I am on the cusp of adopting two baby piggies. Littlest DD is 2 and bigger is 6 so I think they are at the stage to start caring for an animal- although it could be mainly for me.... Anyhow i digress.
My couple of questions are
how feasible is it to have an indoor Guinea pig? I have found a lovely two storey hutch with a shallow ramp and a closed bedroom area (more of a cottage than a hutch...) which will live in my kitchen. Would it be ok just to let them out to roam, or are they likely to eat through wires and things? The house isn't super big and we would have a run outside, but is there anything I really need to make sure they can't ruin things... I'm assuming they can't climb the stairs?
So they would be pretty exclusively house Guinea pigs, like a dog? but with access to outside in a run for some fresh air and grass etc.
do they smell overly bad/make very much antisocial noise? I am aware of meeping and squeaking but because all Guinea pigs when I was younger were kept outside I can't really remember how antisocial it was. I could shut the kitchen door on them but that seems cruel!
is it worth getting Guinea pig insurance? like some sort of pet insurance incase they get poorly?
where would I go to buy two little female Guinea pigs? dp says pets at home but I am concerned about overbreeding etc. But don't want to chance an inbred from gumtree or similar... I don't mind paying a bit extra to ensure happy piggies, but a little reluctant to get older ones due to the kids ages and growing with them a bit...
Apologies for the epic post, I just want to give some piggies the best happiest home!