Hamsters. very clean animals. Even breeds with long hair. Syrian and Angora. perfectly lick and comb out themselves. At the same time immersion in water for rodents. severe stress. Therefore, regularly washing hamsters is not recommended. However, there are situations when it is necessary to bathe a pet. Such cases include the appearance of parasites on the hair and skin, contamination with substances harmful to the animal. It is necessary to wash the hamster as quickly as possible, because it can poison itself, trying to lick on its own. You need to act carefully, strictly adhering to the rules.
Bathing a hamster is necessary in warm water. It should not be hot, ideal temperature. about 30 degrees. Rodents are prone to colds, so too cold water can cause a pet’s disease. Hot liquid will burn the delicate skin.
Therefore, the owner is advised to use an alcohol thermometer and focus on his own feelings: the hand should be pleasant and comfortable.
Shampoo is used only to eliminate toxic pollution or in case of infection with parasites.
Bathing can have consequences for the animal:
- one. Hypothermia. To minimize risks, for swimming you need to choose a warm room without drafts, and after the procedure. dry your pet thoroughly.
- 2. Injuries. A wet hamster can easily slip out of hands and break. Therefore, you should choose for washing such places from which the animal can not jump out, and do not raise it too high.
- 3. Stress. Hamsters. very shy animals, and in nature they absolutely do not come in contact with water. Therefore, you need to bathe your pet only in extreme cases, quickly and carefully.
You need to bathe the hamster quickly and confidently. It is better to prepare the necessary equipment in advance. It is recommended to adhere to the following rules:
To carry out water procedures at home, you will need:
- 1. A shallow bowl in which the hamster will stand.
- 2. Tank with clean water of the right temperature.
- 3. A container of water in which the shampoo will be diluted.
- 4. A bucket to water the hamster.
- 5. Cotton pads for cleansing the eyes, muzzle and anus.
- 6. Soft cloth (will be used as a washcloth).
- 7. Dry absorbent wipes or soft towels for drying.
- 8. Hair dryer (if the hamster is not afraid of him)
In order to avoid a sharp temperature difference, it is better not to wash the hamster with a stream of water from a faucet or shower. Bathing Procedure:
- 1. Place the cooked container at the bottom of another larger, larger container. It can be a basin, sink or bath. You should not place the bowl for swimming on a hill: a frightened wet rodent runs the risk of breaking free, falling and breaking.
- 2. Pour water into a container to a level of 1-2 cm.
- 3. Put a hamster in it, quickly and accurately water the animal with water, without affecting the head and ears.
- 4. If shampoo is needed, you should dilute a small amount of it in water, beat the foam and gently apply it on the coat.
- 5. Gently remove dirt with a soft cloth or hand. If necessary, wipe the face and genitals with a cotton pad dipped in clean warm water (without shampoo).
- 6. Rinse the animal thoroughly to completely remove the detergent. Otherwise, the hamster will lick the leftovers, because of which upset stomach and even death are possible.
While washing your pet, it is advisable not to let go of your hands for a second. So he will not be able to run away and get injured, and the likelihood of water getting on his head will be reduced
It is more convenient to bathe a hamster together: one person holds a brisk animal, and the other wateres him from above with water.
To minimize stress in the animal, during washing, you need to talk to him in a calm, gentle voice, and after the coat has completely dried, treat yourself to a treat.
Immediately after bathing, it is important to ensure that the cage with the pet is not in a draft. The temperature in the room on this day should be slightly higher than usual so that the animal does not freeze.
The fur of the Dzungarian hamsters is shorter than that of the Syrian hamsters, so they are less likely to bathe due to pollution. It is more difficult to wash them, since this breed is brisk and small. Therefore, bathing Jungar hamsters is better only in emergency situations: toxic pollution or parasites.
In no case should you wet the animal’s head and prevent water from entering its ears.
An alternative to traditional washing with water will be swimming the hamster in the sand. Small abrasive particles gently clean the fur and absorb dirt, leaving the coat dry. Many rodents like this procedure: the pet will perceive this not as hygienic manipulation, but as a fun game. It is very simple to bathe the animal in the sand:
Swimming in the sand will not save you from parasites or toxic pollution. In these situations, only a traditional water wash will help. Sand will cope with all other pollution much better, more reliably and more safely.
Bathing hamsters is possible, but extremely undesirable. It is better to carry out water procedures only in the most extreme cases, such as contamination of the wool with substances poisonous to the animal or parasitic diseases.
In other situations, swimming in the sand is preferable. It will gently clean the pet’s coat and will not provoke stress in the animal.