Latex Teats & Feeding Bottles

Healthy Bird, PO Box 225, Willaston.  S.A.  5118
Ph. 04 1984 9192        ABN 54 112 618 417



Teat Overview
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Healthy Bird stocks Passwell Latex Teats and Feeding Bottles.

Passwell makes their latex teats with a sleeve to fit bottles with a neck diameter of 18-24mm.  The 120 ml plastic bottle has  graduations in mL and fl. oz., that fit these teats.

Teat Selection
( Click on picture to the left to view teat types in more detail and check table at bottom for code details )

Teats should resemble mothers’ in shape and length for mouth comfort, fit and correct tooth eruption. Marsupial teats get longer as the joey grows, so progression to longer teats is important. Suggested uses for the various teat sizes and shapes are made below, however individual carers will be able to decide which is the best for their individual animal.

Size of Hole

There is no hole in the teats, so the carer can make a hole to suit the age of the animal. Pierce the tip of the teat with a hot needle to make a hole about 1 mm in diameter, or for large animals, cut a hole with scissors. If the hole is too small, excessive sucking will quickly weaken the tip and the end will blow out. If this is happening then the hole is probably too small for the animal. Make a larger hole. The hole should be large enough for milk to drip out slowly, when the bottle is inverted. 

Feeding Technique

Small animals can be fed using a syringe with a teat pulled over the end, to give greater control of milk flow with the plunger. Guidance should be obtained from experienced carers on correct feeding technique for different animals.

Care and Storage

Latex is a natural product. Deterioration can be slowed by storing teats in a dry place away from light. An opaque, airtight container should be used. Immediately after use, teats should be washed in warm soapy water, dried and stored as above. Some carers sterilise by boiling or with infant sterilising solutions. 

Teat Code Type of Animal teats can be used for
STM Small in-pouch kangaroos, wallabies, possums
MTM In-pouch kangaroos, wallabies, koalas
TM Out of pouch kangaroos, wallabies
FM Out of pouch kangaroos, wallabies, koalas
D Deer. 26 mm finish to fit larger bottles
F Flying Fox, some breeds of dog
C Cats, rabbits, carnivorous marsupials
SD Small dogs, possums, gliders
P Small, hard to feed mammals
LD Large dogs, wombats, koalas

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