DONT PANIC – I haven’t had an escapee, I was just asked the question 😉
We have all been there! You look over at the hamster cage and see the lid wide open and no hammy inside, or you look over to the exercise ball and see the lid laying beside an empty ball.
It happens; hamsters are born escapees.
Catching your wild hamster is no easy task. It takes a LOT of time and patience.
Many years ago, one of my sisters hamsters – Harry – lived in his barred cage on top of a chest of drawers. One night my mum and dad woke up to scurrying underneath their bed. Their first thought … rats! The lights went on and they investigated the rustling under their bed to see that Harry was happily exploring the world underneath the bed. When they checked Harry’s cage, the lid was wide open. So somehow Harry had managed to climb out of his cage, jump down about a meter high chest of drawers, crawl from my sisters bedroom across a landing and into my parents bedroom. Quite the adventurer!
How to catch your escapee
- First of all, establish which room/area your escaped hamster is in. Is it just a particular room or is there the possibility of your little furry being further out?
Turn off all noisy appliances and really listen to each room individually. You are likely to hear scurrying, nibbling or rustling which will be a huge giveaway as to where your hamster is.
Once you have worked out which room the fella is in, shut all the doors/windows etc so that you dont end up on a wild goose chase all over the house.
- Secondly, check anything that has wires – the back of a TV/internet box/anything with electrical wires that is on floor level really. Hamsters love to chew and bit and once a wire is bitten not only will you have to replace a cable, you may also have a deep-fried hamster (nope, that’s not a foreign delicacy).
If you can see your hamster lurking by wires you can grab them or try to usher them into a different space just to take them away from potential danger!
- Next place a pile of your hamsters favourite treat close to where you think they are, but in a place that is easy to grab a sneaky hamster. The smell of treats or food will entice ANY curious hamster out of hiding so its just then a matter of time.
If they don’t have a favourite treat then I would recommend sunflower seeds or yogurt drops. They smell tasty (to hamsters) and will be too tempting for them!
- It may even be worth placing their exercise ball, without the lid, alongside the treats as hamsters may very well climb right in and then you can pick up the ball as simple as that. Hamster caught!
- Eventually you just have to sit as still and as quiet as possible in the same place until your curious hamster appears. It may very well take AAAAAGES but any sudden movements/jerky actions/loud noises will spook them further into hiding. There is no use lunging as soon as your hamster pokes a whisker out of its hiding space because you will freak them out and they will not come out for even longer. If you are patient enough, they will emerge right out into the open to scoff some of them treats and at that moment you make your move.
There is no magical hamster-trap you can set down (there are non-killing mousetraps which can be used in this situations but personally anything with the word ‘killing’ in its name is going nowhere near my hamsters!)
Patience is the name of the game.
Hope this has helped! ^.^