Hello guys, I just brought home two Russian dwarf hamsters on Friday and have been losing sleep worrying if I should separate them. Sorry for the lengthy post in advance!
They are two 6-month old Campbells. They were kept in the same cage in the shelter when I picked them up, and the guy who works there told me they were found in a cage, abandoned in the streets. He said the shelter would usually separate hamsters but these two got along well. I saw them snuggle up together, so I went to buy the cage with the biggest floor space I could find and two of every accessory except the water bottle.
I brought the bedding from their old cage and put it on top of the new bedding, and they seemed to be settling ok until last night I saw them in sort of a boxing position and I panicked. I took one of them out to the backup cage I prepared but ended up putting him back in after 15 minutes because 1. he was really struggling in the steep tunnel of the other cage and 2. the other hamster was climbing all over the cage to dangerous heights looking for him. When he was put back in, he pinned his cagemate down and sniffed his crotch area. Last night they slept in the same nest and they have been napping side-by-side and grooming each other today, not without the odd tackling though.
I'm sure I've made many newbie mistakes. I wish I could tell if they like/accept each other as cagemates. :( I'd really like them to have a happy life from now on but I'm not sure what's best for them. Any advice is appreciated, thanks!