I think it depends on the maturity level of the kid. I've grown up around horses so I've always been good about taking care of animals so I probably could have had a hamster at 7 and would have been fine. Although, I've heard of many kids who throw their hamster or yell at it for not running on its wheel or for not "playing with its toys". I've seen many family vlog videos of kids getting hamsters and then forcing it to run around the second it gets home, I've also heard of people who are the same age as those kids who are on HH and take awesome care of their hamsters.
Is a hamster a good pet for kids
I'm emphasizing this because we have a really big problem around here with kids whose parents will not allow them to upgrade cages, or buy certain supplies/brands, or take their hamster to the vet. I HATE seeing those topics, because its so heartbreaking to see kids who want so much to care for their hamsters properly, give them a bigger cage, better food, etc, but can't. Especially the cases of sick or injured hamsters who could have survived but suffered and/or died because of parents who didn't understand, didn't want to spend the money, or didn't care. It;s truly frustrating.
Is a hamster the right pet for you
Smaller pets have an advantage over their larger counterparts when it comes to affordability and the amount of space they take up in your home. If you're considering a smaller pet for your child, however, it's still important to assess whether she has an allergy to the animal's fur, food items (hay), or bedding (pine or cedar). Be extra careful if you're considering rabbits and guinea pigs. "More kids seem allergic to the fur of rabbits and guinea pigs than to smaller rodents," says Dr. Katherine Quesenberry, an exotic-pets expert at New York City's Animal Medical Center. The reaction is possibly more severe because rabbits and guinea pigs are larger than other small pets and shed more, increasing the amount of allergen kids are exposed to. Safer pet options might be a smaller animal such as a hamster, gerbil, or rat. However, some people can develop allergies to any pet rodent over time.
Apr 21, 2010 - It can be tempting to acquire a hamster on impulse