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Barbara-Jean L.
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Rating: 5

I highly recommend this product

posted 6 years ago

I've used these bottles for over 40 years for my birds. Birds have a tendancy to deficate in their water or create a messy bacterial soup by putting or dunking their food in their water dishes.

In crate training puppies they are invaluable to keeping the cage dry (spilled water dishes). Therefore having water clean and available while you are out.

They only had the 32 ounce size years ago but now there is a 16 ounce size for medium to small dogs. I use the 16 ounce for my birds now. Lixit also makes an 8 ounce for birds which I use for the smaller birds.

Dogs are simple and if you fill the water bottle all the way up it shouldn't leak unless the bottle is shook a lot by an exuberant pup. I put a plastic cup with hooks to catch the water that drips just under the bottle if this is the case. This dish needs to be washed daily also.

The water must be changed daily and washed with soap and water. I bleach weekly.

With birds you must put the bottle above the existing water dish just high enough for the tube to touch their head so they take notice of it and maybe cause a drop to drip on their heads. Once you are sure your bird is using the bottle you can remove the dish.

Birds actually like to play with the water in the beginning so can flood their cages. They also like to take showers by pushing the ball in as well as soak their food by putting it under the tube and letting the water drip on it if you have a food dunker.

Some also plug it up with pieces of food or paper. So it's important to make sure the tube is not blocked. Some people feel that being clean they don't have to change it every day but it's important that you do. Especially if you put supplements in your water as bacteria will grow and if you have a bird that dunks or birds like pigeons that put their beak into the tube and suck the back flow will have some small particles that will contaminate the water. Yes it could stay fresh for two days at most but it's easy to forget to check that the water is flowing or hasn't been emptied. Sometimes you could forget and go an extra day and all of a sudden you have a dehydrated, sick bird. Better safe than sorry.

They must be throughly cleaned with dish soap and water then rinsed well. I soak in bleach once a month. Don't forget to use a tube brush to clean the tube out as it will build up with gunk if you dont. Usually you can buy the needed bottle and tube brushes where you buy the bottles.

Make sure you put the hardware on right or your bird will work the wire holder up and the bottle will fall and break. The notched part of the brace where the wire sits should be facing down. You will need to squeaze both sides of the wire to be able to lift it up. If it goes up without squeazing it's not on right.

If you do break the glass bottle you can get a replacement as well as the tube, rubber and metal hardware.

A little note here about my African Grey Emily. We were doing a taping for our local Bird club's cable TV show and of course being under the lights she got thirsty. I forgot her bottle and she had never drank from a dish as I hand raised her and she never had water in a dish.

I offered her water and she kept putting her beak in and expecting the water to come up into her beak as with the tube of the water bottle it flows into the mouth and then they swallow it. So she didn't realize she had to scoop up the water into her beak. It was kind of funny and sad at the same time. Good thing I brough cucumber wedges with me. Saved the day.

All and all even with the birds that empty, shower and plug up the tube these bottles give you peace of mind that your birds are drinking incontaminated, clean water and they prevent diseases caused by their messy habits with water dishes.

As for dogs and pups they also give you peace of mind that they have a dry cage and water available at all times. In fact my Chihuahua Chillie still uses and prefers her water bottle over the dish.

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[updated on 2008-02-24 02:34:54]:
I am sorry that I didn't scroll down and see the plastic bottle. I assumed this product was Lixit's glass bottle as it said there was no photo or description.

Plastic is not as easy to clean and doesn't last as well as not recommended for keeping dog's water water in. My review would be the same except that most birds will destroy this without having a bottle guard as well and you would have to remove it when the bird is out as they will chew it up.

Of course finches and canaries, etc would not destroy it.

My rating would have been a 3.

Pros: Keeps water fresh and available. No more spilled water dishes. Water should always be offered in glass utensils and this fits the bill. Great for birds.

Cons: Glass is fragile. They can leak or be emptied by your pet. They can be stuff with debree and clogged by birds.

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Jaimie
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Rating: 5

Good for crate

posted 6 years ago

Keeps water in a pupy's crate while away without spilling.

Pros: keeps water available

Cons: none

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Suzette S.
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Rating: 5

Lixit used for rabbits

posted 5 years ago

I love Lixit wide top bottles! The wide opening makes for easy cleaning and the range of bottle sizes makes these water bottles great for many diddernet sizes of animals. The Gallon sized one is perfect for my does (female rabbits) on litters. Unlike other water bottles lixit bottles do not brake or crack easily. I have been using them for years.

Pros: easy to clean, does not break easy

Cons: can drip

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Brooke K.
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Rating: 5

Works well

posted 6 years ago

I used these when I was keeping a kennel for a friend. She had them attached to each kennel and it kept the water fresh and clean. It was easy to refill and put back as well.

Pros: Keeps fresh, clean water available

Cons: none

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Lari M.
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Rating: 5

Hamster Bottle on Steroids!

posted 6 years ago

This is the coolest thing...it's like a hamster bottle on steroids...found it at Petco....paid like 10 bucks for it..and its so cute to watch the boys drink out from it

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: none

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