We'd all given up hope. I had even convinced myself that I could smell a dead rodent in Hadley's playhouse under the stairs. We gave him food and water for one week but then he stopped getting the food and we just knew. . . he hadn't survived out of his cage. So we stopped leaving out the food and water. It had been 3 weeks and not one sighting. I literally lost sleep over the thought of that poor hamster. Stuck somewhere and not able to get out to get food and water. Then last night Ryan came running up the stairs, excited to tell us he had just seen "Flash" run under Jack's bed. We didn't believe him. We were in the middle of our Survivor party and the girls were up for the reward challenge of finding him. Kim wasn't even nervous to grab him with her bare hands. We looked under Jack's bed. No hamster. Took out the bottom drawer from their dresser and there he was -- hiding in the corner under the dresser. It took a few screams and unsuccessful attempts at grabbing him but we finally caught him and got him back in his cage.
I wasn't ever really worried about him finding enough food to survive. There's plenty of crumbs on our kitchen floor, just didn't realize there was that much food and water left around. He looks bigger than ever. Probably survived off of Jack's Halloween candy that's in a bag under his bed. Gross! I thought he'd be grateful to be back in his cage but I think he's just really mad. He was enjoying the free life!