I would love it if you would punch my butt, and i will always give you more gifts!!!
After i sent you those pics i spent like 10 mins squeeing over them also xD so cute like omg. I see them every day but it doesnt change the cute level.
Why dont you just get a hamster anyway...? You're an adult. A hamster, habitat, food, and bedding shouldnt run you more than 50$ ish. Thats what it cost my friend Mattia. Her hamster died when her room hit 70 degrees though. She got another one, she didnt mess up this time.
Why does it matter if your parents are animal people? Its your pet. They dont need to see it, take care of it, nothing. The most they might need to do is give you money, which im sure you can say is for something else. My dad hates rodents. I have pet mice. I keep them in my room and he never has to see them. He came up ONCE just to make sure i had secure housing for them.
With something super small like a hamster your habitat is small enough you can take it pretty much anywhere. I had a teacher that brought his pet mouse to school all the time. He would keep a little food (corn, cereal, ect) in his pocket and then offer the mouse a water bottle cap of water once every hour or so.