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Hamsters; The Perfect Starter Pet


As a parent, you want to be able to give your kids everything that they want in life.

Unfortunately, giving your child everything he or she wants is not always in your child's best interest and caving in at your child's every whim is almost certainly a bad idea. You don't want to deprive your child though, so what do you do when your little boy or girl comes up to you with those adorable little brown eyes and asks you for a puppy or a kitty (or a ferret, parrot, snake, alligator, etc.)? With a household pet comes many responsibilities, and you as a parent are likely the one to decide who takes those responsibilities initially. Will you refuse your child telling them about the inherent duties of having a pet? Do you point out that having a puppy requires you to pick up after the dog, take it for walks, feed it twice a day and so on? This will probably be your initial reaction sure, and the child's initial reaction will be to assure you that he/she will take care of those duties, they'll feed it, walk it, play with it, give it all the attention it needs and love it like no puppy or kitty has ever been loved before. Well, you, being a loving parent rather than a heartless gargoyle, can't keep up that wall of resolution indefinitely, so, whether it is the next day, the next week or the next month, eventually you are going to cave and adopt that pet for your child (though hopefully not the alligator). Then you begin to notice a couple weeks have gone by and the amount of care given the pet by your child seems to be waning while you suddenly seem to be doing all those things your diabolically cute offspring promised you to do. You can't nag the child forever though, or perhaps you can, but in the meantime you'll have a scrawny little pet two days away from starvation and a backyard lined wall to wall with pet doodie.

So now YOU are the primary caregiver and you silently curse the adorable brown eyes of your devil spawned young. So the answer is to not adopt a pet right? Not necessarily. There can be a compromise for you and your child. And the compromise isn't to share a dog with two other families so that you have it on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the third Sunday of every month. No, you can get your child a real life actual pet. And what pet can you get your little bundle of joy? Consider getting him or her a hamster (either one syrian or two dwarf hamsters). Why hamsters? Hamsters are a fantastic pet for kids depending on the type you adopt (Chinese Hamsters tend to be jumpy and are thus not a good idea for small children). Hamsters are small and furry and never lose that degree of cuteness that a child covets, secondly, they are so easy to take care of they are practically automated (notice that I said practically). Hamsters don't smell that strongly either, they may smell stronger than a cat (unless your cat frequently pees on your bed or on the living room carpet) but they aren't nearly as stinky as a dog can be. What's more, they are almost like a toy in that they can be played with and cuddled and handled and then when the child is done with the pet they can be put back in their cage where they can play and entertain themselves (the hamsters not your children). Of course a hamster is not free of responsibilities, the cage needs to be cleaned weekly or it will begin to smell, of course hamsters need to be fed, and they should get adequate attention if you expect them to be friendly and tame to your family and friends. But the amount of energy (and money) you and your child MUST expend to take care of a hamster is far smaller than that of a larger animal such as a dog, and they don't shed like cats, they are quiet (though their exercise wheels may not be), and they are just a joy to handle and have around. So when your little boy or girl comes up to you and begs you for that cute little puppy in the pet shop tell them maybe later, but for now, let's start a little smaller.

Andy Markison is an illustrator, graphic designer, animal lover and pet owner living in Germany. His website, ZapGraphix.com, sells fun and humorous pet related merchandise.


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Calming Treats for Pets - The Daily Beast
  1. Calming Treats for Pets  The Daily Beast
  2. Fireworks tough on some pets, but safety steps can help  Hamilton Journal News
  3. Expert tips to keep your pets calm during July 4th fireworks  WJXT News4JAX
  4. Guilford County animal services provides tips to keep pets safe this holiday  WFMYNews2.com
  5. Keeping pets safe this holiday weekend  WEAU
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Animal Owners are Responsible for Securing their Pets over the 4th of July Weekend - Alachua County
Animal Owners are Responsible for Securing their Pets over the 4th of July Weekend  Alachua County

Keep pets safe this summer, July 4th - Fort Leavenworth Lamp
Keep pets safe this summer, July 4th  Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Wilson Fairchild and fostering pets: Where The News Leads - The News Leader
Wilson Fairchild and fostering pets: Where The News Leads  The News Leader

Woman starts secure digital program for pet-finding - Spectrum News
Woman starts secure digital program for pet-finding  Spectrum News

Banfield Pet Hospital's secret to happier vets and healthier pets - DVM 360
Banfield Pet Hospital's secret to happier vets and healthier pets  DVM 360

Pets Don’t Just Make for Good Company—Sometimes They Help Sell Homes, Too - The Wall Street Journal
Pets Don’t Just Make for Good Company—Sometimes They Help Sell Homes, Too  The Wall Street Journal

Clay County Animal Services partners with Petco Love to return lost pets to their loved ones - WOKV
Clay County Animal Services partners with Petco Love to return lost pets to their loved ones  WOKV

