I'm interested in buying a small mammal of some kind, but I want advice on which would be best for me. Cage size and costs aren't an issue, but I'm having to keep whatever I get at a friends house so I generally would see and handle them for an hour or two every evening. What animal would work best in this situation (such as would they be happy)?
Unless your friend is going to interact with the animal on a daily basis then I wouldn't suggest getting any animal until you can have one at your home. When you are ready to have one in your own house I would suggest a guinea pig. Any animal you get is going to need to be interacted with for more than 1-2 hours a day