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Theodore

Siberian Dwarf Hamster

Overall satisfaction

3/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: Male

Appearance

5/5

Friendly

2/5

Easy to handle

2/5

Activity level

3/5

Visibility

2/5

Health

4/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

N/A

Easy to feed

N/A

Easy to provide habitat

2/5

Theodore

By

United States

Posted Mar 04, 2013

Theodore was an interesting choice for a pet. I was living in an apartment at the time, and have never really liked birds or reptiles (no offense!!) so I thought the adorable little ball of fluff at Petco was perfect for me. I'm still evaluating that decision...

I was sorely disappointed to find that dwarf hamsters tend to be more nocturnal beings. Not only was I unable to see him during the day, but his exercise wheel kept me up most nights. On the rare occasion that I managed to find him and get him out of his during the day, he wasn't terribly happy to be disturbed. I suffered a number of bites trying to forge a friendship with him. Eventually he loosed up and would let me hold him (again, assuming I could find him).

My biggest issue with Theodore was the cage. Not only was it difficult to clean (considering the bedding) and when I couldn't get to it, it smelled REALLY strongly.

The cost of bedding and food wasn't prohibitively expensive though, usually costing around $20 or less per month, and buying him and his cage from Petco cost no more than $50, which was a pretty reasonable deal.

I definitely wouldn't recommend this pet for small children, as I would imagine that they would be frustrated with the lack of daytime visibility and the less than friendly disposition displayed my hamster at least.

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