I want Tommy to have the very best, and I feel that the plastic dishes he came with are not as good as the stainless steel ones that come with the cage I have him in. However, I'm having trouble convincing him of that.
He will drink his water out of one, but with his food (Pellets, seeds, treats, anything) he won't touch it! I put millet by it to entice him and he stands on the side of the cage to eat the millet until it falls into the dish, but then he won't eat it again.
What else can I do to encourage him to use these dishes? I put a plastic one in too when I noticed he was only eating his treat sticks, but again where it is porous I don't want to use them longterm.
Do you think if I found smaller (5oz) SS dishes that might do the trick? I appreciate any advice you can give! And also where I can order 5oz SS dishes would be great!
The measure you took by strategically placing millet (or other treats) close to the new food bowls is a very good one and it's only a matter of time till your Tommy starts eating from them. Chances are high that he has already seen that there is food in the bowls and the fact that he drinks from the same type of bowl is also is plus. It shouldn't take long for Tommy to accept and eat from the food bowls.
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