Why Is My Hamster Trying to Escape? (How To Stop Them + What To Do)

An escaped Hamster can be a nightmare for you. You love your little one and obviously do not want them to find themselves in any kind of trouble but why is my Hamster trying to escape? Let’s find out!

Hamsters are prey animals and it is in their natural instincts to run away from things. Most of them run away just out of curiosity, boredom, or if they do not have a comfortable space to live in. Others may try to escape in search of food or when they are scared of you, or any other pet in your house.

Hamsters are escape artists and will leave no chance to run away. Therefore, it is important for each Hamster owner to Hamster-proof their house.

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Also, if your Hamster escapes any day, do not panic. Look for them patiently and do not lose hope.

Picture Credits: Dora, The Syrian Hamster; Instagram Handle: thehamstercalledmouse

Do Hamsters Escape Easily?

Hamsters are escape artists. A small opening in their cage and they are gone. Being prey animals, it is their natural instinct to run away or hide.

Most Hamsters are quite desperate to break free, and will do so once they get a chance. Also, Hamster can jump about 15-20 inches high.

If you have a bar cage for your Hamster, never leave the top open. Your Hamster will climb up the cage and jump out of it in no time.

Also, if you have some kind of decorates or cage arrangements (toys, hiding, etc.), the task will be much easier for your Hamsters. With the help of these, they may easily climb up and reach a higher point. Therefore, it is very important to keep the top of your Hamster’s cage covered all the time.

Reasons Your Hamster Is Trying To Escape!

There may be several reasons due to which your Hamster might be trying to escape. You must observe your Hamster and try to understand their behavior to find out the reason behind the same.

Listed below are some of the common reasons due to which most Hamsters try to escape from their cage.

They Do Not Have Sufficient Space To Live

It is very important to house your Hamster in an appropriate enclosure. They are a part of your family now and must be treated likewise.

Small cages are extremely dangerous for Hamsters. If they do not find sufficient space to live, they will try to break free and find themselves in danger.

For your Hamsters to be happy and comfortable, they must be provided with at least a 30-40 gallon tank or say 4 square feet of space and 20 inches height square feet of space.

Most pet shops does not have an appropriately sized cages for Hamsters. Also, they mostly do not care about a Hamster’s well being.

Hamsters do not need cages with levels, instead they need wide cages. If your Hamster has enough space to play and run around, they will be less likely to escape.

Also, if you have a bar cage for your Hamsters. Make sure that the bars are appropriately placed. Some Hamsters may squeeze themselves through the tiny spaces between the bars, and run away.

They Are Just Bored And Curious

Hamsters are quite curious and love to explore their surroundings. It will be a very rare sight to find a Hamster sitting quietly in one place for a very long time.

To prevent depression, anxiety or curiosity in Hamsters, it is necessary to provide them with enough mental and physical stimulation.

Most Hamsters get stressed when they are bored, which in turns lead to aggressive and destructive behavior in them.

In the wild, Hamsters are known to have the capacity to run more than four miles a day. In the same way, pet Hamsters have a similar level of energy. So, it is essential to provide your Hamsters with adequate floor time each day, or at least once in 2 days.

You must also provide your Hamsters with chew toys. Chew toys are a great time pass for our Hamsters.

Keep adding new chew toys once in a month. You can also make a practice of rotating the chew toys over time. This way, your little ones will not get bored or lose interest.

Have a look at these best selling ‘Hamster Chew Toys’ I found on Amazon. My Hamster loves them, yours will love them too.

They Are Scared Of You

A scared Hamster can be very difficult to take care of. Being prey animals, most Hamsters show behavior of hiding or running away.

If your Hamster is scared of you or does not trust you, they will surely try to escape away. If you have got yourself a new Hamster, give them some time to adjust.

Try and spend most of your time with them. This will make them accustomed to your presence. Sometimes the presence of other pets or abrupt loud noises scare away the Hamsters.

You need to get your Hamster to trust you. Talk to your Hamster once in a while. Within a few days, the little one will become accustomed to your tone.

They Are Hungry

It is very essential to provide your Hamsters will a healthy diet. They must also be provided with fresh drinking water every 24 hours.

If your Hamster is hungry and gets nothing to eat, then he may make an attempt to escape in search of food.

Also, make Hamster owners tend to feed their Hamsters one big meal a day. Instead of this, you must try feeding your Hamsters with two small feedings a day.

Here’s a list of some healthy food that your Hamster would love to munch on:

How Do I Stop My Hamster From Trying To Escape?

Although Hamsters make excellent pets, they will not let go of any chance to run away. It can be an alarming situation for any Hamster owner, if their little one is trying to escape.