Increase in pets being relinquished to shelters in North Dakota - KFYR
Increase in pets being relinquished to shelters in North Dakota  KFYR

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Lucky - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Lucky - 47abc  WMDT

American Pet Products Association Shares Essential Summer Products for Pets and Pet Owners - PR Newswire
American Pet Products Association Shares Essential Summer Products for Pets and Pet Owners  PR Newswire

Pets, Pets, Pets - Amityville Record
Pets, Pets, Pets  Amityville Record

New Ellwood nonprofit looking to help people feed their pets - Ellwood City Ledger
New Ellwood nonprofit looking to help people feed their pets  Ellwood City Ledger

Youtube Channel Explores Natural Solutions For Pets With Kidney Issues - EIN News
Youtube Channel Explores Natural Solutions For Pets With Kidney Issues  EIN News

Futile veterinary care for pets is widespread, American study finds - Horsetalk.co.nz - Horsetalk
Futile veterinary care for pets is widespread, American study finds - Horsetalk.co.nz  Horsetalk

Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune
Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune  Chicago Tribune

Fireworks: A spectacle to see, but a danger to people, pets and the planet - San Antonio Report
Fireworks: A spectacle to see, but a danger to people, pets and the planet  San Antonio Report

🌱 Mom Arrested For Leaving Kids In Car + New Pets For Adoption - Patch
🌱 Mom Arrested For Leaving Kids In Car + New Pets For Adoption  Patch

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Sadie and Sarah - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Sadie and Sarah - 47abc  WMDT

Pets of the Week: Meet Sally & Nutella! – Corridor News - San Marcos Corridor News
Pets of the Week: Meet Sally & Nutella! – Corridor News  San Marcos Corridor News

Be Kind to Your Pets, Stop Using Stuff that Kills Them - The Fayette County Record
Be Kind to Your Pets, Stop Using Stuff that Kills Them  The Fayette County Record

Preparing You and Your Pet For Hurricane Season - Carolina Tails Magazine
Preparing You and Your Pet For Hurricane Season  Carolina Tails Magazine

Junes' Pet of the Month! - Loveland Magazine
Junes' Pet of the Month!  Loveland Magazine

Snoqualmie Valley Pets: Leadership 101-Building a Bond with your Dog - livingsnoqualmie.com
Snoqualmie Valley Pets: Leadership 101-Building a Bond with your Dog  livingsnoqualmie.com

Watch our Vote 4 the Best Pets winner on Local 4 - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Watch our Vote 4 the Best Pets winner on Local 4  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Saline County Senior Services helps older citizens, and their pets - Salina Journal
Saline County Senior Services helps older citizens, and their pets  Salina Journal

Solved! What Is Pet Liability Insurance for Renters, and Do I Need It? - Bob Vila
Solved! What Is Pet Liability Insurance for Renters, and Do I Need It?  Bob Vila

Pets & Pests: Comb through your options for the best critter control - The Burg News
Pets & Pests: Comb through your options for the best critter control  The Burg News

Tips on keeping pets safe during 4th of July celebrations - KABC-TV
Tips on keeping pets safe during 4th of July celebrations  KABC-TV

Dangers of foxtail grass: How it can kill pets - FOX 11 Los Angeles
Dangers of foxtail grass: How it can kill pets  FOX 11 Los Angeles

Waynesboro Police Department: Foxes rarely pose a threat to humans, pets - Augusta Free Press
Waynesboro Police Department: Foxes rarely pose a threat to humans, pets  Augusta Free Press

NEW BIZ: Waggers and Swaggers in Marble Falls outfits trendy pets - DailyTrib.com
NEW BIZ: Waggers and Swaggers in Marble Falls outfits trendy pets  DailyTrib.com

Pets of the week: Jasper, Mary and Pepsi are ready for adoption - Long Beach Press Telegram
Pets of the week: Jasper, Mary and Pepsi are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

Keep These Barbecue Foods Away From Your Pets - The Takeout
Keep These Barbecue Foods Away From Your Pets  The Takeout

Ghost Simulator codes in Roblox: Free Pets, keys, and more (July 2022) - Sportskeeda
Ghost Simulator codes in Roblox: Free Pets, keys, and more (July 2022)  Sportskeeda

Lost & Hound: Find Toby In PA reunites missing pets with their families - The Burg News
Lost & Hound: Find Toby In PA reunites missing pets with their families  The Burg News

Alachua County Pets: Smudge, Bushy, Lupin, and Charlie Brown - WCJB
Alachua County Pets: Smudge, Bushy, Lupin, and Charlie Brown  WCJB

Black Desert: Pets Now Trainable for Tier 5 and Appointable as Alpha Pets - Player.One
Black Desert: Pets Now Trainable for Tier 5 and Appointable as Alpha Pets  Player.One

