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WAIBU to have given my sons hampster away and told him its died?

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windcycle Wed 10-Jun-09 00:59:48

my MIL got my son a hampster for his birthday unfortunatly he is 3 years old and cannot possibly look after it. I dont have enough time to be bothered with a hampster and tbh i dont like them

was i unreasonable to give it away and tell him it was deceased?

Nahui Wed 10-Jun-09 01:02:59

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kentmumtj Wed 10-Jun-09 01:19:06

they really dont require much looking after

im thinking your staring many of these posts to get some srt of reaction?????

MatNanPlus Wed 10-Jun-09 01:29:18

Boring <yawn>

OrangeFish Wed 10-Jun-09 02:05:30

Gosh, aren't you bored yet?

onagar Wed 10-Jun-09 02:16:43

It's a bit unimaginative. You could have told him the hamster had had a midlife crisis and gone off to find himself. Had joined the navy or the foreign legion, met up with another hamster and lived happily ever after working in disney cartoons.

JenniPenni Wed 10-Jun-09 07:11:06

I have a hamster and she brings me and the kids (and hubby!) nothing but joy! The kids are ages 1 to 3... they absolutely adore him! They can also get involved in the cleaning of the cage, giving water and food etc too.

They are not much work at all. But even if they were more work... the joy they bring the kids alone is enough for me to keep my little hamster

catwalker Wed 10-Jun-09 07:56:35

Er, at what age do you think kids do look after their hamsters themselves?! Yes you were being very unreasonable. They don't take much looking after and you clean their cage with your child so they learn how to care for an animal.

However, I think your MIL was even more unreasonable. You should never ever EVER buy someone a pet as a surprise present.

Could you not have handed it back to her (claimed an allergy or phobia or something) and suggested she keep it at her house so your DC could see it when visiting?

crokky Wed 10-Jun-09 08:21:17

I think you should give the hamster to your MIL to look after and say to your DS that he can visit the hamster at MILs house.

She shouldn't have bought a pet without asking you, but seeing as she has, hamsters are not much work - can you really not find the time?

Lovesdogsandcats Wed 10-Jun-09 09:14:22

Windcycle, this 'hampster' will be better off as far away from you as possible.

Blondeshavemorefun Wed 10-Jun-09 10:20:00


you are mean if this is not a wind up

blonde loves hammies and why say something like that hmm

yes mil should have checked with you, ANYONE should check before buying a pet for someone else - so maybe hammy can live with her

who did you give it to?

they are easy to look after (easier then children grin) and bring great joy

would if really have been that hard to have hammy in a cage

it will be dead within 3 years sad

katiestar Wed 10-Jun-09 10:41:21

I think this is another wind up.
Roll on September !

whoisasking Wed 10-Jun-09 10:48:29

At least it didn't wander into your cooking pot eh?

marmitebabe Wed 10-Jun-09 10:52:07

I'm with Blondes on this one.
YABveryU - imposing unnecessary grief on a 3 year old - you LIED - where will it end? Will you throw a strop with MIL, refuse to see her and tell DS that she has died???

marmitebabe Wed 10-Jun-09 10:54:41

Hell - this must be a wind up.... virtual death of hamPster by windcycle getting wind up

Gorionine Wed 10-Jun-09 11:09:51

Start less threads, you will have more time to help your Ds with his hamster!

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