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Old 07-03-2011, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you that use totes what size does most everyone use? It seems that all the totes that are long enough are to shallow and all the ones that are deep enough are not long enough? does anyone have like the gallon or liter size that they use? (for main housing)
Also I was wondering which is the biggest preference water bottle or water dish and why?
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Water dish is best, natural drinking postion and no worry about breaking teeth and such.
Sterilite makes a 106quart/100litter bin that works very good when you attach two together. Just one bin is too small (unless you can find a christmas tree storage bin in July lol) once you have everything inside it will be super cramped.
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the issue i am having with the water dish is that Thor keeps knocking is over how can i prevent this?
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What kind of dish is it? A heavy bottomed ceramic dish can usually help with that, or a reptile waterer that has a bottle attached. Those are usually heavy and stable enough that they can't be tipped over. Just remember that they still have to have the water changed every day, even with the bottle full.
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What kind of dish is it? A heavy bottomed ceramic dish can usually help with that, or a reptile waterer that has a bottle attached. Those are usually heavy and stable enough that they can't be tipped over. Just remember that they still have to have the water changed every day, even with the bottle full.
Right now Thor has a heavy bottom dish i am thinking it possibbly is to big its like the size up from the smallest like med. and somehow he still tips it! Gwen has a waterbottle that I change daily ad she seems to really enjoy it no issues with her, but as someone else said and I have heard dishes are better for natural drinking positions, So i was just trying to see what everyone else does
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I got a kidney-bean shaped water bowl for my hedgehog and she has never tipped it over. I got it at a local pet store but I'm sure you could find something similar.


You can't really go by gallons/liters because you could have 4" tall bin that's 3 feet long, which would makes the gallon/liter content similar to something that's 10" tall and 1.5 feet long. Ya know what I mean? Go by dimensions. In general, hedgies should have a minimum of 4 square feet of cage space. So if you got a bin that's 30"x18" (what my old hedgehog cage was), that would be about 3.75 square feet, which (I think) is too small. I just upgraded to a C&C cage and now have my hedgie's old bin at my Mom's house to use in emergencies. Like LarryT said - if you only use one bin, you will run into problem after problem as far as limited space goes, and you may feel guilty about giving your hedgie such a small area to live in.

I used the 30"x18" bin for just over a month. I was able to put a Carolina Storm Bucket Wheel, a small igloo, a food dish, and a water bowl in it. It barely left room for my hedgehog to move around, and I wasn't able to use a "litter box" because of lack of space.

Using 2 bins and connecting them with PVC piping would be a better idea, IMO.
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