Need help Ball and chain

  1. I am in need of a ball and chain to fit on to the hind leg of my granddaughter's hamster. He keeps escaping and running into my room to hang out. And he has taken to chewing my books. At least I could catch him, if I could slow him down with the ball and chain

    Grannynurse
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   rn/writer
    How about getting a plastic hamster ball. You put the citter in it and he runs and rolls all over the house. He can't get out to chew anything and the ball itself is easy to catch. Just watch him nears stairs. Or maybe a little clunkety-clunk therapy would straighten him out a bit.

    Can't help you with the chain.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    My daughter's big white rat did the same thing . . . . I've told this story but we were reading to our son in bed one night and he turned and looked over his shoulder and told us there was a rat . . sure enough, there was a rat at the head of our bed.

    We seem to always find it - and it escaped over and over. No idea how to do a ball and chain . . . .but I have to say the title of this thread was intriguing.

    steph
  5. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from stevielynn
    My daughter's big white rat did the same thing . . . . I've told this story but we were reading to our son in bed one night and he turned and looked over his shoulder and told us there was a rat . . sure enough, there was a rat at the head of our bed.

    We seem to always find it - and it escaped over and over. No idea how to do a ball and chain . . . .but I have to say the title of this thread was intriguing.

    steph
    I know how the little bugger escapes, he kicks the top off his penhouse. I put him in the plastic ball but he would likely wake us all up, bumping into things. He is a cute little thing, I just hate him eating up some of my books. He is sneaky. I don't know how he manages to get into my room, with the door closed. He can't flatten himself that much. He was free for almost 24 hours. I had closed the door and had looked, he wasn't there. Then a minute later, there he was. It is our four very lazy cats that get me. He strolls past them and they don't even raise one paw to nail him.

    Glad you like the title. Have had some interesting pets with some interesting stories--like my ferrets:chuckle

    Grannynurse
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    We had a ferret too. Loved that guy.

    DD's rat pushed the top of his condo off too . . . . . .we taped it, we put books on top of it. Nothing worked. We would always find him in the most unlikely places too. Like all the way into the basement from the second story bedroom my daughter keeps him in.

    Speaking of pets, my 4 year old's parokeet died today. Not sure why. He cried and cried - poor kid. Has lost a dog and a bird in his short life.

    steph
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from rn/writer
    How about getting a plastic hamster ball. You put the citter in it and he runs and rolls all over the house. He can't get out to chew anything and the ball itself is easy to catch. Just watch him nears stairs. Or maybe a little clunkety-clunk therapy would straighten him out a bit.

    Can't help you with the chain.
    My husband came home with the cuttest vw buggy from petsmart. It has a wheel and as the hamster runs it goes. It is beautiful. It comes in all sorts of colors.

    http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...=1132359902976


    http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...=1132359992675

    It just rolls around the whole house and the dog and cat get to chase after it. LOL!
  8. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from stevielynn
    We had a ferret too. Loved that guy.

    DD's rat pushed the top of his condo off too . . . . . .we taped it, we put books on top of it. Nothing worked. We would always find him in the most unlikely places too. Like all the way into the basement from the second story bedroom my daughter keeps him in.

    Speaking of pets, my 4 year old's parokeet died today. Not sure why. He cried and cried - poor kid. Has lost a dog and a bird in his short life.

    steph
    I'm sorry about your son's bird.

    I keep my ferrets in aquairmins(?). Smokey, the ten pound male, got out, srang his mate Cocco, four pounds, and their five off-springs. I came home, to my condo, and found every one gone. Found them all but the runt. Found her when I sat down on the sofa-she was hiding in the hide a bed. They were a load of fun.

    Grannynurse
  9. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from Future_RN_Jess
    My husband came home with the cuttest vw buggy from petsmart. It has a wheel and as the hamster runs it goes. It is beautiful. It comes in all sorts of colors.

    http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...=1132359902976


    http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...=1132359992675

    It just rolls around the whole house and the dog and cat get to chase after it. LOL!
    Our four cats would just stare.

    Grannynurse
  10. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from grannynurse FNP student
    Our four cats would just stare.

    Grannynurse
    I bet they would. They won't be able to get it out though.
  11. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from grannynurse FNP student
    I know how the little bugger escapes, he kicks the top off his penhouse. Grannynurse
    duck tape works wonders...
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    duck tape works wonders...
    . . . . oh nevermind.


    I think the rat could escape from anything though . .. .

    steph
  13. by   fluffwad
    Quote from grannynurse FNP student
    It is our four very lazy cats that get me. He strolls past them and they don't even raise one paw to nail him.

    Grannynurse
    I have chipmunks running around my house because of the cats. They bring 'em in live and turn 'em loose! They live under the fridge and come out at night to eat the cat ood. I hate it when I look up and see beady little eyes staring down at me from the top of the curtains.

    Maybe the critter needs more room.......lots of plastic gerbil tubes.
  14. by   dianah


    Fluffwad, that is the funniest visual I've experienced in a long time, those chipmunks living under the fridge and then your seeing their beady little eyes on top of the curtains!! Too, too funny!! Thanks for sharing! (dh loved it too!)

    Marla, all I can say is perhaps devise a LOCK for that lid, a VERY secure lock. What about metal twisties?? Good luck . . .

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