Where Should My Guinea Pig Live?
Where you keep your guinea pig largely depends on your own circumstances and personal preferences. The weather plays a part too. They need to be kept warm in the winter and in the shade in the summer. Wherever you choose to keep them it is important to keep their bedding and living quarters as clean as you can. Cleaning the cage or hutch out 2 to 3 times a week should be a minimum. More so in hot weather to prevent flies and other unwanted attention. You must also consider the size of the cage according to how many guinea pigs you have. Many cages and hutches are double floored these days which is brilliant for allowing guinea pigs to roam and get some personal space if they want it.
If you have the space you can keep them indoors with you. There are plenty of guinea pig cages for sale that can be bought online through many stores or at your local petshop. You can put them in a run outside on pleasant days so that they can munch through the grass. They love to eat grass. Plus guinea pig poo is a brilliant manure for the grass! Just make sure you keep moving the run around your garden so they can get to work on the whole garden.
Guinea pigs do well living inside with the family. They like the same temperatures as us (make sure they are not right next to a radiator or in direct sunlight).Your guinea pigs will soon become used to everyday family life and probably benefit from extra cuddles if inside! One point to mention is if you decide to let your guinea pigs roam around make sure there are no electrical leads or telephone cables they can chew through.
If you are going to be mainly keeping your guinea pig outside you need to make sure your hutch is both weather proof and secure. Be aware of local cats and cunning foxes who will all be intrigued by your little furry friends. Make sure the hutch is at least a metre off the ground and secure against a wall or fence. Make sure the hutch has a felt roof to protect it from the elements. In wet weather and colder nights you might want to put a cover over the cage at night to give your piggies so extra warmth. Always make sure your guinea pigs have plenty of bedding to keep them warm and dry.