Guinea pig experts are split about whether owners should keep their guinea pigs in or out of doors, and during which months. However, most agree that guinea pigs shouldn’t be kept outdoors when the temperature is below ten degrees celsius. Wherever you live, you’ll need to make a judgement call as to where you’ll keep your guinea pigs.
If you move your guinea pig hutch indoors for the winter, then it’s a good idea to have a think about where in your house is suitable for your pets to live during this period. There needs to be a space for the hutch, and a space for the run if they’re not interlinked. The space needs to be warm, but not too warm. Guinea pigs indoors thrive within 17-20 degrees, so it’s important to keep them away from radiators, direct sunlight, fires or heating vents.
Guinea pigs prefer to be in a quiet space indoors when it's very cold outside.
Alongside temperature considerations, have a think about where you can position your guinea pigs so that they’re away from lots of noise. Guinea pigs have excellent hearing, and so what seems of a decent noise level to us humans may be a bit loud for your pets. Try to find some nice quiet space for them that’s away from the television and the hustle and bustle of the house. Owners don’t keep them in children’s bedrooms, laundry rooms, or garages, due to the noise, the chemicals and the draughts. Guinea pigs are pretty susceptible to draughty spots, and unfortunately can develop upper respiratory tract infections if kept in a cold, draughty area.
Finally, if you have any other pets such as cats and dogs, the area you choose for your guinea pigs needs to be a good way away from these other animals. Your other pets may be very friendly, but they can still unnerve and stress your smaller pets, who are likely to be very nervous of their much larger neighbours.