Creating items which help even the smallest creatures of the animal kingdom is a suitable way of enhancing the world around you. For example, it can be difficult for a bird to find clean water to drink and bathe in, which makes a birdbath a thoughtful item to have in your yard or home. Likewise, a simple sand bath can help you remove grease and dirt from your pet hamster or a comparable animal's fur. You don't need to rely on pet supply stores for either of these items, but can quite easily make them yourself.
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Things you need
- Hanging basket
- Pie plate
- Step-stool or ladder
- Shallow disposable container
- Hamster or chinchilla sand
Place the pie plate into the hanging basket. Hang the basket from a nearby branch in your yard. The branch should be high enough that predators, such as dogs or cats, can't reach it.
Pour warm, clean water onto the pie plate. You might need to stand on a step-stool or ladder if the basket is arranged quite high. Make sure that the water level in the pie plate isn't deeper than 3 inches.
Refresh the water daily, or twice a day in the summer months when water can evaporate quickly. Check the water level daily. If birds frequent your bird bath often, they will splash a lot of the water out of it, making it necessary to refill it.
Fill a small, shallow container about twice the size of your hamster with chinchilla or hamster sand. You can find this type of sand at pet stores.
Remove your hamster or small pet from its cage and place it in the shallow container. Let the hamster roll around in the sand; this activity will remove any dirt from its fur.
Dust your hamster off very gently, removing the sand from its body. Repeat this procedure whenever your hamster's fur looks greasy.
Tips and warnings
- Never use just any old sand to clean your pet as it could contain harmful bacteria or parasites.
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