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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:39 PM
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The hamster got out!
My son left the doors open on her cage. We've got 4 cats here who were pretty good with the bunny we had a number of years ago; but their contact with her was always supervised.

The house is so cluttered, she could be anywhere.

Any suggestions?
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ogradda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:40 PM
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1. lock up the cats
and put out some hamster nibblies.
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LibertyorDeath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:41 PM
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2. Buy a new hamster
Sorry I couldn't resist
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Sannum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:43 PM
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3. That happened to me when I was a kid...
The cat ended up just batting the poor creature and carrying it around like it was his baby. He is a very odd cat.

Hopefully, Cat and Hamster will remain safe from each other
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WMliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:46 PM
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6. i had a similar experience
one night, my hamster got out and i didn't know it. i woke up at about 7am because the cat jumped on my chest. i open my eyes and he's sitting there purring, carrying the hamster by its neck, like it was its kitten. he was saying, "hamster got out, here ya go!"
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DianeG5385 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:52 PM
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13. My cat killed my brother's hamster when he was about 12
(He's now 48). The cat took the poor thing out of his hands and mangled it. Very traumatic for my bro (the hamster as well). I bought him a replacement, but now that I think of it, don't have any recollection of whether the second hamster made it....The cat, well he was superhuman and was at least 18 when he met his maker.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:43 PM
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4. Profess ignorance? Claim the hamster was directly transported
to Heaven by God?

Tell the kids that Kerry came by, and needed a new one?
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Not_Giving_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:45 PM
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5. I'd say watch the cats
They'll find the hamster...just have a squirt bottle handy...shoot them before they pounce. I have three cats and a parakeet with clipped wings. Sometimes she gets out when there's a cat loose. Water bottle is always handy.
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Placebo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:48 PM
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7. Well when you start smelling somethin' awful...
at least you know it's no longer feeling/in any pain.

Aside from that, I wish I had more to add to the convo.
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flying_monkeys Donating Member (519 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:49 PM
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8. Play Taps?
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:50 PM
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9. FOUND HER!
Phew! The cats didn't even care. I heard her rustling around in back of the piano. I grabbed her before she could get under the radiator!

Thanks for the tips, everybody!
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:55 PM
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17. GREAT!!! And don't ever worry my wife and I like that again!!!...
...shew...
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 12:00 AM
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21. Sorry 'bout that!
We've only had her for a couple of weeks. It really never occurred to me to tell my little guy that he'd have to keep the cage doors closed. I just assumed he'd know.

Silly me!
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 12:30 AM
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25. Get new cats.
If they left your hamster alone, they probly aren't doing much to the mice, either.
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boilerbabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:50 PM
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10. Get something that is more appealing than hamsters ASAP!!
my cats give me hints when I dont fill up their autofeeder or if they don't get wet food...they lay mice out in my hallway...if you feed them a lot of "spoiled kitty" kind of stuff on a constant basis, you may be ok...

good luck!!
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StopTheMorans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:51 PM
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11. look behind the piano; if i were a hamster, that's where i'd be
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:52 PM
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14. LOL See #9
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StopTheMorans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:53 PM
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15. sorry, i have to admit that i saw it, and then posted this
i just want people to like me :shrug: :)
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:54 PM
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16. Here I was, convinced that you were a
hamster in a past life. ;)
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StopTheMorans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:56 PM
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18. nah, never could have handled eating those damn green pellets
every day; and i prefer beer over drinking water from a bottle strapped to the side of my cage :)
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 12:03 AM
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24. Her mix has pumpkin seeds in it
I think she let me find her.
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:51 PM
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12. Unless you isolate the cats, its dead, or will be....
...thats about the best advice I can give.
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elperromagico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:56 PM
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19. Get Senator Kerry on the phone.
He's an old pro at hamster rescues. :D
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-24-04 11:58 PM
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20. Old Hampsters or New Hampsters?
:D
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elperromagico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 12:00 AM
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22. Senator Kerry respects the lives of all hamsters.
Check out his book, Senator Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Hamster. Great read.
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Castilleja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 12:01 AM
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23. Yogurt chips, or any treat that you give them usually.
You might try putting the cage on the floor with fresh food inside, then you might have to watch it for a little while. Our hamster got out recently, also, but I thought it was a rat and tried to shoo it toward the cat, who probably let it out to begin with. I heard chewing, and saw the cat staring behind the desk, I looked and saw a rat face, or so I thought. Went to shoo it with a broom handle, and caught sight of the open cage....oops!

I banished all the pets, and closed the doors. Put the cage on the floor with food in it, and waited for about an hour it seems. Of course, I did know where she was, so it was easy enough, just had to wait till she went for the food. Good luck, and I think the cats will probably point you to where the hamster is at, as another poster said.
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