Zhu Zhu Pet Land

Here’s an update on our kids’ Zhu Zhu Pets (ZZP).

First of all, we added another ZZP to our family, since Gamma didn’t get one for Christmas like the older two did. So now they each have one and everyone is happy, at least in that regard. No picture for this one.


Second, we went to my parents’ house one fine weekend. It just so happens that my parents do not have hamsters, but they do have guinea pigs.

picture of a Zhu Zhu Pet meeting a real-life guinea pig

The guinea pig liked having company, but it thought the ZZP was rather rude.


Third, some of my siblings (and their families) also were at the homestead that weekend, which meant the cousins’ ZZPs (or ZZP cousins) were also there. Not only did they bring their ZZPs, but also they brought their ZZP habitat (or track or whatever you want to call it).

picture of a Zhu Zhu Pet habitat

We have a few of the circle rooms. Much cheaper on eBay or craigslist.


Last, the one ZZP accessory of which a parent should be especially wary is the hamster wheel.

picture of a Zhu Zhu Pet hamster wheel

It looks nice and all, but I believe the ZZP wheel was designed and sold by the battery companies. Think about it. A wheel makes sense for a hamster, so they can use their muscles and stay healthy.

But what purpose does a hamster wheel serve in a battery-powered toy? All it does is cause the batteries to be replaced often (it would be daily if we didn’t impose limits – the kids would leave them running on the wheel indefinitely).

Now a hamster ball – that could be entertaining. But a wheel?

Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, for each of the four of them.

Ezekiel 1:15

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4 Responses to “Zhu Zhu Pet Land”

  1. Charity Says:

    Let’s find a child-sized wheel and habitat/tracks for the kids next time we are all together. That might keep them from bursting into the family room while we are trying to relax.

  2. phoebe Says:

    Good to know about the wheel. O has been wanting one since playing with yours. I’ll just look for the ZZP ball instead.

  3. Ricky Anderson Says:

    I’ll be honest – my niece always brings over her ZZPs and shows them to me. I turn it on, put it on the ground and watch it scurry to headbutt a wall. I’ve never gotten the point.

    But then I saw the picture with all the accessories, and now it makes more sense. They’re as useless as the real pets, but with slightly less poop (my niece poops a lot).

  4. Burrill Says:

    The ZZP wheel may be the smartest dumb idea of this decade.

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