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How To Find Your Lost Hamster

Updated on September 29, 2014

Locating Your Hamster

If your hamster escapes it's cage and you can't seem to find it anywhere here are some tips to make your hunt easier.

  • Hamsters are nocturnal creatures, so they tend to hide in dark spaces. Try looking under your couch, bed, dresser, or any other tight dark areas your hamster could easily sneak into.
  • Hamsters really love warm climate. When searching for your hamster, try turning off the lights in the area that your lost your hamster in and turn on a portable heater if you own one. This trick will help you lure your hamster out of any unknown location, just stay on guard by your heater so you can grab it whenever it feels comfortable enough to come out. When I lost my hamster I did this and within minutes the little guy found his way to my heater.
  • Turn off anything generating loud noise, so that you can hear clearly when you're doing this next step. If you take foil wrap and place sheets of it on the floor, you'll hear the crinkling of the foil wrap when your hamster runs over it, which will make it easier to locate.
  • Lure him in with some of his favorite snacks. When I lost my hamster, I took some cranberries and a few pieces of my hamster's food mix and placed it in a dark crevasse near my heater. It might take a while, but if you keep listening out and waiting, your hamster will eventually make his way to your little set trap.

Capturing Your Hamster

Hamsters are generally fast runners, and because of that fact plus their small size, they can be really hard to grab. Here are some tips on helping you capture your hamster once you find it, so that you can reunite it back with it's cage.

  • Decrease the amount of running space your hamster has. Confine your hamster to one general area once you do locate your hamster. Make sure to close all the doors within the room that your hamster is in, so that he can't escape to another room. If you do this, then your hamster will have a smaller area to run around in, which will make it easier for you to capture it.
  • Lure them out of any tight spaces you can't get in. Hamsters are afraid of loud noises, if your hamster is under a piece of furniture that you can't reach under, bang on the other side a little bit, and your hamster will run the opposite way. This technique works with using a flashlight too. Shine the light in one direction and your hamster will run opposite of or away from the light.
  • Use a large container instead of trying to grab him with your hands. Doing this will make it so much easier for you to capture your hamster, you won't have to worry about hurting him or accidentally letting your hamster slip out of your fingers. You can take a bin or a large bucket and place it over your hamster when you find it, then slip a piece of paper (large enough to cover the opening of the container) underneath so that your hamster wont be able to escape, then flip the container back over, and bring your hamster back to it's cage. Voila! You've captured your hamster.

A Few Extra Words

The very first day I bought my hamster, I brought it over to my friend's house to show them my new pet. I was very excited, so I immediately put the little guy in a hamster ball, to let him run around while my friend and I watched a movie. Sadly, I was very captivated in one of the intense scenes of the movie, and sometime in those fifteen minutes my hamster managed to escape from his ball.

We paused the movie and stopped watching to go look for him. My hamster is a dwarf hamster, and dwarf hamsters are much smaller than the averaged sized hamsters, so that and the fact that he's fast as a bullet made it really hard to grab him. My hamster was so small that he could fit underneath furniture I couldn't fit my hands under (which were mostly the vents on the floor where the heat was emitting), so I had to try to lure him out.

My friend and I were so quick to stomp around and chase after him whenever we saw him, which wasn't a good idea. All the noise we created scared my hamster and caused him to run away from us. When you're trying to find your hamster I would suggest trying to make as little noise as possible, or to try sneaking up on it so that you don't scare them away.

I remembered that hamsters are nocturnal animals, so I turned off the lights and used a flashlight to lure him out of any dark cracks I couldn't reach under. The flashlight worked the same way as the loud noise does, whatever way you direct it towards your hamster, your hamster will go the opposite way.

My friend and I thought up a strategy to capture the hamster. We closed all the doors, brought out a portable heater and some snacks and placed them at a corner of the room. My hamster made his way over to the heater with the food, but I was too slow at catching him and missed the opportunity. So, I shined the light at any cracks until I found him. My hamster, like most hamsters, is very quick, so I decided that this had to be a team effort and had my friend with a large enough bin at ready. When my hamster ran out of the cracks, my friend threw the bin over him, and we finally caught him.

When you're trying to catch your hamster, breathe, and try to have some patience, it can be very frustrating, but have no fear! You will eventually catch your little one.


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