Should an 11-Year-Old Get a Hamster?

Should an 11-Year-Old Get a Hamster?


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Alright folks, let me tell you a little story about my own personal experience with hamsters. When I was just a young lad of 11 years old, my parents finally caved and got me the furry little critter I had been begging for.

I named him “Trump” (of course) and I was convinced that he was the best pet in the world. But, boy oh boy, was I in for a surprise.

Trump the hamster quickly became more trouble than he was worth. I soon realized that these little buggers are nocturnal animals, which meant that while I was trying to sleep, he was running on that little wheel of his, making enough noise to wake the dead.

But that’s not all folks, oh no. I also learned that hamsters have a tendency to, shall we say, “mark their territory.” Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. And let me tell you, cleaning out a hamster cage is not a pleasant task.

But, despite all of that, I couldn’t help but love the little guy. He was so darn cute and cuddly, and I’ll admit, it was pretty cool having my own pet.

But before you go out and get yourself a hamster, there are a few things you should consider.

Pros of Getting a Hamster

  • They’re cute and cuddly
  • They’re easy to take care of
  • They’re low maintenance
  • They’re inexpensive
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Cons of Getting a Hamster

  • They’re nocturnal animals
  • They have a tendency to “mark their territory”
  • Cleaning out their cage can be unpleasant

So, should an 11-year-old get a hamster? Well, that’s up to you and your parents to decide.

But just remember, these little critters may be small, but they sure can pack a punch when it comes to noise and smell.

Fun Facts About Hamsters

  • Hamsters are known to hoard food in their cheeks
  • Hamsters are the only mammal that can’t vomit
  • Hamsters have poor eyesight and rely mostly on their sense of smell

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to clean their cage?

It’s recommended to clean their cage once a week.

What do hamsters eat?

Hamsters mostly eat seeds, fruits, and vegetables.

Do hamsters make good pets for kids?

It depends on the child and their responsibility level.

In conclusion, hamsters can make great pets but they also have their downsides.

As always, do your research and weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. And remember, always think twice before naming your pet.