Buying rabbit bowls: tips and recommendations
In addition to the appropriate housing and equipment of the cage and run, the appropriate accessories for feeding are of course also part of keeping rabbits according to their needs. Here, the specialized trade has a wide range of bowls for rabbits and Co. ready.
The different shapes, colors, materials and functionalities can sometimes be quite confusing when choosing the right rabbit bowl. We take a closer look at the topic of buying bowls for rabbits and show what you should look for when buying and which features only burden the wallet, but do not make rabbits and owners happy in the long run.
The optimal bowl for rabbits
Feeding bowls for rabbits should first and foremost be functional. What use is the most beautiful bowl in the noblest design if it is not functional and constantly flies around in the cage? This already results in the first, very important criterion for the bowl purchase – the weight. If the bowl is too light, it will not stay long in the place intended for it, but will be pushed around recklessly in the stable. Therefore, heavy materials are particularly suitable as a bowl for rabbits. Bowls made of stone, ceramic or porcelain usually meet these criteria.
A certain size is also necessary so that there is sufficient grip surface and the bowl is not tipped over.
Pay attention to non-toxic materials
It is always possible that rabbits like their bowl so much that they gnaw it. It should therefore go without saying that non-toxic materials and coatings are used.
Last but not least, the features for the rabbit owner should not be missing when choosing the right bowl for the rabbit. This includes an easy handling of the Fressutensilie, as well as the possibility to clean the bowl quickly and thoroughly and of course an attractive appearance. If a bowl meets all the listed criteria for rabbits and owners alike, then a clear purchase recommendation can be given.
There are some for standing, with hanging device for the cage grids or also for eating with. The manufacturers of rabbit bowls have set hardly any limits to the imagination. Which variant is the right one depends on several factors. Is the rabbit a quiet representative or a small rioter, is a couple kept or a whole pack, what demands does the owner and how much money he wants to spend on the rabbit bowl.
For calm rabbits, ceramic or earthenware bowls with a certain basic weight are usually a good choice. They stay in place and are not abused for gimmicks. The bowl should be chosen small enough that the rabbit cannot fit in it and large enough that it can provide enough food.
When keeping several rabbits and those that like to use their cage as an adventure playground, bowls that can be hung on the cage walls have proven to be effective. They stay in place even when the cage is turbulent.
For the large pack of rabbits, automatic feeders have proven very successful. They are usually made of plastic and can be easily filled from the outside with a sufficient amount of food, are easy to clean and protect the food from contamination.
Who means it with its Hoppler well, which treats it now and then once a time a bowl to eat up. These usually consist of hay pressed into shape with a hollow for the rabbit food. This type of bowl is quite expensive compared to the normal rabbit food bowl, but it offers the long ears plenty of nibbling fun and is certainly a welcome change.
The bowl shapes
Rabbit bowls are offered as flat bowls, as bowls with straight edges and rounded edges to the inside, cylindrically tapered, round or angular. Which shape is the best, can not be determined across the board and is certainly dependent on personal taste and behavior of the hopping four-legged friend.
Square bowls always carry the risk that they, due to their poorer stability compared to round bowls, are knocked over more quickly and the food then pours over the litter. The stability is also dependent on the weight of the bowl material, but the shape is often the decisive factor for tipping or not tipping. Cylindrical rabbit bowls offer particular stability. They offer a large standing area and are narrower towards the top.
If the top edge is now slightly inward, most of the food will remain in the bowl, even with agile rabbits.
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