Sand for hamsters is more of a luxury than a necessity.The owners of parrots and chinchillas necessarily provide the Pets swimming in the sand. The sand acts as a "dry shampoo", effectively cleaning the fur (feathers) and skin helps to get rid of skin parasites that fell of the hairs and moisture. Wild rodents do not neglect this procedure, so a sand bath for hamster home will be useful.
Organization sand baths
Capacity for bathing
Bathing purchase at the pet store (the smallest, designed for birds), or use the means at hand. Capacity needs to be deep to Homa not scattered around the sand and fell out, rolling from side to side.
Well, if the container is transparent – to see how to clean the rodents, incredibly funny. The Syrian hamster usually rubs sides, "rides" in the sandbox, dwarf hamsters roll over on his back, somersault.
Capacity needs to be stable not to tip over. Use:
- the container-carrying for rodents;
- plastic container of wipes with a removed cover;
- a round glass terrarium, aquarium;
- food container, deep bowl.
Bathing sand hamster should not be too large, so that the particles do not injure the skin, but not too small that the dust is not irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract.
You cannot use:
Normal to the sandbox
Natural sand – a source of parasites and infections, contains impurities and debris. Even if it is calcined and sieved construction sand too coarse and scratches the skin of the animal.
Cleaning feathers is different from cleaning thin hairs thick fur. Sand for parrots – not only hygiene, but also mineral supplements. It is added the crushed shell, activated carbon and other impurities. For rodents, it is not suitable.
Volcanic sand is in name only, has nothing to do with the usual quartz. It is a powder of a clay mineral (aluminosilicates, zeolite), lightweight and small. It is harmful to hamsters – they begin to sneeze.
Sand for chinchillas
To buy filling bath at the pet store, you need to imagine what kind of sand is needed for hamsters. Especially for these rodents do not let him. Does not make sense to ask the consultant if the hamsters sand for chinchillas. The experience of homyakovo: possible, but not any.
Good sand for hamster– one that does not contain talc. Before buying, study the composition. Checked companies use mineral sepiolite and quartz, and small grains have a rounded shape.
The appropriate options indicating the country of manufacture and approximate prices:
- JRFarm "ChinchillaSand" (250-350 p. per 1 kg, Germany);
- Vitakraft "Sandy" (420-440 p. per 1 kg, Germany);
- Padovan "Bathing Sand" (560-600 p. 2 l., Italy);
- Beaphar "XtraVital" (500-600 p. 2 l., the Netherlands);
- Versele-Laga "Chinchilla Bathing Sand" (600-650 p. 2 liters, or 1.3 kg, Belgium).
Calculating how much sand for hamsters, it should be remembered that one animal pack enough for a long time: sand can be used repeatedly. Packed sand is based on a chinchilla, which weighs 10 times more Jungaria.
Bathing is poured in a layer not less than 2-3 cm.
The process of bathing
To bath turned into a sleeping cabin with reserves or toilet, the capacity does not leave in the cage on a regular basis. Sand for hamsters – Djungarian and Syrians – the lure was irresistible to relieve themselves. Therefore, after the procedure, bathing it screened, and especially the responsible owners are calcined. Keep the sand in a sealed container, so he did not have enough moisture.
Bathing is carried out 1-2 times a week. The hamster should not be left alone, the tub removed as soon as the pet will lose interest in it. The procedure should not last more than an hour.
This bath is a good alternative to water treatment. Owner does not have to think about how to bathe the hamster in the sand not to hurt the pet. The animal will do everything himself, guided by instinct.
Difficulties arise only the first time. The hamster may simply ignore the new item. Then the question arises – how to teach a hamster to the sand. Just have to wait. Bathing put in a cage (or, conversely, put in her rodent) only when the animal woke up for night activity, well-fed and cheerful. A quarter of an hour a curious pet will start to dig in the bathe, and soon – and roll.
The pros and cons of sand baths
Sand for Djungarian hamsters not only hygienic procedure, but also physical activity, entertainment. As for the Syrian hamster sand can replace the real washing. Longhair (Angora) hamster washed more often to maintain the beauty, but a wash for them – a lot of stress. The sand allows us to achieve softness and Shine, keep the fur clean by removing dead skin flakes and loose hairs.
Possible failure to comply with the recommendations for bathing. If bathing always keep in a cage, or misuse baths, the skin dries up and loses its protective properties. The hamster will pee in the sand, and then wallowing in it. The mixture of faeces and sand will stick to the fur and not clean it up.
Before rodents did not indulge such baths. Therefore it is impossible to answer unambiguously whether hamsters bathing sand. Life is not necessary. But if we are not talking about the minimum set for survival, and a life full of fun close to natural conditions – a sand bath is to organize. Doesn't matter – Djungarian and Syrian hamster lives in your home, both love to brush their fur in the sand and don't like water.