In Winter

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In Winter

Keeping warm and dry Food and water in winter Winter health and exercise In winter your guinea pig will need protection from the freezing temperatures and cold weather.   Extra insulation, hideaways and thick bedding are essential in the colder months.   Guinea pigs can die if it is too cold outside so when the temperature drops to below 15°C they should be housed indoors.    Guinea pig hutches can also be moved into a shed, porch, conservatory or garage – but make sure the garage is not in use as car fumes pose a health hazard and could be fatal.   Keeping warm and dry Guinea pig hutches can be insulated with waterproof hutch covers that shield your guinea pig from the driving wind and rain – these are called Huggers and Snugglers and fit over your hutch. Make sure your hutch cover allows a little air for ventilation and remove the cover first thing every morning to let some fresh air and sunlight in.    You can add extra insulation to your guinea pig hutch by placing a thick layer of hay on the base of the sleeping area.  Extra bedding also acts as insulation but make sure it is not too tightly packed so that your guinea pig can wriggle inside!  Bedding must be clean and dry at all times as wet bedding could freeze! There are microwaveable heat pads available to give your guinea pig extra warmth.  Never place a hot water bottle or a blanket in your guinea pig hutch as your guinea pig may chew it.   If housed indoors, your guinea pig hutch should be away from direct sources of heat such as radiators and sunny windows and protected from draughts. A room temperature of 17 - 20°C is ideal. View our guinea pig Product section for our range of hutches, bedding, huggers and snugglers Visit our guinea pig Housing advice to learn more Back To Top Food and water in winter Your guinea pig will need more food during the colder months as they use up a lot of energy keeping their bodies warm.   Provide plenty of good quality hay all winter long and extra dry mix during cold spells.  Be careful not to let your guinea pig's food to become frosted with ice.   Water is very important to your guinea pig in winter as they tend to be outside less and won't be eating as much grass - so make sure that they have a constant supply of fresh, clean water.   Water bottles can freeze solid and shatter in the cold but there are special covers available to prevent your guinea pig's water supply turning to ice. View our guinea pig Product section for our range of guinea pig foods and water bottles Visit our guinea pig Feeding advice to learn more Back To Top Winter health and exercise Guinea pigs still need plenty of exercise in the winter but beware of allowing your guinea pigs out to play in the cold weather, the rain or the wind.    Never put your guinea pigs outside in their run if the grass is frosted as eating frozen grass can lead to severe stomach upsets. Keep an old towel handy to dry your guinea pig just in case they unexpectedly get caught in the rain. If the weather is too bad for your guinea pig to exercise outside in their run you can play with them indoors.  There are lots of toys available to keep them happily occupied inside in the warm. View our guinea pig Product section for our range of indoor hutches and cages Visit our guinea pig Playtime advice to learn more Back To Top