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Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters

Updated on October 8, 2012

Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters

Zhu Zhu pets (pronounced zoo zoo) are a "family" of motorized hamsters which are the latest interactive toy for kids on the market. Their slogan is "pets without the mess" and they are intended to replicate real live hamsters as they are artificially "smart", each one has its own personality and they make whimsical sounds.

They can operate in two modes; "loving mode" in which you can love them, pet them and hear them chitter chatter and "explore mode" where they scuttle around either the floor or their specially designed track. You can build them their own little hamster environment should you wish and they will do the thing where they run on the wheel (of course).

They run on 2 X AAA batteries and, because they are motorized with small moving parts, they aren't suitable for kids under 4 years old. However, children in the age group of 4 to 10 years are probably going to love these due to the way that they interact, both with the children themselves and each other.

They just went on general release in August 2009 and are selling out wherever they are put on display. You can still get them on Amazon but, if you want them for Christmas, then you had better move fast.

Different Varieties of Zhu Zhu Pets

There are five different Zhu Zhu Hamsters available.

Mr. Squiggles is, according to the company website at least, a hamster on a mission. He likes to explore.

Chunk is a "laid back surf hamster" who likes to be loved. You should cuddle him lots.

Pipsqueak is small and cute but not afraid of anything. She loves to play and explore.

Numnums is another female hamster who likes to go searching for food.

The fifth member of the team is Patches, another girl hamster. Unlike the other four Zhu Zhu hamsters Patches is not available to buy individually. She comes as part of the "The Hamster Starter Set" - which is probably a good choice for anyone who doesn't already own any of the Zhu Zhu pets.

On the subject of sets, there are a number of different accessory sets which can be bought for the hamsters. These include:

  • Hamster funhouse
  • Hamster wheel and tunnel (a popular choice with hamsters everywhere)
  • Skateboard and U-turn ramp
  • Surfboard and sleep dome
  • Hamster car and garage
  • Spiral slide and ramp
  • Adventure ball
  • Hamster carrier and blanket
  • Hamster bed and blanket

The interactive nature of the Zhu Zhu pets, coupled with the various playsets, which can be assembled in different combinations, is bound to capture children's imaginations. They are already very popular and could be a good choice this Christmas.

                             ZHU ZHU PETS AT AMAZON

The last time I checked on Amazon, Zhu Zhu pets were occupying eight out of the top ten slots on the bestellers list. I really don't think there's going to be enough of these to go round this Christmas!

Kung Zhu - Zhu Zhu Pets

Zhu Zhu Pets Video

Zhu Zhu Pets Used To Be Go Go Pets

Up until August of 2009, Zhu Zhu Pets were know as Go Go Pets. After some trial marketing in the Phoenix area, Cepia - the manufacturers decided to change the name and relaunch. It looks like that was a smart move as the Zhu Zhu Pets are the hot item toy-wise right now and look set for the Christmas number one slot.

However, you may still be able to find some hamsters and accessories in the original Go Go Pets packaging. these are exactly the same as Zhu Zhu Pets- the only change was the name. Now some enterprising people have started to sell Go Go Pet merchandise on Amazon as "collectibles". Whether or not they have any value to collectors, it might be a good option if you find that the Zhu Zhus are gone gone.

New Zhu Zhu Pets

After the madness of Christmas things have calmed down a little in the world of Zhu Zhu pets. Prices have returned to sensible levels, making them pretty good value for money if you're looking for something for any child, male or female, in the 3 to 10 year old age bracket.

Cepia, the manufacturers have even released some new additions to the Zhu Zhu family. They are:

Jilly - she may seem shy at first but she is, according to the company website at least, the captain of the pep team.

Scoodles - a real go getter who loves travelling and visiting far away lands.

Winkie - he likes to chill out with his family and friends. A laid back character by the sound of things.

Nugget - another female hamster. A bit of a daydreamer who likes to chase butterflies and clouds.

