Guinea pigs can also make good pets for children. They are social animals and do better in a group or with at least one other guinea pig; although two male guinea pigs can fight. Daily handling from a young age will make a quieter and better pet.
Guinea pigs need to be protected from the heat and cold and their enclosure needs to be large enough for them to exercise and have several houses for them to hide in as they can be easily frightened. Suitable bedding includes recycled paper pellets, shredded newspaper and grass hay.
Guinea pigs are herbivores and require large amounts of fibre in their diets. They should be fed grass hay ad lib, fresh vegetables daily including broccoli, Asian vegetables, cabbage, spinach and dark leaved lettuce. They can also be given small quantities of good quality guinea pig pellets. Always provide plenty of water by using water bottles.