Who else has a problem with their 4 legged friend playing with their bowl outside?? Our darling Mia thinks it's great fun to tip her water and food bowls over. Me, not so much. The ants from her biscuits drive me insane! My husband and I came up with this and so far so good with her water bowl 🤞, so I decided to do a biscuit bowl as well 😉. I used silicon to stick the pot to the base, you could also fill the pot with stones to make it heavier again. I just coated the inside of the base with silicon so I can fill with water to stop ants crawling into the food bowl. I just took the bowl with me to our local Bunnings to make sure I got the right size pot and got a saucer a bit bigger than the base. You could even get creative & paint it nice colours to match your decor or add your pets name.
Nice one @amylee83, many thanks for sharing such a clever solution with the community.
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Thats a great idea Im actually struggling with the beginnings of a ant issue with my dog food bowls and Ive been looking for ideas like this Your one holds a good amount of water to help combat evaporation too
I run a "emergency" water bowl for my dog outside that fills up automatically as it catches the rainwater from the shed roof as well incase he knocks over his normal one (he cant knock this one over as the bowl is so big and heavy mainly lol but the downpipe also helps hold it there)
I just cut the downpipe from my shed off maybe a metre above ground level - I then grabbed the offcut downpipe left behind and a pair of pliers and I "flared out" one end of it, then put the bowl down and jammed the offcut pipe straight over the downpipe still on the wall (that way its easy to pull off the 1 metre of downpipe cutoff - and remove the bowl for the odd clean - looking at the photo I just took its due lols) and it also waters the grass if it overflows I guess lols
Cheers for posting your idea I'll definatly will be keeping a eye out for a suitable pot and base next bunnings visit (might have to take my dog food bowl in to match somthing)
Prawns...It's not a good idea to give your dog water from a down pipe..Have you ever seen what accumulates in a gutter !!?
It can have rodent droppings and even dead animals or birds, plus all the muck from dead mulchy leaves...
Who knows what sort of germs lurk up there!!..and having the down pipe in the water is not good either..Not a good idea..
Yeah we get fires every summer here (one road in and one road out so evacuating isnt always a option) so I definatly keep my gutters clean as I put tshirts in the downpipes and fill the guttering up with water when theres fires around as some protection from ember attack My shed gutter kind of self cleans as well as when I mounted it - I ran a pretty sever angle so water runs inside the gutters faster - pretty much flushes even the dirt down the end and into the downpipe
A few more summers though - neighbours trees/leaves might start being a issue as they get taller I guess. My dogs got other bowls to drink from - thats more his "emergency" one though incase we have a fire here and I cant get home for a couple days or whatever I guess