Our hamster died yesterday...

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and my daughter is sooooo sad (my son doesn't care).

My daughter wants another hamster (or guinea pig or rabbit) asap, I guess to ease the pain.

Is it a good idea to buy a replacement pet immediately?

(The hamster was our only pet.)

I don't mind if she gets another hamster but I'm afraid she might be disappointed bc the previous hamster was uncannily friendly and outgoing and faithful.

And ugh, I would feel so bad if this one died prematurely, too.

And just to assuage my own possible feelings of guilt, it's OK to lower the temperature of your house to 63 during the day w/ a hamster, right? The one that just died had bedding and towels and straw enclosures inside the tank.
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was the cage a wire cage or a glass cage? I'd imagine that the hammie should have been ok at 63.

I'm not sure about when to get a new pet. I'd be disappointed if the new hammie wasn't like the old one especially if it was a good one.

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was the cage a wire cage or a glass cage? I'd imagine that the hammie should have been ok at 63.

I'm not sure about when to get a new pet. I'd be disappointed if the new hammie wasn't like the old one especially if it was a good one.
Originally Posted by Curlyminx
It was a glass aquarium. We tried and returned three other cages before settling on this aquarium...which I initially didn't like the idea of. But none of the wire or plastic or wire/pastic combo cages came close to the size of the aquarium and/or were too flimsy. And I wanted her to have plenty of room.

Yeah, I worry she will feel disappointed w/ a less fun hamster. (And the one that just died was like one in a million.)

And maybe even any hamster...bc now that she is an "experienced" pet owner, she might want something more...you know...larger and more mobile and whatever.
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Oh I'm so sorry. Losing a pet is so hard. Even harder on kids.


I say get her one, but talk to her about how hamsters have different personalities just like people and this new one may not be the same as the old one, s/he will be different, but she will learn to love him/her just the same. Try to make sure she kinda understands this before getting one. It may alleviate any disappointment.

Hugs to your daughter.
I'm pretty sure that you are ok to relieve yourself of the worry that you killed it. A glass cage HAS to be warm. It isn't like he would be getting a breeze in there. So he would just need to bundle up and between body heat and warming the bedding, he should have been good.

And I would worry about the bigger animal too. Guinea pig here you come!

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I googled to find the life span of both hamsters and guinea pigs and I found this.....

Best pet in general: Hamster, as you can just place them on shelves and let them run around or hold them in the palm of your hand, guinea pigs are too pig but you can hold them in your lap
More suited to a four year old: Guinea pig, hamsters would be difficult for a four year old to handle and it's likely she would lose it.
Guinea pigs would be more expensive than are hamster but are still reasonable to keep and they take about the same amount of care and attention as far as I can see. Guinea pigs don't hurt as easily as hamsters, I' not saying that you can be rough withthem, but a 4 year old could very easily harm a hamster accidently when all she wants to do is give it a cuddle, she would be too young to undestand shes hurting him. Plus, hamsters don't really appreciate cuddles they appreciate excersise, a guinea pig would love to becuddled and sit patiently in her arms whilst she strokes and cuddles him.
For now your daughter should have a guinea pig, plus they live longer, a hamster would most likely die within three years and she would find this hard to accept as she will only be 7! Guinea pigs can live up till 8 years (but more likely 6 or 7) and she will then be old enough to accept the death of her pet as she wll be between 10-13 and this will then be a perfect time to get a hamster!
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Daphne, my guinea pig died after 6 years. I loved her. She was cute. She would "purr" and vibrate at me when I would get home.

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I googled to find the life span of both hamsters and guinea pigs and I found this.....

Best pet in general: Hamster, as you can just place them on shelves and let them run around or hold them in the palm of your hand, guinea pigs are too pig but you can hold them in your lap
More suited to a four year old: Guinea pig, hamsters would be difficult for a four year old to handle and it's likely she would lose it.
Guinea pigs would be more expensive than are hamster but are still reasonable to keep and they take about the same amount of care and attention as far as I can see. Guinea pigs don't hurt as easily as hamsters, I' not saying that you can be rough withthem, but a 4 year old could very easily harm a hamster accidently when all she wants to do is give it a cuddle, she would be too young to undestand shes hurting him. Plus, hamsters don't really appreciate cuddles they appreciate excersise, a guinea pig would love to becuddled and sit patiently in her arms whilst she strokes and cuddles him.
For now your daughter should have a guinea pig, plus they live longer, a hamster would most likely die within three years and she would find this hard to accept as she will only be 7! Guinea pigs can live up till 8 years (but more likely 6 or 7) and she will then be old enough to accept the death of her pet as she wll be between 10-13 and this will then be a perfect time to get a hamster!
Originally Posted by Lotsawaves
That's great. Thank you!

