Looking after you guinea pig in winter

Guinea pig sitting in straw

Wintertime can be lots of fun for all the family but only if you’re prepared for the hazards that come with it. Read our advice to help keep your guinea pig warm, happy and safe from danger during the cold spell…

Guinea pig winter guide:

  • Keeping guinea pigs hutches warm in winter is very important, hutches should be positioned so that wind, rain, snow or sleet can’t blow in. If the weather’s particularly bad, move the hutch into an unused garage or shed if it’s possible. For guinea pigs, it’s better to keep them inside in winter, in a conservatory or unused garage. 
  • If your guinea pig needs to stay outside, help keep them snug as a bug in their hutch by covering the front with an old blanket or sacking and adding extra bedding. Don’t forget you need to change their bedding regularly.
  • Check their water bottle regularly because the little ball freezes easily. Press the ball every few hours to keep it moving – you can get specially made bottle covers but you’ll still need to do regular checks.
  • Your guinea pig still needs to have access to their run during the day so they can get their regular exercise.
  • Cold guinea pigs need more calories to keep warm so give them lots of good quality hay to nibble on.
  • During the winter foxes and badgers get even hungrier, which makes them bolder than usual. Make sure your hutch is sturdy enough to survive the attention of a determined predator.

— Page last updated 13/01/2017