Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Right Temperature for Your Guinea Pig

Summer doesn't officially start until June 21st, but you wouldn't know it from the temperatures outside. Temperatures have been in the 90s in this area, as well as in many other parts of the country. This is way too hot for guinea pigs like us to stay happy and healthy! Generally, ideal temperature range for your guinea pig is 65°-75°F (18-24°C). If you have a skinny pig, 75 - 79°F is optimal. If you have a long-haired breed, you may decide to give them a summer hair cut. Regardless of what breed you have, make sure you keep us indoors and run the air conditioning if necessary to keep the temperature within this range. For older piggies, it's probably best not to let the temperature get above 72°F. Also, make sure the water bottle stays full, and you give your piggy juicy fruits and vegetables to eat (cantaloupe, etc.). 

Watermelon is a great summer food for us!