Hamsters are a great pet to have around the house. They’re adorable, they can be trained to use a litter box on their own, and they don’t need much space. Hamsters are also really smart animals that enjoy playing games. Most people wonder can hamsters swim? The answer is yes. Sometimes, Hamsters are able to swim if they are thrown into the water or fall in by accident.
Hamsters can also learn how to swim if given time and patience. However, swimming is not their natural instinct, so it will take some work on your part to help them learn this skill.
Can hamsters swim?
As we already mentioned – hamsters can swim. It is not a dangerous activity for them and it does not harm their health. Hamsters’ swimming abilities differ depending on their breed: some breeds are great swimmers while others just cannot get into the water at all.
However, if the hamster swims too often or spends too much time in the water – you should definitely consult your veterinarian.
Do hamsters like swimming?
We all know that many animals love playing with water (especially dogs). Hamsters are no exception. Hamsters don’t like water naturally – But it depends from hamster to hamster. Some like the water but some don’t. Hamsters who like the water might even try to swim.
There is not a hard and fast rule to check whether your hamster likes swimming or not. In order to know, you need to observe yourself from their daily activities.
However, these are some factors that influence the behavior of your pet, for example:
- The hamster breed. Some hamsters are more likely to enjoy swimming than others, so you should find out if your pet is one of them.
- Its age. Hamsters that are still young maybe not very sure about their new abilities and prefer staying on the ground instead.
- How often do they swim? If the hamster swims very frequently – it may feel too comfortable and prefers staying in the water.
- The water temperature. Hamsters like warm water, but they cannot stand cold temperatures for a long period of time.
Is bath safe for hamsters?
No, you should never bathe your hamster. You might think that it’s better if you do for some reason (e.g. to clean them after they have rolled in their own poo). But bathing can actually lead to dehydration of their bodies and is not recommended at all!
It is important because hamsters are very tiny creatures with thin skin that may tear or get damaged easily – especially when the water is dirty (such as tap water) or too cold.
This also increases the risk of infection on their paws, ears, etc. If there were any wounds under the fur then this could worsen things even more quickly – so it would be tough to heal with a wound full of mud/water/dirt etc.
However, you can go with a sand bath with some special oils to make your hamster’s fur smooth and clean.
Can hamsters drown?
Drowning is not a natural thing for hamsters. So they won’t just “drift away” in the water and suffocate or anything like that.
Hamster’s body has some mechanisms which help them survive under difficult circumstances (for example – when you accidentally drop them into the bath). Also – their paws are designed to work on the land but also on thin ice surfaces.
So if your pet falls into the pool of course it can get hurt (skin damage etc.) but will definitely keep life for some duration. Therefore, you should always supervise your hamster when it is in the water.
Safety tips for Hamster swimming:
Veterinarians say: They know many cases when people’s hamsters got into some difficulties while swimming and they had to call them right away. But luckily – it always ended well with just a few scratches or wounds on their little paws. So make sure to follow the safety instructions to keep them safe.
Make sure the water is not too cold.
Make sure you have a safe place for the hamster to get out of the water.
Do not leave your pet in an area where there is no supervision (e.g. when you are taking a shower).
Do not let your hamster swim for a very long time (the experts say: at least 15 minutes).
Keep an eye on them if they are swimming in a pool with other family pets – make sure no one bothers or harms them while playing in the water.
Make sure that you have a non-slippery place for them to swim. It can also be dangerous if there are other pets or children who might want to disturb your pet while swimming.
Never leave your pet alone in the bathtub or sink while he/she is playing with water. This may be dangerous because of electric appliances nearby which might cause a short circuit.
Reasons why a hamster needs to be away from water?
If your hamster falls into the water, it will definitely try to keep its life – but might get hurt. Hamsters have very delicate skin and swimming can cause some abrasion or scratches on their body.
Possible reasons for that include:
- Sharp surfaces under the water (e.g. gravel).
- Other animals in the pool may chase him/her while playing with water.
- Damages from electric appliances nearby.
In addition – you should never let them swim if they are sick as this may lead to dehydration of their bodies too quickly. Also if they have an infection or sore somewhere on their paws.
It is dangerous for them to play around with the water because bacteria from dirty waters could enter their bodies and cause even more damage.
So just be careful when you let your hamster swim – especially if there are other pets or children around who may harm him/her while playing in the water.
Hamsters can swim, but there are many things that should be considered before letting them play with water.
First of all – their paws are made for working on the land as well as thin ice surfaces so they may get hurt if dropped accidentally into a bath or pool.
But also it is important to supervise your rodent while he/she’s playing in the water because accidents like this might happen and you want to make sure nothing goes wrong.