Every owner of a hamster knows that these little creatures are extremely inquisitive and love to hide in the most unexpected and tiny spaces, especially in the dark. In addition, even the most skilled thief will envy the skill of escaping these rodents.
It is worth checking regularly for strength cages, balls, containers for hamsters, After all, the outside world is extremely dangerous for such a tiny animal. If this fluffy little ball was lucky to secretly leave his house, then you should immediately start searching for the fugitive. So, how to find a runaway hamster in an apartment?
Reasons for fleeing
Small rodent of any breed has shoots from the cage, however, Dzungarian hamsters do this much more often than Syrian ones. This is because the Dzungarian hamsters are more curious and more agile. And the cause of this event can be any factor.
- Cell. If the pet’s house is made of fragile materials, has damaged rods or a weak latch, then the night resident will easily take advantage of the breakage or create it yourself and get out.
- Danger The instinct of self-preservation is developed in every living creature and hamsters are no exception. Does the animal feel unsafe? Escape is not to be avoided.
- Feeling of fear. Do not forget about the size of the rodent and the fact that such a baby is easily scared by loud sounds.
- Fatigue. Undoubtedly, everyone needs a rest. If the hamster is exhausted or does not get enough sleep, then he will make an escape at the slightest opportunity to rest when you pull him out of the cage.
- Interest. Even such a small fluffy little ball is insanely curious about the world around., and he will take measures to escape from "imprisonment" and explore the uncharted corners of your apartment.
- The distraction of the owner. If you took a rodent in your hands to play with it, it is important to be extremely careful. Otherwise, you will have to look for the stray fluffy.
What to do if the hamster is not in the cage?
The reactions of the owners to the disappearance of the pet are diverse. Some fall into a panic, while others are sure that the animal runs up, walks up and returns to their apartments. Alas, this opinion is extremely erroneous. If you don’t take any actions right away, it will harm the pet and damage the property. So the animal is in danger of getting into the clutches of a cat or dog, it is possible to enter a trap from which the animal cannot get out on its own, death from hunger or dehydration should also not be excluded.
It’s important not to forget that hamster – a rodent striving to try everything on the tooth. So the animal will easily gnaw through the wire, ruin the furniture and other interior items. What to do if a Dzungarian, Syrian or a hamster of another breed escapes from the cage? How to find pussies?
It is forbidden to panic, because hamsters are often found to be healthy and unharmed. Some fugitives return in a few hours, while others stretch the trip for a couple of days.
Create a minimum of noise and do not make sudden movements. Otherwise, the fluffy lump is even more frightened and hides more reliably.
Lock the door immediately, as you notice that the rodent’s cage is empty. This is necessary so that the territory where the hamster lurks becomes safe for him. Do not forget to cover the cracks where the baby squeezes.
Report home to the fugitive. They will help you in your search, and inadvertently they will not harm the rodent, which lurks in an extremely unexpected place.
Hide other pets away, because they pose a threat to pussies. Four-legged is desirable to close in another room or in a cage. Start searching immediately.
Where do rodents run?
If the hamster escaped from the cage, then how to find it? Immediately it is worth exploring all the places where a night animal could escape. Hamsters love secluded secret places. They like to hide near the cells, climb under the interior and into the gaps between the walls and cabinets. Like rodents and boxes, lockers and bags.
How to track the animal?
First of all, it’s worth starting to track down this tiny creature. First, inspect the area near the cage. The fluffy is in no hurry to leave the familiar space and is looking for a secluded place here.
If the fugitive is not near the cage, it is important to immediately proceed to the inspection of furniture. Do not be too lazy to carefully examine each piece of furniture, look behind it and check under it. At the next search stage, it is important to examine the bags, boxes. Pay attention to shoes. It is possible that your favorite hamster lurks in a dark and warm boot.
Still, the hamster has not yet been found? Check household appliances and electronics for holes. If there are any, do not be too lazy to disassemble the device and look for the fugitive there. And most importantly: do not forget that the hamster is a nocturnal animal. Turn off the light in the room and sit still in the dark for a while and listen. The animal stirs, creating a barely audible noise.
