Housing

Keeping a clean house is an important part of guinea pig ownership as it helps prevent health conditions such as mouth sores, bumblefoot, eye irritation and infection.

Your guinea pigs’ enclosure must be cleaned daily, as must their food and water containers. Guinea pig furniture such as tunnels, beds and blankets must be cleaned regularly as well. Only use pet safe materials for the bedding such as Carefresh, fleece or thick absorbent layers of clean newspapers. Only clean your hutch with pet safe chemicals.

Guinea pigs should be housed in enclosures that don’t have any sharp edges. We recommend guinea pig C and C hutches, which can be bought online or made yourself.

Hiding places like tunnels and cuddle sacks allow guinea pigs to feel safe. They are prey animals and have a naturally nervous temperament. We recommend offering several hiding place options inside your guinea pigs’ enclosure to keep them stimulated.

We recommend that guinea pigs are housed indoors, especially in Australia due to the hot climate. Guinea pigs are prone to dehydration. If you plan to keep your guinea pigs outside, you must keep them sheltered from the weather and extreme temperatures. We also recommend purchasing a snake and predator-proof enclosures.

Guinea pigs love to exercise, so it is important that you offer an enclosure that has suitable running space. It is also vital that the walls of the enclosure are sturdy, tall and have no sharp edges.

A simple strategy to keep your guinea pigs cool during warmer months is to place a frozen water bottle in their cage, as well as multiple water bottles and bowls.

During the cooler months, make sure your guinea pigs are warm and protected from any drafts. This will help them to avoid Upper Respiratory Infections (URI).

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