Advantages Hygienic, bite-resistant and stable.
Disadvantages Will break if pushed down ramp onto a hard surface.
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It was glazed earthenware, which made it easy to clean and heavy (122 kg) enough to stop my rabbit knocking it over and spilling the contents about. So I would say this is functional rather than pretty. It is the potential contents that made it attractive to Bunny.
My rabbit had a Mason Cash Bowl like this, which sell for about £3 to £4.
We bought it primarily to put Bunny's dry food in, which comes in a mixture of flakes and pellets. (He also gets a variety of fresh food, and has his water in a bottle.) We thought it might be suitable for Bunny due to the embossed R A B B I T on the side!The size of our bowl (about 13 cms across, by 5 cms deep) meant that it could contain much more dry food than our dwarf rabbit was likely to eat before it started to deteriorate, so we only half filled it.
His hutch has an upstairs "lounge" and "bedroom", with a ramp leading down to his larger play area. I thought it wise to put his earthenware bowl in his lower play area.Then one day a member of my family decided that Bunny might be feeling a little off-colour, and could do with not having to go down the ramp to get his dry food. It was then that Bunny decided to show us that he wasn't feeling too ill, and had enough strength to push this heavyweight bowl down the ramp.
It smashed on a concrete paving stone. These slabs are necessary to stop him tunnelling his way out, into what would be the dangerous environment of our garden. Dangerous that is, without one of his humans around to frighten any cats, foxes or birds of prey away. We do let him out to play when someone is around to supervise him though.Although I think these strong, hygienic bowls are basically a good product, fear that this might happen again, and that he might hurt himself on the broken pieces, stopped me replacing it.
Bunny now has two (considerably smaller) plastic bowls for dry food in his hutch, one for the upper storey and one for the lower. They are lightweight enough for him to tip them over and forage through the different varieties to find the ones he likes best. However, I don't really mind Bunny doing this, and then using the container as a toy to fling about, as long as he is happy and healthy.By the way, although keeping a single animal in a cage can be cruel, he does get human company throughout the day, talking to him and feeding him such things as a fresh juicy dandelion leaf through the bars. Then when evening comes, he hops into our house to play for a couple of hours.
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