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?
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!
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