Pet Hamsters: Pros and Cons

Hamsters are sweet little animals that potter around their cages, dig, climb and are very fun to watch. Because they are delicate and small, they’re more suitable for calmer children.

Most hamsters are active at night and sleep during the day. That’s why pet hamsters are best from the age of around 12, otherwise they’ll only be getting up when you’re going to bed.

What pros and cons are there for pet hamsters? This table will give you an overview. Don’t forget that each animal has its own personality, so these points won’t match every animal 100 %.

ProsCons
Fun to watch Active at night (from around 8 pm but sometimes later)
Patient and curious animals Only live for 2 - 4 years
Don’t make noise Not suitable for cuddling
Don’t take up much space Hamsters are quite delicate
Don’t need walking Chew on cables (could mean extra costs)
Not a lot of work  
No tax  
Can You Teach a Hamster To Do Tricks?

Hamsters cannot be trained. They don’t understand commands in the same way as dogs and cats. But they will get used to your voice and react to you. If you’d like to teach your pet to do tricks, a dog would be a better choice.

Fun For Crafters

If you like making things, you can design your hamster’s cage and its interior to your heart’s content. For example, you can add a ladder to link two levels (make sure you secure the end so the hamster can’t fall!). It’s easy to build beds and hide-outs from wood. Of course, you should only saw wood under the supervision of your parents so you don’t get hurt. Building things together will be lots of fun.

Things That Will Win Your Parents Over!

1. Hamsters don’t make noise.
2. Children learn about responsibility.
3. Keeping a hamster doesn’t cost much.

Checklist: This Is Important!

Your whole family must agree with the decision.
A hamster needs food and fresh water every day.
The hamster cage must be cleaned once a week.
No allergy to hamster hair

More exciting articles:
Hamster Breeds
Monthly Costs for a Hamster
Hamster Facts

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