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How To Find a Hamster

Updated on January 6, 2013

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How To Catch a Hamster

How To Catch a Hamster

It has finally happened, your cute little hamster has escaped his cage or his ball. Possibly while you were playing with him or while cleaning his cage or he may have just figured out how to get the cage opened I have seen that happen before. So he's out in the great big world or in this case your house. Hopefully he's just in your room or your closet somewhere. How do you catch him? There are several ways to catch a lost hamster. First hope to get lucky and catch them in the room they got out in. Second figure out what room of the house they are in. Third if all else fails use a live trap to catch them. But, keep in mind 9 times out of 10 you will catch your hamster.

How Do You Catch Your Hamster

First things first when trying to catch a hamster lost in your home. Look everywhere in the room where the cage is. If you found the hamster missing close to the time he escaped he is probably still in the room. But remember hamsters have extremely small bodies so when you are looking for them you need to look in every nook and cranny. So when you are looking in your closet look in every shoe and behind every toy. Pull out your drawers and look through the clothing in the drawers. Next pull out all the drawers and look at the frame inside the dresser. Hopefully you catch your escaped hamster very soon after he escapes because that is when he is most easily caught before he learns the lay of the land or the layout of your house.

Hamsters are Nocturnal

Hamsters Are Nocturnal

Hamsters are Nocturnal, what that means is they are most active at night. If you have ever been trying to go to sleep just to hear a hamster spinning on his wheel in your child's room you know what I mean. So if he escapes during the day you can expect him to find a place that is quiet and dark to lay low for the day. Then at night if you are quiet you just might hear him running around. Because now is his time to be active. So listen closely. If you don't catch your hamster the first night it's okay there is still hope. However as he goes outside a small area into the larger house in some cases very large nowadays he gets harder to catch. So here is what you do.

What Room Is My Hamster In

If your hamster has been out of his cage for a day he is going to start getting hungry. Not to mention he will start exploring the house which makes him harder to find. So here is what you do. Place some specific number 6 or 7 sunflower seeds in the middle of each room. Then when you wake in the morning you should be able to see which room your hamster is hiding in. This will make it easier to find him. Search this room like you did your room when you first discovered him missing.

Trapping My Hamster

Trapping my Hamster

If you cannot catch your hamster no matter what you try then you should consider trapping him. You can make a trap yourself with a bucket covered with paper with books stacked up to the edge like stairs. Put food up the stairs and on the paper. The hamster climbs the stairs goes onto the paper and falls in the bucket. Sounds good but I have never been able to catch the hamster that way though the trap has been set off. The other way is to buy a live trap which is a trap that they have for mice. That catches your hamster live. So when the hamster goes in a trapdoor closes behind him and he can't get out. Place this trap along your baseboard in the room you think your hamster is in.


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      JustMike 5 years ago

      I can only imagine that. Here it would be a snack for the cat or dog or just simply become dehydrated.

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      Casimiro 5 years ago

      Well, we don't actually have a hamster, but who could resist reading this hub!? :) A hamster here in Costa Rica lost and alone would probably become snake food I'm afraid.

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      JustMike 5 years ago

      It's always a panic when you realize your hamster is gone. Both for the parent thinking will it destroy the house and the child wondering if they will ever see their pet again. But so far I have always managed to catch them eventually.

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      vegaswriter 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Some good advice here. I've been asked what to do when a hamster gets out plenty of times in a total panick many times so it should come in handy.


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