Acquired: Pet store
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.