The solitary hamster can be the perfect pocket pet for the busy person who needs an animal that enjoys spending a lot of time alone. They are cute but more independent than a gerbil or a chinchilla. This group includes several species, so you have a lot of choices. The most popular is the golden or Syrian hamster, which can be found in a variety of colors as well as a long-haired mutation. There are also some dwarf hamsters species-- four-inch long cuties that weigh only an ounce.

Wild hamsters spend a lot of time hiding underground during the day, but pet hamsters can learn to play on their wheel or in their tunnels and put on quite a show for their humans. They possess cheek pouches which they stuff with food for hoarding.