Two dwarfs having a sand bath.
Hamsters are very clean
animals and are quite capable of cleaning themselves.
When a hamster is cleaning itself you will notice that the hamster
will lick it's paws and rub it's face and ears or will look as if
it is scratching when it's cleaning it's body. Hamsters don't require
a water bath, in fact it's very dangerous to give them one as they
can quite easily catch a cold if not dried properly and the water
also removes essential oils from their fur that keeps it in good
condition. A water bath should only ever be done if recommended
by a vet for a treatment of an illness.
Long haired syrians may
require some extra grooming by you so their coat doesn't get tangled,
this can be done with a toothbrush. See the video link on the right
to see a movie clip of a hamster being brushed. Hamsters will also
enjoy a sand bath which will also help keep their coat clean. Chinchilla
sand is best used for this, but you must make sure it is sand and
not dust as this is too fine for hamsters. Place a small amount
in a dish and place it in their cage, the hamster will slowly walk
up to and will probably start to dig in it at first. They will then
usually start to roll around in it on their back.