Most kids crave pets while lacking the maturity needed to handle the many responsibilities that go with owning a pet. Cepia LLC, the renowned makers of the Power Puff Girls action figures, have come up with what they claim as being the perfect answer to this dilemma: Zhu Zhu Pets.
These furry toys derive their name from the Chinese word for ‘little pigs’. They are battery run hamsters, devised to simulate real hamsters, and provide your kids with years of enjoyment, as they take care of and play with their pets. The makers of Zhu Zhu Pets have invested the hamsters with unique personalities, identifiable by their different names: Patches, Chunk, Num Nums, Mr Squiggles and Pipsqueak.
The toy hamsters also have the ability to say the odd word or two, as they squeak around, much like a live pet, about the house. Alternatively cooing and purring, or exploring their habitat and responding to stimuli, the pets are programed to play in either a ‘nurturing’ or an ‘adventure’ mode. When they are not playing, the pets revert to a sleep mode.
These toy hamsters are free of much of the emotional baggage that real life pets bring. For instance, they never die; that means no emotional upheavals, or tears shed. They don’t ever fall sick or need medical treatment; you don’t need to pay any vet’s bills. They don’t need to be house trained, or cleaned after. They don’t need to be fed. These are huge additional attractions, not least for parents.
The Giant Hamster City is an accessory you can add to your kid’s collection, as you go along. There are many other add-ons the makers of Zhu Zhu Pets have devised to make the experience all the more enjoyable. These accessories insure that your kids never tire of their electronic pets. They can revel in a make-believe world in which the toy hamster drives around in its own car, the Hamstermobile, which has its own Garage. Tunnel runs and spiral slides only serve to add to the fun.
Your kid’s pet hamster could even choose to beat the heat, by riding the waves on its own surfboard. Alternatively, your kid could choose to put the hamster in the Go Go Adventure Ball, and amuse himself by watching the neighbor’s cat or dog chase the hamster around for ever.
Recently, an independent consumer organization questioned the safety of the toy, contending that the metal antimony was used in the Zhu Zhu Pet toy, Mr. Squiggles, in excess of the level allowed. The manufacturer replied that the toys comply with every European and US safety standard, and are, hence, completely safe. To the manufacturer’s credit, U.S. federal safety regulators from the Consumer Product Safety Commission upheld his claim. Subsequently, the complainants retracted their complaint, and apologized, stating that they had used standards other than federal standards.
Is there a flip side, at all, to it, then? Well, there’s always the risk you might never want a live pet again!
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