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Old 10-02-2011, 09:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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so i know water bottles are bad but my baby refuses to drink out of anything else. she would like lick it then bite it then pull tug and chew on it. im scared that she will crack, chip, or break her teeth! so i need advice please
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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place a water bowl directly under the bottle she will more then likely figure it out over a course of a week then remove the bottle once verifying multiple drinks from the bowl and leave just the drinking tube laying in the bowl for a day or two and then remove that has worked for others.

An ice cube in the water is said to help too idk about that one though...
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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TWCOGAR's advice is really good. That is what I would do. Try and let us know if it works
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ok thank you both!
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Wait, water bottles are not safe? ): Oh no.
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Wait, water bottles are not safe? ): Oh no.
While there aren't that many reports of it hedgehogs have lost parts of their tongue and chipped teeth using water bottles and over all its kind sad watching a hedgie who has run for a good while bite and fight for a few drops at a time in an awkward position. Its the popular belief that a natural drinking position with quick access to water is better suited for hedgehogs.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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some people use them, but unlike rodents if they break their teeth on them which they can do from biting greedily at it then they will not grow back. also in order to drink from a bottle they have to tilt their heads up in an awkward position that is hard on their neck. a dish provides a more natural drinking position. it's also a lot easier for them to drink from should they ever become ill and can't raise their head far to drink.
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Oh, wow. I'm going to try and see if he'll switch over to a bowl tonight then. That's scary!
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Oh, wow. I'm going to try and see if he'll switch over to a bowl tonight then. That's scary!
Just follow the original advice given cause not all hedgehogs get its water in the bowl right away
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, I will do that. The weird thing is that I actually already have a bowl under the water bottle. I guess it's just destined to be! (:
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