- Chickens, a Cat and a Dust Bath

Sand dries very quickly and can be turned over with a rake to employ the deep-litter method (discussed below) or scooped with a cat litter scooper when used in small coops. Sand is the flooring material of choice for outdoor runs that are exposed to the elements frequently: It doesn’t break down, it dries fast and it doubles as a great material for dust baths. Your chickens will love it, as mine do. Be sure to use builder’s sand (found at home-improvement stores), as sandbox sand is too fine and tends to clump.

This is a our cat Lily having one of her Summer dust baths on the rockery!

So now that you know all about dust bathing, how do you create a place that your girls will be happy to use? You need to take several factors into account. It should be somewhere that is sheltered, so that in bad weather it will still be dry enough to use. (It is meant to be a dust bath, not a mud bath, after all). It must be large enough for a chicken to move around in and flap their wings comfortably. It doesn’t have to be huge – a bowl, a cat litter tray or similar will suffice, but the smaller the container, the more time you are likely to spend refilling it, as the contents are spread far and wide. (Trust me - I learned that the hard way).

砂浴びをする猫 Cat has a dust bath. - YouTube

Chinchilla dust bath and vicious cat attack - YouTube To begin the dust bath process, you’ll need a plastic dishpan or container (approximately 12” long by 6” deep and wide, or with enough room so that your chin doesn’t get dust all over the place!). You can also purchase a dedicated chinchilla bath house (a plastic container with a spherical bottom and a roof-shaped top) online or at your local animal supply store; these can be good options for containing both the dust and your pet and can often be hooked to the inside of your chinchilla’s cage.

My chinchilla takes a dust bath, and cat decides to copy.

You’ll want to change the dust in your chinchilla dust bath at least once a week, Hess said, adding that the dust can get all over the place after a few baths. When you see the dust clumping or looking not-so-fresh, this is the indication that it’s time for a change.

Jul 12, 2011 - Can cats do those dust baths like chinchillas


But then we discovered it is common for cats to do this. It is called a “dust bath” and naturally, this is supposed to be done in the dirt, but our inside cats have no access to dirt so this is the best they can do.The first time I saw a cat take a dust bath, I was scandalized! LOL! She (Callie the calico) seemed very pleased with the activity, so I let it pass: cats sniff each other’s butts, too, another activity I didn’t realize till I had two of my own. But then we discovered it is common for cats to do this. It is called a “dust bath” and naturally, this is supposed to be done in the dirt, but our inside cats have no access to dirt so this is the best they can do.A indoor cat enjoys a dust bath during a summers day.. Numerous other species also partake in dust bathing, birds, horses, bison, elephant, etc.