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Old 03-11-2016, 11:18 AM   #1
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hey guys my parents saying no to a chinese dwarf hamster that I really want. I have already owned two hamsters yet they still say no. the reason my mom says no is because she doesn't like small hamsters. The reason my dad says no is because he thinks its too soon to get a hamster. Can someone give me advice on how to convince them to get one.
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Old 03-11-2016, 11:35 AM   #2
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The biggest thing to remember is it's their house and their rules. They may change their mind or they may not and you have to respect their decision. If they do their change their mind it will be because you have demonstrated that you can behave in a mature fashion and have done lots of research about looking after a Chinese hamster, with both the pros and the cons. You need to not keep on at them but show that you are doing everything else at home that you're asked to do - keeping on top of grades and homework, doing chores etc.

There is no magic formula to get them to change their mind and no devious tactics will work, just show you respect them and hopefully they will come round.
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Old 03-11-2016, 01:01 PM   #3
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Agree with velma. I wanted to get a cat but my family said no cos we already have one, so I ended up getting a hamster (with their permission as it's their house!)

Maybe in a few weeks you could ask them if you could borrow a friend's hamster for a weekend, and if they can see you can look after them well, they could change their minds? Or, maybe a Syrian, as they're bigger hamsters
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Old 03-11-2016, 01:51 PM   #4
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Aw - I know you really wanted a dwarf hamster this time after having Syrians. Would your current cage be suitable for a dwarf hamster? (Just wondering if your parents are freaking out about costs of getting a different cage).

It's hard when your ready for another hamster and they aren't. As Velma says, bend over backwards to do good stuff and then ask again! You could maybe show them some youtube videos of dwarf hamsters (good youtube videos that is!)
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Old 03-11-2016, 02:10 PM   #5
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I agree with the others, when you're living under someone else's roof, it's only fair that they are allowed to set the rules however I understand the desire to want to own something that they are less keen on.

Some people aren't keen on the idea of Chinese Hamsters because of their similarities to mice and when I got my first two Chineseys, my mum really wasn't keen on them and said she wouldn't ever hold one but four years down the line, she'll happily get James out of his cage and hold him so sometimes it's just a matter of time for people to come around to an idea.

Sometimes seeing a Chinese Hamster can change someone's perception of them. Have a look on YouTube or in some of the threads posted in this part of the forum. It's a great insight into their different personalities and might give you some idea of some of the highlights and struggles associated with the species.
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