The Great Hamster Escape
- March 04, 2017
- Theresa Bertuzzi
Our Hamsters are escape artists! Last night and all day today I have been on the hunt for my daughter’s precious Squeakers. She escaped last night through one of the tunnels that she forced out of her cage and has now disappeared into the house. Over the past 9 months we have become experts at handling break out attempts by our little escapees. At first we thought she was in my daughter’s bedroom, so we quickly closed the door to try to keep her in there. We placed out the hamster food, checked underneath all of the furniture and sat quietly in her room ready to pounce on any little noise. We were like Ninja’s. Sitting quietly is not a skill that my family members are good at so I eventually kicked them all out of the room and hid myself on the bed where I remained poised to attack at any given moment. I stayed there for well over an hour and then decided that I would set up a trap with a peanut butter cracker in the garbage can. This trick I got from my friends who were hamster sitting for us over the Christmas vacation and had to deal with a Hamster jailbreak of their own.
For them, it was my son’s hamster, Hammy, who had broken out and did not turn up for a few days. They were so worried that my son would come home to no hamster so they searched for days and finally trapped him in a bucket with a peanut butter cracker. Throughout the three day search my friend Diane would send me text updates on the Hamster search and I would send her back funny little hamster memes like these. LOL I did bake them a thank you cake afterwards because it was very well earned and I am so grateful that they found our Hammy.
So I set up my trap and headed off to bed since it was after midnight. We checked the trap this morning and NOTHING! Then I heard my daughter shouting downstairs that we had some clues in the great Hamster Escape. In the corner of our family room, beside the satellite box was a pile of hamster food, dog food, torn up tissue, and a blue gumball. My daughter confirmed that the gumball had come from her bedroom so Squeakers had filled her cheeks with her hamster food, stolen the gumball from the garbage and made her way downstairs. She had also managed to completely empty the dog food bowl and poor bewildered Bentley the dog was sniffing around his pile of dog food in the corner like “Hey, why is my food over here?” He then turned his nose up at the food as it had clearly been contaminated and headed over to his food dish to demand that we refill it with food that had not been soiled by a fluffy rodent that he was not too fond of in the first place. He really does not pay much attention to the Hamsters unless they are zipping around the house in their exercise balls. These balls are hilarious. Each night we snap the two hamsters inside their balls and let them zip around the house for hours. We will be watching TV, doing house work or cooking and the balls will zip by at full speed. We are so used to them now that we just leap over them as we are walking around. The dog however gets annoyed with them constantly crashing into him so every once in a while he will gently place his paw on top of one of the balls and give it a flick; just enough to send the ball spinning. This cracks us up because after he has spun it you can tell that the Hamster inside is dizzy because for the next few minutes the ball will zig zag and weave around the house like it is drunk. Cracks me up every time!
Here’s a video of our Hammy in his ball. If you watch closely you will see the damn dog rubbing his butt on the floor in the background. Classy! LOL Always trying to steal the show!
Once we found the pile of food clues this morning, the kids found one hamster poop in the dining room. Ewwww! So I now have been searching my house for poop clues trying to locate this little bugger so that my daughter’s heart will not be broken. I have even set up another trap and have sprinkled flour all around a bowl of food in hopes that she will go for the bait, cover her feet with flour and then we can follow her foot prints to see where she has gone. Brilliant, I know, but not my idea. I got it from the internet where there are thousands of articles on how to catch an escaped hamster. Apparently this is a common trait among hamsters and one I wish I would have known before I bought two of them. I should have known when Squeakers had already escaped just the day after we brought her home. My daughter was heartbroken that time as it was the very first breakout. We searched all afternoon for her beloved hamster and when my husband got home she greeted him at the door by saying, “Don’t be mad Daddy but my heart is broken already, Squeaks has escaped!” To which I got that “I told you so” look from my husband who did not want hamsters in the first place. She turned up that evening in my daughter’s doll house where she was hanging out in the little bathtub and then we had to deal with the huge debate of whether or not she had eaten the doll’s shoe as it was missing and the stress of whether or not Squeaks would soon keel over from having a tiny shoe stuck in her intestines. She did not die, so I assume she either did not swallow the shoe or it is still sitting in her stomach.
So today I am taking a break to complain to you all about our adorable little friends while I anxiously listen for the pitter patter of tiny feet. I need to find her before tonight as my daughter is having her little friend sleep over and I can just imagine the screaming and chaos that will take place if Squeaks decides to run across her head in the middle of the night. She may never come back over. I am also now realizing that this blog post may deter friends and family from offering to hamster sit when we are on vacation. OOOPS! I will just let all future Hamster sitters know that these hamsters are extremely friendly, sweet and entertaining. I will also leave all hamster caregivers the $10.00 needed to purchase a clone hamster to replace the missing one should said hamster decide to disappear permanently. I’m perfectly ok with this! Heading back now to check my flour trap, wish me luck!