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Sand bath for hamster.....

Discussion in 'Rodents' started by Kittenfostermummy, Apr 18, 2015.


  1. Kittenfostermummy

    Kittenfostermummy PetForums VIP

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    What do you guys use for your hamsters sand bath?? I have just bought chinchilla dust bath stuff after reading somewhere that is what most people use. BUT since going online as I am worried that Tinsel has just decided to pouch a load of the 'sand' I am now worried I have bought the wrong stuff as one website says not to use Chinchilla dust bath material as it is bad for their respiratory systems!?

    So now I have TWO worries, one have I bought the wrong stuff and if so what should I buy and two, is it ok that she has decided to fill her pouches with it!?!?!?! :scared::scared:
     
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    Kittenfostermummy PetForums VIP

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    Just a quick update, I have taken the sand bath away for the time being as it was making my chest bad with her digging in it just now and I will give it back to her for an hour once a week and hope that this will be ok for her chest?! And thankfully she has managed to empty her pouches of the sand and use them a few times since to move her bedding around!
     
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    I used to use the science supreme chinchilla bathing sand for my dwarf hamsters or children's play sand which is cheaper:D
     
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    When I had my Syrians I always got sand not dust. Can't remember what make it was though.
     
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    i would do aqs you have mentioned and make sure to leave it in only for an hour at a time otherwise they turn it into a toilet lol. never had a hamster pouch the sand tho! the sand is really fine and i used to ave to leaved the room when putting it in as it makes me sneeze like crazy!
     
  6. Kittenfostermummy

    Kittenfostermummy PetForums VIP

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    Yep silly girl that she is she was digging into it rather than rolling around and pouched a load on both sides!! She is currently keeping me on my toes trying to find weak spots in the new cage layout!! She seems a lot happier though having the two levels!
     
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    I have always used the Supreme Chinchilla sand too - I think the key part is that it is sand, not dust. The dust is very fine and can irritate the respiratory system - especially with all of that digging.

    Supreme Bathing Sand | Cleaning & Grooming | Mice & Rats | Small Animals | BestPet.co.uk

    Here is a link to the stuff I have used, never used the website so can't vouch for that, but to give you an idea on what you are looking for at least.

    I left it in full time with the Syrians, it did become a potty, but I like an animal to use a specific area where possible as it makes for easy spot cleaning so that wasn't an issue for me.
     
  8. Jazzy

    Jazzy PetForums VIP

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    The children's play sand that Tesco and Argos sell is great too and miles cheaper ;) just depends how much you use but it didn't take me long to get through a box of the chinchilla sand as I used to make a sort of little sand playground for my Russian hamster. :D
     
  9. RowdyRabbit

    RowdyRabbit Pet keeper, pet fanatic & all round pet lover

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    Yeah, if you remove any lumps from play sand and then place it in the oven shortly it should become hamster-safe - it's also cheap! I use it for Bobo and Oreo in their baths and toilets.
     
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