How Long Do Hamsters Live?
A Hamster's Lifespan
How long do hamsters live? Many factors would lengthen or shorten a hamster's lifespan such as genetics, diet, diseases, stress, and more. Usually a hamster doesn't live that long. Some kept in great shape can live up to 5 years. It's not common though.
But what does it mean to you if a hamster can live a short or long time? Most people think it's better if their hamsters can live longer. But there are advantages to only a few years of life, too. Let's have a look...
So how long do hamsters live normally? On average:
A limited life expectancy often leaves owners afraid or not willing to form emotional attachment to their pets. Some would undervalue their hamster's life such as not bringing it to a doctor when ill.
1. A teaching tool. Most children grow up with some pets in their lives. In the States, hamsters are really common pets for children. Not only can pet hamsters teach a child responsibility and compassion, they also teach children about life and death.
It's not a fun topic but it's another way for children to understand how to let go.
2. A shorter commitment. It's very romantic to think about growing up with a pet that will live 50 years. But not everyone can actually live up to that commitment. A pet owner must invest money, time, learning curve, and energy. Too many people lack the foresight of the commitment required for owning a pet.
Considering how fast the world is moving and how much multi-tasking is required of us, a naturally, short-lived pet is actually a blessing. When our hamster passes, we know we have time to take a breather.
3. An appreciation. Lastly, because hamsters have a shorter life, it actually encourages us to make better meaning of our time together. We all take things for granted expecting it to be there forever. With a short lifespan, we figure it's better to have a short but full life, than long but unmemorable one.