|Your guinea pig's hutch will be an area he feels safe and comfortable in and it is important you prepare it properly and maintain it regularly. |
The site of your guinea pig hutch is important as wind, rain, heat and direct sunlight can all affect your guinea pig.
If you are placing the hutch outdoors, it will need to be on a level surface, have a waterproof roof and be in a sheltered area away from direct sunlight, wind and rain.
If your guinea pig is to be housed indoors, keep him in a room of constant temperature, away from any draughts or direct sources of heat and out of direct sunlight.
Before you go to collect your guinea pig, you should prepare the hutch so he can be put straight inside when you bring him home.
Use the following steps:
Spread a thick layer of wood shavings or litter made from wood pulp across the floor of the hutch.
Put a good amount of hay in the hutch for your guinea pig to feed on and nest in. Place most of it in the enclosed end of the hutch.
Fill the food dish with guinea pig food and place it in a suitable area of the hutch
Fasten a full water bottle to the side of the hutch at a height that is comfortable for your guinea pig to reach. Make sure water flows from the spout by testing it with your finger, if not, squeeze the bottle gently to get the water to flow.
Add any extra cage accessories, such as a hay/salad rack, in a suitable place.
Your guinea pig's hutch will need to be cleaned weekly. Take your guinea pig out of his hutch and remove the floor covering, hay and any left over vegetables and guinea pig food, and replace it all with new.