Oh, nobody died... I brought the sick hamster I bought back to the store, where they started treating him right away. I am upset about having to do that- now I will always wonder about him.
Claire- you don't know whether I am ignoring the advice or taking it :S
The lady in the store told me that they can live together, but seeing how many other lies she told me (that will be a different
post LOL) obviously she was wrong.
But, the shop houses about ten hamsters in one 10 gallon aquarium. They are all over each other. I assume they wouldn't do that if the hamsters were hurting each other (because they would lose $, not because they care so much.)
These two are from the same cage in the store. At home I have a full 2 level cage. Two separate floors with a ladder leading to a small opening. The area of the cage is the size of two 20 gallon tanks stacked on on top of the other. There is plenty of room for them. I understand the aggression issues are territorial. There is plenty of personal space in their cage.
If I see them fighting, I will separate them onto different floors and close off the small entrance way until I can think of a better plan.
They did fight a little over the wheel (I have only one) so I took it away until the ones I ordered arrive.
then they went right back to being friends, searching the whole cage for the wheel together. LOL. They helped each other overturn hideaways and toys. Although they are upset and bored without the wheel, they aren't fighting. I am watching them closely.
Thanks for your concern, though.
(Oh, and these hamsters are 4-6 months old, which is probably adult. They lived together for all this time, so I am keeping a positive outlook on their joint living.)