You can even buy all four of them as a group and save a few dollars. The price isn't at all bad - you can get the four pack for less than you might have had to pay for a single Zhu Zhu pet in the run up to Christmas 2009!

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      Custom Pool Cues 7 years ago

      EPIC! Now why didn't they have these when I was a kid? Or when my daughter's each wanted one. These Zhu Zhe pet hamsters are sure to be a hit.

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      FinancePortal 7 years ago from UK

      Found this lens just in time for Christmas! My kids already have a hamster, and want to get some more. But the smell and the mess! And I always end up cleaning out it's cage. This is a much better idea - plus I can let my cats play with them as well ;-)

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      jasonweb20 7 years ago

      Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters will be awesome gift for kids on their birthday and other special occasions... :)

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      Vijudallon 7 years ago from Mauritius

      Nice hub! and moreover i didn't know that motorized hamsters are available for as little as $8.00! too good these stuff!

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      Mindfulness 7 years ago

      You've got to be kidding! These zhu zhu pet hamsters are fantastic for children. Who am I kidding, its great for adults! I'm often awa and it would be impossible to keep a pet at home by themselves but with zhu zhus there's no such issue. Love it!

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      samuelbrownf1 7 years ago from Washington

      OOO, These Zhu Zhu Hamsters are great. I really like them. I will search and buy some for my kid. He will love them.

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      Jran 7 years ago

      And they won't be breeding like hamsters - this means that my kids will go crazy over them and we won't have to worry about who's turn it is to clean up the mess.

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      dealingwithstress 7 years ago from UK

      Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters are going to be big this Christmas. But remember a Zhu Zhu is for life and not just Christmas! So buy responsibly :)

      Great lens.

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      Philuc 7 years ago from Quito, Ecuador

      Yes I agree with "dealingwithstress" The Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters will be doing very well this Christmas - many kids will be getting one this year. From the educational point of view this is a good experience for them as it is an exercise in responsibility.

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      neilclues 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've never seen a motorized hamster hub..... YET any way, lol. This is a great page with a selection of Zhu Zhu hamsters to choose from and I will definitely be looking into this further. I own a real hamster named toffee and suppose could give him a motorized friend to play with :P

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      Deb 7 years ago

      The best selling educational product will be the TickleMe Plant greenhouse kit. TIckleMe Plants are real plants that anyone can grow that will close their leaves and lower their branches when tickled.Parents who want to excite their kids about nature, gardening and science will love this Plant. Get your own from www.ticklemeplant.com My students run to homeroom to Tickle their plants each morning.

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      Samantha 7 years ago

      I was able to find a good selection of Zhu-Zhu Pets by going to this website Zhu

      Zhu Pet Finder

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      Zhu Zhu Hamster 7 years ago

      These Zhu Zhu Hamsters are great. I really like them.

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      Sasha 7 years ago

      Yo want my opinon? you no you do! hehe These toys is da bomizle! really tho i cant get enough of zhu zh pets. my boy friend bought me some from get zhu zhu .com and we both give major props to them. i told two co workers about the site and they smiles on there faces were for real! :) find zhu zhu and find happy no kidding

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      Brandon 7 years ago

      All Walmart & ToyRus stores will have Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters in-stock at opening on Sunday, November 8th.

      http://www.christmastoystore.com/forum/topic/23

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      ZhuZhu 7 years ago

      http://www.instocksearch.com shows the pricing and availability of each item. Like it to compare prices. Just one more to get.

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      lasurfer 7 years ago

      I'm going to get one for my 3 year old daughter for Christmas. I guess it beats getting a cage, and feeding a real live hamster. She is going to love it! I'm sure glad I ran into this well done hub.

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      smdtime6 7 years ago

      Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters are just about the cutest things I've ever seen! They will be perfect Christmas gifts for my nieces, who love animals but live in a building that forbids pets and are a little too young to care for live pets. SO ADORABLE!

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      GrinningFool 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for this good hubpage about Zhu Zhu pets. My daughter has been dropping hints about them for Christmas and I had no idea what they were or well to find one! I do now!

