My daughter keeps asking for a poodle.
Just kidding. Well she is, but whatever. Not about to get her a dog at this point, but she also asks about a guinea pig or a rabbit, which I'm not opposed to. Really, you get to a point and just don't question more critters in the house, and no, not a hoarder. If she really wants one and we can make it work as a weedeater in the garden here and there and compost maker the rest of the time, I'm ok with it.
So, which is easier/better? No, will not do a stinky hamster again.