Water Bottles and Food Dishes
Water bottles and food dishes come in all shapes and sizes. We've tried a few, but have now settled on particular models.
Lixit Quick Lock Flip Top Water Tank
This water bottle is larger than what's needed for a chinchilla. However, we like it because it has a very secure clamp for attaching it to the cage. This is important to us because when we travel we want to make sure that the bottle will remain in place for many days in a row. Another feature that we like is the flip top which makes it easy to fill with water without having to remove the bottle.
The one thing we don't like is that the bottle has ridges on the outside that our chinchillas like to chew on. They can actually chew enough of a ridge away to create a hole in the bottle. Luckily for us, the first ridge is above where we normally have the water.
Lixit Pet Flat Sided Quick Lock Crock
This is the primary food dish we use for our chinchillas. We chose this dish because of the easy lock system that not only secures the dish, but also allows us to remove the dish for cleaning as needed. As with some other products, our chinchillas chew and knaw on the clamping system such that we need to replace the dish every once in a while.
Gravity Bin Feeder
We use this feeder for when we travel. It can easily hold several days worth of pellets and securely attaches to the side of the cage to prevent spillage. Even if we have friends coming over to top up food dishes, we'll put this one in the cage. The biggest problem with this feeder is that the clamp is made of soft plastic and our chinchillas have chewed through it. So we need to augment the clamp with some metal twist ties.