By Teresa Murphy
The ideal guinea pig cage location includes the following six elements.
This is the No. 1 criterion. Guinea pigs are susceptible to upper respiratory infections, and drafty locations are not healthy.
2. A Bright Room
Choose a bright location with indirect sunlight. You may expose the cage only to occasional direct sunlight, such as morning light. Avoid putting guinea pigs next to bright windows and glass doors. Do not put cages in closets or other small, enclosed areas.
3. Stable Temperature
The room should have a stable temperature range of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. At 85 degrees or higher, your guinea pig is likely to die from heat stroke. A typical garage is more than 85 degrees during summer. If it’s too hot or cold for you, it’s too hot or cold for a guinea pig.
4. Low Humidity
Don’t house a guinea pig in a room with high humidity or fluctuations in humidity. Humidity is just as bad for your guinea pig as drafts. Avoid areas close to showers and laundry rooms. Basements with acceptable, stable humidity and indirect light can be considered.
5. Near Family Activity
It is critically important to the long-term health and happiness of your guinea pig that you place its cage central to family activity or at the immediate periphery. Do not put cages in children’s bedrooms. The guinea pig should be part of family life, even if it is designated as one person’s pet.
The best location is an area near the kitchen or dining room, with frequent family traffic and visits. When near the source of food, the guinea pigs will help remind you when they want food and attention. You will monitor behavior more easily, clean the cage more often and interact with your guinea pig more frequently if the pet is nearby. Living rooms and family rooms can also make good locations.
6. Not On The Floor
Don’t put cages on the floor for the following reasons:
- Socialization of the piggies: You are a walking giant to them when they are on the floor. You are scarier, and it is harder for them to be comfortable with you.
- Activity: Footsteps, jumping, running, moving things around, cleaning and vacuuming all create more stress for the cavies when they are on the floor. Vibrations are more easily felt.
- Children: Supervise children when they play with and handle guinea pigs. If guinea pigs are on the floor, it is too easy for children to get to them and too easy for toy and play accidents to happen.
- Drafts: Drafts are more noticeable on the floor and can cause upper respiratory infections.
- Ease of petting: It is not as easy to walk by, reach in and pet your cavies when they are on the floor.
- Ease of feeding, cleaning, changing water bottles: If these tasks are not extremely easy to do, sometimes they can be overlooked.
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