posted on Apr, 4 2015 @ 07:57 PM
Hamsters are best kept alone - they are solitary animals and don't even like each other much. Apparently, they only get together to mate.
In your position, I'd probably keep hold of the hamster until his time came and then consider getting the Degus.
If you're wanting a pair, it would be best to get them together as introducing a new little friend to an established pet can be tricky.
I tried that with gerbils, and they fought. Since I don't believe in confining rodents to cages, it made life a bit difficult. I had to let them out
separately which was hard on the first one who was used to having the run of the place in the evenings.
I bought two male rats together once and they used to fight during the evening, but snuggle up to sleep at bedtime.
You might be better off getting two female degus (if you decide to get some) - I think there will be less chance of fighting. But get them while
they're really young or you might find another problem to deal with
edit on 4-4-2015 by berenike because: (no reason given)