How to Find a Lost Hamster?

Losing any pet is a totally nerve-wracking experience but especially with small and fragile pets like hamsters. Theres always a worry in the back of your mind that, with how tiny they are, you might never find them again or worse, accidentally step on them.

Credit: 1267434, PixabaySurprisingly adept little climbers, hamsters can sometimes scale great heights due to their curious and adventurous temperaments. Credit: pixel2013, PixabayDigging and burrowing are some of a hamsters favorite activities, so it should be no surprise that theyd love to find their way into your bags, backpacks, and purses.

Credit: Oleksandr Khalimonov, ShutterstockWashers, dryers, and hot water heaters are surprisingly common places that hamsters gravitate towards. Credit: Szymon Kaczmarczyk, ShutterstockDark and often filled with plenty of soft clothing and boxes to burrow into , hamsters are especially fond of closets. Again, exercise extreme caution as you move any boxes, and equip yourself with a flashlight to increase your hamster tracking abilities.

Credit: kaboompics, PixabayA small dusting of flour or cornmeal across doorways can be an easy way to track your hamsters movements. Credit: Hans, PixabayA thin sheet of aluminum foil combined with a dead-quiet household can be a quick and easy way to determine where your hamster is hiding. Credit: _Alicja_, PixabayOddly enough, many hamsters enjoy breaking out just for the sake of exploring then return to their comfy homes when their curiosity is satisfied.

Always leave your hamsters cage door open for them, with plenty of food to entice them back into their home. Follow the suggestions listed above diligently, and youll have a great chance of locating your lost friend within a day or so. Thankfully, most hamsters will carry a significant food supply with them in their expandable cheeks so youll have plenty of time to track them down.

How do I lure my hamster out of hiding?

If your hamster is hiding somewhere in your house or room, Maureen Murithi, DVM, suggested using what she called the “bucket method” to get your hamster to come out. “Place some treats like sunflower seeds, fruits, or raisins inside a small bucket – not too deep though.

Where do hamsters hide when they get out?

Furniture. Hamsters enjoy hiding under couches, futons, beds, dressers, entertainment centers, and so on. Also, check to make sure your hamster did not somehow figure out how to crawl into the cushions or into a pillowcase. Boxes.

How long can a lost hamster survive?

How long can a hamster survive when lost? They’ll survive for about 3–4 days, unless they somehow manage to drill a hole in the wall and fall.

One thing hamsters are very good at is escaping! If there is even a small gap in their cage then they will make a bid for freedom. And hamsters are so small and quick that youll soon find yourself with a lost hamster.

Hamsters are nocturnal animals so your pet is more likely to show its face in low light conditions. Simply scatter some flour around the treats when you place them and hey presto, you have some nice white paw prints to follow.

You can also try the flour trick around cabinets and doorways, so that if your hamster ventures out at night to explore, they leave a trail right back to their hideout. If you have the patience then you can also try placing some tinfoil on the floor by the doors in a room, then turn out the lights when its dark and wait for any tell-tale sounds of hamster activity. If you are lucky then all you will need to do is to place the open cage near to where your pet is hiding, with some tasty treats inside, and wait.

All you need to do is create a steady ramp up to the rim of the container, and place some treats inside. Its important to remember that once your pet is back home it will need some time to rest and recover from its adventure.

So your hamster has gone missing. Thats okay, dont worry, hes not very far. Ill tell you how to find your hamster friend, whether you lost your hamster in your home, or outside.

Keep away any and all pets that can move freely (like a cat, bird, or dog), as well as small children that might scare the hamster. Remember that hamsters are mostly nocturnal , so your friend will probably come out at night, when its dark and quiet in the house.

Make a mental note of any holes or large cracks in the walls or doors that your hammy might have escaped through. If its been a few days since hes missing, and you only just noticed, he is probably looking for food so you can start with the pantry or kitchen. Baiting the hamster with food You can try a few or all of these ideas, depending on your home, how many pets or children you have, and how much time youve got.

