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Old 06-21-2009, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey guys!
So I have had a water bottle in for my hedgie, Alaska, for over a month now and have tried intoducing her to the concept but she seems to steadfastly stick to her bowl of water. How can I facilitate the switch? Should I just take out the bowl or will she eventually figure it out?

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Old 06-21-2009, 07:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IMO, I wouldn't switch. I prefer the bowl over the water bottle, as I don't want to risk chipped teeth and cut tongues.

If you do a quick search(upper right corner you'll see the search) for bowl and water bottle, you'll find threads with the pros and cons of each.
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IMO, I wouldn't switch. I prefer the bowl over the water bottle, as I don't want to risk chipped teeth and cut tongues.

If you do a quick search(upper right corner you'll see the search) for bowl and water bottle, you'll find threads with the pros and cons of each.
Not to mention that most cant get nearly enough water from a bottle and border on dehydration.
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Not to mention that most cant get nearly enough water from a bottle and border on dehydration.
While some hedgies drink more from a dish than a bottle, I'd have to disagree that they are on the verge of dehydration. A lot of people and breeders use water bottles and their hedgies are healthy and don't have any problems. Not saying they always work perfect, but it's not horrible of anyone to use a bottle, IMO.



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My main point, is why switch when they are already drinking from a bowl which is said by many to be much healthier. And yes, if that hedgie isnt drinking from the bottle and you remove the bowl then im sure that dehydration will occur.
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When I got Kingsford from the breeder he had a water bottle. But I did not want to use a bottle and gave him a bowl, he got it right away and will not use the bottle any more.
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Thanks for all the responses guys! I really appreciate it. I think I'm going to keep her on the bowl. It seems to be the best choice.
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well i would go with a water bowl because it really can cut your hedgehogs tonge or chip teeth.

so i would not switch at all
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Kalila, please do not bring up old threads that are obviously not active anymore. It's quite confusing and unnecessary.



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sorry to take the thread but i am havin the opposite prob. my hedgie wont change from the water bottle to the bowl at least not that i see she just sticks her head in the water and then runs from it so i keep the bottle in and at night i here the clicking bottle noise so....any help?
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