I found him?
My two female hamsters had babies some months ago. Some of you might remember, the two hamsters my dad bought for my birthday, but they were pregnant? But anyway, that's not the point. One of my hamsters had a litter of two(yes, two) and she was not the best mom. She gave up on one of the babies, who died sadly, and she was not around a lot for the other. Well one day, about 3 to 5 weeks after that baby was born, I looked in on the mom to check on them, and he was gone. I looked for him for days, even though my whole family told me he was dead, though I knew she could not have eaten him at that size, they still insisted. After about a week I gave up, I was thinking, "Even IF he got out, there is no way he could have lived the fall, or escaped the other animals." We have three dogs and four cats that walk free through our house, so there is no way he would have lived...right?
About 3 months later, my little brother woke up, and there he was! Sniffing him! My brother quickly grabbed one of the hamster balls and put him in it, then ran around screaming that he found him, waking us all up in the middle of the night.
It turns out that he was surviving with a mix of the water from the dogs and cats bowl(at least I think, we have no other water out) and a mix of the food around the house, and dropped seeds when I was feeding the other hamsters! We had moved all other 5 hamsters to my room, and he had found his way over there! And its quite a long way from the kitchen. Well, we got out the extra cage(for the sick hamsters, hamsters have fights and need space and so on) and put him in it and we all went to bed, which was not easy, because he still new how to use the wheel. My mom woke up the next morning, went to the kitchen, looked in the hamster cage, and he was gone! She got me up, then ran around the kitchen looking for him. It turns out he was still on the island!(a small table thing with shelves and stuff...my parents are weird...) He had been hanging around a purple plastic hamster house that had been out there. I have no idea how he escaped, but he had it all planned! He had taken seeds with him! (stored them in his cheeks) and was looking for a way to safely get off, (there is none). That little guy can get out of almost anything, and is very smart. What should I do? I have put him in his ball, then put that in a box next to me while I am writing this. I need to find out how to make sure he does not get out again, its not safe for him. He also most likely has a nest somewhere, right? Should I look for it? Also, is it possible he is sick? I can't take him to a vet(my dad would just laugh that one off >.>) so how could I tell? Thanks so much guys!
He is a Chinese dwarf hamster, if it matters.