If you just lost one of your hamsters because it managed to escape out of its hamster cage or made a break for it during one of its out of cage exercise session, don’t panic, you can track it down and catch it. Don’t feel bad that it escaped, by nature hamsters are curious and relentless creatures. Any chance it can get to explore new territory, it will take it.
None-the-less, if your hamster has gone missing, stay calm and quiet.
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Corral Your Pet
Catch it Using Treats
You can either go out and buy a humane hamster trap from the local pet store or borrow a trap from an animal shelter but you can also make your own.
The following is a list of things you will need to make your hamster trap:
- One bucket or small trash can
- A hamster ramp or ladder
- Bedding from your hamsters cage
- A towel or napkin
- Your hamster’s favorite treat
- Setup a bucket along the wall of the room where you think your runaway hamster is hiding.
- Add some soft bedding into the bottom of it and then some treats on top of the bedding.
- Place a ramp or ladder against the bucket so your hamster can climb up and peek into the bucket.
- lay a towel or napkin over the opening of the bucket and place a treat in the middle.*
If the bucket is deep enough, your hamster will be trapped when it falls while trying to get at the treats. For many hamsters, the temptation of these treats will be more than enough for the hamster to accidentally fall in while trying to get at them. *On the other hand, if your hamster is too wise to fall for this homemade trap, you will need to add in the fourth step. When your hamster tries to walk out onto the towel to get the treat, the towel and the hamster will safely fall into the bucket. Your hamster will then eat the treats and probably curl and take a nap when it figures out it can’t escape.
Prevent One from Escaping
The best way to avoid loosing any hamsters is to prevent it in the first place by performing proper hamster care. To do so, you should inspect your hamster’s cage daily. Secure all the doors and openings with wire or tape. Additionally, replace any weak spots in the cage; where your hamsters have be gnawing. A good security measure is to close the door to the room that your hamster is in before opening the cage door. This will confine how far your hamster can get if it manages to escape. Finally, always remember to securely close the cage door when you put your hamster back into its cage.
Reviewed By: Tim Winter
Tim Winter has a strong affection for pets and wildlife. His years of experience caring for various types of pets has led him to share his knowledge with others on the best practices in pet care. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications.