While reading the Hamsterific hamster FAQ, I read about never giving hamsters a bath.
That's a naughty word in the hamster world; hamsters don't like water sports. Nature has provided hamsters with a natural oil to maintain the condition of their fur. That's why they spend so much time grooming. Although they can swim, water baths are not recommended. If a wet hamster becomes cold, it can lead to flu and possibly death.
The last line really puzzled me. It inferred that wetting a hamster could lead to its death.
- Is it true that wetting a hamster could be fatal for it?
- If so, how effective is their skin oil at keeping their skin clean and comfortable?
- Should I bathe my hamster?