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
|Choco Nose H128 Patented Small Animal Water Bottle||Plastic||No|
|Choco Nose H528 Patented Rabbit Water Bottle||Plastic||No|
|Choco Nose H125 Patented Hamster Water Bottle||Plastic||No|
|Kaytee Water Bottle||Glass||Yes|
|Kordon/Oasis (Novalek) Rabbit Water Bottle||Plastic||No|
|Living World Eco-friendly Water Bottle||Glass||Yes|
|Lixit Glass Bottle||Glass||Yes|
1. Choco Nose H128 Patented Small Animal Water Bottle
- The nozzle doesn’t drip
- Capacity of 11.2 oz
- Simple design
- Easy to install and clean
- 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.
- 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
- No drip and mess-free nozzle
- Easy to install bracket
- 13 mm nozzle size ideal for most small sized pets
- The bottle is easily swappable
- Simple to install
- Ideal for most small pets including rabbits and chinchillas
- Has a no-drip nozzle
- Can only be nailed to the wood
- Offers standard capacity of 11.2 oz
3. Choco Nose h125 Patented Hamster Water Bottle
- 10 mm nozzle
- Switchable bottle
- Ideal for rodent sized pets
- 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
- The 10 mm nozzle size is only suitable for rodent sized pets
- Has small water carrying capacity
4. Kaytee Water Bottle
- 26 oz water capacity
- The bottle is chew proof
- Competitive Price Tag
- Provides more quantity
- Affordable price
- Comes with a stainless steel cap
- Can be hung inside or outside the cage
- The bottle leaks if filled completely
- Since it’s made of glass, it weighs a lot
5. Kordon/Oasis (Novalek) Rabbit Water Bottle
- Has vacuum valves for durability
- The bottle cap has an angled nozzle for easy drinking
- Container capacity is 32 oz.
- Can be safely used in outdoors
- Holds more water than other pet water bottles
- Comes in a Crystal Clear design
- 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
- Made with recycled glass
- Does not drip
- Has a water level indicator
- Available in three different capacities
- Has a drip resistant double ball bearing design to provide durability
- Comes with a hanger and a spring attachment
- 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
- Made from chew proof glass
- Comes in 3 capacity sizes
- Has an easy to clean design
- Can also be used for pet birds
- The bottle is made of chew proof glass and bite-proof nozzle
- Can be attached to wired cages
- Comes in three different sizes
- 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.