Pets, noise and fire: Fireworks concerns to consider on July 4 - Courier & Press
Pets, noise and fire: Fireworks concerns to consider on July 4  Courier & Press

Pets of the Week: June 30, 2022 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: June 30, 2022  WSIL TV

Patriotic Pets Celebrate + Granddaughter Loves Flag: MD July 4 Photos - Patch
Patriotic Pets Celebrate + Granddaughter Loves Flag: MD July 4 Photos  Patch

🌱 4th of July Parade Route Changed + New Pets Available For Adoption - Patch
🌱 4th of July Parade Route Changed + New Pets Available For Adoption  Patch

Cheyenne Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets - June 30, 2022 | Lifestyles | thecheyennepost.com - The Cheyenne Post
Cheyenne Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets - June 30, 2022 | Lifestyles | thecheyennepost.com  The Cheyenne Post

Reminder to never leave pets or children in hot car after person charged with dog's death in Horry County - WWAY NewsChannel 3
Reminder to never leave pets or children in hot car after person charged with dog's death in Horry County  WWAY NewsChannel 3

FIRE DEVASTATES KEY WEST HOMES; ALL PEOPLE & PETS ARE SAFE - Florida Keys Weekly
FIRE DEVASTATES KEY WEST HOMES; ALL PEOPLE & PETS ARE SAFE  Florida Keys Weekly

Central Garden & Pet Introduces GoodGood, a New Pet Wellness Brand Dedicated to Both Sides of the Pet-nership - Business Wire
Central Garden & Pet Introduces GoodGood, a New Pet Wellness Brand Dedicated to Both Sides of the Pet-nership  Business Wire

Arlington Pet of the Week: Hambone - ARLnow
Arlington Pet of the Week: Hambone  ARLnow

People With and Without Pets Blame Each Other for Disputes - The Korea Bizwire
People With and Without Pets Blame Each Other for Disputes  The Korea Bizwire

PG&E shares video on home hardening projects, emergency plan for pets - Plumas County Newspapers
PG&E shares video on home hardening projects, emergency plan for pets  Plumas County Newspapers

🌱 Hiram Accepting Bids For Water Main Project + More Adoptable Pets - Patch
🌱 Hiram Accepting Bids For Water Main Project + More Adoptable Pets  Patch

Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Apple Fritter - Patch
Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Apple Fritter  Patch

Take care not to leave children, pets in hot vehicles - Brunswick News
Take care not to leave children, pets in hot vehicles  Brunswick News

What to Look for in a Pet Insurance Company | The Ascent - The Motley Fool
What to Look for in a Pet Insurance Company | The Ascent  The Motley Fool

WoW pets turned into mounts by community member's toy design - PCGamesN
WoW pets turned into mounts by community member's toy design  PCGamesN

10 Best Chewy Blue Box Event Pet Deals (2022): Cat and Dog Supplies - WIRED
10 Best Chewy Blue Box Event Pet Deals (2022): Cat and Dog Supplies  WIRED

One Farm Introduces Ziggy Marley's Apawthecary Agility Powder - Pet Age
One Farm Introduces Ziggy Marley's Apawthecary Agility Powder  Pet Age

Charmy Pet introduces line formulated with Chinese herbs - Pet Food Processing
Charmy Pet introduces line formulated with Chinese herbs  Pet Food Processing

PetScreening unveils "Amber Alert for Pets" - DVM 360
PetScreening unveils "Amber Alert for Pets"  DVM 360

Prepare for Your PCS Move with Pets - Military.com
Prepare for Your PCS Move with Pets  Military.com

Can Pets Monkeypox? Experts Explain Risk to Dogs, Cats and Other Animals - TODAY
Can Pets Monkeypox? Experts Explain Risk to Dogs, Cats and Other Animals  TODAY

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane, Maricopa County and Arizona Small Dog Rescue (6/29/22) - ABC15 Arizona in Phoenix
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane, Maricopa County and Arizona Small Dog Rescue (6/29/22)  ABC15 Arizona in Phoenix

Upcoming special pet services offered by Panhandle Animal Welfare Society - WEAR
Upcoming special pet services offered by Panhandle Animal Welfare Society  WEAR

How Safe Are Secondhand Used Pet Supplies? - Earth911.com
How Safe Are Secondhand Used Pet Supplies?  Earth911.com

‘Fido Fixers' Van to Help Spay/Neuter Pets on-the-Go - NBC 10 Philadelphia
‘Fido Fixers' Van to Help Spay/Neuter Pets on-the-Go  NBC 10 Philadelphia

Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster? - FEMA
Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster?  FEMA

Pets of the Week - Meet Panda & Brownie - City of Arlington
Pets of the Week - Meet Panda & Brownie  City of Arlington

Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons - PsychCentral.com
Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons  PsychCentral.com

FTC Takes Second Action Against JAB Consumer Partners to Protect Pet Owners from Private Equity Firm's Rollup of Veterinary Services Clinics - Federal Trade Commission News
FTC Takes Second Action Against JAB Consumer Partners to Protect Pet Owners from Private Equity Firm's Rollup of Veterinary Services Clinics  Federal Trade Commission News

How to Get the Pet Leopard in Lost Ark - Twinfinite
How to Get the Pet Leopard in Lost Ark  Twinfinite

Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg - The Gabber Newspaper
Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg  The Gabber Newspaper

Premier Pet Supplies expands with new store in Westland - Hometown Life
Premier Pet Supplies expands with new store in Westland  Hometown Life

Pets Help AIDS Survivors Through 2 Pandemics - University of California, Davis
Pets Help AIDS Survivors Through 2 Pandemics  University of California, Davis

Majority of Hilton's hotels are now pet friendly - WTOP
Majority of Hilton's hotels are now pet friendly  WTOP

How pets give your kids a brain boost - BBC
How pets give your kids a brain boost  BBC

10 tips to protect your pets from fire - News 12 New Jersey
10 tips to protect your pets from fire  News 12 New Jersey

An Airbnb for your four-legged friends? Sniffspot lets pet parents rent private play spaces - WCVB Boston
An Airbnb for your four-legged friends? Sniffspot lets pet parents rent private play spaces  WCVB Boston

Pets of the Week - Meet Bruno & Charles - City of Arlington
Pets of the Week - Meet Bruno & Charles  City of Arlington

Insights on the Pet Services Global Market to 2027 - Featuring Barkly Pets, Bellevue Pet Sitters and Dogtopia Enterprises Among Others - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Business Wire
Insights on the Pet Services Global Market to 2027 - Featuring Barkly Pets, Bellevue Pet Sitters and Dogtopia Enterprises Among Others - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you - NBC News
Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you  NBC News

Packed Bay Area Animal Shelters Need Help Finding Homes for Pets - NBC Bay Area
Packed Bay Area Animal Shelters Need Help Finding Homes for Pets  NBC Bay Area

LIST: Adoptable pets at the Houston Humane Society - KPRC Click2Houston
LIST: Adoptable pets at the Houston Humane Society  KPRC Click2Houston

Creative dog names that animal shelters use to help pets get adopted - TODAY
Creative dog names that animal shelters use to help pets get adopted  TODAY

Moore: Pet milk memories - Tyler Morning Telegraph
Moore: Pet milk memories  Tyler Morning Telegraph

Having a Pet Dog Could Protect You Against Crohn’s Disease and Improve Your Intestinal Health - SciTechDaily
Having a Pet Dog Could Protect You Against Crohn’s Disease and Improve Your Intestinal Health  SciTechDaily

Veterinarians Best Tips For Pet-Owners - BuzzFeed
Veterinarians Best Tips For Pet-Owners  BuzzFeed

Peachy and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - The Arizona Republic
Peachy and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

Pet of the week: JJ - Fort Bragg Advocate-News
Pet of the week: JJ  Fort Bragg Advocate-News

Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane - Pasadena Now
Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane  Pasadena Now

Animal shelters struggle against overflow of abandoned pets - KSL.com
Animal shelters struggle against overflow of abandoned pets  KSL.com

New Data Shows Increase in Number of Pets Killed in U.S. Shelters for the First Time in 5 Years - PEOPLE
New Data Shows Increase in Number of Pets Killed in U.S. Shelters for the First Time in 5 Years  PEOPLE

What do veterinarians do for their own pets + best care tips - Insider
What do veterinarians do for their own pets + best care tips  Insider

Facing Overcrowding, Anne Arundel County Animal Shelter Gives Away Free Pets - Bay Net
Facing Overcrowding, Anne Arundel County Animal Shelter Gives Away Free Pets  Bay Net

Pets for adoption from local rescues | Home + Life + Health - Arizona Daily Star
Pets for adoption from local rescues | Home + Life + Health  Arizona Daily Star

Pets available for adoption - week of 06/06/22 | PHOTOS - Capital Gazette
Pets available for adoption - week of 06/06/22 | PHOTOS  Capital Gazette

Talking pets and parasites with U of M - UMN News
Talking pets and parasites with U of M  UMN News

Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022 - Investopedia
Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022  Investopedia

As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them - Anchorage Daily News
As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them  Anchorage Daily News

NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business - Spectrum News
NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business  Spectrum News

Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof - Seattle Met
Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof  Seattle Met

A luxurious new pet resort and market, Royal Pets, is opening in Midtown Tampa - thatssotampa.com
A luxurious new pet resort and market, Royal Pets, is opening in Midtown Tampa  thatssotampa.com

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