Keeping Your Guinea Pig Warm This WinterPetmania Pet Care Advisor
Every small pet has certain needs when it comes to ideal body temperature, and guinea pigs are no exception. If your guinea pigs are usually housed outside, it may be a good idea to bring them indoors so they can stay warm and dry, but there are ways to winter-proof their hutch and provide a warm and cosy home for them.
Read below our top ways for keeping your guinea pig warm this winter and how to beat the cold to ensure you have one happy, healthy piggie on your hands!
Keeping Your Guinea Pig Warm
1.Keep Away From Drafts
To ensure your guinea pig gets maximum warmth, make sure his hutch or cage is completely draft-free. Position his hutch or age away from any windows or doors. If outside, insulate the walls of the hutch with newspaper or straw; about 10-20 sheets thick. Check that the hutch is completely 100% waterproof, and all wooden panels are dry and showing no signs of mould.
Your piggie can cuddle up to an old blanket which will help maintain their body heat. Any small blanket, towel, or fleece will surely be appreciated by your guinea pig in the cold weather.
3. Lots of Nutritious Food
Food means energy, and having lots of energy to burn off is important when fighting off the cold. An increase in your guinea pig’s daily food intake can help keep his body temperature up, which is extremely important if he is going to be staying outside. A diet consisting of fresh hay, veggies and healthy pellets will allow your guinea pig to thrive. For more information on feeding your guinea pig, see our blog post here.
No matter what the weather is, your guinea pig needs daily exercise. Scooting around and playing with toys will increase blood circulation, making them hot. Make sure the surrounding areas and anywhere they are playing is dry and clean, both for indoors and outdoors. Toys such as TRIXIE Cuddly Tunnel for Small Animals and TRIXIE Wooden Play Roll with Bell are great for your piggie to play with and run around in.
5. Heated Pad
A heated pad such as PETLIFE Hottie Microwavable Heat Pad is the perfect way to make sure your guinea pig stays warm. The gentle, moderate warmth is ideal to not only beat the cold, but also aid recovery, reduce stress, and eases aches and pains.
6. Provide Plenty of Bedding
Make sure to supply enough bedding for your guinea pig’s hutch to keep him warm. Use wood shavings or other fluffy bedding that creates a nice, warm bed for him to snuggle into.