DIY chinchilla sand

A sand bath is a must-have in a chinchilla's cage

Future owners of chinchillas should know that bathing these animals is very different from what we are used to for other pets. The animal carries out this hygienic procedure in the sand, in no case in water, because bathing the pet with water is contraindicated, since this can be fatal. For this type of bathing, special finely crushed sand for chinchillas is used, pre-poured into the bathing suit. We will now tell you how to make a bathing suit for a chinchilla with your own hands and what kind of sand will be the best.

Why does a chinchilla need sand?

Chinchilla bathing sand has a number of positive properties, such as:

  • Absorption, that is, when bathing, it absorbs all excess moisture, extraneous odors. It also removes all the harmful substances contained in the urine and faeces of the animal.
  • Sand for chinchillas also has an increased bactericidal action, which effectively prevents the development of bacteria, mold, and various fungi.
  • Which sand is better?

    Animals are very fond of swimming and the appearance, health and mood of the animal depend on the quality of the sand. In their natural habitat, animals bathe in volcanic dust, which you can easily purchase at the pet store to make your pet feel more comfortable. Experts also recommend crushed zeolite for bathing.

    It is important to remember that it is strictly forbidden to use ordinary river sand or any quartz sand, since these mixtures contain a huge amount of third-party bacteria.

    The sand in which the chinchilla bathes must be extremely environmentally friendly and not irritate the skin of the animal.

    Before buying sand, you need to feel it, you can put it on your hand, for example, and rub it. A quality product should not scratch or irritate your hand in any way. By its properties, it should be gentle and very pleasant, leaving a dusty trail of matte color on the palm of your hand. You can also drop a drop of water into the sand. At the same time, it should be absorbed instantly.

    DIY chinchilla sand

    DIY cat feeder

    DIY cat feeder is an excellent solution for those who do not want to throw money down the drain and are able to make something on their own.

    However, it is worth noting that only a person with at least minimal knowledge of programming and / or electrical engineering can make a programmable auto feeder for cats on their own. Although there are craftsmen who collect auto feeders even from old drives and alarm clocks. But you need to understand that, as a rule, such devices look untidy and often break, because they are made handicraft; moreover, they may not meet safety requirements. Therefore, it is better to buy auto feeders, and make simple, interactive feeders and puzzle feeders yourself.

    DIY cat feeder (simple)

    Probably simple auto feeders, i.e. not equipped with mechanisms - this is the case when it is better to work a little than spend money at a pet store.

    • 2 plastic water bottles 5-8 l

    • Flat lace glue gun

    We cut off the bottom of one bottle and cut out the pallet from it so that it resembles a scoop in shape: we leave the sides in front, remove them in half from the sides, remove everything from behind. In the second bottle, cut a small hole at the very bottom, the same height as the sides at the pallet. We insert the pallet into the hole and attach it to the bottom of the bottle with glue or an awl and plastic tape. Do not forget to fasten the edges of the sides of the pallet to the main bottle.

    We put the food into the bottle, and it wakes up in the pan as it is emptied by gravity.

    How to make such an auto feeder yourself can be seen in the video presented in the video

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