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Old 03-12-2009, 10:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
I am new to this forum, although I have been keeping the glorious prickly ones as pets for a few years.
I am trying to get a general concensus regarding the use of water bottles versus bowls with a hedgehog. I have heard bad things about bottles and hogs, such as the poor little guys getting their tongue caught in the bottle and the end result is amputation.
I don't know how frequently this may have occured, but just the thought of that happening causes me to stay away from a water bottle, and so I only use bowls.
Has anyone here heard of this happening, or had it happen to themselves? The downside to a water bowl is that the hoggies are always getting there water full of stuff that shouldn't be there, or the bowl gets turned over entirely!
Any insight you all could give would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am new to this, however, my hog came to me being water bottle fed. I changed over to a bowl (actually glass) two nights ago. When patient, she would use her nose to prop the ball at the end of the water bottle to get water. However, I noticed when really thirsty, she would bite aggressively at the end, trying to paw the metal end. Because of this, I switched. I was concerned about damage to her teeth. So far, no mess...
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My hedgie came from the breeder on a water bottle, but I switched him to a bowl after he'd stand there for 5 minutes at a time lapping at the bottle trying to drink. He just wasn't getting enough from it, and he really seems to prefer the bowl (I left the bottle in the cage also so he could choose and he always goes to the bowl instead of the bottle). I use liners in the cage so I don't have to worry about bedding getting into it. The worst he gets in the water would be a few chunks of kibble. I've never had him turn the bowl over, but the bottom of the bowl is pretty flat and low to the ground so he can't really get under it.
I've heard rumors of the tongues getting caught, and teeth getting chipped, but not firsthand. Some people will use bottles because of bedding if they use wooden bedding, but bowls seem to be the preferred choice of hedgies so most people stick with those.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, Lily was using a bottle when I first got her back in August, and I kept her on a bottle for several months. However, after I found this forum and found that they could chip teeth and get their tongue caught (even if that is rare) in the bottle, I started adding a bowl of water to her cage. After a week or so, I took the bottle out, and she seems to be doing fine with her bowl. She's a pretty neat girl, and she's on liners, so I don't find any shavings or other stuff in the water. I fill the bowl all the way to the top so that she doesn't have to put her feet up on the edge and lean in to get a drink, so no poop from her feet falls in, either. I rather like using the bowl, it's easier to clean and refill each night.
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I use a water bowl for Inky, with fleece liners. I've never had a problem with stuff getting in it except for a few crumbs each night. I rinse and refill the dish nightly, so there's never a chance for it to get gross.

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Old 03-14-2009, 08:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've heard of one instance of a tongue getting caught and many instances of chipped teeth due to bottles. All of ours are on bowls.
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Old 03-14-2009, 08:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ours use bowls as well. They used to have bottles, but one of them got way too dehydrated because she couldn't get enough water out of it. When we realized it we were horrified and said NEVER again! She was fine after switching to a bowl.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:55 AM   #8 (permalink)
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What about for baby hedgehogs?
We bought a hedgehog and she had babies 5 days after we got her. One of her babies survived and it is exactly 3 weeks old today. We are a bit worried about having a water bowl in the cage because we heard that babies can drown in them....does anyone know what the best thing to do it? Our mother hedgehog doesn't drink from the water bottle that i put in there just in case. (she actually doesn't seem to drink much at all!)
Please give me advice as quickly as possible because it seems that the baby is going to come out of the nest any minute now! We see her/him walking around inside the nest area and its eyes opened up yesterday.

Any advice please?!
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use water bowls for all my hedgies...mom's included and have never had a baby drown yet. By the time they are out and wandering around they are usually big enough that drowning in a water bowl isn't a concern.
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Old 03-19-2009, 01:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I know i'm in the minority, but i use water bottles as i use wood shavings as bedding so a water bowl gets veryy messy very quickly. I have never had any problems with shiped teeth or tounges getting caught, but i'm now considering changing back to water bowls after eading the above!
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