I originally bought my hermies, 2 of them, for my 6 year old daughter. There was a display of them at the mall and she fell in love. I thought "ok, another disposable pet" but after some unnamed jerk deliberately ran over my beloved cat right in front of me (she was pregnant too, it about killed me as well to watch helplessly as my pretty kitty was trying to run to me when he swerved to hit her), I sat in the living room with those 2 odd critters on my lap and cried. I noticed some movement and then both just looked up at me with those odd eyes but they looked concerned. Well, the rest is history and those babies are mine as well. We have 8 of them and more as soon as I get these settled in. My daughter doesn't consider us buying them, we "adopt" them.