Location, Location, Location
The best place to put your guinea pig cage is a place where the family activities generally take place. This allows more interaction from both parties! It also means that they will get used to you and your family members more quickly. If this is the family room, the living room, or perhaps the basement, then that’s where your guinea pigs should be! This way they will not be forgotten, gain social interaction, and both humans and guinea pigs can enjoy each other’s company.
Temperature: The optimal temperature is between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (or 18-24 degree Celsius).
Area Considerations: The cage should not be in direct sunlight, but the room should get some sun. It should not be anywhere that may be drafty such as by windows, doors, or air/heating vents. If the vents or air conditioning is not in use, then guinea pigs can be placed there, but moved immediately before those air/heating vents are to be turned on or used.
Other Pets: If you have additional pets that free roam your home, make sure that the guinea pigs are properly protected whether with a cage cover, being elevated off the floor, or being placed in an area that can keep them safe.
Do NOT house your guinea pigs outdoors! I cannot stress this enough.
Guinea pigs are meant to be kept indoors. The amount of pigs that have died outdoors due to owner forgetfulness, temperature fluctuations (or owners leaving pigs out when the temperature becomes too hot or too cold), getting sick and owners not noticing quickly enough, and blown-over hutches and cages are too great to count. Guinealynx has a great picture of a blown over hutch, and luckily no guinea pigs were in there when the hutch was blown over.
Guinea pigs are prey animals with no defenses if a predator breaks into their hutch or enclosure. Being prey animals, they also can become stressed and fearful of what is going on outside their enclosure, which would decrease their quality of life.
Guinea pigs don’t handle temperature changes well. Again, the optimal temperature for a guinea pig is between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (or 18-24 degree Celsius). Even if the day is between 65-70 degrees during the day, at night temperatures can fall below that. Even with fur they can get cold.
If it’s not predators, it’s the insects and parasites. Insects can go into the hutch or enclosure and transmit infections or illnesses to your guinea pigs. Cages have also been reported to have maggots when not cleaned often enough. Additionally, slugs and snails can make their way inside guinea pig enclosures. Slugs can carry various parasites and can be harmful to your pigs.
If you have figured the perfect location that you’d love your new, or current, furry friend to be, check out the dimensions that the cage should be to keep your guinea(s) happy and healthy here.
Where in the apartment/houses are Once Upon a Wheek’s piggies located?? (Responded by Ali and Reketio)
Willow: Since I, Ali, lived in a shared four bedroom apartment and none of the other roommates liked guineas, I had Willow in my room where I was 99% of the time studying, doing work, and sleeping. Since the cage was small (usual pet store cage size which was the only thing that would fit in my tiny room), I trained Willow to be free ranging so he had the run of the whole room. When I moved out to a studio, Willow was located right next to my desk area and had the entirety of the apartment to run around in and popcorn (after a bit of piggy proofing). There were many old pictures where he was playing around, falling asleep everywhere, and climbing on my leg to demand something (usually my food).
Currently, Willow now lives in my office/hang out area where I usually am about 90% of the time when I’m home. He still has the run of the room (he doesn’t venture out onto the tile floor to get to the other room), but just to ensure his safety, as per usual, I place him back in his cage since he’s still learning the ropes of the new place!
Kalsie and Cora: Kalsie lived with Cora originally in the family room of my family’s house where people were always going and watching TV. When they were separated, they still were placed next to each other to have a ‘friend’ to talk to if they wanted. Right now, Kalsie lives in the main room of Rekeito’s place right near her desk, and Cora remains in a family room at York’s place where a lot of the family activities take place. Plus, she has turtles as roommates since they live above her cage area.