Should I get a guinea pig?
Age: Less than 3 mon
Dear Dr. Marie,
I live in Seattle, Washington, USA. I'm interested in having two female guinea pigs as pets.
I'm concerned about going ahead with the purchase because my apartment has a very primitive heating/cooling system. Namely, it has one baseboard heater and the tempature is regulated through opening and closing the windows.
I know from my childhood guinea pigs that they are quite sensitive to tempatures and drafts.
Would it be safe for the guinea pigs to live my apartment?
Need help finding a veterinarian in your area? Click here for Dr. Marie's advice on
finding a good veterinarian near you.
Dr. Marie replied:
Thanks for a great question!
The answer to your question depends on how hot it is likely to get in your room. Guinea pigs are relatively tolerant of a cooler house. So, in the winter time I wouldn't be too concerned.
But, if your house gets really hot in the summer then this is not a good thing for a guinea pig. While no one knows for sure what temperature is best for a guinea pig, if the temperature is regularly over 80 F then it is likely too hot. Guinea pigs really don't handle heat well.
So, if you can keep your house below 80 the majority of the time, I would say to go ahead!
QUIZ: Is your cat secretly planning to murder you?
Disclaimer: Although Dr. Marie is a qualified veterinarian, the information found on this site is not meant to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. AskAVetQuestion.com and Dr. Marie do not accept any responsibility for any loss, damage, injury, death, or disease which may arise from reliance on information contained on this site. Do not use information found on this site for diagnosing or treating your pet. Anything you read here is for information only.
Search for similar questions:
Time for euthanasia? I am trying to make the decision on putting my dog down. She no long is herself and... (9140 views)
Separation anxiety. Dear Dr. Marie, My family and I adopted Champ, who is a 2 1/2 year old... (4063 views)
Dog licking other dog's ear. My roommate's pit/lab mix Champ is moderately obsessed with licking/chewing on my... (24779 views)
Large mammary lump. Hi Dr Marie
My dog Jenna is 13. Lately i have been aware that she has developed a... (6113 views)
Salivating dog. Seizures? My dog started to twist and chew on her tongue and stick it out on her right side... (6729 views)
Puppy stepped on. my 7 wk old pure staffie has just been accidently stood on by one foot of my 14-15... (18880 views)
bloat in boerboels Hello. I'm currently looking at information about the boerboel. I'm thinking about... (5950 views)
UTI in a kitten. Hi there,
I have spoken to you in the past, and am looking for a little advice... (4732 views)
Sedative after heartworm treatment? Hello Dr. Marie,
I have a 2 and a half year old boxer/lab that is being treated... (7864 views)
Dog coughing again. Dear Dr. Marie
Im concerned about my dog he started about a month ago sounding... (5199 views)See all questions...