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Pros And Cons Of Keeping Guinea Pigs Indoors Or Outdoors?

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Outdoors us their natural habitat. Keep them in a sheltered place and you should be fine. Provide extra hay, and close the ramp of your hutch at night, so there's lots of heat in the top. You can also put in heat mats, which are good for temperatures below 12 degrees. I think it's better to house them outdoors.
I don't wish to be picky but outdoors is NOT their natural habitat in the UK. I completely respect the rights of members to keep piggies indoors or outdoors as long as all appropriate precautions are taken to ensure that they do not over heat in summer or freeze in winter. We have many members who do keep their piggies outside including staff members and those piggies are well cared for. However it is not right to assert that this is their natural habitat.
 

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My Finn and Lara stay indoor in the center of the house where they are involved in all activities going on around the house. They do popcorn when they approve of our conversation. They hide when doorbell rings. They are constantly busy reacting to things going on around the house.
They can hear the refrigerator door and know when their veggies are coming. When groceries are being handled in the kitchen, they do popcorn.

INDOOR

Pro-- we share a lot of good times as a family. Also because I have access to them at all times, I clean out their poop often, wash their fleece bedding often, and feed them properly. Overall cleaner environment for them. I get to see their reactions to doorbells, friends, and etc., which are just priceless.
Con--I have to move their cage outside when weather is good so they can experience outside.
 

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Indoors for us, I'm too worried about foxes and cats and rats and burglars for outdoors! Plus I love seeing them all the time when I'm home during the evening, and hearing them crunching up their carrot cottages and rattling their waterbottles all safe indoors when I'm in bed at night :)
They do sort of need their own room though seeing as we have 5 in a big C&C cage...
 

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My two boys are out in their man shed with a huge amount of space and get plenty of attention despite being outdoors. Keeping them cool in summer and warm in winter is probably the biggest challenge I face but one which I knew of when I took them on and am prepared for. I would absolutely love to have them indoors but if I brought them indoors, my husband would probably move out which would be a shame cos I kinda like him too!
 

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Please move them indoors. Outside they can get mites easily. Stray cats and other animals like rats could try to get in the cage too. Weather is also an issue.

You’ll see them more when they’re inside and they can get used to you more.
 

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There is no right or wrong answer on this. I think this all depends on the outdoor set up. saying to move every outdoor pig inside isn’t always feasible, nor is it bad to keep them outside. With proper outdoor housing and precautions, they can be perfectly well cared for and perfectly safe. If they are in a hutch in the garden then there are risks as you’ve said, other animals, the weather etc but this can be managed and protection provided.
My boys are in a shed. If they came indoors they’d have to be in a 10 square foot cage which when I tried that with them they argued and clearly needed more room. Outside they have access to 33 square feet (which they are so much happier in), they are wind and rain protected (I do still need to be aware of the heat and cold but again it’s all perfectly manageable) and no other animal will be able to get inside their shed (benefits of having a husband who is a builder!)
As far as I’m aware, indoor piggies get mites as well.
 

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I have my pigs outside but they are in a shed so it is more protected than just a hutch and in the cold weather they can be out there (depending on how cold it gets) I found that when I bought acorn into my room, since she is a single pig, I worried the noises of my room would scare her or that she would be too warm especially since I’ve read that guinea pigs don’t deal well with sudden changes to temperature. Plus some of the members of my household are allergic to the hay.
 

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My two boys are out in their man shed with a huge amount of space and get plenty of attention despite being outdoors. Keeping them cool in summer and warm in winter is probably the biggest challenge I face but one which I knew of when I took them on and am prepared for. I would absolutely love to have them indoors but if I brought them indoors, my husband would probably move out which would be a shame cos I kinda like him too!
:)):))
 

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Bill and Ted spend their day outside unless the weather is awful and inside on a night in a smaller double decker F9C26E88-F1AE-4C53-A14E-F513D55DB0CE.jpeg as we have lots of cats wandering around and fighting.

They prefer to be outside and sit eagerly wait8ng to be picked up and put outside. Here is their set up, they love it
 

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I don't wish to be picky but outdoors is NOT their natural habitat in the UK. I completely respect the rights of members to keep piggies indoors or outdoors as long as all appropriate precautions are taken to ensure that they do not over heat in summer or freeze in winter. We have many members who do keep their piggies outside including staff members and those piggies are well cared for. However it is not right to assert that this is their natural habitat.
I agree that outdoors in the UK is not their natural habitat - but surely indoors is even less so with our central heating etc ;-)
 

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I have to agree, Bill and Ted far prefer being outside. They sniff the air, bounce around, have loads of access to grass and if there is a shower they can go into the hayloft for shelter with piles of hay, although they don’t seem that bothered by a bit of a shower. Their fur is lovely and soft and smells like clean washing off the line when you bring them in.

