Last updated on January 22nd, 2023 at 06:55 pm
Hamsters require care and attention from us, as well as nutrition, which is necessary for them to be healthy and live longer.
But surely you have ever wondered if hamsters can wear diapers?
Do they need diapers, or maybe they will irritate our furry friends?
In today’s article, we will find out if hamsters should wear diapers, what are the benefits and how hamsters will behave when you put a diaper on them.
Can hamsters wear diapers?
Yes, hamsters can wear diapers, although it is not required, if they don’t want to, they don’t have to.
Some owners put diapers on their hamsters to make them easier to pet and hold. Diapers for hamsters are nothing new, there are other animals such as guinea pigs that can also wear diapers.
Diapers can also be considered especially for small hamsters who do not yet know how to keep from peeing and pooping in their diapers.
When hamsters are scared then they pee and poop everywhere, so that will happen when they are wearing a diaper.
What are the reasons for hamsters wear diapers?
Although it is not necessary to diaper your hamster, there are advantages and benefits to choosing to have your hamster wear diapers.
Hamster and cage hygiene
When hamsters wear diapers they won’t smell as bad and will be cleaner.
When the hamster has a diaper, it helps him to be comfortable when he pees and poops, especially when you have to carry him somewhere with you, and it will prevent the spread of bacteria and bad smells.
The hamster’s cage will be cleaner if your pet wears diapers, then for us owners, the time spent cleaning the cage will be reduced.
Diapers help when hamsters are being trained in their hygiene
When hamsters wear diapers, it is easier to teach them when to poop and pee and the cage itself will not be dirty.
They will get used more easily to where their poop and pee, learn to use the box and to do it when you remove their diapers.
Of course, it takes time for them to get used to how to do it correctly, so the diapers will be there while your pet is being trained.
When they play
When hamsters are playing, it can easily happen that they poop and pee in the same place.
That’s why if you put diapers on them, they won’t dirty the toys or the exercise wheel, the diapers will help with that.
Hamsters are constantly active, they poop and pee everywhere, so the diapers will keep the space inside and outside the cage much cleaner, which is also good for us owners.
When we hold them in our hands
We all love to hold our hamsters, even though they sometimes poop and pee.
Therefore, if you put a diaper on the hamster, then playing with your pet in your arms will be much safer and more hygienic.
Hamsters don’t care where they poop and pee, so wearing a diaper is important both for them and for hamster owners to protect themselves from possible infections and bacteria.
Frequent urination and pooping of the hamster
Hamsters may, due to certain diseases or problems, poop and urinate more often than normal.
If they have diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder problems, and other problems, they will poop and urinate very often and cause a mess around them.
That’s why diapers in such situations are an excellent solution for hamsters until their condition normalizes.
What diapers should you buy for your hamsters?
If you decide to buy diapers for your hamster, you should know how to choose the right ones, because not all diapers are the same in quality.
Here are some tips when choosing diapers for hamsters:
- size – be careful not to buy diapers that are too big or too small for the hamster, it is best to consult with the person who sells them to help you choose.
- expiration date – check the expiration date before you buy diapers, and see how many diapers are inside so you know how many packs to buy.
- comfort – choose diapers that are of good quality and have good absorption of liquids, i.e. the hamster’s urine.
- diaper material – there are two types of diapers natural and synthetic, and you have to choose which one to buy. Natural ones are more expensive but better, they are degradable and environmentally friendly, while synthetic ones are cheap, but not as good quality and can cause allergies and other problems on the skin of hamsters.
- quantity – buy as much as you need depending on the hamsters, and how often they poop and pee, you may need 10 or 20 diapers per week, but practice will show how many diapers are needed for your pet.
Where can you buy hamster diapers?
You can easily find hamster diapers at a pet store.
In addition to the store, you can also buy online in stores that also sell diapers and other supplies needed for hamsters.
What types of diapers are there for hamsters?
There are different types of diapers that can be used for hamsters.
So let’s see in detail about each of them and what their benefits and properties are.
Disposable diapers are simple, they are used once and then thrown away.
Such diapers are not washable, they have excellent protection against bacteria in hamsters and absorb ammonia, i.e. urine and poop.
Disposable diapers are elastic and firm and prevent unwanted moments when the hamsters wear them.
Unlike disposable diapers, cloth diapers can be washed and used multiple times.
They are made to be able to absorb well so that the hamster does not get wet because then it can be infected by some infection or bacteria.
Cloth diapers are used until the moment when the cloth begins to lose its ability to absorb urine in hamsters.
These diapers are available by number, for smaller and oversized pets.
Hamsters are certainly among the smaller pets and these diapers are great for them.
These diapers are disposable and you can buy them at pharmacies or hospitals.
How to make a diaper for your hamster yourself?
If at the moment you can’t buy diapers for hamsters, and you want to put them on, then you can make your own at home.
Here’s what you need:
- sewing machine
- sanitary pad
- baby sock
First, you need to measure your hamster lengthwise and widthwise to know how big diapers you need to make.
Then take a sock that matches the size of the hamster and make two holes with the scissors.
Turn the sock inside out.
The next thing is to sew the sanitary pad between the two holes to allow more absorption of the hamster’s liquid or urine.
Gloves are used to prevent the transfer of infections and bacteria to the hamsters from your hands.
Now that you know how to make a diaper it can help you when you really need it and you don’t have time or you can’t find it in the store.
What to watch out for when changing diapers in hamsters?
When you need to change the diapers of the hamsters, wear gloves so that you do not come into contact with the urine and feces of the hamsters, then remove the gloves and wash your hands with soap and warm water.
Make sure to always change the hamster’s diaper in a timely manner so that it does not start to feel wet and the lower part of the hamster’s body gets wet.
Because otherwise, irritation, itching, and infections can occur in your pet.
If there is still irritation and itching, or other similar symptoms, take the hamster to the vet to see if it is caused by the diapers or something else.
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Can diapers be used as bedding for a hamster?
Yes, diapers can be used as bedding for your hamster.
Diapers are soft and comfortable and can absorb fluids and prevent the spread of ammonia from the hamster’s urine.
The diapers can be easily torn by hand and make a pleasant bed for the hamster, who will like this choice because it will not irritate him because it does not have pointed tips like some other bedding materials.
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