Like a dog biscuit , or a whole peanut(with shell, no salt), or a piece or cheese, and tie a bit of yarn around it. The rest of the yarn you can make into a long string that leads to a center piece youre often next to. Another idea would be to place some food in a small bowl made of crinkled up aluminium foil , with large, flowy edges.

Or, you can sprinkle a fine, thin layer of flour all around the treats you left on the floor. Your hammy will leave tiny foot prints where hes going through the flour, and you can narrow your search from there. If you cant sprinkle flour or tie in bells, you can simply put a specific number of treats in every room .

Place on the paper or aluminium a few lightweight treats that your hamster will like, for example 1-2 peanuts or sunflower seeds, or a bit of biscuit. You can make a sort of stairway with a few books, or a piece of cardboard bent into the shape you want, or anything the hamster can climb. Finally, sprinkle a few seeds or treats for your hammy to follow as a trail up to the top of the trap.

Placing treats and baiting your hamster like in your home wont work. And depending on the type of terrain around your home, if its fenced in, if theres a forest starting in your backyard, your search will be harder. Best to just go for the humane mouse trap I linked earlier, since thats pretty much the only way youre sure something larger than your hamster will not steal the bait.

In a worst case scenario, if its been more than a week and your hammy hasnt showed, hes probably wandered off into the wild, or had a nasty run-in with another animal. Also a wire mesh cover would be a good idea for the glass tank, just to be safe. And finally, you can use some binder clips the big, black, ones you use for lots of sheets of paper.

(If you like this article so far, you can pin it to your Pinterest board by clicking the image below . A curious cat or a playful puppy will want to move the hammy around, try to paw it, bark at it maybe. Hammies will also bite and scratch their way out of a situation if they have to, so this is another reason to keep small children away from them.

Pets and kids zooming around your hammy during the day (when he sleeps) wont make him feel safe at all. Mostly because for a few weeks I had the wrong sized cage for my Teddy (adult Syrian male) and I only realized this too late. They need lots of floor space to run around in, and they feel suffocated in a small cage.

This Id say should be the minimum for a Dwarf hammy as well, since hamsters will go for larger cages if given the chance.

Start with Their Cage

It may sound silly, but many hamsters are so adept at hiding themselves that you should thoroughly search their cage before doing anything else. If nothing else, this may give you clues as to where they went next, such as trails of bedding leading out of their cage.

Check Behind and Underneath Furniture

Hamsters love to hide, so you’ll need to carefully check behind and underneath any furniture near where your hamster escaped. Grab a flashlight so you can check more thoroughly underneath darkened furniture.

Look Inside Cabinets and Drawers

Even the tiniest of holes can give a hamster plenty of room to squeeze through – and some hamsters can’t quite figure out how to get back out, either. Open all your drawers and cabinets to check for your hammy.

Check on Bookcases and Shelves

Surprisingly adept little climbers, hamsters can sometimes scale great heights due to their curious and adventurous temperaments. Give a thorough search through any bookcases, moving books out of the way to check behind them as well.

Search Through Backpacks and Purses

Digging and burrowing are some of a hamster’s favorite activities, so it should be no surprise that they’d love to find their way into your bags, backpacks, and purses. This is especially common if you keep any snack bars, mixed nuts, or other treats in your bags.

Check Behind Appliances

Washers, dryers, and hot water heaters are surprisingly common places that hamsters gravitate towards. Be extra careful if you have to move these, so as not to put your hamster in danger of being squashed.

Double Check Any Closets

Dark and often filled with plenty of soft clothing and boxes to burrow into, hamsters are especially fond of closets. Again, exercise extreme caution as you move any boxes, and equip yourself with a flashlight to increase your hamster tracking abilities.

Try Looking at Night

As nocturnal creatures, hamsters are much more active at night than during the day. Organize a stakeout with flashlights and enticing treats, and you’ll be much more likely to catch them out and about.

Lure Them Out with Treats

Hamsters are especially fond of seeds, which means that you can place small piles of them in each room of your home to determine which part of your house your hamster is hiding in. Place a matching number of seeds in each room, then check for any that have been pilfered.

