Keeping indoor guinea pigs warm

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Hi all,

I’m always worrying that my guinea pigs will get cold as my house gets quite cold at night (especially in winter).
They live in C&C custom enclosures (large areas). They have bath mats and vet bed flooring and loads of hay piles everywhere.
They have lots of hides with fleece inside.

Is there anything else I can do to help keep them warm?
 

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Hi all,

I’m always worrying that my guinea pigs will get cold as my house gets quite cold at night (especially in winter).
They live in C&C custom enclosures (large areas). They have bath mats and vet bed flooring and loads of hay piles everywhere.
They have lots of hides with fleece inside.

Is there anything else I can do to help keep them warm?
Have you tried putting a towel or an old blanket covering the cage when it gets cold? It could help, as long as they have room for ventilation also.
 

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When mine were indoors, I used to peg a fleecy towel over the end nearest the windows, to keep out any draughts. You could use heat pads too as lots of hutch users do, so the piggies can have some direct warmth if they feel cold at all at night.
 

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Heat pads or keeping your heating on if it starts to drop too low. It’s better (for the piggies and economically) to have the heating ticking over on low so the temperature never really drops overnight
 

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Yes in very cold weather I keep my heating on a timer so it comes of for half an hour every 3 or 4 hours so the temperature never drops too far, as my heating thermostat isnt very sensitive! If your thermostat works well you can set it to maybe 16/17 degrees and leave the heating on all the time.
But as others have said, fleecy houses, snuggle safe heatpads, a blanket over the cage, all help on cold nights.
 

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I think if they have lots of fleeces and hay and are inside they should be fine. Many piggies manage well outside in winter temperatures in wind and rain providing they have a sound cover. A house is always lots warmer and free from wind and rain so it should be relatively comfortable for them. If you are worried or if they are poorly then you could buy a small thermostatic heater that clicks on and off depending upon the temperature or set your central heating thermostat to come on at your preferred temperature
 

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Thanks all! :)

they do have a radiator literally next to the cage but I turn this one off as I worry it’s too much direct heat for them.

if I pop down at night they are most of the time lying outside of their beds so I presume if they were cold they would go in?
The heat pads are a great idea, will look into them! :)
 

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Thanks all! :)

they do have a radiator literally next to the cage but I turn this one off as I worry it’s too much direct heat for them.

if I pop down at night they are most of the time lying outside of their beds so I presume if they were cold they would go in?
The heat pads are a great idea, will look into them! :)
Yes, they would. Put some heat pads under some hideys but not in others so they’ve got a choice
 
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