Hamsters are the worst pets in the world. They bite, and they don’t care if that is the hand that feeds them. They smell terrible, even if you clean their cages twice a day. They have thousands of babies every month, even when they are kept alone (I think they’re like gremlins and multiply when they get wet). Their only goal in life is to escape out of their cages and build new homes in your sock drawer, where they chew all of your socks and bite your fingers when you try to get socks out of your drawer.
I on the other hand disagree about hamsters not being able to live in the wild. When I was a kid we had a hamster escape his cage after our dog dumped it over and he was a little houdini. He tripped every trap we left him, but escaped with all of the food. He left little traces of himself all around the upstairs, but no sign of him anywhere. He was gone for 3 months before we found him deep in the depths of a closet with a huge stockpile of food and ripped up carpet turned into a little cotton bed.
Hamsters are retarded. They look cute but other than that they just bite you and shit everywhere and eat their own babies. My old room mate had two of them, and one got stuck in a pipe and the other ate it’s face off.
I work with hamsters on a regular basis, and have handled and owned them for years. They are only mean if you don’t socialize them, and they only bite if you scare the crap out of them. Babies obviously will not happen if you separate them properly and only the females smell when they are going through their heat cycle.
I had a couple hamsters when I was a kid and they were pretty good at turning the house into ‘the wild’. Once I was on the couch watching tv and it started raining. I looked up and saw that Fudge had climbed the curtain and was peeing on my head. True story.
Hamsters are not solely domestic animals; they do live in the wild. That said, I’m not sure how much of their survival in the wild is down to instinct, and how much is learned from experience. But given how crafty they are when they escape their cages (and by nature they are masters at escaping!) I think Nemo will survive as well as a wild hamster would.
Also, hamsters do not bite if they are handled from a young age and treated with care. I had a hamster that was very well trained; I would put my hand flat into his cage and he would come straight to it and hop on so I could lift him out. Not once in the four years of his life did he bite me, and I don’t recall him biting anyone else either.