First of all I might sound bit posh and a know-it-all, but the truth is I only know the stuff you need to know to look after your guinea pigs.
Guinea Pigs small curious creatures and are lovable pets this is the basics to a guide of guinea pigs
Cavies (guinea pigs) are from America and they came to England by boat as easy food (bleargh) but then they became popular pets.
If you are going to get a Cavy then you will need to get a hutch first of course.
Which hutch should I buy??? Hutches are homes that guinea spend alot of there life in so you need to get a big one, How big, as big as you can get it or your mum will allow you. Bigger is Better! But guinea pigs need enough space so the can run get away from each other and play games with each other.
Bedding, there are lots of different materials but I use hay, people say that timothy hay is good but I have personally never used it. So my guinea pigs live happily with out it. You need alot of hay expesscialy in winter buton a hot summers night either bring them in or only have a bit of hay and soak a towel and hang it over their hutch.
Cleaning should be done at least weekly and the smaller the cage is the quicker it gets dirty. (another reason to buy a big cage) To clean simply remove all the hay etc then put new stuff in. This in also a good time to clean their bowels items etc. Please clean thoroughly as you don't want your guinea pig walking on its own poop do you!
There are 3 basic needed items
Place to hide- Box with holes cut in it Pigloo (igloo can usually be bought at pet shops) home made wooden hut etc. They one of this so they can feel safe and have alone time, if you can buy or make a few of these
Food bowl- They need this so they can eat out of it. Get a cermetric bowl so it won't topple over
Water bottle/bowl- they need one of these so they can drink if you get a bowl get cermetric
Pipes- are fun get new not used make sure they can fit easiy and won't get stuck
There are many other items you can use as well
All vegies and fruit (remove seeds) except rhubarb, onions, hot peppers, potatoes and its peel (any other vegie or fruit they are not allowed to eat I am unaware of and please email me.)
Grain and Pellets
Grass (most plants are good for them to eat just check before you let them eat it)
There are many breeds here are some.
Smooth Coated- these guinea pigs are easy to look after compared to high-matience breeds, Belle and Astia are one (you can get them in many colours)
Peruvian- these guinea pig have long hair that if you don't cut will cover their face completly and are high matience unless you cut their hair short. Conoby and Puffball are one
Crested- these guinea pigs are easy to look after they just have a rossete on their head and if they are pure breed they need to have an completly white crest. All 4 Guinea Pigs Booky and Darwin are one but they are not pure bred
Skinny/hairless pig- These guys have no hair so they need to be keeped indoors not recommended for first-time owner.
Abyssinian-these have rossetes over their fur.
Satin- has a shiny coat, I suspect Belle is part one.
Silkie- it has long straight that grows back from the head thus not covering face.
Teddy- the teddy breed is interesting, it has a very dense coat and the coat can be harsh or soft
Rex- It is the same as a teddy but it has different Genitec make-up
Texel-Has long bouncy curly hair