Housing your Guinea Pig

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Housing your Guinea Pig

Big is best Cosy and comfortable Safe and secure Guinea pig runs Big is best Guinea pigs like lots of space and don't enjoy being cooped up all day in very small hutches – so the bigger the guinea pig hutch the better!  Guinea pigs are vulnerable to extremes of temperature and ideally when temperatures drop to below 15°C guinea pigs should be housed indoors. View our guinea pig advice In Winter to learn more Your guinea pig hutch should be: Big enough for your guinea pig to stand up on their hind legs without touching the roof. Big enough for your guinea pig to run about in and exercise.   The larger the number of guinea pigs to be kept together, the larger the hutch should be. View our Guinea Pig product section for our range of hutches, runs, huggers and snugglers Back To Top Cosy and comfortable Guinea pigs like to have separate rooms for eating and sleeping just like we do.   Your hutch should have two separate compartments - a light and spacious day area and a sleeping compartment that is enclosed and sheltered for your guinea pig to sleep in.   Your hutch should have a solid non-slip floor as guinea pigs prefer this to wire flooring.  Wire mesh can also cause problems as guinea pigs can get sore feet if kept on wire floors. View our guinea pig Product section for our range of hutches, runs, huggers and snugglers Back To Top Safe and secure Your hutch needs to be sturdy, well ventilated, draught-proof, damp-proof, escape-proof and predator-proof.   Raising your hutch above the ground helps to deter predators and to prevent damp rising up into it off the wet earth.  Wire mesh on the outside of the hutch should be heavy enough to stop a predator (or your guinea pig!) chewing through it. All fastenings should be sturdy and strong. You should find a nice quiet spot to place your hutch in that is sheltered from wind, rain and direct sunlight. Guinea pigs can succumb to heat stroke very quickly.   Your hutch should have a sloping waterproof roof to prevent the wood soaking up water and becoming damp and cold in periods of bad weather. Guinea pig hutches that have a plain wooden flat roof are designed for indoor use and should not be used outside. In the colder months you can shield your guinea pig from the driving wind and rain by covering your hutch with a waterproof cover – these are called Huggers and Snugglers and fit over your hutch.  If the weather is very cold you should move your guinea pigs indoors.   Visit our guinea pig In Winter advice View our guinea pig Product section for our range of hutches, runs, huggers and snugglers Back To Top Guinea pig runs Guinea pigs are active animals and should be kept in a run for 4 hours a day at least.  A large, secure run is great for letting your guinea pig run about in safely.   The run should have an area that is covered to provide shade on hot days and shelter from rain.   Make sure that your garden is well fenced and that your guinea pig has a safe place to hide in their run if they become scared – a cardboard box, pipe or activity tunnel would be ideal. Don't use pesticides, weed killers or lawn treatments anywhere near your guinea pig run as your guinea pig could become fatally ill from grazing on grass or plants treated with these chemicals. View our guinea pig Product section for our range of hutches, runs, huggers and snugglers Call Vet Clinic at Petstop for a consultation Back To Top