Somers, Connecticut, United States
Posted Jan 10, 2019
I don't think that hamsters are a great first pet. They're nocturnal and burrow, which means it's possible that you'll rarely see them (except for when you have food). Additionally, they're very small and fragile, and they frighten easily-- not the best option for kids who might have trouble controlling their excitement. I got my hamster when I was 7, and even though I was a calm kid who loved animals, I found myself often just feeding her and letting her sleep-- they're a pet that would rather be observed than played with. Additionally, they've been overbred a lot in the US and therefore can be prone to genetic health defects-- mine likely had diabetes and passed away at about six months of age.
If you do decide to get a hamster, please keep in mind that many rescues have hamsters for adoption!