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Zhu Zhu Pets Hamsters & Accessories (Shushu Pets)

Updated on March 8, 2011

ZhuZhu Pets - Hamsters Without the Mess!

Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters, a product of Cepia, LLC, are the latest toy craze to hit the markets. Electronic pets have gained popularity since the Tamagotchi first hit store shelves in 1996. It's easy to see the appeal for parents: they don't require the kind of responsibility that is attached to a live animal, and they can easily be confiscated for bad behavior, or switched off completely. Webkinz are a popular virtual pet, but for parents who prefer a more interactive, offline experience for their children, ZhuZhu Pets are becoming a popular option.

What Are Zhu-Zhu Pets?

In a nutshell, Zhu Zhu Pets (sometimes misspelled "zu zu pets" and pronounced more like "shu shu pets") are small electronic hamsters that can recognize and interact with their accessories. They have two modes: the Loving Mode and the Explore Mode. Loving Mode is activated by pressing the hamster's head, and allows your child to pet and cuddle with the toy, which will respond with purring and cooing noises, before "going to sleep" (or automatically switching off after a period of time). Explore Mode, which is turned on by pressing on the hamster's back, will cause the Zhu Zhu Pet to interact with its environment. It recognizes signals from Zhu Zhu accessories, and behaves accordingly.

 

There are four Zhu Zhu hamsters, and each has its own unique personality:

  • Chunk is the white hamster. He is the surfer of the bunch, laid-back and relaxed. He loves the surfboard accessory, and adores hugs and pets.
  • Pipsqueak is the yellow hamster. She is energetic and active, always ready to play or explore a new environment.
  • Squiggles, the brown hamster, is a little bit fussy, but he loves to go, go, go!
  • NumNums is the gray hamster. She is always hungry, and an expert at tracking down food.

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Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Funhouse
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Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Wheel
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Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Ball
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Zhu Zhu Pets Ramp
Zhu Zhu Pets Surfboard And Sleep Dome
Zhu Zhu Pets Surfboard And Sleep Dome
Zhu Zhu Pets Skateboard And Ramp
Zhu Zhu Pets Skateboard And Ramp
Zhu Zhu Pets Car And Garage
Zhu Zhu Pets Car And Garage
Zhu Zhu Pets Carriers
Zhu Zhu Pets Carriers
Zhu Zhu Pets Beds
Zhu Zhu Pets Beds

Zhu Zhu Pets Accessories

There are several accessories currently available for your Zhu Zhu Pet hamster. You can mix and match them countless ways to create new exciting environments for endless fun.  Some of these accessories are classics inspired by live hamsters, while some are inspired by human activities.

  • Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Funhouse is a colorful circular room with tunnels coming off of it at different angles.  You can buy multiple funhouses in different colors and connect them together to make an entire hamster colony!
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Wheel is an example of a live hamster toy reinvented for your Zhu Zhu Pet.  The hamster will go up the ramp and run on the wheel.
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster Ball is another classic.  Place your hamster inside and watch him or her explore the environment.
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Ramp is a steep ramp for your hamster to climb, then slide down the spiral slide.
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Surfboard And Sleep Dome come together.  Your hamster will surf around on the board, then relax inside the sleep dome.
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Skateboard And Ramp allows your ZhuZhu Pet to skateboard around and grind on the ramp, just like a pro!
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Car And Garage will prompt your hamster to run through the garage, into the car, and go for a little drive.
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Carriers are a convenient way to bring your pet along for a trip, or over to a friend's house for a playdate.
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Beds are a cozy place to sleep when both kid and toy are tuckered out.

Things to Know Before You Buy

On the purchasing side of things: Each Zhu Zhu Pet hamster (also sometimes called Go-Go Pets) require two AAA batteries to operate. You can buy hamsters individually, or in packs of more than one. They are available for purchase online, and at stores like Walmart and ToysRUs, and prices vary. All accessories and habitats are sold separately.

On the playing side of things: Zhu Zhu Pets do need interaction from your children. They sometimes get stuck in a certain spot, for example, on the hamster wheel or in a funhouse, and will need a little help along. If you're expecting something that will entertain in a passive way, the way a video does, this is not what you're looking for. If you want to encourage your child to engage with a toy, or test out his or her abilities to care for (and not tire of!) a real pet, this might be the gift you're looking for!

Watch Kids Playing With Zhu Zhu Pets

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      jvcrao 5 years ago

      Our Pink hamster stopped working after 2 days. It appears they attract the hair, threads on the floor which may block their movement.

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      Primpo 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      we used to have four, my Rose gave two away, lol they are cute, even I love them. all the sounds they make and if she forgets about them, it is no big deal.. whoever invented them I envy.. wish I thought of it!!! Great Hub

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      HIllaryKladke 6 years ago

      Wow, I've never even heard of these before! This is great for kids who live in a place where they can't own pets... I mean, it definitely won't replace the real thing, but it sure comes close. That's so cool! Nice hub on this. Thanks for introducing me to this.

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      dear addict 6 years ago from where people are helping people

      Maddie

      Is it strange that I could totally get into getting the entire"city" set up with the hamsters, meaning cause I'm 44?

      Heck why not I say

      Too cute, seriously!

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      roxie 6 years ago

      hey i think zzp r cool .but on the internet it bad.mazin haster r cute but not really fun.plus zhu zhu pets r now the hotest toy . nothing can bet then

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      Meghan62 6 years ago

      Mazin' Hamsters are so much better than ZhuZhu pets and MH's ( Mazin' Hamster - MH ) are cuter too!! No offense though, Maddie, great hub for people who like ZhuZhu pets - good info too! :) BYE!

      Meghan

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      PierrePierre 7 years ago

      cute and interesting gadgets!

