Acquired: Pet store
Stafford, Virginia, United States
Posted Jan 12, 2017
The Syrian Hamster is a seemingly compatible pet for children as they are small and much easier to manage than a lager animal such as a cat or a dog. Hamsters are viewed as great first pets to teach children responsibility and good practices of pet ownership. However, this is not the experience I had with this animal. When I was around ten years old and my sister was six, we purchased two Syrian Hamsters. At the pet store, we were told that these hamsters could be in the same cage together as they were the same gender. This was not the case as the hamsters fought to the point that one ended up killing the other. The dominant hamster was a biter and couldn’t really be let out of her cage to play with us as she would constantly nip at our fingers and didn’t seem to enjoy human interaction. Additionally, our hamster got out of her cage frequently despite several attempts to reinforce the cage.
In terms of positives for the Syrian Hamster, they are easy to care for and simply require a large size cage, warm bedding, weekly cage cleanings, regular water changes, and daily food. Grooming is unnecessary unless bedding becomes matted in their fur. They are regularly clean animals that maintain their own hygiene. They need not be interacted with to the same extent as larger animals and require minimum upkeep. They can be wonderful first pets for children, but bear in mind that many bite—children want to handle these animals, yet this is not always possible.