Designing our hamsters cage is very important. It is their home, and the main place they will be living in whilst they are staying with you. We therefore must look at all the specifications for our hamster’s cage to make sure that it is fit for purpose, and that they will live a happy life there. One of the other things that we should be looking at is ‘can hamsters drink out of a bowl’? This is because water is very important for hamsters, and we need to make sure that they can access it in the best way possible.
The good news is that hamsters can absolutely drink out of a bowl! However, you still need to make sure that it is set up properly and that you only use a bowl if they cannot use a water bottle.
This article will be looking at if hamsters can drink out of a bowl, why you should use one, how much they will cost, handsome cute hamster ball ideas that will make your cage look fantastic. Enjoy!
Can Hamsters drink out of bowls?
As we have already stated, yes! Hamsters can absolutely drink out of bowls. However, there are a few specifications that you need to look at when figuring out what kind of bowl to use. You should also take care of certain safety precautions with your hamster when using a bowl to make sure that they are safe. Make sure that the bowl:
- Is shallow
- Has no sharp edges
If you follow these tips, and the tips below, the hamster balls should be absolutely safe for your furry friend to drink water out of.
Why use a hamster bowl?
There can be few situations where you may want to consider using a hamster ball instead of a water bottle.
One of the primary reasons may be that you currently do not have a water bottle, and you have a water bowl close to hand. In this case, it makes sense to use a bowl instead of a bottle, as your hamster will need water from day one.
Furthermore, it is possible that your hamster may not want to drink from a water bottle. There are some hamsters who will not understand how to drink from the water bottle, this was the case with my first hamster. In this case, you should use a water bowl whilst they figure out how to use a water bottle, or permanently if they never get used to using a water bottle.
If you are using a bin cage, then it may be hard to attach a water bottle to it. Therefore, it would make sense to use a water bowl instead of a water bottle. This is the case with my current hamster cage, where there is no appropriate place to put a water bottle.
Finally, it may be the case that a water bottle would make too much noise. We all know that hamsters can make some noise when they are drinking from the water bottle, and this may be a problem if you are sensitive to certain sounds or if you are a light sleeper.
No matter the reason, it is perfectly safe to use a hamster bowl. We will now look at how much they cost and how to improve the experience for your hamster.
How much does a hamster bowl cost?
The good news is that hamster bowls do not cost a lot of money. The majority of bowls on websites like Amazon cost around $5-$10 which is a small amount when it comes to your hamster keeping safe whilst they are drinking. You can pay more for better designs or even use a small bowl from your home to save money.
Will a hamster drink out of a bowl?
Hamster should easily learn how to drink from a bowl. Hamsters have evolved to seek out water, and if you put the bowl near them then they will quickly learn that that is the place to find water. If your hamster is having problems finding the bowl, consider leading a treat trail that goes all the way to the bowl. This means that they will know where the bowl is if they need to drink. You shouldn’t need to encourage your hamsters drink from the water bowl once they know where it is.
Should you get a hamster water bottle or a bowl?
We generally recommend using a hamster bottle when it comes to making sure that your hamster has the appropriate amount of water every day. This is because:
- They are more hygienic. Hamster bowls allow things like food, bedding, and hamster who to get into the water bowl.
- Water bowls can be tipped over by your hamster. This is impossible for a water bottle.
- They hold more water. This means that you do not have to worry about accidentally leaving your hamster with no water. This can also be useful if you are going on holiday for a short time and you need your hamster to have a large amount of water.
However, this does not mean that you always have to use a water bottle. Later on in this article, we will be looking at how to make sure the water bowl is as safe as possible for your furry friend.
Hamster keeps tipping over bowl – how to fix?
A key problem when it comes to using a water bowl to feed your hamster water is that your hamster may be able to tip over the water bowl. This can be a problem as the water can get all over your cage and could possibly make it smell quicker.
The best way to stop your hamster from accidentally tipping over its water bowl is to put something inside it that keeps it heavy. This means that your hamster is not able to move it. We recommend using pebbles from outside. However, make sure the pebbles are fully washed before you put them in your cage as they could carry substances that could hurt your hamster.
Additionally, we also recommend putting the hamster bowl in a stable place in the cage. This means that it cannot be easily tipped over an edge. Find a flat space in the hamster cage to put the hamster bowl. Some cages even have a special slot for your hamster bowl so that it is impossible to tip over!
How to set up a hamster bowl?
There are a few steps that you must take to make sure that the hamster bowl in your cage is correct for your hamster. Some of the things that you must do include:
Finding the correct location for the bowl. Try and make sure that it is away from any hamster bedding and that it is on a flat surface. Use something like a small box or tub to elevate the bowl above the bedding. This means that it is not likely that any hamster bedding will get into the bowl.
Putting some pebbles in the bowl to make sure that it does not tip over.
Finally, you should ensure the hamster bowl is constantly refilled with fresh water. You should also make sure that the hamster bowl is regularly cleaned as it can be a lot less sanitary than using a regular water bottle.
If you follow these tips, it should be easy to set up a hamster water bowl that works for your hamster.
Cute hamster bowl ideas.
You might also want to make sure that your hamster bowl is cute as well. There are some fantastic hamster balls on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and even in your local shops. The hamster bowl does not have to be made for hamsters; you must ensure that it is safe for them. You should always put your hamster’s welfare first.
Conclusion – Can Hamsters drink out of a bowl?
In this article, we have looked at whether hamsters can drink out of a water bowl. And the answer is yes! They can. However, you should probably use a water bottle instead. It is still safe to use a water bowl, but a water bottle is better for your hamster.
If you do use a water bowl, make sure that it is shallow and it is weighted to stop your hamster from tipping it over. Additionally, make sure that you change the water frequently and that you make sure that the bowl itself is clean. If you do this then your hamster can absolutely drink out of a bowl.
Do you use a bowl or a bottle, let us know in the comments below.