As a parent you might be a little hesitant about getting your child its first pet. They are a lot of responsibility, they can be expensive to feed, they might need a big back yard, and what about vet bills? These are all valid concerns, especially if you get a larger pet, but how about a hamster? They cost almost nothing to feed, very little to buy at the pet store, don’t need a backyard at all, and if they get sick and die, you can buy another one that’s identical. Plus, they are incredibly cute, naturally friendly, and only live about thee to four years on average, not a long-term investment. Here is some information about the various breeds of hamsters and what you can expect as an owner. There Are Actually 20 Breeds Of Hamsters But you’re unlikely to find all of them at the local pet store, in fact, few pet stores will have more than two or three. That’s because many hamsters are very similar, other than their colors, and not all of them are bred and sold to the local pet store. However, even though lots of them are similar, there is also a wide variance in sizes between some breeds, and some have different personality traits that are carried through the entire breed, not just one animal. First, The Syrian or Teddy Bear Hamster This is the most popular breed and the one that you’re most likely to find at the pet store. They are goldish-tan and white in color and you’ve probably seen one or more in your lifetime. They first came to the US when used as animals in the lab, but quickly found their way into people’s homes and hearts because of their cuteness.
Even though dogs and cats are some of the most popular pets, they aren't the only choices available. Small animals like hamsters make great pets, as well. In fact, there are a lot of benefits associated with owning these tiny little critters. Below are three reasons why these cute, friendly rodents make excellent pets: 1. You don't have to spend a fortune to keep them healthy and happy. Compared to larger pets like dogs and cats, hamsters are extremely affordable to care for. Even if you splurge on the best hamster food available, it still won't cost very much since hamsters are so small. Their tiny size keeps them from eating too much, meaning that a bag of food can last for a long time. Once their habitat is set up, the ongoing maintenance costs are negligible. Veterinary care is also a lot less expensive than it is for larger pets. 2. They don't need room to run. Dogs, and, to a somewhat lesser degree, cats require a lot of space to play and stretch their legs. If you live in a small apartment, for instance, it probably isn't feasible for you to own a dog since there isn't a yard where they can play. Hamsters, on the other hand, only require a small amount of space. 3. Caring for hamsters is easy. With these pocket pets, you don't have to spend time on tasks like grooming or taking them for walks. Instead, they are pretty much self-sufficient. You just need to make sure that they get a little bit of play time each day and that you regularly clean their cage. If you are looking for an affordable, easy-to-care-for pet that does well in small spaces, look no further than hamsters. These tiny critters are fun to own and [...]