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DH wants to get kids a hamster. Beauty and the beast 3 kids; Go Hawks, IA, United States 2228 posts
10th Aug

Well just like the caption reads my DH wants to get our girls a hamster to help them learn some responsibility. I don't think the are old enough they are 8 & 5 but my oldest is almost 9. I am just wondering do you think they are old enough? Thank you in advance.

user banned 21 kids; North Dakota 3800 posts
10th Aug

8 yr old, yes...5 yr old, no...but even at that don't get one unless you expect to take care of it because eventually the novelty will wear off.

Momma R 2 kids; Washington 2927 posts
10th Aug

I always had a hamster, gerbil, cat, fish growing up. I think those ages are great for small pets. I got my daughter a cat for her 4th birthday, she had fish before that, and im considering another small pet. She takes care of them, because I dont make it an option not too.

Mann Makin' Mama[BBM] 18 kids; Dalton, Georgia 11563 posts
10th Aug

My niece had a hamster and it bit the living shit out of her. We are talking full on brought blood & she threw the mother f****r against the wall (as a general reaction to it biting her). It was one of the little ones that are friendly.

Beauty and the beast 3 kids; Go Hawks, IA, United States 2228 posts
10th Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting *Mayhem*:</b>" 8 yr old, yes...5 yr old, no...but even at that don't get one unless you expect to take care of it because eventually the novelty will wear off."</blockquote>




Thank you I think it would be a pain with a new baby coming. I will talk to DH.

[yo.] 1 child; Gayville, South Dakota 13371 posts
10th Aug

I think if you give your 8 yr old like a daily list of things to do that include the hamster like
Daily after they get home from school or wake up
1. Brush teeth/hair
2. Get dressed
3. Feed hamster / play with it
4. Homework
And so on so forth

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
10th Aug

We have guinea pigs. The kids help me with them but I do all the work really. Don't expect your children to take care of them by themselves, otherwise you'll wake up to dead hamsters. Hamsters are also notorious biters. Maybe do research on what their care involves then decide if you think your children can actually handle that amount of responsibility. Honestly, a dog is easier

Belle De Jour Due October 8; 2 kids; Kentucky 17573 posts
10th Aug

Get a rat instead. They are much nicer!

user banned 21 kids; North Dakota 3800 posts
10th Aug

Personally if I were leaning towards the smaller animal thing I'd get a ferret. Much more fun to play with and not as messy (they're litter box trained).

Beauty and the beast 3 kids; Go Hawks, IA, United States 2228 posts
10th Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting [yo.]:</b>" I think if you give your 8 yr old like a daily list of things to do that include the hamster like Daily ... [snip!] ... from school or wake up 1. Brush teeth/hair 2. Get dressed 3. Feed hamster / play with it 4. Homework And so on so forth"</blockquote>




I could try making her a list I never really thought about that thank you.

[yo.] 1 child; Gayville, South Dakota 13371 posts
10th Aug

Also. I had a hamster and that m'fer bit all the time and pretty much made me hate itu had a rat for about 4 years, she was the nicest girl ever.



Rat > hamster.

Beauty and the beast 3 kids; Go Hawks, IA, United States 2228 posts
10th Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting Belle De Jour:</b>" Get a rat instead. They are much nicer!"</blockquote>




Rats freak me out I don't know why but yikes they scare me. Thank you though.

Belle De Jour Due October 8; 2 kids; Kentucky 17573 posts
10th Aug
Quoting *Mayhem*:" Personally if I were leaning towards the smaller animal thing I'd get a ferret. Much more fun to play with and not as messy (they're litter box trained)."


Are you kidding? Ferrets (as fun as they are and GREAT pets!) are disgusting :lol:
They don't always poop in the box and their poop STINKS! They are definitely not cleaner. But I would prefer a ferret over a hamster.
I hate hamsters. I don't see why they are pets.

Mann Makin' Mama[BBM] 18 kids; Dalton, Georgia 11563 posts
10th Aug

Get the kids some fishes lol.



My kids have two tanks with 5 glow fish & 3 Molly's.

Beauty and the beast 3 kids; Go Hawks, IA, United States 2228 posts
10th Aug

I don't know much about small animals I should probably do some research if we end up getting them a small pet. Thank you everyone.