Small Animal Dishes & Bowls
The best way to feed your small animal is by placing food in a dish that is put into their home or cage. Food dishes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. The size of the dish should directly relate to the size of the animal and it's serving size. Most plastic dishes work well, but you should note that many small animals, such as chinchillas and rabbits will chew through plastic, and the food dishes may need to be replaced. Ceramic dishes provide you with a durable dish for long lasting use, especially for chinchillas and rabbits. Gravity feeders are another choice for small animal feeding. With gravity feeders, you need make sure old food doesn’t remain in the feeder or get wet, as this can lead to mold growth.
Water is another essential key to your small animal's nutrition. Always make sure your pet has plenty of water and that the water is fresh and clean. Water bottles come in a variety of sizes and shapes based on the species of animal. Many bottles are plastic and attach to the side of your pet's cage. Bottles also come in glass for durability. Be sure to buy the proper size water bottle for your pet. A water bottle that is too small will run out of water too quickly leaving your pet thirsty. A water bottle that is too big may be too difficult for your critter to get water out of. Most water bottles are designed to cater to specific species of animals for this reason. Room temperature or cool water is often best when refilling your pet's water supply.
All good pets deserve a treat now and then! Small animal treats come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and flavors. Commercial treats can be found in varieties of everything from fruits and vegetables, to seeds, nuts. There are also treats made with dried fruits and vegetables or even peanut butter and yogurt! Be sure to remember that treats are just treats, and should not be overfed to your small animal.
While not considered a food, it is important to note that wood and other chews are a great way to cater to your small animal's instinct to chew and gnaw.
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