opinion on hampster pet
parent

United States

#1 Dec 9, 2012
My daughter wants a hampster for Christmas and was hoping to get some feedback from parents who have gotten their kids one. Is it a wise decision? Are they a lot of upkeep? Etcetera .....
pet lover

Nashville, GA

#2 Dec 9, 2012
parent wrote:
My daughter wants a hampster for Christmas and was hoping to get some feedback from parents who have gotten their kids one. Is it a wise decision? Are they a lot of upkeep? Etcetera .....
not really just keeping the cage clean. My kids have always had one.
parent

United States

#3 Dec 9, 2012
pet lover wrote:
<quoted text>not really just keeping the cage clean. My kids have always had one.
Thank you.
well

Douglas, GA

#4 Dec 9, 2012
They are cute little pets.And they are easy to take care of.They do not make a huge mess.It is just they do not live very long.I guess cause there little hearts are beating so fast all the time.But my daughter loves them.But it breaks her heart when they pass away.They usually live for like 2 years.And if your lucky maybe a little longer.Keep that in mind,before u buy your child one.
4channer

Willacoochee, GA

#5 Dec 9, 2012
Go to google and search "Hamster Care". Research what sort of hamster you're getting.

Keeping the cage clean is the biggest issue. If you're going to depend on your child to clean it out, you shouldn't get a hamster. You should thoroughly clean it at least once a week.

They're generally more active at night. You should get a cage with a wheel so they can have something to do. If you keep it in the same room as you though, they'll be using it during the night and it might squeak and keep you up. You should get other toys for them too.

They're really not that hard to take care of, it's just the cleaning that's the biggest problem.
hamsterowner

Douglas, GA

#6 Dec 10, 2012
dont buy more than one, if they breed you will have a big problem. Unless you know when to ween the babies the momma will kill them, the mother cannot escape from the babies and once they get teeth they will hurt the mother. They also do better in a wire cage and not one of those plastic cages with the tunnels and all. The wheel is not a good idea because it is kind of inhumane the hamsters can break their back inside the wheel or one of those clear plastic balls. They love seeds so try and vary their diet. I got my first hamster when I was 7 years old, I still needed help keeping the cage clean for a while. It teaches children to be responsible to take care of a small pet, I think its a great idea.
parent

United States

#7 Dec 10, 2012
Thank you all so much. Your information has been most helpful! Merry Christmas!
parent

United States

#8 Dec 10, 2012
Ok, one more question. Are they expensive to maintain?
hampster

Mcdonough, GA

#9 Dec 10, 2012
They dont cost any more than a dog or cat would...but i dont reccomend getting one of the midget hampsters..my son has one and it is so mean...everytime we teied to hold him he bit us and he also chewed his leg off...i think we got a physco one. Lol but anyone i have ever talked to doesnt like them either so i would definatley get a regular one.
parent

United States

#10 Dec 10, 2012
Oh my goodness! That is horrible. Thank you. I would be horrified if that happened.
hampster

Mcdonough, GA

#11 Dec 10, 2012
Your welcome...i think those kind or more for just looks and not pets for kids lol...we still have no clue why he chewed his leg off but i think he may have hurt it on the wheel or something so we took it out...my son doesnt know he chewed it off he just thinks he came like that and my son wont even reach in the cage and pet cause he is so scared he will bite...i think we held him a few times when we first got him but since he starting biting we donr even try..weve had him almost a year now but im not sure how long the smaller ones live...my step mom had a regular one almost 3 years and my dad had a guinnea pig for a very long time and it never tried to bite lol...but good luck with getting one for your daughter..
Hey

Smiths Station, AL

#12 Dec 10, 2012
Hamsters are good pets but if you get them a little plastic ball to run around in, just remember to find out where it is at. Cause depending on the age, slome of them forget about the ball w the hamster in it. Also, don't get a guinea pig, they also keep the nastiest cages. They poop everywhere and you have to clean the cage every 2night days. You only have to clean a hamsters cage once a week. Also, if you know of a place in Douglas that cuts wood alot. You can simply go up to the business w a bucket and ask if you can get some wood chips. My family used to go to the home supply place on 441S past the high school. I can never remember the name of that place.
parent

United States

#13 Dec 10, 2012
Hey wrote:
Hamsters are good pets but if you get them a little plastic ball to run around in, just remember to find out where it is at. Cause depending on the age, slome of them forget about the ball w the hamster in it. Also, don't get a guinea pig, they also keep the nastiest cages. They poop everywhere and you have to clean the cage every 2night days. You only have to clean a hamsters cage once a week. Also, if you know of a place in Douglas that cuts wood alot. You can simply go up to the business w a bucket and ask if you can get some wood chips. My family used to go to the home supply place on 441S past the high school. I can never remember the name of that place.
Thank you! You have been very helpful. Merry Christmas!
The man

Baxley, GA

#14 Dec 10, 2012
i like hamsters because about every two or three years i get to have fried hamster for dinner...yumm
whatever

United States

#15 Dec 11, 2012
They stink! Regardless of how often u clean the cage.
dont_do_it

Douglas, GA

#16 Dec 11, 2012
Hey wrote:
Hamsters are good pets but if you get them a little plastic ball to run around in, just remember to find out where it is at. Cause depending on the age, slome of them forget about the ball w the hamster in it. Also, don't get a guinea pig, they also keep the nastiest cages. They poop everywhere and you have to clean the cage every 2night days. You only have to clean a hamsters cage once a week. Also, if you know of a place in Douglas that cuts wood alot. You can simply go up to the business w a bucket and ask if you can get some wood chips. My family used to go to the home supply place on 441S past the high school. I can never remember the name of that place.
those plastic balls are inhumane and dangerous for your pet. Get ceder chips for their bedding, this will keep the cage from smelling so fast, you can give them bits of paper towel and they will make a nest with it. They are sweet animals and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Please dont put your pet into one of those plastic balls or a wheel.
hey

Douglas, GA

#17 Dec 11, 2012
How is a plastic ball inhumane? Putting an animal in a cage and never letting it get out of the cage for exercise is inhumane. You dont get the plastic ball to let him have a heartattach. Every hamster I have ever had, had the plastic ball. He didnt run around till he had a heartattack. They get to go around the house and they have airholes. So if you have any room to say something is inhumane, then dont even talk about putting an animal in a cage.

Sorry, parent.

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