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    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2011 9:58pm (May 2nd 2011) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    We have a water bowl that attaches to Kasper's crate, in the daytime it's hung on the outside and whenever we leave him it's put in the crate in case he gets thirsty.

    Can anyone think of a way of securing it to the crate?

    It doesn't happen as often anymore, but occasionally when Kasper's walking past or even just drinking from it the whole thing just falls off. I've tried to take some pics so you can see how it's fastened...can anyone think of a way to stop it from falling off?!

    It does only happen rarely now, but it would be nice for Kasp to be able to drink without scaring himself and for us not to have to mop up soggy patches
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2011 10:22pm (May 2nd 2011)
    I presume its the actual holder that gets knocked off, rather than the bowl being knocked out of it? Can you put a cable tie (you might have to link a couple together) from the loop on the back of the holder down to the lower horizontal bar? Oh hang on, you need to switch it inside and outside don't you so that'd be no good. I think it'd be much the same with any solution though.

    Ah, how about a collar or a lace - something that won't stretch? that could go from that bottom loop to the lower horizontal bar, do it up tight and then it might help hold it in place because it'll pull the holder down onto the bar and it won't lift off. Then you'd just have to undo it and re-attach it inside!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2011 10:18am (May 3rd 2011)
    Could it be just on the floor as normal? Secured to the cage also if you want it not to "travel" around.
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2011 7:46pm (May 3rd 2011)

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate, sometimes the whole thing falls off, other times it's just the bowl that falls out. The collar idea is a good one. That's what was annoying us, the fact that if we tied it on with string we'd be spending ages untying it, moving the bowl and then retying it!! I wondered if there was any way to weigh it down, but wasn't sure how that would work either. We'll try a collar, thanks!

    Ollie, the problem with it being on the floor is that it's so small and light it just gets tipped, his proper bowl is a huge heavy ceramic one. We don't really need to use the attachable bowl in the day when we're about, it's just that he prefers it, no idea why! As for when he's shut in his crate, it gets knocked over on the floor when he lays down (we tried that)...
    I'll let you know how it goes!! :)
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2011 8:04pm (May 3rd 2011)

    Keeper of the hens

    Just tried it with a shoelace and it works!!! You genius :laugh:
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2011 9:08pm (May 3rd 2011)
    That's great! I've had to solve similar problems for the rats so you get into the swing of 'novel' solutions!

    He probably likes that bowl because it is higher so he doesn't have to bend so far for it. It's quite common for big dogs like great danes to have their water bowls on a stand.