7 Best Chinchilla Water Bottles

Having a cute little chinchilla can be a blessing.

Because chinchillas are low-maintenance pets that are simply adorable and have minimal needs.

However, having a chinchilla at home does come with a few responsibilities.

Your chinchilla would require an endless supply of food and water to remain active and happy.

However, it is essential to note that water bottles must be used instead of water to bowls.

The reason being:

Water bowls tend to get dirty with hair or food particles.

Moreover, chinchillas are more than likely to spill the water from the bowl.

Therefore, it is best to get a water bottle for them.

7 best chinchilla water bottles

ProductsMaterialChew Proof
 
Choco Nose H128 Patented Small Animal Water Bottle PlasticNo Check Price
Choco Nose H528 Patented Rabbit Water Bottle PlasticNo Check Price
Choco Nose H125 Patented Hamster Water Bottle PlasticNo Check Price
Kaytee Water Bottle GlassYes Check Price
Kordon/Oasis (Novalek) Rabbit Water Bottle PlasticNo Check Price
Living World Eco-friendly Water Bottle GlassYes Check Price
Lixit Glass Bottle GlassYes Check Price
The most basic necessity for these furballs is a chinchilla cage. You can check out our rundown on the best chinchilla cages here.

1. Choco Nose H128 Patented Small Animal Water Bottle

 Key Facts
  • The nozzle doesn’t drip
  • Capacity of 11.2 oz

If you have a Chinchilla at your place, you know how messy they can be.

Meaning:

Water bowls are a no-go when it comes to quenching the thirst of your little rodent.

Getting a water bottle is the best solution to this problem.

Choco Nose H128 Patented water bottle is one of the best water bottles designed explicitly for rodents, e.g., hamsters, Chinchillas, etc.

It comes with a 10mm nozzle diameter that makes it easy for your Chinchilla to drink.

 Things I really like
  • Simple design
  • Easy to install and clean
  • Eco-friendly
  • Moreover, Choco Nose H128 has a user-friendly design, that means that it can be easily installed into the cage. It can also be removed easily for routine cleaning and cleansing.
 Things I don’t like
  • Only holds enough water for one pet
  • The water bottle is very fragile
  • The nozzle diameter is tiny

2. Choco Nose H528 Patented Rabbit Water Bottle

 Key Facts
  • No drip and mess-free nozzle
  • Easy to install bracket
  • 13 mm nozzle size ideal for most small sized pets

The h528 is perfect for all small-sized pets that fall in under 17 lbs of weight.

It comes with a secure screw-on installation bracket that can be fixed to a wall or on any piece of wooden furniture.

The bracket enables you to snap the bottle off for cleaning or refilling purposes.

And since the bottle has a mess-free nozzle, you can rest easy of any drips being caused by your pet.

What I find most useful about the Choco Nose h528 is that if the need arises, the bottle can simply be swapped with any regular sized soda bottle.

 Things I really like
  • The bottle is easily swappable
  • Simple to install
  • Ideal for most small pets including rabbits and chinchillas
  • Has a no-drip nozzle
 Things I don’t like
  • Can only be nailed to the wood
  • Offers standard capacity of 11.2 oz

3. Choco Nose h125 Patented Hamster Water Bottle

 Key Facts
  • 10 mm nozzle
  • Switchable bottle
  • Ideal for rodent sized pets

The h125 Choco Nose comes with a smaller nozzle with just a 10 mm diameter.

It is specially designed for animals like sugar gliders, hedgehogs, hamsters, and chinchillas.

The package includes a user-friendly easy to install the bracket.

The bracket supports the water bottle through a snapping mechanism that makes the bottle easy to remove for refilling purpose.

Like most Choco Nose water bottles, this one can also be swapped with any regular pet bottle.

 Things I really like
  • Can be nailed onto the cage or any piece of furniture
  • A snap-on mechanism for easy removal of bottle
  • Comes with an affordable price tag
 Things I don’t like
  • The 10 mm nozzle size is only suitable for rodent sized pets
  • Has small water carrying capacity

4. Kaytee Water Bottle

 Key Facts
  • 26 oz water capacity
  • The bottle is chew proof
  • Competitive Price Tag

What’s best about the Kaytee water bottle is that it is made to the quench the thirst of even larger house pets and not only chinchillas, ferrets for instance.

