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How to Catch an Escaped Hamster

Came across this great article about how to catch a mouse without
a mousetrap []
and simply had to share it here because it's so relevant to
how to catch an escaped hamster. (Yes, it can happen even with the best
of hamsters cages at times.. which is why it's so important to assess the safety
of your hamsters cages)

A picture speaks a thousand words...

How to Catch an Escaped Hamster

The Ramp method to catch Escaped Hamster
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This method makes more sense to me than what I've
read from other articles and forums even. Everyone talks
about the ramp method but my question is always...

"How's the hamster going to smell the food all the way in the bucket?"

The method she describes soothes the doubts in my mind because
it's now possible to put the bait (hamster treats) at the TOP of the ramp,
not at the bottom of the pail/bucket.

Toilet tunnel lures Escaped Hamster
 [photo credit:]

Using an additional tunnel (toilet roll), put the food inside and place it
at the top of the ramp so that it tips over once the hamster gets in it.
(Doesn't it just make more sense to you too?)

Summary of How to Catch an Escaped Hamster

[I quote]:
  1. Get a toilet paper tube and crease two lines to form a flat sided tunnel.
  2. Put a treat on one end of the tube: A cracker and dab of peanut butter works great.
  3. Get a tall (at least 20 inches) bucket. A trash can works well.
  4. Balance the tube precariously on the edge of a table or counter with the treat hanging directly over the tall sided receptacle.
  5. The mouse will scurry to the treat (they like tunnels) and fall into the trap.
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Wishing your hamster returns safely home soon!

P.S. Hammu ran away thrice in his lifetime and he always came back
for Sunflower Seeds. If you're still not sure what your hamster's favourite
treats are, you can also try using Mealworms (our female Roborovski hamsters prefer this).
Otherwise, something Sweet like yoghurt drops or fruit might do the trick. Good luck!

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