I'm thinking of getting a hamster because I live alone and I desperately want some companionship. Any advice?

I'm thinking of getting a hamster because I live alone and I desperately want some companionship.
Any advice?

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  1. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw hamsters only live for like 3 years tops so that means Hamtaro is fricking dead

  2. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    hamsters suck.
    Get a dog OP

  3. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    Get a snake too. Snakes and hamsters play very well with each other.

  4. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    why does this look like a marsey? is this a marsey

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      it's hamtaro you cretinous underage rhubarb

    • 7 months ago
      Anonymous

      imagine being younger than a hamtaro. fricking embarrassing

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        the "a" before hamtaro was unintentional i'm tired

  5. 7 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hamsters aren't the greatest pets imo. Had one as a kid. It's really just a lot of responsibility, cleaning cage etc. They aren't exactly affectionate, or at least mine weren't.

  6. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    My niece had a hamster. They had to put the cage outside of her room because it made noise at night. I think it had a wheel and it would squeak when the hamster ran on it.

  7. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    hamsters are huge c**ts wouldn't recommend
    if you want an affectionate rodent get a rat or if you want something that doesn't die in a year get guinea pigs

  8. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    poorgay

  9. 8 months ago
    Anonymous
  10. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Get a wieneratoo instead. They're really smart and make very little noise. Perfect crime.

  11. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    >parents get two hamsters (male) in a quaint cage that fits on my dresser as a child
    >eventually ends up bloodsports with one trying to open the other's head
    >throw the aggressor out
    >the survivor is just an butthole to me for the rest of its life
    >no purpose on this planet except to stink and roll in a plastic ball around my room occasionally
    >gets a tumor and dies on the day obama is elected (confirmed hamsters are republicans)
    never again

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Rats are hamsters for adults, I don't even think they are good for kids, but they are God damn cute, so it's hard to convince anyone of this.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Why do people think hamsters are for children? Not one thing about them makes them fit to be a kid's pet

        >only active while bedtime for kid
        >doesn't want to be cuddled
        >fragile body unfit for clumsy child hands
        >needs a lot of care but kinda doesn't give anything back, no affection no love no nothing just looking cute

        Sorry esl Hope u could understand. Also, I think hamsters are great pets for adults

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          't want to be cuddled
          What's a good animal that likes to be cuddled? Are gerbils better?

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            Guinea pigs, but they're noisy and you need 2, they'll start wearing when you come in the room and are big time cuddlers.
            Rats, but you need 2, are big time cuddlers, easy to bond with.
            Gerbils are social as well, but they are tricky to bond with, and might tolerate more than love you, still good pets.

            • 8 months ago
              Anonymous

              Weeting* they make happy sounds.

  12. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Do your research first and don't skimp on the stuff you need. Animals aren't some scapegoat for your loneliness and insecurities, they're living beings.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Okay. The first result on Youtube is some woman who wants me to buy a cage that's about the same size as my desk in my already crowded small room. Do you think if I buy a standard hamster cage, I'm doing wrong by this creature?
      She gave the good advice not to put the wrong "cleansing sand" on them because it's too fine and could give them respiratory problems, so I won't do that.
      One concern I have is that I don't think my landlord would appreciate me having pets, and since I pay rent to live in a bedroom, rather than an apartment, and my door is six feet away from the landlords room do you think the hamster will make enough noise to be noticed if I sneak it in?

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I pay rent to live in a bedroom, rather than an apartment, and my door is six feet away from the landlords room do you think the hamster will make enough noise to be noticed if I sneak it in?
        This is a disaster waiting to happen.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          >This is a disaster waiting to happen.
          Tell me the nightmare scenario.
          Paint a picture for me, anon.

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            Hamsters make noise when they drink and play.
            Landlord who you presumably don't have a contract with sees that you have a pets because you don't actually have privacy protections and you and your hamster are back at mamas.

            Is it possible to talk to your landlord, most don't mind small pets. How long are you planning to stay there before you move? Could you wait until you are in a better position to have a pet?

            Pets aren't just things to own, you have to think about what's best for them.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        When I lived in a no pet apartment I raised a couple house plants and hung out with my friends pets.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          >When I lived in a no pet apartment I raised a couple house plants and hung out with my friends pets.
          That's great when you have friends. Kind of the point of this thread.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I pay rent to live in a bedroom, rather than an apartment
        move out to a proper apartment, DONT have pets if you live in a single room

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        talk to your landlord and try to convince him since it's just a hamster, but according to a quick google search hamsters are more active at night

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Do you think if I buy a standard hamster cage, I'm doing wrong by this creature?
        yes extremely wrong. Also hamsters are solitary animals and despite what you see on social media, they will never want to truly interact with you. If you want companionship, look into rats.

      • 7 months ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/87YBhIm.jpg

        >Do you think if I buy a standard hamster cage, I'm doing wrong by this creature?
        yes extremely wrong. Also hamsters are solitary animals and despite what you see on social media, they will never want to truly interact with you. If you want companionship, look into rats.

        >So I'm a complete 100% newBlack person when it comes to animals
        From what you've posted here, you really need to watch at least 50 youtube vids on hamsters and rats alike and spend maybe a month on research before even considering getting a rodent, as an experienced rodent keeper, there's so much you're missing that even fitting it into a Wauf post let alone one document is literally impossible.

