Hamster, Coconut, Sleep, Nest, Rest

As a parent, you need to have the ability to give your children everything that they want in life.

You do not want to deprive your animal trapping company, however, so what can you do if your little boy or girl comes up to you with these cute little brown eyes and asks you to get a puppy or a kitty (or a ferret, parrot, snake, alligator, etc.)? Having a household pet comes many responsibilities, and you as a parent are probably the one to choose who takes those duties initially. Are you going to deny your child telling them about the inherent responsibilities of having a pet? This will likely be your first reaction sure, and the child’s first reaction is to guarantee you that he/she will look after those duties, they will feed it, walk it, play with it, give it all the attention it requires and appreciate it like no kitty or puppy has ever been loved before. Well, you, being a loving parent as opposed to a heartless gargoyle, can not maintain that wall of resolution forever, so, while it’s the following day, another week or another month, eventually you will cave and embrace that pet for your kid (though hopefully not the alligator). Then you start to see a few weeks have gone by and the amount of care given your pet by your child appears to be waning while you suddenly appear to be doing all these things your diabolically adorable offspring assured you to do. You can not nag the kid forever though, or maybe you can, but in the meantime you will have a scrawny little pet two weeks off from starvation and a garden lined wall to wall with pet doodie.

So now you’re the principal caregiver and you silently curse the cute brown eyes of your devil spawned young. So the solution is not to adopt a pet right? Not necessarily. There may be a compromise for you and your little one. And the compromise is not to talk about a dog with two other families so you have it on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the third Sunday of each month. No, you can get your kid a real life real pet. Consider getting them a hamster (either 1 syrian or 2 dwarf hamsters). Why hamsters? Hamsters are a fantastic pet for kids based on the sort you embrace (Chinese Hamsters tend to be jumpy and are thus not a fantastic idea for smaller children). Hamsters are small and furry and never lose that level of cuteness that a kid covets, secondly, they’re really easy to take care of they’re practically automated (note that I said almost ). Hamsters do not smell that strongly either, they may smell more powerful than a cat (unless your cat often pees in your bed or on the living room carpet) however they are not quite as stinky as a puppy can be. Of course a hamster isn’t free of duties, the cage has to be cleaned weekly or it will start to smell, of course hamsters will need to be fed, and they ought to get adequate attention should you expect them to be friendly and tame to your loved ones and friends. However, the amount of energy (and money) you and your child MUST expend to look after a hamster is much smaller than that of a larger animal such as a dog, and they do not shed like cats, they’re silent (though their exercise wheels might not be), and they’re only a joy to handle and have about.

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