Keep your Guinea Pigs warm in cold weather!
Updated: Nov 9, 2022
Our head nurse and dedicated Guinea Pig owner Nicola Blaney tells us how she keeps hers snuggly and warm in the winter.
When I decided to get Guinea Pigs my main concern was, “would I be able to keep them warm and snuggly through the Winter”.
When I purchased a hutch I made sure it was an insulated one, which was off the floor, then I customised it by adding these extras; I covered the sides, roof and bottom with ThermaWrap Insulation foil, purchased from a tool shop. There is also a piece that comes across the front of the hutch at night and gets rolled to the side in the day. The
hutch is then covered with a large piece of tarpaulin (for those rainy days) and sandwiched in the layers is a quilt for extra insulation.
Guinea Pigs love to hide away and snuggle so one half of their hutch is a big straw bed while the other side is shavings and where their food is. They each have a snuggle tube they can hide in but you often find them sharing the same one.
And then to be absolutely sure I was keeping them warm at night I purchased an outdoor weather station, which I have in the hutch. I have found that by doing all of this the temperature of the hutch never drops below 12 degrees, even on those frosty nights and I have very happy pigs in the morning.