Listed below are a few things you can do to make sure your Hamster does not run away and fin itself in danger.

House Them In An Appropriate Enclosure

You should provide your Hamsters with adequate space to live comfortably and happily. You must keep in mind that now your Hamster is a part of your family, and must be treated accordingly.

A 30-40 gallon tank or say 4 square feet of space and 20 inches height square feet of space is ideal for an Hamster. The bigger the cage, the better.

I would personally recommend you go for glass tanks (with meshed top) instead of wired cages. Glass tanks will make it difficult for your Hamsters to climb up the cage. Most Hamsters tend to bite the wired cages, hurting their teeth.

Also, if the bar in the cages is not appropriately spaced, your Hamster will find a way to squeeze its body and run out of the cage.

If your Hamster has enough space to play or run, they will be less likely to escape the cage or run away.

Keep Them Engaged

It is very important to keep your Hamster engaged, both mentally and physically. Provide your Hamsters with chew toys and other climbing toys to keep themselves engaged.

It is not always necessary to purchase the chew toys from the market. You can go for natural chew toys to fulfil your Hamster’s needs. This will be a pocket friendly option for many.

You can add some wooden branches in your Hamster’s cage from your lawn. However, not all kinds of tree branches are suitable for our Hamsters. Some may prove to be extremely toxic for them. Read this article to under better, ‘Can My Hamsters Chew On Tree Branches? (Safe Wood+Unsafe Wood)‘.

You can also provide your Hamsters with cardboards for chew toys. Use a sturdy cardboard. Do not provide your Hamster with glossy printed cards, it can be harmful for them.

In addition to this, provide your Hamsters with adequate floor time. Play with them for an hour each day. If not possible, go for at least an hour every alternate day.

Treat your Hamster with their favorite food once in a while. Hand-feed them. Be cautious and do not over-feed them.

All these little thing, will help you to build a bond with your Hamster. Your little one will start to trust you even more.

Have a look at these amazing hideouts. You can either get a wooden made hiding spaces for your Hamsters or fleece made snuggle bed, which they can get into and feel at home. These are some of my favorites.

Hamster Proof Your House

It is very significant to Hamster proof your home. Even if your Hamster manages to get out of their cage, they will not be able to escape the room.

All Hamster owners must Hamster proof their home once in a while. For this, you must take care of the following:

  • Seal All Escape Routes: In no time, Hamsters will find their way to squash through tiny holes in your room. If you are letting your Hamster play in the garden, then seal all the garden fences too. Domesticated Hamsters will have a hard time surviving in the wild.
  • Keep All The Electric Cables Out Of Their Reach: Most Hamsters find electric cables very amusing. As soon as they see one, they will start to chew it. Besides hurting our little one’s teeth, these cables could also lead to fire break out in your house.
  • Do Not Keep Your Hamsters In The Same Room As Your Other Pets: Most Hamsters are terrified of other large animals. If you have any other pets besides Hamster, keep them in a separate room.

Provide Them With The Life They Deserve

Provide your Hamsters with all the necessary things he need to live a comfortable life. Maintain a perfect temperature in their enclosure, all around the year.

Take your Hamsters to regular vet check ups, once in a while. Also, provide them with the required health essentials.

Bond with them, play with them, hand-feed them and spend as much time as possible with them. All these will help your Hamster to trust you.

If your Hamster is happy with its surroundings and you, he is less likely to escape.

What Should You Do If Your Hamster Escapes? (How To Find A Lost Hamster)

If you have lost your Hamster from your home, then finding your Hamster will not be that difficult a task. Here are a few things you can do to find your lost Hamster:

  • Firstly, do not panic. Close all the doors and window of that particular room so that your Hamster does not escape that area. Then, make sure your no other pet have access to that particular room in which you lost your Hamster. If your other pet get holds of your Hamster, it may be a nightmare for you.
  • Start by figuring out the place from where your Hamster might have escaped. Look for all the possible openings in their cage.
  • After that, check the room thoroughly. Look at every corner of them room. Check if your room’s wall have holes in it. Also, look behind every furniture piece, television set, under the bed, and every possible tiny spaces.
  • If you had no luck in the above step, try finding your Hamster by setting them a trap. Sprinkle their favorite food around the room.
  • Lastly, be patient. There have been cases where Hamsters are known to return even after a week or two, without any scratch.

As Hamsters are nocturnal, you will have a hard time finding them in the day light. If you are not able to find them during the day, look for them in the night time.


Hello, I am Mohini, the founder of this blog. I am a qualified Animal Nutrition. I am here to help everyone understand their pets better.

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