Guinea Pig Housing Introduction

Guinea Pig Housing Introduction

Guinea Pig Housing is an important thing to consider before purchasing/adopting your guinea pigs. It is best to remember the type of environment and condition they are going to be living in to keep them safe and in good condition. Below is a small table of things to take in to account before purchasing your Guinea Pig.

Indoors Outdoors
Predators Predators
Size Of Cage Size Of Cage
How Many Guinea Pigs How Many Guinea Pigs
Sex (Male or Females) Sex (Males or Females)

Outdoors

Remember the Cycle of Life. There is always at least one animal that will end your Guinea Pigs life. In the UK the main one is Foxes. It has been known by many members of the public for a fox to enter the garden area and knock the cage over if small and lightweight, or rip through the hutch to get to there loved pet. I myself Adopted a Guinea Pig which had seen his cage mate mauled to death but luckily escaped but the owner was so distraught they gave there remaining guinea pig up for adoption.

I would suggest that if you have foxes in your area and can not have your Guinea Pig indoors maybe consider keeping your loved pet in a shed in a hutch (making sure the front of the hutch is facing sunlight) as you would not want your Guinea Pig living in the dark.

Indoors

Keeping Guinea Pigs Indoors is not as cruel as it may sound. I myself keep my Guinea Pigs in cages Indoors all year round. I feel they are safe and secure and come under no threat by any Predator. The main thing to remember keeping Guinea Pigs Indoors is the size of the cage and whether you can provide them with daily exercise and remember that if they do not have access to outdoor sun light you would need to increase there Vitamin B by a supplement as they would normally get this from the sun.

Quantity Of Guinea Pigs / Male or Females

Remember when Purchasing/Adopting/Re-Homing Guinea Pigs they are Social Creatures and like to live with other Guinea Pigs. Many people say they only want females as they are the only ones that get on well together without fighting. This is where it can be very controversial. I myself had Sammy & Dean pictured above who have been together now since purchase. They have had one major fight which was over there food bowl. Since introducing a second bowl and sharing the food out between them they have not had a fight since.

Personally I recommend at least two Guinea Pigs is best. Having one Guinea Pig on its own may cause depression and anorexia

Remember if you lose a Guinea Pig which leaves one and they are Boars it can be very difficult to blend another one in to the cage although this does not mean it is impossible . I would personally recommend purchasing a baby Guinea Pig and blending it with the adult as they have more chance of getting on then trying to put another adult in to there cage.

For more information on how to blend Guinea Pigs try reading tips on our Paring page which can be found here