Track Their Movements with Flour

A small dusting of flour or cornmeal across doorways can be an easy way to track your hamster’s movements. Once you see the direction that their footprints are headed, you’ll have a better idea of where to track them down.

Place Aluminum Foil and Listen Carefully

A thin sheet of aluminum foil combined with a dead-quiet household can be a quick and easy way to determine where your hamster is hiding. As they run across the foil, you’ll be alerted to their position and be able to home in on their hiding spot.

Removing the danger

Of course, rather than find a lost hamster, it’s better to make sure that your hamster never escapes in the first place.It’s important to make sure any potential escape routes are removed. Make sure that your hamster cannot get through any gaps in its cage and that the cage is firmly locked.Try to keep the room where your hamster cage is as well sealed as possible.If you have any other pets, make sure they don’t have access to the room where your hamster lives. The last thing you want is your cat to get sight of your hamster on the loose!

Lost hamster, please come home!

If you are very lucky then your lost hamster may come back to its cage all on its own!Make sure there are treats available in the cage, and that the area around the cage is quiet so that your little friend won’t be disturbed on the trip back home.Don’t worry if this doesn’t happen straight away; it has been known for hamsters to suddenly show up back at their cage even after a couple of days of being lost.

The immediate search for your lost hamster

When you first notice that your hamster is missing, you are obviously going to want to carry out a search right away.Being a member of a hamster search party can be very frustrating. Don’t forget you are dealing with a tiny creature that is speedy by nature. You are definitely at a disadvantage!This does not mean you should give up. It just means you need to have a little patience and put a lot of thought into where you search.Remember that once your pet is away from the familiar territory of its cage it will probably be frightened and will want to hide. Think about where you would hide if you were that small. Be sure to check obvious places, such as behind and under furniture. You should also check for any holes or gaps in furniture where your hamster could climb inside.Remember to check in bags and backpacks, in drawers and under the items that are in the drawers.When you’re conducting your search it’s best if you can make the area as dark as possible and use a torch. Hamsters are nocturnal animals so your pet is more likely to show its face in low light conditions.

The detective in you

If your immediate search does not have a happy ending then don’t give up! You may just need to do a little clever detective work.Start off by placing some treats in the room(s) where you think your hamster may be hiding. If the treats disappear then at least you know you are on the right track!You have probably seen those films where someone is lost and leaves a trail for anyone searching to follow. Well you can get your pet to do that without them knowing!Simply scatter some flour around the treats when you place them and hey presto, you have some nice white paw prints to follow. You can also try the flour trick around cabinets and doorways, so that if your hamster ventures out at night to explore, they leave a trail right back to their hideout.If you have the patience then you can also try placing some tinfoil on the floor by the doors in a room, then turn out the lights when it’s dark and wait for any tell-tale sounds of hamster activity.

Finding a lost hamster in your home

Before you start looking for your hamster, keep in mind that he’s got some reasons for wandering off. That doesn’t necessarily mean he wanted to leave, maybe he found something interesting in a corner.Hamsters are incredibly curious, about everything, and will want to investigate thing right away. You’ve seen him glue himself to the cage bars when you do something around his cage, you know he wants to know.There are a few things to keep in mind before you start looking for your hamster, and here they are:So don’t worry, your hammy is probably somewhere in the kitchen munching on some peanuts behind a cupboard. Now let’s see how to find your hamster friend first.

Where the hamster might have gone

This about where the hammy might go. Think about the room you last saw him in, and try and think in his shoes (or paws).If it’s cold in the house, he might go for the warmest room he can find, so you can start there.If it’s been a few days since he’s missing, and you only just noticed, he is probably looking for food so you can start with the pantry or kitchen.Was there anything interesting in the room you last saw your hamster ? Like a very smelly food, or a bag of treats, or something that made a lot of noise (like a crinkly bag) ?Are there any nook and crannies your hamster would love, close to where you last saw him ?

Setting the traps for your hamster

When you’re looking for your hamster, you’ll need to set some traps. Humane ones, of course, but still you need to trap him in one particular spot. Or, at least find out the room he’s in.

