Another great choice for the first time pet owner, These cuties are generally good natured and fairly low maintenance.
The ideal Temperature for the Guinea Pig is 75°. Higher temperatures can lead to heat stroke.
Guinea Pigs must have adequate amounts of Vitamin C in their diets since their bodies are not capable of synthesizing the vitamin internally (sort of like the way humans can’t absorb calcium without vitamin D – that’s why they add it to milk). Most commercial Guinea Pig food pellets satisfy this requirement, but make sure it’s fresh. The vitamin levels in this type of form begin to lose potency after just six weeks. Adding fruit and vegetables to you pet’s diet for good measure is recommend to insure proper nutrition and will make it more tastier too). Food and water should be kept off the floor for sanitary reasons. A water bottle and hanging food tray is recommended. Change daily.
Housing should be at least 18 inches high, with 2 square feet of space for each pet. A glass aquarium with a screen cover, lined with wood chips or commercial bedding, is fine. If you choose a wire cage, provide a smooth floor surface made of metal or plastic sheeting. The wire netting can be rough on his feet. A small amount of hay for him to burrow in will make him a happypet. I also recommend installing a ramp or ledge made of plastic or metal ( wood is difficult to clean) for him to climb on, and hide under. The cage should be thoroughly cleaned and bedding changed weekly.
If you plan to have more than one Guinea Pig, stick with females. Males housed together tend to fight, and males with females, well… you know.