If you’re thinking about getting a pet, hamsters make the perfect companions. These adorable, small, furry, creatures are incredibly friendly and make great pets for people of all ages. Though small pets are often viewed as a starter pet for small children they also make great pets for adults. I personally got my first hamster at the age of 19. It’s been five years since, and I still have pet hamsters. Here are my top 6 reasons why you should get a pet hamster.
1. They’re Low Maintenance
Hamsters are extremely low maintenance pets. There basic requirements are a clean-living space full of bedding, fresh food and water, an exercise wheel, and a hideout to sleep in. Beyond these things, your hamster won’t require excessive amounts of attention. You will have to clean their cage once a week and it shouldn’t take more than an hour. Hamsters make great pets for people who have busy schedules or can’t commit to a high maintenance animal like a dog.
2. They’re Affordable
Compared to other pets hamsters are very low cost. When you bring home a pet hamster the least expensive part is the hamster itself. Purchases like a cage and furniture are also a one-time purchase. Their consumables like bedding, food, and treats are also relatively low cost. Depending on how lavishly you treat your small pet, you can spend as little as $30 a month maintaining their quality of life.
3. They’re Great With Kids
A Hamster that is well reared and properly socialized makes the ideal pet for children. Well trained hamsters will seldom bite. Their easy-care requirements are a great way to teach a child responsibility and their soft furry coats make them a joy to handle.
4. They’re Quiet
Unlike a dog that barks or cat that meows, hamsters are very quiet pets. A hamster with a silent wheel will make little to no noise, ensuring your neighbors or roommates aren’t bothered. Additionally, hamsters are mostly active at night, making them ideally pets for people in apartments or prefer a quiet living space.
5. They’re Clean
Hamsters spend a lot of their time grooming themselves, meaning they’re constantly clean. A hamster will always be ready to hang out with you thanks to their constant cleaning. Additionally, because they tend to pick one part of their cage to use as a bathroom, making cleaning time quite easy. Plus, because hamsters live inside a cage, they will never make a mess in your home.
6. They're Adorable
This one goes without saying, hamsters are incredibly cute. Their soft fur, round bodies, tiny paws, big ears, and expressive eyes make them a joy to watch and interact with. They have an incredibly inquisitive nature and will always enjoy time out of their cage with their owner. Hamsters make great additions to anyone looking for a touch of companionship with no strings attached.
Whatever the reason may be, if you decide to bring a small pet into your home you won’t regret it. So go out and get yourself a hamster! Make sure that you give that hamster the life it deserves.