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Post by Brent and Corin » Thu, 17 Apr 1997 04:00:00



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>I've got two questions. Can anyone suggest a leakless hamster
>bottle and does anyone know how to prevent the hamster's feet
>from slipping though the wheel? I'd appreciate it if someone
>could answer these questions.

Hi Amanda,

1) I've never found a leakless bottle.  Right now Shreddie has a
"Classic Super Deluxe Hamster Drinking Bottle".  It's ok.  sure it
leaks, but it works...  We make sure to clean her cage frequently
enough so that leaks don't make much of a difference...

2)Many folks weave card-board through the spokes.  Shreddie has a
solid wheel.  We will NEVER buy another wheel with spokes.  We (sadly)
had one hamster break her leg very badly a couple of year ago.. :-(

Corinna

 
 
 

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Post by David G. Imb » Thu, 17 Apr 1997 04:00:00



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>I've got two questions. Can anyone suggest a leakless hamster
>bottle and does anyone know how to prevent the hamster's feet
>from slipping though the wheel? I'd appreciate it if someone
>could answer these questions.

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        The issue of wire wheels has been covered here a few times
recently, but it's worth repeating: wire wheels can be very dangerous
for hamsters because their legs slip through the rungs. The result
is torn and infected limbs and it can and should be avoided. There
are quite a few "solid-floor" alternatives on the market. The best
is probably the Van Ness ball/wheel combination.

        If you wish to keep your current wire wheel and make it
safe, here's what I recommend: go to the store and get cotton ribbon. A
store like K-Mart or Woolworth's will have it.

        Most wire wheels are about 3.5 inches wide. Purchase a roll
of ribbon the width of your wheel. Weave the ribbon through the rungs
of the wheel so that most of the wheel is covered (two rungs in, one
rung out). When the wheel is completely enclosed you can either sew
the ends or carefully tuck them in so they don't slip.

        You can do the same thing with thin cardboard strips (like
shirt cardboard, but this doesn't work as well and you can't wash it
as you can cotton ribbon.

        I hope my directions were clear.

        As for the water bottle, all of these are basically the same.
I assume you have the "ball-valve" type. These work. If yours is leaking
the problem can be fixed. First, check to make sure there are no cracks
or openings when you put the top on. Second, after you fill the bottle,
squeeze a bit of water out. This creates a vacuum, which is what keeps
the water in. Third, make sure there is nothing pressing on the bottle,
like the holder or the top of the cage.

        If you check these things I think you will find the cause of
your leak.

        Hope this helps, DGI

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         David G. Imber
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Post by Bridget Ba » Thu, 17 Apr 1997 04:00:00



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>>Can anyone suggest a leakless hamster bottle?
>1) I've never found a leakless bottle.  
>Corinna

I've never had a leakless bottle, but a bowl under the bottle
sometimes works. They are better placed in a high part of the cage
where they are unlikely to get sawdust in them. Note - if you do
this, your hammie will most probably (just to annoy you) sit in it
and get his backside wet.
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Bridget
 
 
 

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Post by Michael D. Barcl » Fri, 18 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Quote:


>>I've got two questions. Can anyone suggest a leakless hamster
>>bottle and does anyone know how to prevent the hamster's feet
>>from slipping though the wheel? I'd appreciate it if someone
>>could answer these questions.

>Hi Amanda,

>1) I've never found a leakless bottle.  Right now Shreddie has a
>"Classic Super Deluxe Hamster Drinking Bottle".  It's ok.  sure it
>leaks, but it works...  We make sure to clean her cage frequently
>enough so that leaks don't make much of a difference...

>2)Many folks weave card-board through the spokes.  Shreddie has a
>solid wheel.  We will NEVER buy another wheel with spokes.  We (sadly)
>had one hamster break her leg very badly a couple of year ago.. :-(

>Corinna

Amanda & Corinna & All,

I've found a nearly leakless water bottle for my Sweetheart.  It's put out by
Farnam Pet Products (don't know if they have a web site.  It's a double ball
valve system that (and I just checked) does not leak much at all.  When I
bought mine they came in 2 sizes and I find that the smaller one works great
with a single hammy.  It seems the second ball puts additional weight on the
first ball and gives it a tighter seal.  

I've been using this bottle with my Sweetheart for nearly a year now and
haven't had a problem with wet litter.  He also stores part of his food stash
under the bottle and it has never been wet.

Sweetheart, btw, is a male long hair and the nearest I can tell he may be
considered a golden silky, but I'm not sure.  Will post a photo of him soon
and ask what everyone here thinks.

Hope the info is useful to everyone and sorry this ran so long.

Cecil