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With winter approaching, we’re all starting to feel the chill. As we’re turning our heating on, we need to make sure our guinea pigs are also warm. Guinea pigs are sensitive to temperature changes and will struggle below 15 degrees. But guinea pigs can survive in cold weather with our help.
Here at Burgess Excel, we’re launching a winter warmer campaign for our small furries! We want to make sure every guinea pig is cared for this winter. Check out our top tips to start your own campaign and help keep your guinea pigs warm:
TIP ONE: Insulate your guinea pigs’ housing
If your guinea pigs are living outside, move them into a porch, utility room or shed. If you aren’t able to move them, you can still get their house winter ready.
Start by making sure your guinea pigs’ house for winter is waterproof, draughtproof, dry, and well-ventilated. This applies to guinea pigs living inside or outside. Then you can start insulating:
- Insulate the floor with thick layers of newspaper.
- Add extra bedding hay in their sleeping areas – including any hidey holes or tunnels.
- Try microwavable pet-safe heat pads to give some extra warmth.
- Add guinea pig safe blankets.
- Give them extra cosy guinea pig bedding to snuggle up in. Burgess Excel Nap & Nest bedding is super soft and absorbent and is made with unused offcuts from teabag production!
- For guinea pigs housed outdoors, cover their housing with a thick blanket or fitted cover.
TIP TWO: Keep them dry
A damp environment in cold weather is not good for your guinea pigs’ health, so you need to keep their housing dry. Change wet material daily and give their house a thorough clean at least once a week.
TIP THREE: Give your guinea pigs a great diet everyday
Your guinea pigs may need some extra food during winter to maintain their body temperature and condition. They need a good, balanced diet, outlined by the Burgess Excel Feeding Plan, with a couple of adaptations for the winter months:
- 85-90% good quality feeding hay: As fresh grass is less readily available, make sure your guinea pigs have constant access to good quality feeding hay.
- 10% guinea pig safe fresh greens: Make sure they aren’t frozen!
- 5% nuggets: You can increase your guinea pigs’ portion of nuggets, but make sure to monitor their weight. For guinea pigs housed inside, try the world’s first Indoor Guinea Pig Nuggets by Burgess Excel!
- Constant access to fresh, clean water: For outdoor guinea pigs, check their bowl or bottle every day and make sure the metal spout hasn’t iced up.
TIP FOUR: Get your guinea pigs moving
If the grass is dry, allow your guinea pigs to have a run-around in a secure area of the garden during warmer parts of the day. Don’t let them get wet or too cold. When the weather is poor, allocate some room indoors for your guinea pigs, with lots of hay, tunnels, and boxes to hide in. Help encourage their natural foraging behaviour by sprinkling some Burgess Excel forage mix in their feeding hay. Or help cement your bond by hand feeding a Burgess Excel Winter Berry Bake.