My Daughter Wants a Hamster but I’m Afraid! Aren’t They Rats?
My 7 year old daughter wants a hamster. She has wanted a hamster since she was five years old, but I am so afraid of them. We've gone to the pet store just to look at them and I felt sickness come on as I watched the scurry animal run and play. During one of our visits to the pet store, I noticed on the cage that the recommend age to responsibly take care of a hamster is eight. I was so happy to see that sign. It allowed me at least three more years to be hamster free. I was hoping in three more years she would forget about the hamster. Well, she's now 7 years old and will be turning eight in April. She is STILL asking for that hamster. I made a promise to her and I must hold to it but I have no idea how I'm going to help her take care of it. And to think if somehow it manage to get out of it's cage. What if I wake up and see that hamster at the foot of my bed? I would probably scream to the top of my lungs then beat the hamster with my foot, if I don't pass out first. To me, a hamster is a rat and I can't see it any other way.
I'm not sure what happen or when it happened, but for as long as I can remember I have always been afraid of rats. Maybe it's because they always scurry, they eat anything they can get close to- even clothing, they leave their dropping anywhere and they smell bad. Whatever the case may be, it has officially crippled me.
Is there help for me?
I only have a couple more months to go. The chances of them increasing the age to ten probably won't happen (how I wish it would). So what's a mother to do? As much as I would love to see her smiling as we are walking out of the store with her new hamster; I just can't bring myself to do it because I am afraid as ever of them. I can just imagine that scurry little animal looking at me with those eyes that doesn't blink. He's so fast on his feet that it would be impossible to catch by hand, but then again- I have NO plans on catching a rat with my hands. He's a stinky little nasty rascal. I've also heard that hamsters have the tendency to bite as well. Yet another reason why I cant sees having a rat in my house purposely. I figure, I'll have to get the hamster but she will have to feed it, bathe it (do you bathe hamsters?), and clean the cage as needed. Taking care of a hamster, I imagine, is a big responsibility and you can't be afraid, so that counts me out. I know she will do a great job and take care of her new pet.