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Escaped Rodent?

It can be tricky to find your pet rodent when it escapes its cage. After all, a rodent is an ingenious escape artist. Still, there are ways you can outsmart your mischievous pet, beating it at its own game.

No matter how careful you are, your pet rodent may still escape. And if they do so, you want to think about where they might want to hide. There are many places where your pet rodent may hideout, but typically they will be drawn to certain spaces. For instance, baseboards, under furniture, shelves, drawers, bookcases, cabinets, purses, boxes, and all kinds of bags (especially discarded tissue paper boxes) as they are all appealing hideouts. Make sure to check all these areas. In addition, you will want to look behind, underneath, and in-between furniture, keeping an eye any little nook around, as that rodents like den-like spaces and will naturally want to burrow somewhere. Lift cushions from couches and chairs, paying attention to the sides, backs, and in-between spaces. Also, look out for holes in the bedding. 

Look Inside Boots And Shoes

If it’s dark and snug, it’s a safe bet it will be drawn to it, so make sure to look inside boots, sneakers, and dress shoes. As long as your little furry one can fit inside it, it will find its way there. Depending on the size of your rodent, it might even fit inside young children’s shoes, so be sure to check them as well.

Pay Attention To Appliances

Not only is your rodent drawn to shelves, drawers, shoes, and various nooks, but appliances are also attractive hideouts. Make sure to look at the undersides and backs of appliances, looking for any hole “nook” where your little one may have found a way inside.

Place Foil Around Possible Hiding Places

As you can see, your rodent may be drawn to various hiding places, so as much as you look, it may still elude you, finding another spot, especially if they know they are being chased. One way you can track your furry one’s movements is to install tin foil in places where they might go, anticipating their hideouts. That way, when they move, you will be able to hear them.

Pour Flour On The Floor

Another trick is to pour a layer of flour on the floor and in spaces where your pet rodent may go. This will help you see their movements. You may want to try this at the same time that you place tin foil around their possible hideouts, enabling you to both see and hear it.

A rodent’s escape can be stressful for both you and your pet. Try to make it easy for them (and yourself) by luring it with a nice treat. To do this, keep the cage wide open with the treat inside of it. That way, you will be telling your furry one, “Welcome Back!”

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