Unlike some of the other bottles on our list, the Kaytee is made of glass.

However, since its chew proof, you need not worry about your pets endangering themselves.

The bottle itself is 15 inches in length, comes with a feeding cap and a hanging attachment.

The bottle also provides larger 26 oz capacity.

 Things I really like
  • Provides more quantity
  • Affordable price
  • Comes with a stainless steel cap
  • Can be hung inside or outside the cage
 Things I don’t like
  • The bottle leaks if filled completely
  • Since it’s made of glass, it weighs a lot

5. Kordon/Oasis (Novalek) Rabbit Water Bottle

 Key Facts
  • Has vacuum valves for durability
  • The bottle cap has an angled nozzle for easy drinking
  • Container capacity is 32 oz.

The oasis water bottle has a crystal clear design which makes it safer to be used under direct sunlight as UV rays won’t have as much damaging effect on it.

The bottle can hold up to 32 oz of water, making it last longer.

The angled nozzle on the cap makes it easy for your pet to drink water.

The bottle is ideally suited for ferrets, chinchillas, guinea pigs and other animals that fall in the same size category.

 Things I really like
  • Can be safely used in outdoors
  • Holds more water than other pet water bottles
  • Comes in a Crystal Clear design
 Things I don’t like
  • Outdoor usage ages the bottle more quickly
  • Costlier than other water bottles
  • Can only be used by a single pet

6. Living World Eco-Friendly Water Bottle

 Key Facts
  • Made with recycled glass
  • Does not drip
  • Has a water level indicator

Made of glass, the Living World Eco-friendly Water Bottle features an innovative double ball bearing design that makes it resistant to drips.

The glass bottle contains a tube equipped with water level indicator, so you know just when to take it out for a refill.

The clear bottle is easy to clean and comes with a spring hanger attachment.

The company offers its water bottles in three different capacities to suit all your needs.

 Things I really like
  • Available in three different capacities
  • Has a drip resistant double ball bearing design to provide durability
  • Comes with a hanger and a spring attachment
 Things I don’t like
  • The bottle gets airlocked
  • The ball bearings make clinking sounds when drinking water
  • The glass bottle can become heavy when filled

7. The Lixit Water Bottle

 Key Facts
  • Made from chew proof glass
  • Comes in 3 capacity sizes
  • Has an easy to clean design
  • Can also be used for pet birds

The fantastic Lixit glass water bottle is perfect for different sized animals and can also be used by birds as well.

Just like the previous entrant on our list, the Lixit also comes in three sizes, namely 6 oz, 12 oz, and 26 oz.

The bottle comes with a stainless steel drinking tube that can be easily washed.

The design is perfect for wire cages. The Lixit is entirely assembled in the USA.

 Things I really like
  • The bottle is made of chew proof glass and bite-proof nozzle
  • Can be attached to wired cages
  • Comes in three different sizes
 Things I don’t like
  • More expensive than other products in the same category
  • The nozzle leaks
  • Can only be fixed on wired cages

Should you get a Water Bottle or Water Bowl for your Chinchilla?

You might very well be wondering right now:

Why should I spend my money on a water bottle when my chinchilla can easily drink water from a bowl like the rest of the animals do?

Well, you are not wrong to think that if this is your first time keeping a chinchilla as a pet.

But ask any experienced chinchilla owner, and they will give you a million reasons about why they do not use a water bowl for their furry little friends.

Don’t worry; I am not going to bore you with those million reasons.

Just the ones I think you need to know.

After all, that is why you visited this blog, right?

Chinchillas are playful little critters.

If you have owned one long enough, you may have noticed that they jump, run, and just stay active throughout the day.

And like any other living breathing creature, it makes them thirsty; very thirsty.

This means that they need lots of water to go through the day.

While this need of theirs can be supplied through a water bowl, their constant jumping and running put the bowl at the danger of being spilled.

Not to mention, the openly lying water bowl is also susceptible to contamination through food particles and hair.

And since you cannot sit around all day looking after the water bowl, a drink from even slightly contaminated water can leave your squishy pet sick.

