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A Step-By-Step on How to Capture Your Escaped Hamster

Updated on April 18, 2016
Dear Sir, I do believe that I am lost!
Dear Sir, I do believe that I am lost! | Source

Hamsters are really really smart when it comes to escaping their houses for a little misadventure. However, since they are so small and do not exactly make loud noises (dogs can bark and cats can meow, but hamsters will, at most, squeak when frightened or excited), it is therefore, often times harder to locate their exact location as compared to other domestic pets. The only way to really know that our mini friends are still indeed in the house is by the tiny poops left behind. So what can you do to re-capture the little rascal? I will share with you a tried and tested, step by step method on how to coax it out of hiding and trap your little furball, when it pulls a Houdini with its Disappearing Act. It is super simple and requires nothing more than the things you already have lying in the house!

I have had many hamsters for a long while now, and so far, there have only been 3 of them that went quests on without my knowledge. The following is one way I have used and it has always worked like a charm (really!), I would usually find my naughty runaways sleeping in the trap the next day! Although this technique has never failed me, I would like to mention that this works the best in smaller houses and/or apartments. For bigger houses or especially those with yards and gardens that may lead to the outside (roads), the possibly of capture might decrease as the area increases.

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Use buckets with depth.
Use buckets with depth.


Hamsters do not have the best eyesight, but they do have a very keen sense of smell. How my trap works is by tapping in to that sense of smell and to lure your runaway hamsters with the sweet scent of food. To set up your trap, you will need 3 simple things:

- a bucket
- some bedding
- a small amount of food

1. Take a bucket/pail that is deep, ideally 2 to 3 times the height of your hamster (when it's standing). We want to have a bucket that our hamsters will not be able to jump or climb out of, once it is successfully trapped inside.

2. Place a small amount of bedding in to the bucket, your hamster will be climbing up in to the bucket/pail. As such, the bedding helps to cushion your hamster's fall in to the ‘trap’, giving it a soft landing.

3. Place some food or delicious hamster treats in the bucket. This is the bait!

4. Stack a couple books beside the bucket (till it reaches the brim) in steps to create a ‘staircase’ for your hamster to climb. Your hamster will follow the promising smell of yummy goodness in to the bucket.

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Oh. Hi! Let me tell you about my travels. | Source


As your missing hamster is most probably hungry from all it’s exploring, all you have to do now is to place your trap in a central location of the house, an example is to have it in the middle of your living room. Just leave your trap overnight if need be, most rodents are more active at night anyway. If everything goes well, you will be looking down in to the bucket at a pair of tiny eyes looking right back up at you the next day. Success!


✧ You might wish to add a tiny cup of water (preferably like the size of a condiment dipping cup) in the trap, but please take extra care that the cup is shallow and indeed small. We wouldn’t want to drown your hamster!

© 2012 Peony


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      Peony 23 months ago

      @ Robohamster - Lucky! That's a pretty dangerous place to be hiding in.

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      Robohamster 23 months ago

      My hamster was found in the washing machine :) At least we found him he was missing for 16hrs

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      Peony 5 years ago

      @ Nell Rose - That's so sweet! Haha, my hamsters are a lil more evasive so a little cunning needs to be employed :D

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      My pet rat had a habit of escaping, so in the end I used to stand in the middle of the room and place the cage on the floor, nine times out of ten it would climb back in looking very sorry for itself! lol! what a great idea you had though, never thought of that! lol!