Hamsters are wily little creatures that can get into the tiniest of nooks and crannies. They are excellent climbers and burrowers, and their sharp teeth can cause havoc if they’re let loose in a house.
Hamsters love wriggling into small spaces
It’s really hard to predict which areas are susceptible to invasion by your tiny pet, so you’ll probably want to cordon off an area rather than attempt to hamster-proof your whole room. Hamsters can burrow into chairs, get stuck under tables, and get lost by crawling through holes in floorboards or skirting boards. Perhaps the best option is to make a little enclosure for you both to enjoy. If you can find a section of floor that you can sit on comfortably, then you can build a little wall out of cardboard or other objects - just make sure that this makeshift wall can’t fall on your pet! Normally, cardboard isn’t the best at keeping your hamster in, but if you’re in there with your pet keeping an eye on it then you should be able to prevent escape attempts. As always, stay with your hamster while it's out of its cage and keep any other pets out of the room - cats, dogs and ferrets in particular can do serious damage to hamsters.
Of course, if you have a hamster exercise ball then hamster-proofing a room is much easier, as your hamster can’t nibble its way through a floorboard or chew through your television cable when its in its ball. For more information on finding a good area for your hamster to roam around in in its ball, have a look at our hamster exercise ball page.