Here is my cavy history: (feel free to skip this paragraph...)
I got 2 cavies about 3 months ago. I was over the moon, researched extensively on the net, bought a book and generally got overexcited. I rescued 2 cavies from a pet store where they were living in horrible conditions. I was fully aware that Casey was pregnant when I got her and I wanted to save the babies as I knew there was a good chance they would have serious issues if born into that environment. There were about 15 other guinea pigs as well as several rabbits in a small, dirty encolsure. There were only shavings on the floor and they only had dicey rabbit pellets and soiled water. Casey had 2 babies: Pie (totally black) and Claudia (PEW albino). Unfortunately, Clauds got sick a couple of days after birth. We did everything we could but she didn't make it.
Now I have three piggies: Casey, Tigger (neutered) and Pie (neutered). I have a 1.5 square metre cage and I love all my babies to bits. They get the Belgium Cavia Nature pellets and fresh water every day, as well as unlimited Timothy Hay. Their cage is in a heated room (its winter over here in RSA) on a table. They have all the toys recommended (toilet rolls and ping pong balls and cavy chewy sticks and paper bags etc.) and have daily 'Pig Time' where they run around and receive their veggies for the day: usually something like lettuce, carrots, parsley etc. I also cuddle them individually at some point in the day and often they take turns to 'do my day' with me for an hour or two.
Seeing as there is all that extra space in the cage, I thought that I should rescue another female guinea pig. My main reason is that if I have the extra space I can use it to provide a cavy in need with a good home where it will be loved and cared for.
I don't mind the extra costs and am always fully prepared and acknowledge the possibility of health conditions which may require quite a large amount of money.
What do you think?