Zhu Zhu Pets: What's the Big Deal?

Sheri Reed
zhu zhu pet hamster

Photo from Amazon.com

If I have to hear about Zhu Zhu Pets one more time! It seems every kid wants one this year, and I just don't get it. It's a hamster on wheels, people!

(But then again I have enough residual childhood pet hamster trauma to last a lifetime.)

Is your child mad for Zhu Zhu Pets this holiday season?

Zhu Zhu Pets are little motorized hamsters that will scurry around your house and, if you buy them too, in their hamster tubes and cars, etc. Apparently, they also like to be snuggled too and they coo, purr, and squeak when you pet them. And now, due to their popularity, many stores are selling out.

Here are just a *few* recent Zhu Zhu conversations on CafeMom:

Did any one list Zhu Zhu Pets recently?

WTH is a zhu zhu???

Damn zhu zhu pets!! lol

Any other Mom's tearing their hair out trying to find zhu zhu pets? lol

I got a Zhu Zhu!!

I wasn't kidding. It appears that moms might be as Zhu Zhu obsessed as kids. And yes, in case you missed it, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has deemed the toys safe. So carry on with your gerbil frenzies, mamas.

But don't forget: Zhu Zhu Pets are not for children under three years. Choking hazard.

Would you get your 3-, 4- or 5-year old toddler a Zhu Zhu pet? Why or why not?


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