Hamsters As Pets – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

If you are at that point in life where you are considering a pet, either for yourself or for your child, you may want to consider hamsters as pets.

The Good

The hamster is a very small animal that will not make a large change in your life. If you have little time, you will find this furry addition to the family is a nocturnal animal, thus will not experience separation anxiety when you are away all day.

If you hate the thought of leaving an animal alone for long periods of time, you may want to explore the dwarf hamsters as you can have more than one of them in a cage together. You will want to be careful about mixing males and females unless you wish to raise hamsters yourself.

Hamsters as pets are generally a quiet friend to have around. They do make noises however. They squeak when they are agitated or afraid, chew on their cage when they desire attention, and hiss when they are upset. However, the small amount of noise is not anything you will have neighbors complaining about.

These furry little guys also groom themselves. This is a big advantage if you simply don’t have time for a lot of bathing and brushing. You can help them keep themselves if great condition by brushing them gently, but you will want to be sure you use a very soft brush so you don’t irritate their skin.

The Bad

If you have an aversion to rodents, this may not be the pet for you. They do resemble a rat if you are seeing they run around in the dark. However, once you hold them and cuddle them, that perception will go away.

You will need to potty train your hamster. This is helpful in keeping the bedding clean and smelling good. You will simply need to pick a spot for him to use, and cover the potty with some urine and droppings which you will then cover with litter. Place your pet in this same spot when he wakes up and he will soon learn that is the place to go.

The Ugly

The hamster is a very short-lived animal. They will generally live two to three years, if really well cared for they can live four years. This is difficult if you do not deal well with the loss of your pets.

It can be good or bad if you have children. It is bad having to help your child adjust to the loss of their pet. However, it can be one way of helping your child understand that pets as well as people don’t live forever. It is a hard lesson, but possibly better learned on a beloved pet than on a relative.

As you can see the advantages of hamsters as pets far outweighs the disadvantages. If you are considering a pet never neglect looking at the smaller varieties.