Zhu Zhu Pets: This Year’s Hot Toy

Zhu Zhu Pets are already flying off the shelves, and it’s still early! Although this promises to be a terrible shopping season, the breakaway hit is already happening: meet the Zhu Zhu Pets.

These are basically robot hamsters (pronounced “Zoo Zoo Pets”) which retail for a mere $9.99 – not counting their Habitrail like Zhu Zhu Pets cages, of course!

The Zhu Zhu Pets accessories currently include:

• Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster funhouse
• Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster wheel and tunnel
• Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster-mobile and garage
• Zhu Zhu Pets Spiral slide and ramp
• Zhu Zhu Pets Adventure ball
• Zhu Zhu Pets Surfboard and sleep dome
• Zhu Zhu Pets Skateboard and U-turn
• Zhu Zhu Pets Pet bed and blanket
• Zhu Zhu Pets Pet carrier and blanket


Zhu Zhu Pets are battery operated hamsters which run through their plastic tube Habitrail style cages, where they push balls around, run through a wheel, and drive a little hamster car. Just like a real hamster, without the smell, the feeding, the endless mess of fallen shavings on the floor, and the eventual conversation with your child about what “dead” means.

The official Zhu Zhu Pets website has a video which must be seen to be believed. I had to pause it halfway through – I hadn’t had enough coffee to process all the shouting and excited squealing and clapping of hands. Actually strike that, there isn’t enough coffee in the WORLD.

Technically there are five Zhu Zhu Pets:

• Zhu Zhu Pets™ Patches
• Zhu Zhu Pets™ Chunk
• Zhu Zhu Pets™ PipSqueak
• Zhu Zhu Pets™ Mr. Squiggles
• Zhu Zhu Pets™ Num Nums

You will barely be able to tell the difference between them, but rest assured your child knows. If he or she wants a Patches, you had better not bring home a Num Nums!

Unfortunately, stores are already running out of Zhu Zhu Pets. Where can you buy Zhu Zhu Pets? Every retailer swears they will be getting more over the next month, so sit tight. You can check online retailers like Amazon from the comfort of your desk, which is pretty handy!

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