        I want to seriously reiterate DO NOT put a hamster in those standard pet store cages. Both you and your hamster will have serious issues. Hamsters, and any rodents for that matter are NOT LOW MAINTENANCE. There's no such thing as a mammal that can be kept in small spaces and are "easy" to keep. You'll unfortunately learn this the hard way if you follow pet store guidelines. I seriously recommend doing a lot of research on this. If you want an animal in a small space, get shrimp or an invertebrate. The truth is any animal intelligent enough to provide you true companionship is going to have enrichment and space demands worthy of that intellect and empathy (so most mammals, although hamsters aren't really that snuggly and typically want nothing to do with you unless you have food, but I digress).

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      This.
      I mean I encourage OP, but don't frick it up and make it suffer you homosexual. Good luck though, hope it makes you happy.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don't have any rodents, but in my experience rats are much more affectionate, smart, and cute.
      Hamster bites hurt so god damn bad, not that rats wouldn't, but I've never been bitten by one, so...

      If you do get a rat though you need 2, so that might be a con.

      I agree with this, if you're a nurturing person that likes taking care of things, but are lonely because you're missing that need then a pet can be great.
      On the other hand if you have past experience of losing interest after novelty wears off, it would be sad to end up letting the little guy/gal be, and kind of neglecting them.
      Idk you, you're gonna have to do some introspection and answer this for yourself OP.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        How do you pick up and hold a rodent with minimal chance of being bitten?

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          Don't grab them, scoop them gently. ime some hamsters are just temperamental bitey shits, though. They also have awful vision so if you handle them with smelly lotions or after cleaning your hands with scented soaps they may not recognize you, and some only like people who regularly handle them.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          food

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            Is this Terry Davis?
            Rest in Power, King.

            • 8 months ago
              Anonymous

              that's just some random peruvian homeless
              terry wouldn't like rats seeing how he treated his bird

              • 7 months ago
                Anonymous

                >terry wouldn't like rats seeing how he treated his bird
                How did he treat his bird?

              • 7 months ago
                Anonymous

                > What’s reality? I don’t know. When my bird was looking at my computer monitor I thought, ‘That bird has no idea what he’s looking at.’ And yet what does the bird do? Does he panic? No, he can’t really panic, he just does the best he can. Is he able to live in a world where he’s so ignorant? Well, he doesn’t really have a choice. The bird is okay even though he doesn’t understand the world. You’re that bird looking at the monitor, and you’re thinking to yourself, ‘I can figure this out.’ Maybe you have some bird ideas. Maybe that’s the best you can do.

              • 7 months ago
                Anonymous
              • 7 months ago
                Anonymous

                How awful.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          Guinea pigs don't bite. Well at least mine don't. They're not huge fans of being picked up though to say the least.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I don't have any rodents, but in my experience rats are much more affectionate, smart, and cute.
        >Hamster bites hurt so god damn bad, not that rats wouldn't, but I've never been bitten by one, so...

        hamsters are huge c**ts wouldn't recommend
        if you want an affectionate rodent get a rat or if you want something that doesn't die in a year get guinea pigs

        >if you want an affectionate rodent get a rat or if you want something that doesn't die in a year get guinea pigs

        Guinea pigs, but they're noisy and you need 2, they'll start wearing when you come in the room and are big time cuddlers.
        Rats, but you need 2, are big time cuddlers, easy to bond with.
        Gerbils are social as well, but they are tricky to bond with, and might tolerate more than love you, still good pets.

        >Rats, but you need 2, are big time cuddlers, easy to bond with.

        Rats are hamsters for adults, I don't even think they are good for kids, but they are God damn cute, so it's hard to convince anyone of this.

        >Rats are hamsters for adults, I don't even think they are good for kids, but they are God damn cute, so it's hard to convince anyone of this.
        So I'm a complete 100% newBlack person when it comes to animals, but aren't rats supposed to be super dangerous rodents with disease?
        I remember reading a Cracked article 10-15 years ago (before it sucked) that said rats are even scarier than you realize because their teeth can grow an unlimited amount and their teeth can chomp through anything.
        I know Cracked was never 100% accurate on anything and they're more of an entertainment site then anything, but still, if rats are so good, please tell me how much of the above is either outright wrong, or denied proper context, and shouldn't bother me?

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          Teeth issues are common for most of the "mouse like" rodents including hamsters. They need things to wear their teeth down on.

          Rats can be vectors for disease, because they live in large colonies and eat trash and live in sewers and get infested with parasites. None of these are an issue for a mouse bred and raised in captivity.
          Rats are maticulous groomers and keep themselves relatively clean, although any small rodent will pee a little bit here and there.

        • 7 months ago
          Anonymous

          >So I'm a complete 100% newBlack person when it comes to animals
          From what you've posted here, you really need to watch at least 50 youtube vids on hamsters and rats alike and spend maybe a month on research before even considering getting a rodent, as an experienced rodent keeper, there's so much you're missing that even fitting it into a Wauf post let alone one document is literally impossible.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Its a fricking rat those things didn't evolve feelings. They just eat and shit

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        as someone who has interacted with many different types of rodents this is just an insult to rats. Hamsters are truly dumb fluffballs of spite.

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