So, believe me, when I say, a water bottle is your best bet to provide water for your chinchilla and keep him healthy and safe.

Best water bottle material for Chinchillas

Now that I have shared with you some of the best water bottles that you can get to quench the thirst of your Chinchilla and the reasons for you to get one, it is time to answer another question.

What is that, you ask?

Well, if you have not already noticed, all the bottles I listed are either made of plastic or glass.

However, I have still not shared an opinion with you on which material is more preferred between the two.

Well, depending on your circumstances and the freedom you allow your chinchilla, both options are viable.

Let me explain:

Plastic bottles mostly come with a bracket to hold them in place while glass bottles usually come with a hanger.

And depending on the type of cage you have for your chinchilla, bottle placement could present a problem.

Another thing to consider here is that:

Plastic bottles are usually designed to be placed outside the cage; whereas, its nozzle faces inwards or is inside the cage.

Glass bottles, on the other hand, are designed to be hung inside the cage.

However, larger glass bottles can become extremely heavy when combined with the weight of the water.

Therefore, they can not only bend the cage bars supporting them but are also to fall and break.

Yes, most of the glass water bottles are chew proof.

However, they are prone to falling and smashing into pieces.

So, when buying a water bottle for your chinchilla, take into account these little things before deciding whether you need a plastic bottle or one that is made of glass.

How to Install a Bottle in your Chinchilla Cage?

If you’ve reached this far into the article, you probably have a water bottle right now.

But you are definitely clueless as to how to install it.

Don’t worry:

You don’t need to pay a mechanic to come and install it for you.

The process is quite easy, and I’ll explain it to you below.

Let’s begin:

Step 1: Ensure the suitability of the hanger or bracket

Assuming that you bought one of the bottles from our list of best pet water bottles, you probably have a bottle holder or a hanger with you.

But before going into the process is it important that you make sure that the hanger or bracket you have got is suitable for the type of cage you have.

If the one you have isn’t suitable, you may have to run to your nearest pet store and get one that is.

Step 2: Attaching the holder on your Chinchilla cage

Once you have the right kind of holder, you just need to attach it to the cage.

But, how?

Most bottle holders have a tab on their back that can be fixed on the bars of the cage.

Once you fix it on the cage using that tab, it can easily be moved down or upward to suit the height of your furry pet.

Another easier and rather simpler way to fix the bottle on the cage is to place the holder on the cage’s top ledge.

Step 3: Fixing the bottle in the holder

Now place the water bottle in the holder and you are done.

And make sure the sipper is facing in the right direction.

It should be facing inwards.

This will assure that your chinchilla has easy access to water.

Installing a bottle in a solid Chinchilla cage

However, if you have a solid side cage for your Chinchilla, the steps are a little different.

Let’s discuss them as well:

Step 1

Start out by cutting two lengths of wire.

Wrap one close to the top of the bottle while wrapping the other one near the bottom.

Step 2

Check to see if the wires are sticking out.

If they are:

Wrap them around completely on both ends of the bottle.

You need to make sure that both ends are properly secure and won’t give away.

Step 3

Next:

You need to cut two more lengths of the wire.

They need to be long enough to attach to both, the top ring and the bottom ring.

Step 4

Cut two more wire lengths.

This time:

The length depends on the height you want the water bottle to hang to.

Now bend these wire lengths from the center and attach them to the frame like structure that we have created with wires.

You probably have an idea by now that through these steps we have made a DIY bottle hanger.

It is the only way you can place a water bottle for your chinchilla inside a solid side cage.

Step 5

All you need to do now is just hang the bottle on top of the cage using the simple yet efficient wire frame.

And voila!

You are done.

Cleaning The Chinchilla Water Bottle

Cleaning your Chinchilla’s water bottle isn’t as complex as cleaning the Chinchilla itself. If you want to keep your Chinchilla sparkling clean, check out our Chinchilla Dust Bath Guide.

Many people especially that have little to no experience of owning a Chinchilla often ask the same question:

How frequently should I clean my chinchilla’s water bottle?

This question is rather amusing to me.

I mean, should you even be asking this question?

Take yourself for example:

Would you drink a glass of water that has been lying on top of the kitchen counter for an hour or so?

You most probably would not.

