Is a Hamster Good Pet for Children? (Hamster as a Pet for Children)
It is a difficult task to choose the best pet for your children especially when it is the first time for him. Your child may have his priorities for a pet, but you have some ideas about the pet they demand. You should consider the positive and negative aspects before choosing a pet for your child.
Hamster is the most common pet in children. They love this small pet and happy to play with him. Children can learn about responsibilities and importance towards animals. They also learn how to clean their cage, how to feed them and how to do training of their pets.
At the start, you have to supervise your kid, how to hold the hamster, how to feed and clean cage, how to play with him. When the child will be taught by you, it will easy for him to handle his pet. Hamster is easy to handle but it will difficult for small children to handle.
Hamsters can make entertaining and low-maintenance pets for your children when moving toward in the right manner. As a parent, you still need to watch over the condition and make sure that they are feeding, cleaning and handling the hamster on time.
Hamsters have many colors (black, gray, white, red, brown, yellow, and mixture of different colors), so your child can choose the color which he loves the most. There are five common types of hamsters, (Syrian Hamsters, Chinese Hamsters, Dwarf Hamsters, White Winter Hamsters, and Campbell’s Russian Hamster) and you can find the best type of hamster for your kids.
When you consider the first pet for your child, it’s best to start small. Hamsters and gerbils make good friends because they are easy to handle and keep as a pet for your children. Hamsters are calm animals.
These are some cons of keeping hamster as a pet for children:
- You often buy a hamster for your children to play during the day, but they are nocturnal and they sleep during the day time. They will awake at the time when it is time for your kids to go to sleep. During the day time, children will try to awake them so they may bite them. They may aggressive if you will disturb them.
- Hamsters can be frightened by sudden noise or movement. They need a gentle touch, so you need to supervise your child to touch or hold him. If they scare, they will stay in their cage and will not come out to play with your kid.
- Your children under 8 are not enough skills to touch the hamster. They may drop hamsters, scare them or squeeze them. So, in these situations, they can bite your children. On the other hand, young children can affect by zoonotic diseases. These are the diseases that passed from animals to human beings. If you want to buy a hamster for your kid, so keep these all aspects of your mind.
- Hamsters may transfer harmful germs that can cause infections in your kids. They can bring salmonella bacteria that can cause diarrhea and fever. Adults can affect by this but small children are more disposed to such infections, because of their undeveloped immune system.
- Hamster’s eyesight is not good, so they rely on their other senses like sound and smell. They identify anything by a sense of smell and sound.
- Hamster’s life span is too short, so it may difficult for your children to bear the death of their small pet. Hamster lives only 2 to 3 years most of the time. So, after 2 or 3 years hamster will die and your child will be disturbed.
- Hamsters are active pets and they run very fast and hide in small holes. If your child will try to catch him and run behind him he may fell and hurt himself.
There are some steps you can take to stop the spread of disease from your hamster to your kids.
- A first and very important step, educate your child to wash his hands with warm water and soap before and after touching a hamster. If your child will do this regularly he will not transfer germs to hamster and hamster will not pass germs to your kid. Both will be safe from germs.
- The second step, if you are adopting a hamster for your kids to make sure he is a healthy pet and having no health issue because sometimes if the pet is ill and he spread infections to other pets or human beings.
- Clean places of your kid’s hamster and change bedding frequently. Replace water and food with a fresh supply. Wash all things like hiding outs, toys, etc. Hamsters are self groomer, they do some activities to clean themselves.
- Don’t allow your kid to mix hamsters with other animals like dogs or cats. Sometimes kids take their hamsters to play with other animals. Avoid this because infections can transfer from animals to others. Other big animals may hurt your hamster and the small pet can be startled.
- Wash hamster cage or aquarium with mixing one tablespoon of bleach in water. Make sure the cage or aquarium is dry before carrying a hamster back in it.
Hamsters are playful and attractive pets and your children love them because of their size, colors, and cuteness. They are kid-friendly pets; however, you will have to be cautious and oversee. Hamsters are very inexpensive as compared to other pets. If you are a calm person and a busy person and are still looking for a pet with less looking after, then a hamster is a good option for you and your children as well.
But, on other hands hamsters are not a suitable pet for children under 8 years. You have to be extra careful with young children as well. If your child has a hamster, so you must ensure that they are handling properly, cleaning hamster belongings, giving food on time, etc.
Every pet has advantages and disadvantages, so you have to know about before adopting it. Especially, when it is for your kid because children are sensitive and they may affect by some things.