I was wondering about getting a hamster or gerbil? I have had a male hamster before, he passed away a few years ago. He bit my mom, and got out of his cage and went and got in my closet, but we found him.
What's the difference between a hamster and a gerbil? I want something that I can hold, that won't bite or smell a lot. Thanks.
By Des from Somewhere
You shouldn't get a hamster, because gerbils are better.
I know guinea pigs are larger and more cuddly but as for a choice of any rodent as a pet I personally say a rat :-)
I had a rat, named Yodi, in my early twenties and he was the sweetest! I would put a sheet on my sofa when I was at home (in case he had a boo boo) and he would sit there and play and cuddle with me for hours! He never once bit and he never smelled bad because I cleaned his cage a couple times a week and the cleaning was really easy to do :-)
All of these are adorable but should not be in the house with a person who has allergies, especially an asthmatic child.
By Linda Turk01/13/2010
Actually rats are the best rodent pets. We have had all of the above, and a pet store owner suggested rats. At first I was against it, but I have to tell you I was wrong. Rats are very social, so to be fair you need at least two. We love the 3 sisters we have now. Good luck!
They are rodents with little brains, they will bite. Get something cuter, softer and mainly stays asleep at night (an older cat for example).
If you're looking for one you can hold and interact with, I'd suggest a guinea pig. They are bigger, and much more sociable with humans. Also they have a natural tendency NOT to bite. I had hamsters for years, but once I got my first guinea pig, I wished I had thought of them long ago! They really are a lot of fun, and even played with my dachshunds!!
Guinea pigs are also very clean animals, but if they ever do need a bath (most don't, but I mean if they happen to get into something) they aren't hard to bathe at all.
For about 7 years I had both. They both have the potential of biting you. The only rodent I had that didn't bite was a guinee pig.
I wil say this though; the hamsters tended to escape more than the gerbils. And gerbils like the exercise ball more.
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If you are debating on whether to get a hamster, or a gerbil as a rodent pet, I would suggest you get a gerbil. Unlike Hamsters, who are nocturnal, and the run in that darn wheel that squeaks all night, gerbils are active during the day. These little guys are so interesting to watch. They run around, chew on things, bury food, and other things. Also, hamsters urinate constantly, but Gerbils only urinate every so often, so your gerbil cage almost never smells.
Also, if you decide to get a gerbil, I suggest you get two, and if you want a family of gerbils, get a male and female. It's amazing how careful the female gerbil will handle those pink, tiny babies. The babies will grow fur, and run around like crazy while their eyes are still closed. So, I highly recommend a gerbil, because they are a lot of fun for only around six dollars per gerbil.
As soon as mother's had the pups, he will mate her again. So I would get two females over males. Males may fight for territory. And I would suggest getting them from the same litter of pups. My two girls, Dixie and Daisy are sisters, and they are inseparable. (08/18/2006)
By Lou Lou x
If you like a pet with personality, get two gerbils of the same gender. If you would like to get bitten hard often, get a hamster. This is my opinion, but the facts say gerbils are great pets, and they are not close to "trouble". (09/18/2008)
They are fun to watch and are sweet as they cuddle and play together, but a hamster will get more attached to you and have more love to give. Even though they are nocturnal and can get up quite late they are there for you when you have finished a busy day and they love a cuddle. (11/15/2008)
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