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sparkle

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I currently have 2 guinea pigs who have been leaving outside for a few years now. I'm considering purchasing a new hutch for them soon as I am hoping to be able to afford to upgrade to a two floor hutch soon however, I have been thinking about bringing my guinea pigs inside for a while now and possibly getting a c&c instead. I think it would be nice to have them inside as although going outside isn't far it still means they will be inside and are very easy to see and be with any time of day. I don't have a huge amount of space but hopefully I can move things around a bit and find space to build or purchase somewhere for them to stay which is bigger than their current hutch.

I have a few questions and I would be very thankful if anyone could answer them.

- Will the difference in temperature be okay for them to handle or would it be best to leave them outside if that's where they have been for the last few years?
- Can I have a hutch inside the house or would building a c&c be a better option?
- If I do bring them inside do they make large amounts of noise during the night?
- Is it best to use fleece?
- I don't have any other pets at the moment but if I am thinking about getting more small pets in the future is it okay to have them in the same room?
- What are some overall good tips for bringing them inside?

I have also noticed that there are been some bugs around the guinea pigs hutch and I was wondering if there are anyways to stop this or if it is harmful to them? I don't want to have to hurt the bugs in the process but I was wondering if this is okay or if there are any ways of stopping this if the guinea pigs were to stay outside.

Does anyone have any advice on bringing guinea pigs (who have been living outside for a while) inside and is there anything I should be cautious about?

Thank you for reading :D
 

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Hi Sparkle! Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy your time here and look forward to seeing you around the forum


I will try and answer your queries

- Will the difference in temperature be okay for them to handle or would it be best to leave them outside if that's where they have been for the last few years?
1. It will be absolutely fine to bring them in
- Can I have a hutch inside the house or would building a c&c be a better option?
2. You could but a c&c cage is really good, you get to see lots more of them and have easy access to them. Make sure they have hideys in there so they have somewhere to go and sit
- If I do bring them inside do they make large amounts of noise during the night?
3. Piggies can be noisy, rustling while they are eating and the occasional bickering, I wouldn't have them in our bedroom but love having them in our living room with us.
- Is it best to use fleece?
4. Fleece is an excellent bedding, we have a link to pro and cons of bedding here Bedding For Guinea Pigs - Overview I am using fleece in a c&c and really happy with it
- I don't have any other pets at the moment but if I am thinking about getting more small pets in the future is it okay to have them in the same room?
5. What pets do you mean? Hammys things like that?
- What are some overall good tips for bringing them inside?
6. Get the biggest cage you can, if you are going the fleece route get a horse bag to wash it in, you'll probably need to change it twice a week depending on size of cage.

Welcome again
lee
 

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Hi Sparkle! Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy your time here and look forward to seeing you around the forum


I will try and answer your queries

- Will the difference in temperature be okay for them to handle or would it be best to leave them outside if that's where they have been for the last few years?
1. It will be absolutely fine to bring them in
- Can I have a hutch inside the house or would building a c&c be a better option?
2. You could but a c&c cage is really good, you get to see lots more of them and have easy access to them. Make sure they have hideys in there so they have somewhere to go and sit
- If I do bring them inside do they make large amounts of noise during the night?
3. Piggies can be noisy, rustling while they are eating and the occasional bickering, I wouldn't have them in our bedroom but love having them in our living room with us.
- Is it best to use fleece?
4. Fleece is an excellent bedding, we have a link to pro and cons of bedding here Bedding For Guinea Pigs - Overview I am using fleece in a c&c and really happy with it
- I don't have any other pets at the moment but if I am thinking about getting more small pets in the future is it okay to have them in the same room?
5. What pets do you mean? Hammys things like that?
- What are some overall good tips for bringing them inside?
6. Get the biggest cage you can, if you are going the fleece route get a horse bag to wash it in, you'll probably need to change it twice a week depending on size of cage.

Welcome again
lee
Thank you for much for the welcome and also the reply!

Your reply is really helpful so once again thanks.

When I was asking about pets I am considering getting some more pets in the future, so far I am thinking about rats, ferrets or mice.
 

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I would have hamsters or mice in the same room as guinea pigs but not ferrets or rats as they are predatory.

I have a c and c cage and fleece bedding I also use an under bed storage box, a grow bag tray and a litter tray as hay trays with a hemp based bedding in and lots of hay. My two sows do most of their wees in the hay trays which saves on fleece washing.

Luckily I am a fleece addict and have made about five cage liners so no problem with running out of bedding for them!

Having guinea pigs indoors is wonderful and so much more interactive than when they are outside.

I did have a trio in my bedroom for a while and used to love hearing all their little chatterings. Jacky used to love clattering her teeth on the large ceramic dog water bowl that they had. I now have three hamsters in my room, each with a wheel. So I am pretty used to noises.

Look forward to hearing more about your guinea pigs. ps Got some good value grids on ebay 25 for twenty pounds I think it was.
 

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I would have hamsters or mice in the same room as guinea pigs but not ferrets or rats as they are predatory.

I have a c and c cage and fleece bedding I also use an under bed storage box, a grow bag tray and a litter tray as hay trays with a hemp based bedding in and lots of hay. My two sows do most of their wees in the hay trays which saves on fleece washing.

Luckily I am a fleece addict and have made about five cage liners so no problem with running out of bedding for them!

Having guinea pigs indoors is wonderful and so much more interactive than when they are outside.

I did have a trio in my bedroom for a while and used to love hearing all their little chatterings. Jacky used to love clattering her teeth on the large ceramic dog water bowl that they had. I now have three hamsters in my room, each with a wheel. So I am pretty used to noises.

Look forward to hearing more about your guinea pigs. ps Got some good value grids on ebay 25 for twenty pounds I think it was.
Thanks for the helpful reply!

I will try and find out more about have animals in the same room and if needed I will put them in different rooms :D

Thanks for letting me know about the grids too I will have a look around.

If it's okay to ask I was also wondering what do you think are the pros of bringing guinea pigs inside instead of outside and also is it definitely okay for them and their health if I move them from being outside in a hutch for a few years to inside in a c&c? Will it be a big change for them and will they be able to deal with the differences fine? Would it be good to let them back outside in their run daily?
 

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I cant see a problem with moving them inside from out. The temperature is not too different at this time of year. Putting them out in their run each day is fine when the temps are similar but not in autumn and winter as the contrast would not be healthy for them.

It will be a big change so they may be a bit unsettled and shy for a few days and may re establish their heirarchy but once they are used to the indoor noises and smells they should be fine.

I find it easier to bond with them when they are inside plus I see them so much more often so I can get regular cuteness uodates. Beat of luck. Hope all goes smoothly.
 

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@sparkle could you add your location to your profile please? helps us tailor any advice to your geographical area.

I agree with the excellent posts from @flowerfairy won't be an issue health wise bringing them in

What are their names? Do you have any photos of them
 
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