My DS wanted a rat when he was 10 yo. I'm not averse to rats as an animal but they are far too clever for my liking. And if it escaped in DS room, we'd have to give it a flare so we could see it's distress call . My DS also uses his floor as wardrobe space.
I knew for a fact he'd lose interest and end up with an animal I didn't really want.
DS1 really, really, really wants a hamster. If he got one it would be around his 14th birthday, so he would be old enough to handle it carefully.
But he drops his dirty cloths on him bedroom floor and is when they don't turn up freshly laundered in his drawer. Not sure he would clean it out.....he probably would if I reminded him. I can't even remember what you have to do to clean a hamster house.
We have two cats.
I don't really like rodents (even though I had two pet hamsters as a child). I wouldn't want to hold it.
DH says he doesn't want any more complications in his life (I pointed out we have three children, and one hamster can't be that much more complicated).
I really want to make DS happy, but don't really want a hamster for the above reasons.