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      peacegirl101 7 years ago

      i like mazin hamsters much better

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      couponalbum 7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      My cutie pie loves to play with them. This article gave me lot of information on Zhu-Zhu pets. Liked your other hubs too. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)

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      Keira 7 years ago from US

      I actually disagree with the opinion that Kung Zhu are only for boys. They are good enough to be interesting for girls as well as for boys.

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      zzp 7 years ago

      iknow a great place to find them it is toys rus i foand sweetie there they are cut and ferry there are even kung zhu they are nice to there mostly for boys some girls even have them

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      nina ninga 1000 7 years ago

      i have a zzp s o n g

      zzpsare awesome i have some i like them ow zhu zhu pets i like there birthmarks there ferry and chatterbox ow zhu zhu pets

      that was my zhu zhu pet song do you like it

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      pet10 7 years ago

      theychatterand scamble i like it

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I've just been wondering what Zhu Zhu pets are, my niece just turned 7 and wants Zhu Zhu pets for her birthday. thanks for the helpful tips and products. :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Kawaii! And another interesting step towards a world of virtual companionship.

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      wow i did not know about these. Nicely written article. Nice writing style too - A+!

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      Healthy Living Is 7 years ago from allergies, people, flowers. health, diet, art, medicine, mental health

      I love hamsters...great post!

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      Tamarind 7 years ago

      These hamsters are really cool. I used to love the flipping puppy toys when I was a kid.

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      theirishobserver. 7 years ago from Ireland

      Great Hub - have loads of animals - but lost my rabbit recently - they can die without much warning - still have plenty to keep me busy - great Hub.....Irish

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      Cute!

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great info!

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      This was a great informative hub. My daughter wants a bunny rabbit. I think I'll get her one of these first to see how she does with a pet that isn't real. That way I'll know if she can handle a real one.

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      anyabluesky 7 years ago from Thailand

      Great Hub ... Very informative about Zhu Zhu Pets

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      hattersmen 7 years ago

      They look great !

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      They look like fun. WE both have real live cats, and think that they might attack these furry (but moving) toys.

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      cosette 7 years ago

      i would get one for my bunny to play with but she would probably have a heart attack ;)

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Pretty funny, I remember my daughter's obsession with her Tamaguchis well and then there were those funny talking beak monsters, they got lost in the back of our car once, what were they called, really animated. Anyway, glad to see that somebody put Chunk back out on the market, this time as a fuzzy robot gerbil.

      Fuzzy imitation animal robot toys, what will they think of next, thanks for directing me to the latest there Maddie!

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      I like the no clean up part of them. I had heard of them but didn't know what they were. Thanks for the info.

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      khmohsin 7 years ago

      A unique toy i have no idea before it...amazing zhuzhu pets nice...informative hub, i think so next will be the shushu pets lols.

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      terrowhite 7 years ago

      ZhuZhu Pets - Hamsters Without the Mess!...I did not know about these toys earlier.. thanks for the information.. you have written a very nice and informative hub.. thanks !!!

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      Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

      Wonder what our live hamster, Spencer would think if she had a new friend. On the other hand, I'm thinking my granddaughter would love a zsu zsu over Spencer, who while cute loves to bite her owner.

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      natalie 7 years ago

      I've been trying to get one, but no luck at Walmart or ToysRUs. It's a shame they retail for $10 but are now selling for $35+ even on Ebay.

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      silentplayer 7 years ago

      My sister bought these zsu zsu pets for her grandchildren. I bought them on line for a huge price and they were going like hotcakes. I think they will love them. I bought the ball so the great dane won't eat the cute little pet. They had chincillas and they were a huge mess. Ask my sister, she always knows what is going to be the biggest seller every Christmas. But, she got hers for the retail price. She doesn't mind drivig and standing in line. But, if you want one now, you had better get on line and start bidding.

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      AllMomNeeds2know 7 years ago

      My daughter wants this so badly since she can't get a real one because her cat would eat it in 2 seconds flat. Interesting.

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Dang! I was about to write about zhu zhu pets - I asked my granddaughter and she said she wants one - so I thought I should write a hub about it - good job!!

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      neysajasper 7 years ago

      Nice toys i love to gift them to my toddlers. I can not say about my children because i myself enjoyed it lot.

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      Darren2010 7 years ago

      I have a cat and this would keep her busy while I write my Hubs. Nice job!

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      Rebecca Graf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I had not heard of these. They are cute. This might be perfect for my daughter because I just cannot handle another life pet right now :)

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      Tippi Lynn 7 years ago

      I just purchased two hampsters and the funhouse for my niece on Amazon.com. I had no idea that her Auntie would love it just as much as she did.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      They are so easy to clean up after. :)

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      Jason Menayan 7 years ago from San Francisco

      These remind me of the old Petster - but these are adorable.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Maddie Ruud,

      This is interesting electronic Zhu Zhu pets? Hmmm these may be great for my grandchildren. What will they think of next?

      Thank you for sharing!

      Blessings

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      What will they think of next? Cute toy! Thanks for letting us know!

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      frankdickinson 7 years ago from Fairview Heights

      Now these little guys look like a ton of fun!

      Christmas for my 2 year old grandson!

      Thanks Maddie for sharing!

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      I bought these for my girls already but put them away until the holidays, so they don't know yet. I know they'll love them. Their older cousins have guinea pigs and every time we see them my girls want their own; I'm sure these zhu zhu pets will be a big hit. And I don't have to worry about cleaning up after them ... too bad I still have to clean up after my kids, though!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      These look really cool, Maddie. I'll have to check to see if my brothers and sister's children already have these guys, as I'm sure they make great gifts (not to mention easy to clean-up after). Thank you for sharing this!