbits. Even the BVA Animal
Welfare Foundation’s leaflet on ‘Day to
day rabbit care’ advises that a water bottle
should be attached to the front of the hutch.
The concept that the use of these bottles
could have adverse effects on the health
and welfare of rabbits is a new one. Until
now, any warnings of problems with nipple
drinkers describe leakage or blockage of the
valve mechanism or freezing of the water
within the bottle.
In a short communication summarised
on p 190 of this issue, Tschudin and others
(2011) describe a comprehensive study of
the preferences of pet rabbits for water
bowls or nipple drinkers. They found
that the rabbits clearly favoured drinking
from open dishes. The rabbits were able
to consume water three to four times
faster from a bowl than from a nipple
drinker. This finding is understandable if
an analogy is made with an adult person
drinking water from a toddler’s spillproof
beaker in comparison with a glass. The
authors also found that if access to water
was deprived for a few hours, there was a
reduction in total food and water intake,
even though water was reintroduced. Also,
the addition of parsley to the diet reduced
voluntary water intake. The findings of this
study could have relevance in many of the
diseases that rabbits suffer from.

Frances Harcourt-Brown, BVSc DipECZM(Small
Mammal) FRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in
Rabbit Medicine and Surgery,

mini lop1
19-06-2014, 10:53 PM
bowls here, they don't know how to use bottles :lol:

Charlotte_Jordanna
19-06-2014, 11:07 PM
They had a large bottle when we first got them inside their base but Biffy hated it, so we switched to bowls. :thumb:

Hc1
19-06-2014, 11:17 PM
A big dog bowl that they can't knock over. On hot days, I can add an ice cube or two to keep it cold for longer. In the winter, I put a snugglesafe under it on cold nights. Used to get up on cold nights to change frozen water bowl, now I just snuggle down and go back to sleep:D

No contest for me.

Hesperus
19-06-2014, 11:28 PM
Bottle here. Ludo never got the hang of a bowl (ear bath!) and nor did I (knocking it over with my feet!)

BattleKat
19-06-2014, 11:31 PM
I'm going to reccommend this (http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/small_pets/accessories/smallpet_water_bottles/92958), as I do in every one of these threads that come up!

http://media.mediazs.com/bilder/rabbit/water/bottle/l/1/300/52042_kerbl_kaninchentraenk_1.jpg

like a bottle, it's easy to fill and carry, stays clean and can't be tipped over, but it's easy and natural to drink from like a bowl.

Kirotea
19-06-2014, 11:40 PM
I have a coop cup rather than a ceramic bowl mostly for the sake of my downstairs neighbours because although I'm sure Millie and Maddie couldn't throw a big bowl they'd definitely give it a damn good go! :lol:

Kim_perkins
20-06-2014, 09:04 AM
My bunny has both and she uses both :)

Oompa-Loompa
20-06-2014, 09:09 AM
Mine always had bowls :wave:

Nic.
20-06-2014, 11:21 AM
Mine both used a bottle until I had them spayed. Both of them were feeling poorly afterwards and wouldn't walk to the bottle so I gave them a bowl and they never really switched back. They do have a bottle but only Luna drinks from it occasionally, they much prefer the bowl and drink lots more now :)

Freakinfreak
21-06-2014, 01:00 PM
Do people not find that the big dog bowls are too high?

Neo gets annoyed with his bottle so I want to upgrade to a bowl/one of those drinking puddle bottles.