Baiting the hamster with food

You can try a few or all of these ideas, depending on your home, how many pets or children you have, and how much time you’ve got.One idea would be toSo, when your hammy will try to take away the treat you will see where he it pulling from. Place just one big treat in each room.Another extra step would be toAnother idea would be toOr, you canYou can even sprinkle it across the whole floor, although there will be lots of cleanup to do afterwards. Your hammy will leave tiny foot prints where he’s going through the flour, and you can narrow your search from there.If you can’t sprinkle flour or tie in bells, you can simply

Home-made trap

You can also use an actual trap made from thing you’ve got at home already.Get yourself a bucket, or a large plastic bin. Something the hamster can’t climb out of. Add a layer of bedding so your hamster can get comfortable because he will be sitting there for a few hours.Then, at the very top/edges, place either aluminium foil, or a large sheet of paper, or paper towel. Place on the paper or aluminium a few lightweight treats that your hamster will like, for example 1-2 peanuts or sunflower seeds, or a bit of biscuit.Do not fasten the paper or aluminium onto the edges. The hamster will have to be able to fall into the bucket/bin, once he steps onto the paper.Next, your hamster has to be able to get up to the edge. You can make a sort of stairway with a few books, or a piece of cardboard bent into the shape you want, or anything the hamster can climb.Finally, sprinkle a few seeds or treats for your hammy to follow as a trail up to the top of the trap.You hamster will smell the treat, come out of his hiding place, follow the trail of treats, and in the end go for the treat on top of the trap. He will end up falling into the bucket/bin, and you will find him munching on the treats.

Humane rodent trap

You can find these in many stores, and they’re safe for your hamster.The point of these traps is that the hamster will only be caught in the closed off space, and not killed. They will not harm you hammy, but I do recommend checking up on these about once an hour.Air holes do exist on these kind of traps, but they can only do so much.There’s also condensation forming on the inside, so you don’t want your hammy getting wet – more on that here, and what you can do about it.Place some bait your hammy loves, like maybe peanut butter, or a whole peanut, or a small bit of cooked chicken. Once your hammy walks over the trap door, the trap will spring shut and will keep him there.Your hammy might get scared at first, that’s normal. But you’ll find him soon enough, so he won’t be staying in the trap too long.You can find this kind of traps in lots of places, but you can check this one on Amazon to get an idea of it.

Finding a lost hamster outside

If your hammy is lost outside, this will be a bigger problem. He could’ve gone very far, but there’s still a chance he’s close by, just hiding somewhere.Placing treats and baiting your hamster like in your home won’t work. Outside there’s cats, birds, and other creatures that will take the bait.And depending on the type of terrain around your home, if it’s fenced in, if there’s a forest starting in your backyard, your search will be harder.Best to just go for the humane mouse trap I linked earlier, since that’s pretty much theIn this case the bucket/bin trap won’t work either, since you might find yourself with a bird or squirrel in that trap.In a worst case scenario, if it’s been more than a week and your hammy hasn’t showed, he’s probably wandered off into the wild, or had a nasty run-in with another animal.This is also something to consider if you ever think about releasing your hamster into the wild. He might or might not make it. Life in the forest or plains or general wilderness in your are is probably too harsh for the little furball.

Escape-proofing your hamster’s cage

Prevention is the best way to be sure your hammy doesn’t escape. So let’s see what you can do about his cage.First, you will find here a whole list of tips and pointers on how to choose the right cage for your hamster – both in terms of size, but safety as well.In general, glass tanks/aquariums are much harder to escape than regular wire or plastic ones.Hamsters can and do jump, sometimes out of their cages, so be warned. You can find out more about that here, so you know what to watch out for. Also a wire mesh cover would be a good idea for the glass tank, just to be safe.Another idea would be to get your hammy a wire cage that hasSo it is entirely possible for your hamster will squeeze through the bars of his cage and away he goes. Especially if you’ve got Dwarf types, which are so incredibly tiny. You can find out more about hamster sizes and how much they grow as adults – right here.Make sure