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June 11, 2010

Water Bottles for Guinea Pigs

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Clean, fresh water is essential to your guinea pig's health.

Water bottle advantages

When you're setting up your guinea pig's watering hole, keep in mind that a water bottle is better than a dish.

Water bottles offer several advantages:

  • They can't be easily spilled or clogged with bedding material, food, or other particles.
  • Guinea pigs prefer clean, dry bedding, and even though they may mastermind the mess created by overturned water bowls, they won't appreciate the result.
  • You probably won't either, since sodden bedding means additional cage cleaning.

What to look for

Water bottles are available in different sizes and styles.

  • Size: 32-oz. water bottle
  • Material: Glass is preferable, but plastic works well, too, and is more commonly sold in pet supply stores.
  • Features: Angled stainless steel sipper tube with a ball bearing in the spout.
  • Cage placement: The water bottle should hang off the side of the cage at a height that's easily accessible for your guinea pig.
  • Care and maintenance: Change your guinea pig's water every day, and wash the water bottle thoroughly during the weekly cage cleaning. A bottle brush can help remove any stubborn particles. When re-hanging the water bottle, check to make sure the sipper tube isn't clogged by gently tapping the ball bearing.
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