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      barb2082 7 years ago from Amsterdam/Chicago

      LOL, this is great, this is one of the good parts of being member of the Hubpages family, Zhu Zhu pets, Wow yes I think I'll enjoy them. Keep going discover more and more for us!

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      barb2082 7 years ago from Amsterdam/Chicago

      LOL, this is great, this is one of the good parts of being member of the Hubpages family, Zhu Zhu pets, Wow yes I think I'll enjoy them. Keep going discover more and more for us!

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      frameofmind 7 years ago

      These little critters are really cute. Hopefully it can teach kids some responsibility about having pets without all the mess that's usually left for Mom!

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      Richard Poole 7 years ago

      I managed to get a Zhu Zhu hamster for each of my daughters at $9.99 from Amazon by using Qskipper.com. The Poole household will be a happy one this Christmas as a result! Much less mess than a real hamster as well.

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      micho 7 years ago

      My kids are hounding me for one of those zhu zhu pets. Against my better judgement I have been looking around both off and online until I found this:

      http://hardtogetonline.com.

      I think it definitely beats going to Toys'R'Us to wait for them to hand you a coupon! Aaaand... It will save me some serious bucks...

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      webkinz for sale 7 years ago from Chandler

      My kids want the zhu zhu pet hamsters for Christmas, but it is so difficult to locate them in the stores. Thanks for the help.

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      gworkz 7 years ago

      Now I have a better gift idea for my kids. I know they would surely love having these. :)

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      ... 7 years ago

      Winkie i think is a girl

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      Keira 7 years ago from US

      There are already lots of new hamsters, it's a real Zhu Zhu Pets Fair, where everyone can find new best friend for yourself. It's a good time especially for boys, because new series of hamsters warriors ninja and special forces is really cool.

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      cool, great for boys who like new hamsters

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      Jordania 7 years ago

      i have Nugget. she is so adorable

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      Allegra1999 7 years ago

      I like it but is this the whole set???

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      zhu zhu 7 years ago

      love them

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      Livija 7 years ago

      we love the silly hamsters run around!

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      NI NA 7 years ago

      I WHANT ONE

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      georgia 6 years ago

      hi world i recon zhu zhu pets are a great gift for all girls and boys and all agea like 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,1o

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      i-love-zhu-zhu-pets 6 years ago

      i have been waiting for a car for the pets but my mum wont let me but i am saving up for the slide and a home for them (well a course) me and my little brother recon there the best toys made we really love them very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      bianca 6 years ago

      where can we find these zhu zhu pets, everywhere is sold out!!!

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      Thamisgith 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Bianca - you can still find them on Amazon. For the moment at least.

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      josh  6 years ago

      i love zhu zhu pets

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      Jade is Awesome 6 years ago

      I have one called Peachy, I don't have the toys that is made for it but I'm saving up, in the meantime it has a home I made for her.

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      Mamma 6 years ago

      They are adorable. But there are no instructions that are in English. What's up with that?

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      ilenia 6 years ago

      I want one too because I like them and I think they are so cuteeeeeee ;D

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      inna2010 6 years ago

      zhu zhu pets sunt adorabili!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      daca nu aveti va sfatuiesc sa ii rugati pe parinti sa vi-i i-a!

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      Ashlee 6 years ago

      ZHU ZHU pets are cool but not as cool as the new zhu zhu bunny i have

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      kkk 6 years ago

      best

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      sarah 6 years ago

      nice cool

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      stephanie 6 years ago

      I have pinkale nun nums scodoLs nuget Jink pachs Moo capachino pechey 2weinkies dashdin snowcup Racoo Jully Kinkstin and tex. The babbys cheks penut Muffn.

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      StephenSMcmillan 6 years ago

      This is cool hub.

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      Steph 5 years ago

      I don't know the name of my Zu-Zu Pet!

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      maddy 5 years ago

      dashington is so cool

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      Ashley 5 years ago

      I love zhu zhu pets

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