They do come in every night and in bad weather but they aren't as lively. These animals originally roamed the Andes mountain range in South America, their coats are well equipped to deal with cold temperatures. Damp is more of a problem for them, but as long as they are kept dry and well ventilated they are fine.

I appreciate not everyone has an outside space, and some people only have a very limited inside space, at the end of the day we all do what ever we can to give our pets the best life as possible.
 

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There's definitely no right or wrong answer- we have more indoor space than outdoor space, but there are some lovely secure outdoor piggy homes as well as big indoor C&C homes, everyone has to work with the space they have and what they prefer!
 

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As folk have said there's no right or wrong answer

My boys live indoors, we are lucky to have space for them (Even though we had to relocate the tv to the wall instead of on the sideboard!) and I love having them in here, they have a run and go out most days when the weather is nice. I don't have to traipse out in all weathers to see to them which is a definite bonus!
 

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I prefer indoor
PROS...
They are where I spend most of my time and get to interact with them more therefore I get more enjoyment out of them and can spot any illnesses quicker
I don't have to worry about them being too hot or cold
I don't have to worry about the neighbours cats antagonising them
When the weather is bad and the heavens open up I can happily sit indoors and not spent half an hour outside battling the elements
I have no problems with slugs and snails

CONS...
The cage takes up a lot of space and in an adverage sized room like I have, I kind of takes over
They're messy and it gets everywhere
I personally don't have an issue with smell but I have read that some piggies can have a stronger smell so that's something to consider

If it's a lovely day outside and I want to spend time in the garden they can come out with me in a run so they have the best of both worlds.

The pigs that I own at the moment are my 1st and have always been indoors. I did have a rabbit years ago that was outdoors and the biggest reason out of any of the above for me was having to go outside in the wind and rain cleaning the hutch.
 

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Mine are indoor pigs (I'm in Canada, it's far too cold here for much of the year for outdoors to be an option. I do let them out in an enclosed space at our cottage during the warmer months, which they enjoy.) I like having them inside because we see and interact with them all the time... I work from home and they are good company for me in the living room area, they are very friendly and comfortable with the kids and the family, and we get to spend a lot of time with them. The only real con I can see is piggie-related mess.... when we let them roam indoors they have, at times, tried to pull up the carpet, tried to chew the doorframes, etc. This bothers my husband more than it bothers me!
 

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Hi!
Your very welcome to the forum!
My 3 boars are outside in a hutch, and I think its totally fine as long as you always have the right care.
Essentials such as;
Warm Hides, Pigloos, lots and lots of hay, a big space and some extra bedding.
Yes, I do agree with piggies get alot more bug bites etc outside.
But to avoid it as much as possible, put them in a well shaded area.
Clean their cage often.
Swipe out any cobwebs etc.
Find a good flea/mite spray or shampoo (mostly spray I think) and put that on every time you clean.
Obviously, if there is ever a terrible storm or snow, or weather warning, bring them in, wait it out, and make sure you cage is totally dry.
Try keep your garden as clean as possible to avoid rats.
If cats try get at your pigs (which often happen to me too) I'd recommend just putting an extra grid up, or just making sure your pig has hiding spots to run too.
I totally would love for my piggies to be inside, but I just dont have the money or room right now, so best of luck whatever your decision is :*!
 

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Please move them indoors. Outside they can get mites easily. Stray cats and other animals like rats could try to get in the cage too. Weather is also an issue.

You’ll see them more when they’re inside and they can get used to you more.
Could you explain why you believe outdoor pigs are more susceptible to mites? I've not experienced a difference between outdoors and indoors for mite infestations and the factors I believe cause mite infestations or make the more likely have nothing to do with being indoor or outdoor so I'm interested in what I am potentially missing
 

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Could you explain why you believe outdoor pigs are more susceptible to mites? I've not experienced a difference between outdoors and indoors for mite infestations and the factors I believe cause mite infestations or make the more likely have nothing to do with being indoor or outdoor so I'm interested in what I am potentially missing
I personally haven’t tried housing my pigs outdoors, so I never knew outdoor vs indoor mite infestations by experience. But I did do some research and I believe mites are more commonly found outside. But I may be wrong.
 

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I have had my piggiest for over 2yrs and had one episode of mites which I treated promptly. No more than anyone else and I have outside piggies. Years ago I had 2 outside piggies for 5 years and they never had mites.
 
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