In fact:

If you take out a clean glass from the cabinet, you would probably rinse it again, even if it is with plain water only, before drinking from that glass.

So, how can you feel any different about your beloved pets?

They are susceptible to many of the same diseases we are.

Pets, chinchillas or otherwise, are living creatures:

And they need to have access to fresh clean water just as much as we humans do.

So, regardless of how clean the cage of your chinchilla is, you need to clean its water bottle daily.

The best way to do it is by using hot water and a scrubbing brush.

Besides, just filling over half or quarter empty bottle daily guarantees the growth of bacteria and algae inside the water bottle.

If you have been doing that and it seems that there are algae stuck on the walls of the bottle, empty it, immediately.

Add some rice to the bottle and a small amount of water.

Shake it as hard as you can for a while.

This will help grind all the algae off.

Once you are done:

Empty the bottle again, rinse with a brush and hot water.

The bottle can now be filled with water and placed back in the cage.

Are Water Bottles Safe For Chinchillas?

As a pet owner myself, I understand people’s concern about the safety of their chinchillas.

Many chinchilla owners have complained about their pets nibbling on the sipper or nozzle of these water bottles and getting sick.

Well, I won’t lie to you.

This happens more frequently then you can imagine.

But I also want to clear that this only happens with people who bought cheap plastic water bottles from the near by pet store:

The ones that have a red cap on them.

The problem with these bottles is that they are made out of plastic; top to bottom.

This includes the sipper or the nozzle.

And this problem is so common that I took it into account when compiling this list of 7 best chinchilla water bottles for you guys.

That is why:

You will notice that all the bottles featured on my list have stainless steel nozzles.

Stainless steel will not only prevent your chinchillas from constantly biting or nibbling off on the nozzle, but will also protect it from rust when exposed to water.

Let’s get into a little more detail on this:

By chewing on the plastic nozzles, the little critter leaves small holes in the sipper.

These holes suck air which causes the bottle to drip.

So, by using a bottle that has a plastic nozzle, you not only endanger the life of your cute pet but also risk making a mess inside and outside of the cage (depending on where in the room you have put the cage).

There are also bottles available that house aluminum nozzles.

My advice regarding those would be:

Don’t be fooled by any brand that is offering an aluminum nozzle.

While aluminum may be classified as a metal, it is softer than typical metals.

Meaning:

Your chinchilla can easily chew through aluminum nozzles as well.

Therefore, you may have to face the same problems as you did with the plastic ones.

Now that I have made everything clear, I believe we can move on the next section of this post.

And if you are my regular reader, you probably know it is the frequently asked questions part.

While I do believe that I have shared more than enough information with you, I will share those questions below that some of the newbie or soon to be chinchilla owners may have.

Let’s get started:

Related Questions

Ever since I replaced the water bowl with a water bottle, my chinchilla won’t drink from it. It is quite a common occurrence.

Most Chinchillas that are in the habit of drinking directly from the bowl find it difficult to switch to a water bottle.

However, there is no need to fret.

It will take some time for your Chinchilla to adapt to this new habit.

However, there are a couple of ways you can go about making this transition more convenient for yourself and your pet.

First, try not to give your chinchilla the water bowl at all.

When he gets thirsty enough, he will have no choice but to drink from the bottle water bottle.

What’s more, there is also a possibility that he might already be drinking from the water bottle; just not in front of you.

Try to notice the water levels between the times you spend with your pet to make sure if he actually is drinking or not.

And lastly, cut a raisin in half and rub its insides on the drinking end of the nozzle.

Once the chinchilla is attracted towards it, he’ll drink from it.

Moreover, this tactic, if repeated, will get your chinchilla hooked on the water bottle.

Do I get a single chinchilla or do I get two? Chinchillas are known to be colonials so getting two would be a good idea.

However, you might need to do a bit of research before going about this idea.

Before you get two, ask the seller about the background of the one you are getting.

A pet store may not be able to provide you the background on all its pets so I recommend getting one from a breeder.

Also, a breeder will be clearly able to tell you if the chinchillas are social or loners.

If you do decide to get two, remember that you do not require two of everything for your chinchillas.

These rodents are pretty good at sharing stuff.

You just need to make sure there is enough food and water for the two of them.
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