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Old 07-01-2018, 04:31 PM   #1
StephBrom
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So me and my boyfriend have just gone downstairs to our living room to investigate a crashing noise only to find Missy, one of our hammies, has escaped from her cage when her external tubes collapsed and fell to the ground .

In a panic we start to check behind and under all of the furniture only to find her sprinting out from behind the washing machine and flying around the living room. Now anyone with a female Syrian hammy (a long haired one especially) will know that grabbing hold of these little fluff balls is like trying to grab hold of one of those toy’s you got as a kid that just slipped right out of your hand!

Anyway, long story short it took 2 of us (and the dog!) to get her safely back into her cage, and she is now resting on our bedside so that if it happens again at least we will be there straight away to see where she runs off to

Does anybody else have any harrowing hammy Houdini stories?!
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:58 AM   #2
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My hamster Mose got out once and boy did it give me a fright. I accidentally left her lid off and that allowed her to climb out. We're not sure when she got out because I then left the apartment. When my roommate got home that night she realized she was missing and sent me frantic texts. I was over a half hour away and there was nothing I could do. The roommate had been home earlier and didn't notice at that time. She was scared Mose ran out the door then since that's where she always goes when she's in her ball. My roommate was sending me texts saying she had checked everywhere and couldn't find her as i was rushing home. Thank God my boyfriend was with me to drive since I was a wreck. When I got home I started checking every corner and behind everything. Eventually found her in my closet in some clothes I'd yet to wash. My room is all the way down a long hallway from her cage so she went on quite the adventure. She was fine just shaken up so I let her be for a few days and rearranged her cage so it couldn't happen again!!
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:40 PM   #3
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My hamster Mose got out once and boy did it give me a fright. I accidentally left her lid off and that allowed her to climb out. We're not sure when she got out because I then left the apartment. When my roommate got home that night she realized she was missing and sent me frantic texts. I was over a half hour away and there was nothing I could do. The roommate had been home earlier and didn't notice at that time. She was scared Mose ran out the door then since that's where she always goes when she's in her ball. My roommate was sending me texts saying she had checked everywhere and couldn't find her as i was rushing home. Thank God my boyfriend was with me to drive since I was a wreck. When I got home I started checking every corner and behind everything. Eventually found her in my closet in some clothes I'd yet to wash. My room is all the way down a long hallway from her cage so she went on quite the adventure. She was fine just shaken up so I let her be for a few days and rearranged her cage so it couldn't happen again!!
Sends you into a complete panic when you realise they’re not in their cage, just the thought of trying to find that little tiny critter in such a big place! Glad she was found safe and sound
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Old 07-27-2018, 09:00 PM   #4
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My hamster C.C., which stood for cookies and cream, she was so determined to get out, she got out multiple times, once she got out through the tubes not being connected, and then I accidentally left an opening in the top and she Spider Manned out. Another time she got out in between a ball that was attached to the cage s she could have a little hamster ball to run around in, BUT SHE USED IT AS A HOUSE! She was able to get out by the tiny space, then another time (We took off the ball and put cardboard over it) She chewed through the cardboard! And the cardboard was at the top so she had to somehow find a way to chew through the cardboard that was on the ceiling of her cage!
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Old 07-28-2018, 04:38 AM   #5
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What an adventure for Missy, quite the opposite for you and your boyfriend. I'm so glad she's safely behind bars lol!
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Old 07-29-2018, 03:43 AM   #6
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Good to hear she's safe. Reading all the stories though just reminds me that external tubes are not a great idea! They are very common escape routes - likewise adding something on to a cage with a gap. Best to have one good sized cage (eg Hamster Heaven with tubes and penthouse removed!) that closes securely (or clip a peg on the door closure if it's a bit loose) and any tubes or toys inside the cage
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Old 07-29-2018, 04:37 AM   #7
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We had a hamster called Yummy who often liked to escape. Her first escape happened on the car journey home from the pet shop, she chewed her way out of the box and tried to get out. She lived in two ikea bins to give her more space connected by a DIY tube, the second time she escaped she had managed to push the top of the tube out then climb down the outside of it. Only knew she gotten out when I heard a thud upon the floor, there she was sitting there getting ready to run off.

Third time was due to putting the bins side by side and for that we needed a new hole, we re-sealed the unused hole but she managed to get it open and escape. I was getting up to pee in the night and saw her butt running down the hall way, closed the hole again by taping a jar to it.

Fourth time Yummy escaped she had found a way to get her connection tube to fall out, found she was missing when we got home from grocery shopping. She was not found until the next day, somehow she had managed to get in to the basement. Yummy was lucky as its solid concrete floor and a big drop, she could have broken some bones or landed in the bucket of water and drowned. Yummy got put in to a barred cage after this.

Fifth time she was in her carrier we had to rush out to get bedding, despite the fact I had two bags but they had gone missing. She had escaped her carrier but lucky we found her in the living room, she was put back in to safety before she got in the basement again.
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