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How to catch a loose hamster in the house?

Okay, so we got a new hamster yesterday, and today we woke up and she wasn’t in her cage. Anybody know any effective methods? By the way, she is a dwarf hamster.
Okay, well we can’t do the cage thing because that’s how she got out in the first place, the space between the bars in the cage was too big. So the cage won’t work.

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    David B
    Posted 7 months ago

    Buy a cat and let it find the hampster

      KaylaByrd
      Posted 7 months ago

      Put the cage on the floor…open with food inside, and they’ll usually go back to, the only problem is if she’s only been in it for a day she might not recognize it as her home…

      The best times to look for her is late at night, about an hour after the house gets dark and quiet or early, about 2 hours before the sun comes up…

      Try to leave a box on the floor with and old towel in it and put some good smelling treats in their…

      As for places to look, closets, dressers, behind desks or entertainment stands…ect…tight cozy dark places…

      PLEASE DO NOT leave fruits out for her, they will go bad after about 4 hours and can make her sick…and add a wonderful smell to your house…

      Hope this helps…GOOD LUCK finding her…

        milvis23
        Posted 7 months ago

        Call up Richard Gere.

          Tina D
          Posted 7 months ago

          Get a bucket and place food in it. Make a ramp with books the hamster will fall in and you will have your hamster back. You might have to do this for a few rooms> I bet it was a habitrail we lost and found many hamsters and mice!

            soulthief2003
            Posted 7 months ago

            Take a bucket a popcan and some wire. Put a hole through the can and put the wire through it tie it to a bucket and put peanut butter on the can. put it somewhere where the hampster can gut to the wire she goes aftyer the peanut butter can spins she falls in and cannot get out.
            usually you fill the bucket with water and use this to kill mice so I do not know if she can jump out.
            I would still give it a try. Good luck

              sandy119
              Posted 7 months ago

              put his favorite food and let him come to it

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                Posted 7 months ago

                I had a dwarf hamster, but it died. Anyways, to the point. Put her cage on the floor and leave it opened so she has acess to her cage 24/7. She might come back, looking for food, wander into her cage to eat. So, leave her food bowl filled and her water, too. If her water and food goes away a little, that means she has been there! Make sure to-sometime-see her in her cage coming back for a bite! Good luck!

                  Ann
                  Posted 7 months ago

                  with any luck you’ll be able to find it pretty soon, just close up any opening she/he might be able to get into. thoroughly check one room, and when you are certain she/he is not in it, close the door and maybe put a pillow in front of the crack under it so the hamster can’t crawl through it. do this for every room until you find it. if you still haven’t found your hamster, you can try again if you want. make sure you check all the dark spaces, behind bookcases, etc. be careful when you’re checking as well, hamsters get scared super easily when they’re out of their home.

                  if this doesn’t work after thorough searching and get either a bucket or a box or something the hamster won’t be able to climb out of. make a ramp going up into it and a very soft landing inside, with some bedding and/or hamster fluff. put hamster food and treats in the container and around it, and she/he might come back during the nighttime when you’re asleep.

                  if this doesn’t work, you could also try a safe mouse trap. buy one that catches rodents without harming them, and put hamster food in it. since it is a dwarf hamster, it should be relatively the same size as a large mouse, give or take a few centimeters.

                  hope this helps, good luck finding your hamster! when you do find her, try to figure out how she/he escaped in the first place. if it was a loose door, try some twisty ties holding it together. tape also works on plastic homes, as long as it is on the outside. hamsters can chew through tape very easily, and yours probably won’t hesitate to attempt another escape plan now that it knows how to do it =]

                    Jessica
                    Posted 7 months ago

                    Well, rodents run and hide, but they can’t help it. I mean, it still loves you, but it’s just an instinct for rodents to explore. Mice, hamsters, and gerbils might not come back, though — they feel confused and are too scared to come out to look for his home. Rodents like hamsters usually don’t go very far to hide. Your pet is probably still in the same room where he disappeared, if you can remember which room that was. Get a plastic container or something like a coffee can, and look for your pet around the rooms slowly and quietly. Pick each thing up off the floor to see if he is hiding under it. Look under furniture and under pillows. Look inside closets, drawers, and behind books or toys that are on shelves. If you find him, don’t slam the coffee can on top of him immediately, but do it calmly.

                    If you don’t find him like that, though, get a Havaheart trap from a hardware store or friend. Read the instructions that come with it. Put peanut butter and seeds in the trap (hamsters LOVE peanut butter). Set the trap at night in the same room where your pet escaped, again if you remember the room. If you don’t remember the room, just pick a room where you think it would be most likely to be. Or maybe put it near a hiding place. Sometimes you can find out where a pet rodent is hiding — he chews on things at night. If you listen carefully, you can hear him, so then you will know where to put the trap.
                    Your pet gets hungry, and he smells the food and goes into the trap. The door closes, but it doesn’t hurt the rodent. The trap’s like a small cage.

                      chris.p.chicken
                      Posted 7 months ago

                      NOT TO HERT YOUR FEELINGS FOR YOUR PET BUT IT DOESNT LIKE YOU OR ANYONE SO IT WILL RUN AWAY NOT LIKE A NOBLE DOG OR CAT YOU KNOW. IVE HAD IT HAPPEN TO MY HAMSTER OK BEST WAY IS TO PUT SOME OF HIS FAVORITE FOOD MAKE SURE ITS SMELL IS VERY STRONG AND GO IN A CORNER WHERE HE/SHE CANT SEE YOU AND YOU WAIT MAY TAKE HOURS BUT IT WORKS

                        lovemyboys1976
                        Posted 7 months ago

                        yes leave the cage down on the ground with a ladder on one side and no way for him o get back out on the inside. leave fresh water and food evry night for him and hopefully you will wkae up in the morning to find him in there

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