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Old 04-03-2018, 08:13 AM   #1
RodentLove
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Default Sand Bath

How often should a syrian hamster be offered a sand bath?

I do not want to use the sand bath as a litter pan and if I leave the pan of sand in Herman's hutt he will pee in it right away "I am Herman and this sand pan is mine" -pees in it- LoL he is adorable.
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Old 04-03-2018, 08:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: Sand Bath

Not all syrians will take sand baths of their own accord, so it may be that if you offer a sand bath to Herman he will always use it as a litter tray [which is fine and natural behaviour, its always nice to provide your ham with different safe and natural substrates]. If you want to you can try providing two sand baths as some hamsters like to have one to use as a bath and another to pee in, or when you handle Herman you could sprinkle a tiny bit of sand on his back and gently comb it through, I do this occasionally with my long haired male to keep his coat looking nice and he doesn't seem to mind at all.

I would say don't fret about him using the sand as a toilet, it just makes spot cleaning easier! I would recommend letting have access to a sand bath or two in his enclosure and let him decide how he uses them
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