August 24th, 2010
Thank you to everyone who gave us advice on our last post. Through trial and error we have found that Rodney gets quite bored being held still and have allowed him to move about, playing with him by letting him hide in a towel etc.He has been much more calm and has stopped biting to let us know he wants to go back in the cage (for the past couple of days anyway!).
As the English summer is threatening to end anytime soon, we were wondering where you cavy lovers put your guinea pigs in the winter. Garage or shed? Are there advantages / disadvantages to either of these? Our shed has no windows and we feel a bit wary about having them in darkness most of the day but our garage has our noisy washing machine and drier in it.
Any thoughts would be great!
Aimée and Dan
We keep Pickles inside with us, wouldn't dream of putting him outside! We've only got him in a pet store cage at the moment but give him lots of floor time, both of us being unemployed and able to be full time guinea pig slaves.
Do you have a large house? look at http://www.guineapigcages.com/
I plan on getting one of these and a friend for our pig when we move out of this place.
So in the house with you! They are so much friendlier when they can see you all the time :D
See I told my boyfriend this because I felt a bit mean leaving them in the cold but they will only fit in our kitchen or dining room and we were worried about the hygiene of that. Where do you have yours?
Their hutch is 5.9sq feet per level. They have a living area with a run underneath but we're looking into making a large run to add onto this
I keep him in our bedroom which is the boxroom above the door in a typical English semi-detached (so pretty freakin' tiny).
I think they'd love to live in the kitchen but man would they get noisy when you open your fridge! But so cute!
That hutch sounds amazing, lucky pigs! Pickles has an outdoor hutch but I'm so paranoid about bugs and bees that if he's out there I have to sit with him O_O We also have a makeshift run for him on the grass.
Awww! Pickles sounds like a very loved piggy.
I think we will seriously consider the pro's / con's of indoors and outdoors. Just don't want to make them too soft if they come in for winter lol.
Depending on where you put them in the kitchen or dining room, there shouldn't be a concern about hygiene. If you keep their cage clean you won't have a problem there, and bonus: your veggie scraps eaters are right there!
Guido currently lives in the dining room, as it's the only place with room that won't put him in a draft. Because of this problem, we're stuck with just one piggy, as there isn't room for either a second cage or a larger cage. Which makes me sad and Guido lonely, of course. :P
We're hoping to buy a house sometime soon, and at that point we should have enough room for two and I'll be able to design and build a guinea pig palace. :D
Our pigs live in the living room :) We have a small house and it's right in the middle of everything, which they love. They'll watch us walk into the kitchen and get all excited every time the back door opens (we might be getting something from the garden!!!) hehe.
We use fleece and Carefresh (in the pee corners mainly) and clean their cage once a week. That way it doesn't get smelly and everything stays pretty clean. Cage cleaning is also the way I keep up on vacuuming! Bedding and hay gets all over the floor, so it's an excuse to clean our space as well :)
It really is best to keep them inside, because their hair isn't like thick fur or anything -- it's about as thick as ours really -- so they can easily die from the cold if left in an unheated shed or garage. It would be similar to a human having to camp outside through the winter without a coat. Plus, it works out better socially if they're somewhere in the house where there's regular human traffic so they can talk to you all the time!
Before I moved to London my family had seven guinea pigs living in a huuuuge cage in the garden. The area they were in was very sheltered from the wind and elements (plus having carpenters in the family means they had a much better constructed cage than anything you could buy), during the winter we made a wooden cover to go over the front of the cage so that during the night & colder times they would have extra protection... plus we packed the cage with straw (they didn't tend to eat the straw) and newspaper, as well as their daily hay. If it snowed we moved them inside.
Now I have three piggies that live indoors, I sometimes feel guilty because I can't let me out into the garden due a severe fox problem. Hopefully the council will get off their backsides and come move the damn creatures!