GPs are so cute.

I will look into getting a GP. There's something about rabbits that seems a bit too outdoorsey.
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Daphne, my guinea pig died after 6 years. I loved her. She was cute. She would "purr" and vibrate at me when I would get home.
Originally Posted by Curlyminx
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Would you consider a pet rat? From what I've heard and read, they are good pets for kids--clean, smart, and social with people. The downsides--they are active at night, don't live very long (2-3 years), and people think they're gross.
I was also going to suggest a pet rat. They are very interactive and loyal, especially if you get one as a baby and handle it often. My daughters rats were great. They would stay on her shoulder or run around on her bed and play. She loved them. The down side is the 2-3 year life span. She was devastated when the last one died a few months ago and is taking a break from rodents. She just gets too attached. I would get her another rat in a heartbeat if she asked.
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I had a friend who had a rabbit and it really stunk. I was surprised especially since she was very anal about keeping it and the cage so clean.
My daughter would be happy to have a rat, as she loves playing w/ them at the pet store. But honestly, I just could NOT get on board. I just couldn't. But yes, I have heard good things about rats as pets.

Maybe if there was a fluffier breed w/o a tail and just not so ratty looking?

No, on second thought, I couldn't.

Ugh, I'm reading you need to keep at least 2 GPigs. That sounds like a lot...says each one eats a cup of lettuce per day in addition to commercial food and needs hours of free range exercise?
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Hmm... Poor Daphne was an only pet.

She seemed just fine being a singular pet.

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Hmm... Poor Daphne was an only pet.

She seemed just fine being a singular pet.
Originally Posted by Curlyminx
How much time did you and your family spend playing w/ her out of the cage?
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Ferrets are another option, too. I know friends who have had them found they had a ton of personality, were easy to keep clean, etc. I think we have some ferret owners here who could chime in...


Guinea pig was my first thought, though, as they seem more friendly than the typical hamster. I've never really appreciated friends' pet rabbits no matter how cute. The ones I've known just were more like wild animals stuck indoors than pets.
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It really couldn't have been too long. My dad would play with her in the morning and when I got home I would play with her. Maybe a couple of hours. For a while she had the ball to walk around the house, but she peed in the ball and it got all over the carpet and that was the end of that.

Now I feel like I should have made her have more fun.

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My daughter would be happy to have a rat, as she loves playing w/ them at the pet store. But honestly, I just could NOT get on board. I just couldn't. But yes, I have heard good things about rats as pets.

Maybe if there was a fluffier breed w/o a tail and just not so ratty looking?

No, on second thought, I couldn't.

Ugh, I'm reading you need to keep at least 2 GPigs. That sounds like a lot...says each one eats a cup of lettuce per day in addition to commercial food and needs hours of free range exercise?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Yes. GPigs need a companion. My coworker's GPigs were together for 6 yrs. One recently passed. It was so sad since I had met them and fell in love with them. I cried.

To my knowledge he hasn't got another one.


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My daughter would be happy to have a rat, as she loves playing w/ them at the pet store. But honestly, I just could NOT get on board. I just couldn't. But yes, I have heard good things about rats as pets.

Maybe if there was a fluffier breed w/o a tail and just not so ratty looking?

No, on second thought, I couldn't.

Ugh, I'm reading you need to keep at least 2 GPigs. That sounds like a lot...says each one eats a cup of lettuce per day in addition to commercial food and needs hours of free range exercise?
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Yes. GPigs need a companion. My coworker's GPigs were together for 6 yrs. One recently passed. It was so sad since I had met them and fell in love with them. I cried.

To my knowledge he hasn't got another one.


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Originally Posted by coilynapp
There's something about GPs, isn't there, that makes them very easy to fall in love with? They are beyond cute and like living stuffed animals!

But what happens when one dies? Are you supposed to just suddenly introduce a new one into the house and hope they old one accepts it? Or just leave the remaining one to die quickly after from a broken heart?
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