Hamster Trap (1 Comment)

Our newest family member, Mr. Whiskers, escaped from his open cage this passed weekend.
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Even though we had his cage on the floor of the basement, open, with lots of deliciously enticing nuts, seeds and hamster pellets inside, we didn’t find him sleeping in his bed in the morning, his treats stashed away under his bed fluff.
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I started to feel panicked by day three. How long could a rodent live down there, running wild in the big, unfinished space that is our basement? Could he survive on spiders and centipedes? So I put out some water in a little bowl just in case Mr. Whiskers was avoiding his cage and dehydrating on us. The idea of finding the dessicated, mummy like body of Sabrina’s pet tucked amongst our winter coats and hockey gear was revolting and more than a little upsetting.
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So I thought I would be a genius and set a better trap. I guessed that our plump friend had been visiting his cage during his nocturnal travels, and leaving before we awoke. So I propped open his door with a little stick, thinking that when he climbed in, he would knock the door and lock himself in.
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Sabrina set her own trap. She took Mr. Whiskers’ hamster ball, a round, hollow, plastic ball with a lid and placed it on the floor against a wall, with the open part tilted toward the floor slightly, a mouth watering pellet resting inside.
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In the morning when we found our adventurous friend sleeping in his cage, we were ecstatic. I did a major happy dance, mistakenly thinking that MY trap had been successful. When I called hubby to brag, he told me a different story.
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Around 3am, after falling asleep on the couch in the living room, hubby heard scratching noises coming from the basement and went to investigate. He found Mr. Whiskers on the ground, with the roller ball over top of him, and HE COULDNT GET OUT!!! So the pressure of his body climbing inside to steal the food treat had flipped the ball on top of him and although he was walking around on the floor, the ball was over him and he couldn’t escape (kind of like if a spider was trapped in a cup over it, only walking and able to move the cup…ew…now that would be a BIG spider).
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I had to give Sabrina credit. Her trap worked better than mine did. And maybe we shouldn’t have been so excited to trap an animal with such a teeny, tiny, little brain…but we were!!!……. We did a happy dance together!

One Response to “Hamster Trap”

  1. Malisa Says:

    Teamwork! I am glad that you were able to recover Mr. Whiskers quickly and safely :)

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