(Original post by petromasha)
They are great pets, and incredibly clean! You should always keep them in at least a pair as they are very intelligent and social. Ideally you need to spend an hour a day with them, and the rest of the time they can get attention from their ratty friends, otherwise they can become depressed.
They attach to their owners very well with correct handling, they are curious and love to sit on your shoulder or in your sleeve while you go about your business, so it's a good idea to keep them somewhere where they can observe people going past etc to keep them entertained.
They can be fairly easily trained to do various 'tricks' and can respond to their names.
I find they have far more personality than other small pets, they are all individuals.
Males tend to mark more, but it's only drops of urine so it's easily dealt with, tend to be a bit lazier and happier to flop down in your lap, and females are more active and eager to train. They only live about 2 years, which is sad as you get so attached, and are very prone to cancer and respiratory problems so you need to watch what bedding you use, but buy as big a cage as possible and be careful there should be little problem.
I just love that you can open the cage door and they'll come and go no problem, wander round the room and all over you for attention and you don't have to worry about them running off.