Our oldest daughter was asking for a hamster just after we got our pet cats, Cotton and Pearl who love to bring home little animals they catch outside. So alive hamsters will probably end up not so alive once the children let them escape from their cages which would happen sooner or later.
So we decided we would give them two Zhu Zhu pets for Christmas. Anyway Calista already discovered these toys as well, so it was not so difficult to convince her that this was a good alternative.
Zhu Zhu pets are 9 different characters, named Patches, Chunk, PipSqueak, Mr. Squiggles, Num Nums, Scoodles, Jilly, Nugget, and Winkie. Various accessories can be purchased for creating customized hamster habitats.
Zhu Zhu Pets can be put in either of two play modes: “nurturing mode,” in which they coo and purr, or “adventure mode,” in which they explore their habitat and respond to various stimuli. They also have a sleep mode.
I think this toy is very interactive and even our youngest daughter Ava who’s two, is cuddling and hugging them with real affection. The noises and movements they make are pretty complex.
There’s warning sign on the bottom of the toy saying that there is a risk of hair being entangled between the wheels and I think that’s probably the only draw back, imagine you have to cut off their hair to free them from their pet.
But still I think it’s a great alternative to live animals as I do believe that our children experience real emotions playing with them.