How do I clean my hamster?


Hamsters are one of the most common pets bought as pets because they can live in a small space in apartments or houses and are usually very affectionate towards people. They do not require excessive grooming, although care must be taken to ensure that they can move around as they are very active animals.

In general, a hamster shouldn’t be bathed as it washes itself with its tongue. You should only bathe him if he has come into contact with harmful chemicals or if something is stuck in his hair. Even if your hamster does need a bath, it is advisable not to use water unless clearly necessary. This is because these animals are very sensitive to the cold and if they get wet their immune systems can be weakened which can lead to them contracting a disease. Water can also remove natural oils from skin and hair.

Hence, knowing how to clean your hamster without harming your health is very important. Here we explain how.

This method is the first thing to try if you think your hamster might be cleaned or smell bad. The sand bath is most recommended for your pet’s wellbeing.

What do you need?

  • Chinchilla sand.
  • A container that the sand and your pet can fit in.

Steps to follow:

Buy chinchilla litter from a pet store. You need to make sure that it is sand, not dust, or it can cause breathing problems for your pet.

Serve the litter in a container large enough to hold your hamster.

Let your pet roll in the sand. This will remove most of the dirt.

Once it’s done, remove your hamster from the sand and make sure it’s clean.

Put it back in its cage.

If the sand bath isn’t enough and your pet has glue or potentially dangerous substances in their fur, you can bathe them with a damp cloth.

What do you need?

  • A medium sized container.
  • Warm water (one or two cups).
  • Non-perfumed pet shampoo (you will only use this if your hamster is very dirty).
  • An article of clothing.
  • A soft towel that is completely dry.
  • Awards for the hamster.

Steps to follow:

Fill a container with a cup or two of room temperature water. If your hamster is very dirty, just add a drop of pet shampoo and make sure it is odorless. There should be no lather: if you lather it means you have used too much shampoo.

Take a cloth and dip it in the water. Make sure it is very humid.

Rub your pet in the direction of the hair growth with the damp cloth. Do it gently like you are petting your hamster.

When you are done with the damp cloth, pat your pet dry with a soft towel. You should also pass the towel in the direction his hair is growing.

Return the hamster to its cage. If you can put it in a warm place to recover from the cold, give it a try. Avoid at all costs that it comes into contact with cold air.

Give your hamster a treat and give it a treat.

This should only be attempted in an emergency, when your pet has come into contact with a toxic substance that is harmful to it and you cannot take it to the vet immediately. Likewise, it is recommended that you call your veterinarian first and consult with them if it is preferable to take them in an emergency or give them a home bath before taking them.

What do you need?

  • A container to hold your hamster.
  • Warm water.
  • A toothbrush or soft-bristled cloth to clean your pet.
  • Non-perfumed pet shampoo (you will only use this if your hamster is very dirty).
  • A soft towel that is completely dry.
  • Awards for the hamster.

Steps to follow

Fill the container with an inch of warm water.

Place your hamster in the water very carefully. Make sure no water gets on his face.

Gently clean your pet with a cloth or toothbrush with soft bristles.

If the water is not enough to remove the dangerous or sticky substance from your hamster’s fur or pelt, you can use a few drops of unscented pet shampoo. Be careful not to get it in your hamster’s face.

Rinse the hamster well with warm water, especially if you used shampoo. Make sure to remove any residue on their skin or hair.

Dry your pet well with a soft towel. You can wrap it in it and gently pat it dry. If not, you can rub it gently with the towel, following the direction of the hair growth.

Return the hamster to its cage. If you can put it in a warm place to recover from the cold, give it a try. Avoid at all costs that it comes into contact with cold air.

Give your hamster a treat and give it a treat.

  • Do not bathe your hamster in water unless clearly necessary. Also, ask your veterinarian before exposing your hamster to water.
  • It can be helpful to ask someone to help you bathe your hamster. It should be someone your pet knows.
  • To make your hamster less excited and freaked out, try calming and petting your hamster while you bathe him.
  • It is preferable to bathe a hamster on a hot day so that it does not catch a cold. Completely avoid bathing him on a cold day or in a cold environment.
  • It is advisable to have a paper towel or napkin on hand in case your hamster evacuates feces while bathing.
  • The cold and stress that your pet can be exposed to can cause them to get sick. Monitor him in the days after you shower to make sure he is in good health.
  • If your hamster gets a bad smell easily, try cleaning its cage more often. If your pet’s odor persists, you should take them to the vet.



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