How to lure a fugitive?
To the question of how to lure a hamster, if he ran away from the cage, what exactly to do, there is an extremely simple answer. If you have already determined in which remote place the animal lurks, then put a feeder nearby or sprinkle seeds on the floor. When the fluffy is hungry, then he will independently get out of the shelter to refresh himself.
If the location of the pet is still unknown, then in this case, as in the previous one, food will also help to catch the runaway hamster in the apartment. In several sections of the floor, mark a small amount of food and “surround” it with flour or starch. A hungry baby will soon find provisions and stain paws. Then you can easily find out from the “hot” tracks in which direction the furry traveler has hidden.
If you don’t want to litter in the room, then you can build an imaginary bowl from the foil and pour the animal’s favorite treat into it. Leave a home-made plate on the floor. When the hamster comes to eat, then the silent meal will not pass.
How to catch a runaway animal in an apartment?
When the baby is discovered and lured from the cache, it is time to catch it. You should throw a waffle towel on a hamster seduced by food. So the movement of the animal will be limited, and you can easily catch it.
If the agile fuzzy doesn’t want to leave the shelter, then put a cage with the door open at the entrance to the shelter. A hungry rodent will climb into it himself to replenish his strength. It also helps to place your favorite toys and attractions near the place of the cache. Soon, the baby wants to play and catch it is not difficult.
Types of traps
Now we will figure out how to catch a hamster if it has already escaped, but it is not possible to lure it. Don’t be scared of the word trap. The following variations of such a device will not harm the pet, but only help to capture it.
For this trap, a 2- or 3-liter plastic bottle with flat walls is best suited. On three sides, you need to carefully cut the bottom so that it rests only on the fourth. Bend the dangling plastic and, using stationery gum, fix it in this condition. Build a bridge out of cardboard, place it at the bottom edge so that it faces inside the trap.
Put on the edge of the device, which is in the bottle, a treat. The hamster will climb inside, feast on, but will not be able to leave the trap.
This device is perfect for those cases when the fluff lurked under the furniture. You need to take the sleeve that is left of toilet paper or paper towels, and put in it a treat for the rodent. We seal one of the holes, and on the other side we place the tube near the hamster’s cache. The hungry animal will climb into the sleeve for food, and in the meantime you will close the entrance with your palm and move the small tourist back to his apartment.
The bottom of this vessel is important to lay with hay or sawdust. So the animal does not hurt itself in the fall. Next, you should cover the bucket with paper, on top of which put the treat of the baby. The next stage is the construction of the “stairs”. You can attach a long ruler to the trap or lay out a ladder from books.
Do not forget to place some goodies at short distances. This will not only attract the attention of the rodent, but also lure him into a trap. Climbing for a treat on a paper sheet, the hamster will fall down, and he will not be lucky to get out of the bucket on his own.
Prevent the escape
So that the rodent could not leave the home, all measures should be taken to prevent this occurrence. First of all, it is worth making the cell as reliable as possible. It is important to check all opening, dangling and unreliable parts of the house. If there are any flaws, they should be urgently eliminated. Do not forget about the strong latch-lock. It is better to exclude a plastic safety lock from application, and to use iron. So the animal will not harm itself with plastic if it decides to gnaw the lock.
Make sure that the cage with the rodent is in a quiet and peaceful place. A crumb is better to isolate from noise and human fuss. Otherwise, the fluffy will get scared, and then you can’t escape.
Do not forget about the comfort of the animal. If the baby regularly runs away from home, then he does not like something there.
You should clean up the cage more often, try changing feeds or buying new toys and attractions. And most importantly: pay attention to the pet.
Alas, it is impossible to completely insure yourself against the hamster’s escape from the cage. And if this has already happened, in no case do not panic and do not wait for the independent return of the fugitive. The sooner you start looking for a little traveler, the faster the crumbs will be safe.