Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 01, 2014
Cute. Small. Furry. What's not to like about hamsters? My first "official pet" was a hamster named, "Hammy!" (How original.) Hamsters make a great first pet because they're so small, require little attention (compared to a dog, for example) but still enables responsibility to be learned by children.
One important lesson was learning to change his bedding often, because having him in my room meant I had to deal with the smelliness that came with Hammy. Even so, Hammy was very easy to care for and just so darn cute! Especially, when he would stuff too much food in his mouth and his little cheeks would bulge. He was also good with anyone and didn't bite at all. (I later had another hamster that would often nip).
One thing to consider about hamsters is that they are nocturnal and may keep you up at night if they're too noisy. I'm a heavy sleeper but I can definitely understand how Hammy fervently running on his hamster wheel at night could easily annoy someone. All in all, hamsters make great pets if you're interested in a low-maintenance, low-cost, adorably cute creature.